Since 2002 Jon Sivell has been a consultant for the New York City-based firm of Fisher Dachs Associates. FDA provides theatre planning and design consulting for a wide variety of performing arts and entertainment projects, offering expertise on small and large theatres, opera houses, orchestra halls, convention centers, auditoriums, amphitheatres, broadcast studios, and entertainment spaces.
Jon brings to FDA a unique understanding of the theatre building and its operations from his experience in both theatre production and performing arts administration.
His familiarity with the artistic, technical and operational requirements of theatre facilities informs his work as head of FDA's lighting department - developing stage power distribution systems, architecturally integrated lighting positions, equipment inventories, concert and repertory light plots, and advanced digital lighting controls.
Significant projects include Roundabout Theatre Company's Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway; the Smith Center, a multi-venue performing arts center at the heart of an urban redevelopment district in Las Vegas; Bing Concert Hall on the campus of Stanford University; new systems and infrastructural improvements to the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington DC; lighting design of the "Mostly Mozart" Festival at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; lighting systems for two roadhouse venues at the Marina Bay Sands Resort & Casino in Singapore; and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, used for live concert performance and broadcast events.
Presently he is working on designs for a new symphony hall in Seoul, Korea; renovation and expansion of Lincoln Center in New York City; design of a multi-venue facility for the preservation, development and promotion of Xiqu (Chinese Opera) in West Kowloon, Hong Kong; and improved performance facilities for the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Prior to joining FDA, Jon consulted with another well-regarded theatre design firm, principally designing systems for academic and professional theatres nationwide. Additionally, he worked as a consultant in the offices of Webb Management Services, a New York City-based firm specializing in performing arts project feasibility studies, business planning and strategic planning for the arts.
Jon's production work includes lighting design for drama, modern dance, musical theater, concerts and electronic music festivals. He has worked as a sound designer and engineer for regional theater and as a staff member of the University of California, where he also supervised sound, lighting and digital media for the Performing Arts Center at the Santa Cruz campus. Additionally, he has experience in production, company, and stage management for professional and educational theater and music organizations.
Jon received his M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, and his B.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.