Rollins Renovates Historic Annie Russell Theatre

September 21, 2009








Thanks to a generous gift from Winifred Martin Warden (Class of 1945) and The Bert W. Martin Foundation, Rollins’ historic Annie Russell Theatre received a complete renovation of its electrical and theatrical lighting infrastructure this summer.

After 75 years, the theater was in need of an extensive electrical renovation.  The project involved the removal of an antiquated dimming system and the installation of a new digital dimming system to control all theatrical lighting. Lighting positions were reworked and new box booms and motorized lighting trusses were added. In order to support this work, new electrical services for both for theatrical lighting and house loads were installed, along with other required electrical infrastructure upgrades.

“By replacing analog theatrical dimmers with digital dimmers, we’re now where we need to be in terms of teaching students about digital equipment and gear,” said Scott Bitikofer, director of facilities management.


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Additionally, many safety concerns needed to be addressed.  The old catwalk was removed and replaced with a fixed-lighting position and a mobile work platform.

“The new mobile work platform was designed with the safety and welfare of theater staff and students in mind,” said Bitikofer, noting that the historical project was completed below budget and ahead of schedule.

Click here to read about other Rollins summer construction projects.


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