What makes designing for the theater special is that for about two hours a number of people will congregate for an event in a finite theater space and see designs that ideally reinforce a well conceived text...a visually poetic expression of the text, or opera, musical.... you know, the narrative.
When you talked in class about going to a site and 'feeling the space', it made me think of how Louis Kahn would famously ask his students, "what does the building WANT to be"? It's really one and the same.
(Louis Kahn building)
(Black Magic Coleus)
It all felt connected.