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Theatreplan Strengthens Team with Five New Appointments

Theatreplan Strengthens Team with Five New Appointments

Theatreplan has welcomed five new members of staff, just prior to and during the pandemic, to assist the company in meeting the demands of current and future projects.

Andy Josephs joined Theatreplan at the end of 2019 from the Bridge Theatre where he had been head of sound, and part of the small technical team that created and opened the theatre in 2017. Prior to this Andy worked as a sound technician at London's Almeida Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, and the St James Theatre, London. Since joining Theatreplan, Andy has been engaged on designing and specifying sound systems for a large school theatre in China and is also an integral part of the team working on the major upgrading project at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and the major technical infrastructure redesign at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore.

Peter Crockett joined Theatreplan as junior stage engineer in summer 2021 and will be supporting the team on many of our most prestigious stage engineering projects. Peter graduated in 2019 with an MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Bristol. He subsequently worked with the Cotswold Canals Trust and was involved in Project Velocity Research Lab at the University of Bristol, which is researching into optimisation of chain drives for the British Olympic Cycling Team. Peter is a keen photographer and maker and joined to combine his love of engineering with a deep interest in the arts. He is working on our stage engineering projects at Royal Albert Hall and Playhouse in Copenhagen.

Andrea Sinigaglia and Anthony Grieveson both joined in 2020 to further deepen the building information modelling expertise within the company. Both had significant experience working for commercial architecture practices, but also had an abiding interest in theatre design. Anthony graduated in Architecture from Liverpool University and his MA dissertation focused on auditorium acoustics. Andrea studied architecture at Universita’ di Firenze and a Master’s degree at Universita’ di Genova. His degree thesis was for a Masterplan for a ‘Music Harbour’ in the gulf of La Spezia and project for a 7,000-seat concert hall. Both are providing important support with 3D modelling for technical upgrade projects on venues around the world including at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore and Playhouse in Copenhagen.

In September 2021, Theatreplan was delighted to welcome architect and theatre planner, Lara Kerrison to the team. Her wide experience of designing for theatres whilst at RHWL and later AEDAS Arts Team, latterly as an associate, means she brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and creativity to the practice. Lara gained her degree at the University of Cambridge and post graduate qualifications at the University of Bath. Her first role was with RHWL where she worked on the detailed design and construction phases of The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s state-of-the-art Milton Court extension. Other projects included, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new costume workshop in Stratford-upon-Avon and being project architect for the award-winning Tara Theatre. Alongside new-build schemes, Lara has extensive experience working on historic and listed buildings and is currently pursuing her RIBA Conservation accreditation. Whilst at RHWL/Aedas, she worked regularly with Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, and was part of the team that delivered the highly regarded refurbishment and extension of the Grade II* listed Victoria Palace Theatre, working directly with Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Lara is currently providing theatre planning expertise for the exciting redevelopment at Yeovil Octagon which has just commenced, with Theatreplan working alongside architects FCBStudios.

15th November 2021

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