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).

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 has worked with Theatreplan since 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.

Rich Walsh
Sound Designer
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.

Origins

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 work with some of the world’s leading performance venues but are just as excited by helping clients create beautiful, bespoke spaces for performance in schools, universities and lyric theatres, or brand-new theatres. We can provide expert advice in upgrading theatres with important heritage significance.


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, in some of the world’s leading theatres.

We understand how practitioners, directors, performers and technicians think and what they need to make their performances thrill, excite and move audiences. We also understand the needs of operators who must ensure venues are adaptable and 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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Directors
Consultants
Architects/Technical
Operations
Associates
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Michael Atkinson
Executive Director
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Roger Fox
Director
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Amy Hickson
Practice Assistant
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Matt Kingslake
Consultant
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Dave Ludlam
Executive Director
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Chris Needle
Technical Systems Designer
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Clive Odom
Director
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Ashley Pickles
Consultant
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Barry Pritchard
Senior Associate
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Paolo Ribichesu
Revit Architect
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Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Executive Director
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Helen Walker MBE
General Manager
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John Whitaker
Director