Members A – Z

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Members

Ian Albery

Practice

Théâtre Entente

Contact

ian.albery@gmail.com

Status

Member since April 1964

Trade and academic qualifications

Apprenticed (1957) to Resident Stage Manager, New Theatre, Oxford

Practical venue experience and relevant background

DSM ‘Westside Story’, HM’s Theatre, 1958; Chief Electrician ‘American Ballet Theatre Co’ (Western Europe & Russia), 1959/60; Stage or Production Manager for over 50 West End productions, 1961/70; Producer or Co-Producer for 28 West End productions, 1976/84. President: Society of London Theatre 1977/79; Trustee: The Theatres Trust 1977/96. CEO: Wyndham Theatres Ltd, Theatre of Comedy and Sadler’s Wells Trust.

Projects

Whitehall Theatre, London (1986)
Restoration of Art Deco theatre; awarded Grade 2 listed status on completion; 650 seat capacity

Former Royalty, renamed Peacock Theatre, London (1996)
Business planning for LSE and restoration as dual Lecture Hall (LSE)/1,000 seat Dance Theatre (programmed by Sadlers Wells)

Rebuilding of Sadler’s Wells Theatre (1,600 seats) & Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre (300 seats) (1995-98)
£32 million Dance Theatre complex: Architect’s brief and theatre design consultant for the entire rebuilding project in association with Carr & Angier as theatre equipment consultants

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Management consultancy, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery

Peter Angier

Practice

Carr and Angier

Contact

peter@carrandangier.co.uk

Status

Member since March 1977

Matt Atwood

Practice

Arup Venue Consulting

Contact

matt@atwood.me.uk

Status

Member since December 2012

Trade and academic qualifications

MA.Cantab
Ph.D
CEng

Practical venue experience and relevant background

15 years as practitioner: Production Manager; Draftsman; Lighting Designer.

Projects

Comedy Theatre, London (completion: 2010)
Design and Historic Buildings Statement and full recording report and survey for English Heritage assessment.

Cross District Community Cultural Centre, Hong Kong (2010; ongoing)
Detailed design of versatile courtyard theatre within multi-space venue.

Barbican Theatre BITE Seasons, London (2000 - 2007)
Design and specification of performance arena and seating layouts for a wide variety of internationally sourced productions requiring bespoke solutions in the Barbican Centre, and other found spaces.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Workshops

Martin Bailey

Practice

Theatre Projects

Contact

mjlb189@gmail.com

Status

Member since October 2015

Chris Baldwin

Practice

Retired

Contact

chrisbaldwin1000@gmail.com

Status

Member since June 1993

Trade and academic qualifications

HND (Stage Management) Central School Speech & Drama

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Repertory, repertoire, receiving house and touring theatre management. Theatre consultant, initially with Theatre Projects Consultants 1970-76. ACT 1977 to present day.

Projects

Arts Depot, North Finchley, London
Design of the flexible 400-seat Main Theatre and the 150-seat Studio Theatre, as part of the Brief to Developers and the subsequent construction.

The Spa Bridlington
Design and specification for refurbishment & upgrading of theatre infrastructure 1930s Royal Hall and the Edwardian Spa Theatre

The Playhouse, Harlow
Feasibility study in respect of redevelopment or replacement.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

Gerbrand Borgdorff

Practice

Theateradvies

Contact

gerbrand@theateradvies.nl

Status

Member since April 2003

Trade and academic qualifications

10 years of experience as executive producer; 6 years as assistant theatre consultant.
Since 2000 owner / director of theatre consultancy practice.

Projects

Musis Sactrum Arnhem (2017)
Design and specification of stage machinery, project management and supervision

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam renovation of stage machinery and new auditorium. (2011)
Specification of stage machinery, tendering, project supervision

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, (2009)
Specification of stage machinery, tendering and project supervision

Services

Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Workshops

Richard Bunn

Practice

Arup Venue Consulting

Contact

richard.bunn@arup.com

Status

Member since September 2011

Liz Bury

Practice

Sound Space Vision

Contact

liz.bury@soundspacevision.com

Status

Member since May 2009

Trade and academic qualifications

B.Ed Theatre Arts and Education
BA (Hons) Architecture and Environmental Design
B.Arch (Hons) Nottingham

Practical venue experience and relevant background

16 years in theatre consultancy; former Head of Drama in Stage School

Projects

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 2015 (with Penoyre & Prasad Architects)
TC project manager for new build flytower, studio and BOH onto existing listed Phipps / Matcham auditorium / theatre increasing seat count to 700

IET Savoy Place, London 2015 (with Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects)
Designer and project manager for award-winning refurbishment of IET flagship HQ: 460 and 190 seat lecture theatres with performance: including lighting designer to front of house event spaces

Annette Strauss Artist Square, Dallas 2010 (with Foster + Partners)
Seating and sightlines for diverse outdoor performances - theatre, dance, festivals, accommodating audiences up to 5000

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications

Hazel Clover

Hazel Clover

Practice

Theatre Projects

Contact

hclover@theatreprojects.com
+44 788 7537 842

Status

Member since December 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

MA (Merit) Theatre Consultancy (Warwick University) BSc Psychology (Open University - ongoing) IOSH Managing Safely; Prince II Foundation

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Hazel Clover is an arts management consultant with 30 years of experience working in theatres and arts venues. In her earlier career, Hazel worked for Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal and Ipswich Corn Exchange in marketing, programming and operational roles before taking a senior role managing theatre and arts services for Ipswich Borough Council. Her expertise is on strategy planning, feasibility, business planning and options appraisals, with a particular focus on governance and operational management, programme planning and organisational development modelling. Hazel's management experience includes refurbishment and capital projects, orchestra residencies and festivals. Hazel served as Interim Manager for De Montfort Hall in Leicester and Castle Theatre Wellingborough. Hazel was a founding Director of Clover Theatre Management 2009 - 2019. Hazel’s venue management experience gives her a core understanding on what operators, audiences and performers require from a venue and how the design and functionality can aid business sustainability, operational efficiency, increase usage and programming, and further aid artistic and audience development. Hazel has worked as a consultant with Theatre Projects since 2014 during which time she has worked on projects across the UK and internationally. Hazel is a Director and Trustee of the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.

Services

Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Management consultancy, Workshops,

Paul Covell

Practice

Paul Covell Theatre and Lighting Consultants

Contact

paul@paulcovell.co.uk

Status

Member since December 1990

Trade and academic qualifications

Theatre Practitioner

Practical venue experience and relevant background

1968-82 Technician/Lighting Designer/ Technical Manager at various producing, West End and dance theatres; Consultant since 1982, initially with John Wyckham Associates. Formed own practice in 1990.

Projects

Gateacre School, Liverpool
Planning advice, and design/specification of technical systems in BSF school specialising in performing arts with 300 seat theatre.

The Pierhead Building, Cardiff
Design/specification of seating and technical systems including a-v, in existing listed exhibition/meeting hall.

Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Planning advice, and design/specification of technical systems in existing arts centre with new 400 seat theatre.

Services

Auditorium design, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications

Paul Crosbie

Practice

Plann

Contact

paul@plann.co

Status

Member since November 2011

Projects

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury UK (2011) Keith Williams Architects
Building-wide functional planning, auditorium planning and sightline modelling, bespoke seating design, stage engineering, lighting and audio-visual systems design, tendering, procurement and site co-ordination for 1,200 proscenium house and 150 seat flexible studio.

The Cube, Corby (2011) Hawkins Brown Architects
Auditorium planning and sightline modelling, specialist fixed and curved retractable seating system, technical systems development and site co-ordination for 450 seat flexible proscenium house and 60 seat flexible studio.

Nottingham Contemporary (2010) Caruso St John Architects
Technical systems design and site co-ordination for a flexible, ‘found’ performance space.

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage machinery, Workshops

Tom Davis

Practice

Theatre Projects

Contact

tdavis@theatreprojects.com

Status

Member since January 2005

George Ellerington

Practice

Arup Venue Consulting

Contact

george.ellerington@arup.com

Status

Member since March 2018

Michael Elliott

Practice

Sound Space Vision

Contact

mike.elliott@soundspacevision.com

Status

Member since December 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

MA Theatre Consultancy, The University of Warwick (2012)
BA (Hons) Theatre Design, Nottingham Trent University (2004)

Projects

Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex (2015)
Refurbishment of the Grade II* listed building as an interdisciplinary arts hub. Theatre planning and internal project management from Stage D through to completion

The Light, Friends House, Euston (2014)
Refurbishment of the Grade II Large Meeting House, a flexible 1,000 seat space. Auditorium design, planning and internal project management from competition through to completion

Ruddock PAC, King Edward's School, Birmingham (2012)
400 seat concert hall and 120 seat studio theatre. Tender through to completion

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications

Giles Favell

Practice

Independent

Contact

giles@gilesfavell.com

Status

Member since January 2010

Trade and academic qualifications

LAMDA DIP. 37 years professional theatre experience

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Stage Management in regional theatre, Production Manager at LAMDA and RADA, Principal Designer at Steeldeck, and Senior Consultant (Stage Engineering) at Charcoalblue. Patents for various inventions.

Projects

National Theatre, London, UK (2014)
NT Future Project. Seating design for the new Dorfman Theatre, including the new ‘Seat Boxes’

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, UK (2014)
New Build, with state-of-the-art flying systems - rolling, de-mountable lighting bridges and adjustable / demountable proscenium arch

Tobacco Factory Theatre, UK (2013)
A new auditorium with eight designed formats, a 20% increase in capacity and greatly improved sight-lines and comfort.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage machinery, Workshops

Roger Fox

Roger Fox

Practice

Theatreplan

Contact

roger@theatreplan.co.uk
020 7841 0448

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

Theatre practitioner

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Roger is a theatre consultant with a wealth of experience and expertise in theatre planning and stage engineering.

Roger has over 50 years in theatre including 12 years as Technical Manager of The Barbican Centre and he is Chairman of ABTT Historical Research Committee.

Roger began his career in entertainment, working as a floor assistant at the BBC.  Roger later went into theatre and in 1981 was approached to work at the brand-new Barbican Centre, where he became Technical Manager for its first 11 years. Roger was responsible for all technical operations and developing the facilities in the 2,000-seat Barbican Hall and other auditoria.

For Theatreplan, he has brought this knowledge to a wide range of important heritage theatre projects, including at the Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and the Victoria Hall and the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, which was one of Roger’s first, and biggest projects, involving the re-purposing of a former cinema into a major touring venue. 

Projects

Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre, London, (2018)
With Haworth Tompkins, Roger ensured technical installations were cleverly concealed within the beautiful ceiling. An innovative suspension system placed acoustic banners, hoists and tracks in the roof, preserving the ceiling’s visual impact and allowing the widest range of activities.

Norwich University of the Arts (Ongoing)
The Duke Street Riverside redevelopment for Norwich University of the Arts includes a 300 seat lecture theatre. The design allows for future teaching of drama and technical theatre skills.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane London (2008)
Project management of the recording, partial removal and later reinstatement of Grade 1 listed water hydraulic stage machinery.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Stage lighting, Stage sound and communications, Workshops,

Paul Franklin

Paul Franklin

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

paul.franklin@charcoalblue.com
07831 092650

Status

Member since November 2011

Jeremy Godden

Practice

Retired

Contact

jeremygodden743@gmail.com

Status

Member since October 1986

Gavin Green

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

gavin.green@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

Diploma in Architecture - University of Greenwich
BA (Hons) Architecture (International) - Huddersfield Polytechnic

Practical venue experience and relevant background

13 years experience as a theatre design consultant. Co-founder of Charcoalblue in 2004.

Projects

Cottesloe, National Theatre with Haworth Tompkins
Refurbishment of NT’s most successful space, improving audience comfort, sightlines, flexibility & increasing capacity by 100 seats.

New Marlowe Theatre Canterbury (2011) with Keith Williams Architects
Design of new 1,200-seats #1 touring house and 200-seat studio and building wide planning on historic urban site.

RSC Redevelopment, Stratford-upon-Avon (2010) with Bennetts Associates
Design of 1,000 seat thrust stage theatre with scenic stage and building wide planning integrated into a historic building.

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines

Len Greenwood

Practice

Retired

Contact

greenwoodleonard249@gmail.com

Status

Member since June 1986

Peter Ruthven Hall

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

peter.ruthvenhall@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

MA, BA, Dip(Arch)

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Set and costume designer; exhibition and event designer; co-author of three books on British scenography

Projects

Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London (2013-14)
Development of seating prototypes to fit into the new flexible tiering system within the original shell of the former Cottesloe Theatre.

Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey NI (2009)
This new theatre supports drama, music and dance performances as well as commercial events and conferences.

Crucible Theatre and Studio, Sheffield (2008-9)
Refurbishment of both auditoria enabled current access and adaptability standards to be incorporated.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

Practice

Retired

Contact

iotc@harrisfam.plus.com

Status

Member since February 2010

Trade and academic qualifications

BSc MSc CEng FREng FIOA

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Following a BSc in Physics from Warwick University, Rob was a theatre sound engineer, mixing musicals such as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar.

With a MSc from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University he then worked in acoustic consulting. Rob returned to performing arts design at Arup, leaving after 33 years as an Arup Fellow and a Director of acoustics, theatre design and the Arts & Culture business.

He formed Rob Harris Design Limited, providing auditorium acoustic and theatre design services.

Rob is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

From 2016 - 2019 Rob was a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton. He continues as a Visiting Professor and is a Visiting Lecturer at University College London.

Andy Hayles

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

andy@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since February 2001

Trade and academic qualifications

BA (Hons) English and Drama, Sheffield University

Practical venue experience and relevant background

14 years in theatre consultancy, a further 6 years as a practitioner. Founder of Charcoalblue Ltd.

Projects

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (with Bennetts Architects)
Open in 2010, this new 1,000 seat thrust-stage theatre will build on the RSC Courtyard Theatre’s success and provide a unique home for Shakespeare.

Young Vic Theatre, London (with Haworth Tompkins Architects)
Acclaimed as the best value theatre project in the lottery era, this three theatre complex opened in 2005 and was a Stirling Prize short-listed nominee.

National Theatre, London (with Haworth Tompkins Architects)
Having opened the National Theatre’s Studio complex in 2007, Charcoalblue have been appointed to the National Theatre’s Redevelopment Project.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

Michael Holden

Michael Holden

Practice

Adrian James Acoustics

Contact

michaeldholden@btinternet.com

Status

Member since January 1974

Trade and academic qualifications

PHD, MA, BA(Hons)

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Trained as a stage manager he produced in London and the regions before joining Theatre Projects Consultants in 1970.  He formed his own consultancy practice in 1976. Consultant to UNESCO 1970–2005.

Founder and first chairman of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith 1978–84.   Theatre Consultant to Shakespeare’s Globe 1971-1998 and chief executive following Sam Wanamaker’s death in 1993 until 1998.  Consultant to the Barbican Arts Centre for management 1979–1984 and theatre consultant for the Concert Hall, conference rooms and cinemas.  He has designed more than 60 auditoria.

Michael is currently chair of Institute of Theatre Consultants.

Projects in own practice include:

  • Grand Opera House, York: Recovery of historic theatre.
    Millennium Forum Theatre, Derry: Adaptable new major touring drama and opera venue. 
  • Birmingham Town Hall: Refurbishment of Grade I concert hall.
  • Malt Cross, Nottingham: Recovery of a Grade II listed music hall built in 1871.
  • Hampton Hill Playhouse: New 200 seat ‘courtyard’ style theatre for a major amateur theatre company.
  • Rose Theatre, Kingston: Stage 1 design and construction of the shell of the theatre to receive non-proscenium regional productions in their original staging form, first business plan for the theatre.

Projects

Hampton School Theatre
450-seat theatre with facility for flat floor stage through auditorium using curved retractable seating (with Adrian James Acoustics).

The Friary Centre, Liverpool
Rehearsal studio for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in adapted Grade II building designed by Pugin and Pugin (with Adrian James Acoustics).

Pipers Corner School
398-seat theatre adaptable to scenic or thrust forms, or stage & auditorium flat at the same level (with Adrian James Acoustics).

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Management consultancy, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops,

Louis Janssen

Practice

Theateradvies

Contact

louis@theateradvies.nl

Status

Member since January 2003

Trade and academic qualifications

Stage Management, Juilliard School, New York

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Over 30 years as practitioner on stage as stagehand, fly-man, electrician, stage manager and technical director. Both resident and touring. Since 2001 co-founder and owner of ‘Theateradvies bv’, a Dutch theatre consultancy firm. President of OISTAT since 2009.

Planning and design in all aspects of theatre buildings, collaboration with architects, principles, users and design team members, technical equipment planning, design and specification of lighting, audio visual, communication, rigging and stage equipment.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Workshops

David Ludlam

Practice

Theatreplan

Contact

dave@theatreplan.co.uk

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

BSc(Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Control and software engineer; Engineering Manager for Royal Shakespeare Company (14 years)

Projects

Helsinki City Theatre (2014 - present)
Stage machinery replacement in the Large and Small Theatres including large revolve with embedded stage elevators.

Barbican Centre (2010 - present)
Replacement of the Theatre grid and power flying system and upgrades of the Concert Hall rigging, piano lift and stage risers.

Sydney Opera House (2004 - present)
Numerous projects for this iconic venue including stage machinery replacement in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (on-site May 2017), Drama Theatre feasibility study, site-wide stage management system, IPTV system and safety audits.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Stage machinery, Workshops

Iain Mackintosh

Practice

Retired

Contact

themackintosh@virginmedia.com

Status

Member since May 1971

Keith McLaren

Practice

Carr and Angier

Contact

keith@carrandangier.co.uk

Status

Member since June 1986

Anne Minors

Practice

Sound Space Vision

Contact

anne.minors@soundspacevision.com

Status

Member since June 1993

Neil Morton

Practice

Independent

Contact

neil@neilmorton.co.uk

Status

Member since February 2008

Torsten Nobling

Practice

AIX

Contact

torsten.nobling@aix.se

Status

Member since November 2011

Clive Odom

Practice

Theatreplan

Contact

clive@theatreplan.co.uk

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

45+ years of professional theatre experience

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Stage Manager, Theatre Technician, Lighting Designer, Sound Technician, Production Manager, Engineering Manager.

Projects

Helsingin Kaupungin Teatteri (2014 and continuing)
Complete refurbishment of two theatres, including all stage equipment - specifier / designer.

Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre (2011 and continuing)
Replacing grid, power flying system and stage lifts - specifier / designer.

Opera and Ballet Theatre, Astana, Kazakhstan (2009)
Over and understage equipment - specifier / designer for new Opera House.

Services

Auditorium design, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Workshops

Ian Rees

Ian Rees

Practice

Adrian James Acoustics

Contact

ian@adrianjamesacoustics.co.uk
(01603) 721511

Status

Member since December 2012

Trade and academic qualifications

BSc(Hons) Software Systems for the Arts and Media
PGDip IoA Acoustics and Noise Control
PGDip IoTC Theatre Consultancy

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Ian qualified in Software Systems for the Arts and Media at the University of Hertfordshire in 1999 and found his way, after a stint as a Model Designer at Legoland Windsor, to the Orpheus Centre in Godstone, Surrey. He worked there for four years as a Music Technologist, running the theatre and recording studios and providing technical support for performances at a variety of venues including the Royal Opera House, Hampton Court, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Glastonbury festival. In 2004 Ian studied for the Institute of Acoustics Diploma at NESCOT and won the IOA Diploma Prize.

He joined Adrian James Acoustics in March 2005, where he specialises in computer modelling, sound system design, auralisation and visualisation of performance spaces. His work in computer modeling includes providing training and support for CATT-Acoustic modelling software to other acousticians throughout the UK. Alongside acoustic design, Ian also works on other aspects of performance space design including seating and sightlines, stage lighting and AV systems. Ian was the first to be awarded the IoTC Diploma in Theatre Consultancy at the University of Warwick in 2012.

Projects

Pipers Corner School Theatre, High Wycombe (2016)
Acoustic design, sound system design, co-design of theatre systems for 300-seat theatre.

King's College School, Wimbledon (2017)
Design and specification of performance lighting, sound and AV systems for 250-seat recital hall.

Great Hall, Kent College Canterbury (2019)
Auditorium design, acoustic design, design and specification of performance lighting, sound, AV and stage machinery systems for 600-seat convertible auditorium for music and drama.

Services

Acoustics, Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications,

Christopher Richardson

Practice

Independent

Contact

christopher@cngr.co.uk

Status

Member since June 1993

John Riddell

Practice

Theatre Projects

Contact

jriddell@theatreprojects.com

Status

Member since November 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

BA (Hons) History and Drama
MA Theatre Consultancy

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Before joining TPC in 2008, John spent over twenty years as a technician, lighting designer and production manager, in venues from tiny arts centres to arenas and on shows ranging from small scale touring theatre to opera.

Projects

Milton Court GSMD, London (completion: 2013)
Theatre equipment for school studio theatre, theatre, concert hall, TV studio and rehearsal rooms

Big Telly, Otherworld (completion: 2012)
Feasibility study for proposed 150 seat floating, touring water theatre

Manor CE Academy, York (completion: 2012)
Theatre equipment and planning advice for 200 seat school venue

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

Steve Roberts

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

steve.roberts@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since June 2007

Alan Russell

Practice

Retired

Contact

alangrussell@btinternet.com

Status

Member since July 1978

Emma Savage

Practice

Carr and Angier

Contact

emma@carrandangier.co.uk

Status

Member since January 1998

Matthew Smethurst-Evans

Practice

Theatreplan

Contact

mathew@theatreplan.co.uk

Status

Member since November 2010

Trade and academic qualifications

BA (Hons) Theatre Studies - Stage Management and Technical Arts

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama; sound designer at the National Theatre; freelance sound designer / engineer

Projects

Lyric Theatre,Belfast (completion: 2010)
Design of sound and communication systems for Belfast’s new repertory theatre.

West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield (completion: 2010)
Design of lighting, sound and communications systems for performing arts, media and music departments, including 250 seat adaptable studio theatre.

School Centre for Education and the Arts, American School, London (2009)
Specification of a bespoke conferencing/lecture system within theatre (also by Theatreplan)

Services

Stage sound and communications

David Staples

Practice

Retired

Contact

davidstaples@moderntheatres.org

Status

Member since October 1986

Jon Stevens

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

jon.stevens@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since February 2008

Andre Tammes

Practice

Independent

Contact

andre@ldp.net

Status

Member since December 1972

Flip Tanner

Practice

Stage Right Theatre Consultants

Contact

flip.tanner@srtcltd.co.uk
01386 313169 / 07815 326169

Status

Member since December 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

Churchill Fellow 2008; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Member of Association of British Theatre Technicians; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1987- 1989) Stage Management & Technical Course; East Midlands Electricity Board (1980 -1987) City & Guilds 236 parts I & II; City & Guilds 236 C (advanced) Course (Distinction)

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Flip has thirty years of experience with the last 16 years focused on venue consultancy. Flip’s experience includes two decades with the Royal Shakespeare Company, culminating as Project Coordinator for the RSC’s transformation project. Flip was Head of the UK office for Fisher Dachs Associates, followed by 3 years with Charcoalblue as a Senior Consultant. He has amassed many credits, including Theatre Planner, Stage Manager, Videographer and Technical Director working with Designers and Directors including Katie Mitchell, Sir Peter Hall and Michael Boyd.

Projects

The Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera Hong Kong, (completion: 2018)
TC team leader

The Royal Academy of Music London, (completion: 2017)
TC team leader

The Rose Theatre Kingston (completion: 2017)
TC team leader and auditorium design

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

Jack Tilbury

Practice

Plann

Contact

jack@plann.co

Status

Member since February 2008

Alex Wardle

Practice

Charcoalblue

Contact

alex.wardle@charcoalblue.com

Status

Member since January 2011

Trade and academic qualifications

BSc, MA

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Freelance lighting designer
Former production manager (Kneehigh Theatre, 1999-2005)
Theatre consultant for Arup (2005-2011)

Projects

National Theatre, London
NT Future project - refurbishment of Cottesloe, relocation of workshops

Chichester Festival Theatre, UK
Refurbishment of 1962 theatre

Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin (2009)
Design of production lighting systems for new 2111 seat theatre

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Workshops

Mick Way

Practice

Theatretech

Contact

mick@theatretech.net

Status

Member since December 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

Dip A.D., Diploma Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Practical venue experience and relevant background

35 years as theatre consultant; Art College; Drama College; 5 years in repertory, touring and rock and roll; own promotions company staging events, industrials, exhibitions etc.; 2.5 years with Theatre Projects Consultants.

Projects

National Theatre of Cyprus (2011)
Supervision of installation of all electrical and theatre systems and equipment, including motorised rigging, orchestra elevators, lighting, audio, etc. on 2 auditoria.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2010)
Specialist design of 2 complex lecture auditoria (one can be divided into 2); integrated audio visual systems, audio and lighting, and IP distance learning capabilities.

Jeddah TV Complex, Saudi Arabia (2007)
Design development for 3-studio complex; design and specification of all digital systems, broadcast, OB vans, studio rigging & lighting.

Services

Auditorium design, Box office, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

John Whitaker

Practice

Theatreplan

Contact

john@theatreplan.co.uk

Status

Member since February 2008

Trade and academic qualifications

Theatre practitioner

Projects

St James Theatre, London (2012)
312 seat auditorium and studio space for 100 seated or 150 standing. The lack of over-stage space required innovative solutions for rigging over the flexible stage area.

Theatre at the Mill - Newtonabbey NI (2009)
400 seat proscenium theatre with a full fly tower. Retractable seating and an auditorium elevator allows a rapid turn around between seated audience and flat floor configuration.

The Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis,Singapore (2008)
An experimental theatre with the versatility to be transformed into a whole range of stage and auditorium styles within its spherical enclosure.

Services

Feasibility study, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications, Workshops

David Wilmore

Practice

Theatresearch

Contact

david@theatresearch.co.uk

Status

Member since December 1997

Sam Wise

Practice

Independent

Contact

sam.wise@venue-strategies.co.uk

Status

Member since November 2007

Neill Woodger

Practice

Neill Woodger Acoustics and Theatre Design

Contact

neillwoodger@mac.com

Status

Member since November 2011

Trade and academic qualifications

BSc MIOA

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Consultant in acoustics, theatre planning and design and theatre technical systems. 24 years at Arup as director of acoustics and theatre consulting groups, now an independent acoustics and theatre consultant

Projects

Pontio, Bangor, Wales (ongoing)
Project director for acoustics, theatre design and technical systems for multiformat theatres, now client adviser for theatre systems procurement.

Arcola Theatre, London, UK (2012)
Technical advisor for repurposing paint factory into new theatre, and site selection, and project director for feasibility, concept design for new-build theatre.

Copenhagen Arena, Denmark (2011)
Business planning, feasibility, brief preparation and concept design for 15,000 seat entertainment arena.

Services

Acoustics, Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Business planning, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications

Associates

Jason Barnes

Practice

Plann

Contact

jason@plann.co

Status

Associate since February 2020

Ed Elbourne

Ed Elbourne

Practice

Arup Venue Consulting

Contact

ed.elbourne@arup.com
+44 7881 274712

Status

Associate since July 2016

Trade and academic qualifications

MEng Systems Engineering, University of Warwick

MSc Audio Acoustics, University of Salford

Practical venue experience and relevant background

I am a venue designer with 10 years' experience specialising in acoustics, venue planning and theatre lighting technologies, currently working on projects around the world with Arup.

I also provide freelance lighting design and production manager services for theatre productions, most recently working with Blind Summit, Curious Directive and Dumbshow Theatre. A portfolio of my work is available at: www.edelbourne.co.uk

I write a blog about my interests including live performance and the impact of the spaces in which they happen.

Projects

Acoustic design of the Royal Academy of Music, London (2018). Winner of the Peter Lord Award 2019

Lead venue and acoustic designer of the Bijloke concert hall refurbishment, Ghent (2020).

Caudan Arts Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius (2018). This 430-seat venue serves as a link between emerging and established Mauritian artists and the finest international productions.

Services

Acoustics, Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications,

Tapio Ilomaki

Practice

Akukon

Contact

tapio.ilomaki@akukon.fi

Status

Associate since January 2015

Trade and academic qualifications

MA, light and sound design, Finnish theatre academy

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Lighting and sound designer: Tampere Theatre; Tampere Workers’ Theatre; Oulu City Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre

Projects

Rovaniemi City Theatre (2015)
Project management and design for lighting, sound, AV and stage mechanical systems in all stages; functional and accessibility studies in public and technical areas.

Svenska Teater i Helsingfors (2013)
Project management and design for lighting, sound, AV, acoustics and stage mechanical systems in all stages; functional and accessibility studies in public and technical areas; sightline studies and auditory design.

Stavanger Konserthus (2012)
Technical and engineering design for sound and AV systems in concert hall and multipurpose venue.

Services

Auditorium design, Brief preparation, Feasibility study, Seating and sightlines, Stage lighting, Stage machinery, Stage sound and communications

Mylan Lester

Practice

Independent

Contact

mylan@creationlogics.co.uk

Status

Associate since May 2016

Mark Lovell

Practice

Independent

Contact

mark.lovell@kirkmantle.uk

Status

Associate since October 2018

Robert Mitchell

Practice

Independent

Contact

robert@rtminternational.com.au

Status

Associate since January 2015

Jeffrey Phillips

Practice

Independent

Contact

jeffphillips@blueyonder.co.uk

Status

Associate since March 2006

Richard Stuart

Practice

Independent

Contact

richardstuart@bigpond.com

Status

Associate since May 2010

Robin Townley

Practice

Independent

Contact

robin@abtt.org.uk

Status

Associate since July 2010

Trade and academic qualifications

BA (Hons), FETC

Practical venue experience and relevant background

Stage Electrician; Client Contact for lighting and sound hire company; Co-ordinating Lecturer in Performance Venue Systems

Projects

Rambert Dance Company, London, Dance Studios (2010-current)
Representing the client in all matters of Rambert’s new headquarters to be located within the cultural quarter on the South Bank

University Theatre Project, Australia (2010)
Expert witness report on viability of 1958 hall facing listing on the South Australian Heritage Register as a "State Heritage Place"

The Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, Studio Theatre, Dance Studios (2009)
State of the art DanceHouse to accommodate massive participation and the presentation of self-produced and touring dance performance

Services

Brief preparation, Feasibility study