National Sawdust and iWeiss


Photo Credit: Floto Warner

“Massive” black and white velour drapery surround Brooklyn’s music venue, National Sawdust, creating an “acoustic envelope”.   We built and installed a line-shaft for lighting positions and all of the drapery is hanging on iWeiss curtain track and attached by custom brackets into the solid concrete shell.

Bureau V – Architects

Arup Acoustics – Acoustic and Theatrical Consultants

                                     Photo Credit:   Scott Heins


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iWeiss Works at Writers Theatre

WritersWorking with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander,  Studio/Gang Architects, and W.E. O’Neil Construction Company,  we installed new rigging systems and drapery for Writers Theatre at their new facility in Glencoe Illinois.

In the Nichols Theatre, which is an intimate thrust space, we installed 18 counterweight line sets, dead hung line sets, stage drapery and a custom fall restraint system throughout the catwalks above the stage and house. The new walls of the Nichols Theatre where constructed from the bricks salvaged from the Women’s Library Club of Glencoethat previously stood on the site.  To allow for the mounting of lighting equipment, custom engineered wall brackets were installed that consist of a socket and an insert for the pipe battens throughout the space on an as needed basis. When not in use, the brackets are virtually invisible.

The Gillian Theatre is a black box space that includes a pipe grid and a wall mounted unistrut system that will be used in conjunction with movable wall panels that can be used to reconfigure the layout of the space.

Additionally, we provided lighting positions, curtain tracks and drapery in the Rehearsal Room and new sheer drapery in the Donor-VIP room.


Project Spotlight

ViaLiftYeshivah of Flatbush – Joel Braverman High School was built in 1962 and was lucky enough this year to receive a much needed facelift to their auditorium which doubles as their sanctuary.  Working with Dattner Architects and Fisher Dachs Associates, iWeiss was able to transform a small multipurpose space into a fully functional performance and worship venue.

The stage is now equipped with 4 hand crank winches to operate the 3 electrics and 1 general purpose batten along with brand new stage drapery to polish off the new theatrical look of the venue.  In the front of house light location an iWeiss ViaLift was installed to allow lights to come to a working height eliminating ladder climbing for students.

The auditorium also serves as the Sanctuary. Customized bi-parting curtains were installed on the upstage wall to allow for the Ark to be exposed during services without revealing the back wall. These curtains also act as a rear backdrop for theatrical performances.

The synergy of the space was taken into consideration with every choice; lighting positions and battens being able to move out of sight lines, and a drapery package that adds subtle masking to the architecture of the stage house.