Gene Leitermann, ASTC, Lecturer. BS University of Wisconsin ('78); MFA Yale School of Drama ('82). Mr. Leitermann is co-founder of Nextstage Design, a theater design consulting firm with a national practice. He has been the lead theater designer on more than 100 buildings, working with many of the top-ranked architects in the United States, and on nearly every type of performing arts facility. Mr. Leitermann's experience includes two years as a designer and drafter at Theatre Techniques, Inc. and with Opera Company of Boston. For 12 years he worked for Systems Design Associates, including six years as vice president. He joined Theatre Projects Consultants as a senior consultant in 1996, and led the US office from 2003 until 2014. Mr. Leitermann has lectured at YSD since 1998, and has also lectured internationally. He has provided public testimony, code change proposals, and written commentary to the National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and United States Access Board. Mr. Leitermann is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC).