Hugh Chinnick
Lighting Consultant

Hugh Chinnick is Principle Director of Pacific Lighting in Hong Kong. Hugh began his career at the Arts Theatre Cambridge, where he was Resident Deputy Chief Electrician. He later joined the Production Electrics Department at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Sussex where he remained for 10 festival seasons, interspersed with productions for English Music Theatre, English National Opera (North), West End productions, corporate events and television productions. Hugh also established an in-house lighting design and rental department for the expanding global business portfolio for London based corporate events company, Communiqué. For 11 years, Hugh was Head of Theatre Lighting at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, when he was instrumental in establishing a formal training structure in Theatre Lighting together with the implementation of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programme. Having left the Academy to pursue his interest in architectural and theatre lighting consultancy, he has since designed and consulted for numerous projects in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Beijing. Hugh worked most recently with Theatreplan on Freespace in Hong Kong.

Hugh is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers, External Advisors Committee for the Academy’s School of Theatre & Entertainment Arts, and continues part-time teaching for the School, Hong Kong City University and Queensland University of Technology ‘Master of Lighting’ programme.

Jan De Jonge
Power & Dimming Technology Systems Analyst

Jan is an electrical engineer, with many years experience in the design and manufacture of dimming technology. In the early 1980’s Yan joined Penko Engineering as Technical Manager. In 1992 Jan became R&D Manager for Penko and formed IES(International Electronics Service) and in 1996 became Technical Director and owner of Penko Engineering and IES with installations throughout the world including the National Theatre, London, BBC, MTV studios, Aardman Animations Studios, Bristol, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opera Madrid, Opera Helsinki, TVE, ZDF, NDR, RTB and many more. Key tasks: Project leader/developer of the patented IES sine wave dimming technology, R&D management, international sales and project support. Jan’s achievements during his career in the entertainment lighting industry include sine wave dimming, developing and selling the first new dimming technology to major international clients in the entertainment market for over 30 years.

Tim Deiling
Lighting Designer

Tim trained as a Lighting Designer at Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. Lighting Design Credits Include: American Idiot (West End), Knights Of The Rose (West End), Our House (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (UK Tour), Dedication (Nuffield Theatre), Miss Atomic Bomb (St James), Crazy For You, Guys & Dolls, On The 20th Century (Guildhall), Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Aladdin, Jack & The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), Vanities, Bash (Trafalgar Studios), The Mikado (UK Tour), Miracle on 34th St (UK Tour). Tim has also worked as an Associate Lighting Designer on Scottsboro Boys (West End), White Christmas (West End), Chicago The Musical (West End, Uk Tour, International), 9 to 5 The Musical (UK Tour), Pipin (Chocolate Factory), and High School Musical 2 (UK Tour).

Virginia Kam
Lighting and Technical Consultant

Virginia is Co-Director of Pacific Lighting and jointly responsible for the business leadership and involved in the daily running of the business. She has managed and coordinated key projects in Hong Kong, Macau and China and is also Principle Designer. Virginia graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Hons) in Technical Arts (Theatre Lighting) and has been involved in the industry all her working life. Since graduating she has diversified from her passion for lighting and broadened her skills in technical and production management. She was engaged as a Technical Coordinator and Production Manager for the Hong Kong International Arts Festival 1996 and 1997 seasons and has been Technical and Production Manager for more than 30 local and international productions.

Virginia has extensive knowledge of the Hong Kong theatre industry and is actively involved with the Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians and Scenographers. She most recently worked alongside Theatreplan on Freespace in Hong Kong.

Brad Maiden
Technical Theatre Consultant

Based in Sydney, Australia, Brad has extensive experience as a project director and consultant in the entertainment, cultural and leisure sectors. Following a period managing Technology Projects at the Sydney Opera House where he was responsible for scoping, developing, and delivering large-scale technical upgrades for theatres and concert halls, Brad worked with Theatreplan on projects with Sydney Opera House, Galaxy Entertainment Group, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir,India. Brad is now the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Saber.

Neil Morton
Auditorium Designer and Theatre Planner

Neil is a highly experienced specialist theatre planning architect. After achieving his professional qualifications (BA, AA Dip Arch), he gained experience in both private and government practice before moving into theatre consultancy, where he writes briefs, creates conceptual designs and develops auditoria, stages and backstage areas. Neil worked with Theatreplan from 1999, and led the theatre planning and prepared designs for the award-winning Hampstead Theatre, London; the RIBA Sterling Prize shortlisted Lyric Theatre, Belfast; the RIBA International award-winning School of the Arts, Singapore, and internationally acclaimed Operaen Copenhagen.

Ewart Richardson
Engineering Consultant
Bosco Tan
Technology Implementation Consultant

Bosco started his career working in leading recording studios in Sydney, Australia before relocating to the United States, where he worked in some of the most acclaimed studios, including The Hit Factory in New York and Island Sound Studios in Hawaii. Returning to Australia he was appointed as Projects Operations Manager for Rutledge AV, and subsequently worked on various technology and infrastructure projects within Sydney Opera House, including the Concert Hall sound system and digital sound console upgrades, the award-winning stage management system upgrade, and the wired and wireless communications upgrade. With Theatreplan Bosco continued to develop and implement systems for Sydney Opera House, including for the recently refurbished Joan Sutherland Theatre. Bosco is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Saber where he leads the technology design team.

Mike Walker

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mike has been working in theatre sound for 35 years, splitting his time between providing consultancy for audio systems in live performance venues and designing sound for theatre shows. Two new theatres, opened in recent years, have benefitted from Mike’s design work: The Bridge Theatre for the London Theatre Company and The Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Major refurbishment works have included The Barbican Theatre where a complete replacement of the infrastructures was recently completed. At the Royal National Theatre, Mike has overseen the replacement of infrastructures in all of the venues, along with providing project management on various other audio projects including the construction of new sound studios.

Rich Walsh
Sound Designer

Rich is an experienced Sound Designer with multiple credits at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He also has a history of venue management, project management and production sound engineering – having been variously, Studio Manager of the Burton Taylor Theatre (Oxford), Acting Deputy Chief Electrician at The Oxford Playhouse, Sound Deputy at the Royal Court Theatre (during the return to the refurbished theatres in Sloane Square), Sound Manager of the Cottesloe Theatre and Acting Head of Sound at the NT.

Notable projects include designing, installing and then managing the NT’s Sound Studios – for 10 years; replacing the entire sound and communications system in the Cottesloe; upgrading the NT’s audio playback systems (twice); designing and installing the sound and communications system for the NT’s temporary theatre The Shed. Sound Designs include Table, People (NT); Under The Blue Sky (Royal Court); Primo (Music Box Theater); Vernon God Little (Young Vic); Dinner (Wyndhams); What The Night Is For (Comedy); How To Be An Other Woman (Gate Theatre); Eigengrau (Bush Theatre); Of Mice And Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep). Associate Sound Designer for The Cat In The Hat (NT & Théâtre des Abbesses, Paris). Associate Soundscape Designer for London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

John Young
Compliance and Training Consultant

With a 30-year career in the industry behind him, John is a hugely experienced theatre professional. Having studied Stage Management at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, John went on to complete residencies at several regional theatres before joining Ambassador Theatre Group in 1999 as Technical Manager at the Milton Keynes Theatre. He became ATG’s Head of Technical Services in 2001, overseeing the technical management, capital projects, training and infrastructure of the group’s UK and international venues. In 2013, he introduced technical theatre apprenticeships with ATG and he now chairs the Creative Venue Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship Consortium. He has his own consultancy and training business, John Young Creative Industries and has been working with Theatreplan as an Associate since 2016.

Performance is everything

About us

For Theatreplan, performance is everything.

We are a theatre design, and technical theatre consultancy, helping clients create amazing

spaces for performance, around the world.

The Theatreplan team is working from home through the Covid 19 period and continuing to support all our projects worldwide.


Theatreplan was founded over 30 years ago by one of the world’s first, and leading theatre consultants, Richard Brett. His legacy continues to guide our commitment to excellence and innovation in theatre design and technology.

What We Do

We provide the complete range of theatre planning and leading-edge technical design services for clients. We assist in the design of new-build theatres, work with some of the world’s leading performance venues to upgrade their facilities, and help clients create beautiful, bespoke performance spaces in refurbished buildings, schools and universities.
We can provide expert advice in upgrading theatres with important heritage significance and offer innovative solutions for technical problems.

Our Approach

Your vision, for your performance space, provides the focus and impetus for our pioneering design work. We will truly collaborate with you to understand your vision. We listen carefully so we understand what you really need from your space. We will be honest with you about what we think is achievable and the best ways to go about delivering your vision. We pride ourselves on our ability to suggest new ideas, and ways of seeing, that may not have been considered before. We openly discuss and debate our ideas with you to ensure they meet the requirements.

Why Choose Theatreplan

We have unparalleled experience and expertise, designing award winning performing arts venues, and re-imagining existing spaces, around the world. Our specialist theatre planners, auditorium designers, stage engineers, and lighting, sound, video and communications consultants have gained their knowledge and expertise through years of experience working at the highest levels, on, and in, some of the world’s leading theatres.

We understand the needs of 21st century arts practitioners, and how creatives, directors, performers and technicians think and what they need to make their performances thrill, excite and move audiences. We know how to make dynamic, flexible spaces that cater for the many and varied requirements for performance today. We know what audiences want from a venue and how to make that a reality, and understand the needs of operators, who must ensure venues are sustainable for the future.

We have an absolute commitment to ensuring client satisfaction, together with an engaging, fun and genuinely collaborative approach to the creative process.

Critically, we have a long-standing reputation for delivering what we promise.

We can’t wait to hear about your project. Please get in touch

Our Team

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Michael Atkinson
Executive Director
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Roger Fox
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Anthony Grieveson
BIM Architect
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Joel Hauxwell
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Amy Hickson
Practice Coordinator
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Andrew Josephs
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Matt Kingslake
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Dave Ludlam
Executive Director
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Chris Needle
Systems Designer
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Clive Odom
Senior Associate
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Ashley Pickles
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Barry Pritchard
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Chris Pye
Senior Associate
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Paolo Ribichesu
BIM Architect
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Andrea Sinigaglia
BIM Architect
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Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Executive Director
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Helen Walker MBE
Director of Operations
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Anniek Wasser
Senior Associate
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John Whitaker