About Us

TSG Design Solutions, Inc

Established in 1995, TSG Design Solutions, Inc. is a professional theatre design firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida that provides realistic and thoughtful consulting services to a broad client base in the US and internationally. Principals Albert J “Rusty” Cadaret III, President, and Stephen Placido, ASTC, Vice President, have over 35 years experience in theatre design – lighting, rigging and audio/video consulting services. Our talented professional staff comprises theatre designers, technicians and lighting consultants who have worked on and off Broadway and have extensive experience working with national and regionally known touring groups, including opera and ballet companies.

Our Experience

Our portfolio holds a wide range of projects and includes theatres and auditoriums, amphitheatres, commercial institutions, cruise ships, worship spaces, and educational facilities.

Extensive experience in the design of educational facilities is a large part of our work and includes middle schools, high schools, community colleges, community theatres and public and private universities.

Our Approach & History

We have learned that it is only through listening to the needs of all involved that “dreams” can be realized. Our belief is that a commitment to personal and professional relationships between the owners and all members of the design team nurtures creative design solutions, encourages budgetary responsibility, and produces a successful, sustainable end product.

With more than 100 completed projects, we continue to be privileged and honored to work with world-class clients, architects and design teams. We look forward to future collaboration and success.

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Our Team

  • Albert “Rusty” Cadaret III – President

    Mr. Cadaret possesses a valuable foundation in actual hands-on audio systems engineering and on-site installations. His experience includes component level analysis and repair of digital and analog circuits, programming, and computer-aided design and drafting. His participation in sophisticated, million dollar projects, to smaller installations, allows him to bring together the theory of “budget driven” design and practical application.

    Selected Project Experience

    • 12th PWCS High School, Manassas, VA

    • Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington, DE

    • Venice High School Performing Arts Center, Venice, FL

    • The Benjamin School Fine Arts Complex, North Palm Beach, FL

    • South Florida Community College Theatre for the Performing Arts, Avon Park, FL

    • St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL

    • Miami City Commission Chambers, Miami, FL

    • A & M University – Charles Winter Wood Theatre, Tallahassee, FL

    • Lehman Theatre at Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL

    • The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, FL

    • Gibbs Performing Arts Auditorium, St. Petersburg, FL

    • Proctor Auditorium, Utica, NY

    • Glass Auditorium, Lynchburg, VA

    • Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL

    Professional Development

    • Advanced TEF Training

    • Syn-Aud Con/Workshops (Electroacoustics and Horns II)

    • Crown IQ Certification Program

    • Certified SIM Engineer

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC)

  • Stephen Placido, ASTC – Vice President

    During Mr. Placido’s more than 25 years as a theatre design consultant he has successfully completed more than 100 projects throughout the U.S and abroad. In collaboration with owners, architects and design team members, Mr. Placido has facilitated the successful execution of high quality projects by developing programming narratives, and designing acoustics, audio/video, stage lighting, rigging systems, and motorized pit lift systems.

    Selected Project Experience

    • The Benjamin School Fine Arts Complex, North Palm Beach, FL

    • International School of Panama Fine Arts Center, Panama City, Panama

    • School Performing Arts Center, Venice, FL

    • Florida A & M University – Charles Winter Wood Theatre, Tallahassee, FL

    • The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter, FL

    • The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, FL

    • St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL

    • South Florida Community College Theatre for the Performing Arts, Avon Park, FL

    • American School Fine Arts Center, Santiago, Chile

    • Seventh Avenue Transit Village Black Box Theatre, Miami, FL

    • Margaret Ann Russell JCC Studio Theatre, Miami, FL

    • Naples Players Theatre, Naples, FL

    • Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach, FL

    • Miami Senior High School, Miami, FL


    • Sustainable Design for Places of Performance – AIA Florida Annual Conference (2004)

    • Acoustic Design for Places of Performance – AIA Florida Chapters

    • Architectural Design for Places of Performance – AIA Florida Chapters

    • Stage Lighting Design – Illuminating Engineer Society – Tampa, FL

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC)

    • Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    • Associate Member of the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association, Inc. (FEFPA)


    • Bachelor of Fine Arts/Theatre Design – University of Florida

  • Albert C. Mathers – Design Consultant

    Albert (Al) has spent 28 years as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for professional dance and theatre. He has managed or designed over 500 different productions in more than 150 theatres, working with some of the most highly praised and respected artists in the industry. He has specialized knowledge and understanding of the diverse technical and artistic attributes required to produce a variety of programs and productions in theatres and performance spaces throughout the United States.

    Selected Project Experience

    • Florida A&M University – Tucker Hall, Tallahassee, FL

    • South Florida Community College, Avon Park, FL

    • Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL

    • Dover High School, Dover, MD

    • Boca Ciega High School, Gulfport, FL

    • St. Cloud High School, St. Cloud, FL

    • Strahan High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    • Community of Hope Church, West Palm Beach, FL

    • Miami Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach, FL


    • Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Stage Management – North Carolina School of the Arts, Dept. of Design and Production

    Professional Experience

    • ACM Consulting, West Palm Beach, FL – President, Technical Consultant

    • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lee, MA – Production Manager, Lighting Designer/Director

    • Rudolf Nuryev Farewell Tour – Lighting Director

    • Garth Fagan Dance Company – Lighting Director

    • Always Patsy Cline, Florida Stage, Manalapan, FL – Lighting Designer

    • Mark Morris Dance Company, Brooklyn, NY – Production Manager, Lighting Designer/Director

    • Ballet Florida, West Palm Beach, FL – Production Manager, Lighting Designer/Director

    • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY – Assistant Technical Director

    • Limelight Productions, Lee, MA – Lighting and Rigging Installation

    • Sprung Dance Floor Construction and Installation Consultant

  • Ann Cadaret, Assistant to Stephen Placido

    Ann Cadaret received her MFA in Scenic Design from Penn State University and has many years of teaching experience, most recently at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, as Associate Professor of Theatre. Her scenic design work has been seen at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beach Atlantic University, The Riverside Theatre and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She is a consummate theatre professional and we are grateful to have her creative spirit.

    Professional Experience

    • American University of Sharjah

    • Palm Beach Atlantic University

    • MultiEntertainment Productions

    • Palm Beach Community College

    • Dreyfoos School of Arts

    • Bak Middle School of Arts

    • Barbizon Lighting

    • Placido-Mara, Inc.

    • The Delray Beach Playhouse

    • The Lake Worth Playhouse

    • Florida Atlantic University

    • Palm Beach DramaWorks

    • Florida Grand Opera/Palm Beach Opera

    • Theatre Club (Florida Stage)

    • Riverside Theatre

    • Burt Reynolds Institute Theatre


    • Post-graduate: Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach Community College

    • M. F. A. Scenic Design Pennsylvania State University, 1989

    • B. F. A. Design/Tech University of Florida, 1986

    • Richmond College, London, England summer 1983