Chris Needle


Chris Needle

Chris started at Theatreplan in 2017 as part of an internship programme and in early 2018 became a member of the permanent team as a Systems Designer. In 2022 he was promoted to the role of Consultant. In that time, Chris has worked extensively on projects in Asia, including East Kowloon Cultural Centre and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as the lighting systems for the Sydney Opera House and Operaen Copenhagen.

A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chris’s interest in theatre came from his involvement in a Youth Arts Programme when growing up. Originally interested in a career in acting, he found he became more fascinated by the technology happening behind the scenes, so began to focus on stage management and the technical aspects of theatre. At Guildhall he studied Technical Theatre Arts, where he followed the Theatre Technology Pathway which covered Lighting, Sound, Automation and Production Management. 

Whilst at Guildhall, Chris trained in many areas of technical theatre but specialised in production lighting, working as lighting designer for The Crucible, Herons and The (Imaginary) Misogynist; production electrician for Balm in Gilead and Opera Makers; and as a lighting programmer and technician for numerous other productions both at Guildhall and further afield. He has experience working in a variety of performance venues with a wide range of performance driven technology. An interest in architectural lighting led him to complete a work experience programme with BDP Lighting, working on the Theatre Royal Drury Lane restoration, prior to joining Theatreplan.

Most recently, Chris has been designing the production and house lighting systems for projects across the UK as well as the New Territories East Cultural Centre in Fanling.

Current Position
Systems Designer

Joined Theatreplan

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts

Relevant Projects

Operaen, Copenhagen
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East Kowloon Cultural Centre
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Shaw Auditorium, HKUST
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King's Theatre, Edinburgh
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Esplanade, Singapore
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