The Production Desk is run by Dan Watkins and Paul Hennessy
Dan Watkins (Director)
Dan gained a post graduate diploma in lighting design at Central
School of Speech and Drama in 1993 having completed a course in technical
theatre with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1992.
He freelanced briefly as a production electrician with both theatre
and corporate event companies before joining Christopher Richardson
at Theatre Futures and the Pleasance Theatre.
In his six years with the Pleasance he became an instrumental player
in the growth of the theatres both in London and Edinburgh. Together
Christopher and Dan designed the layout and expansion of the Edinburgh
organization, seeing it grow from 5 theatre spaces to the massive
16 venue complex that it is today.
In 1995-96 he and Christopher co-designed the Pleasance London, a
lottery funded project, which he project managed from start to finish.
Dan's technical design and project management skills were further
developed through Theatre Futures which is a theatre consultancy.
His involvement with Theatre Futures includes the technical design
and project management of lighting installations and sound and flying
systems. Dan's projects include the prestigious, first new build,
lottery funded Theatre by the Lake, Keswick and the refurbishment
of The Opera House, Jersey.
He developed a successful production management arm for Theatre Futures,
the success of which encouraged him in 2000 to set up and manage VGroup
Creative Management. Here he continued his production management and
consultancy whilst branching into the management and design of events.
In 2002, due to increasing demand, Dan formed The Production Desk
with colleague Paul Hennessy. Their thriving company operates from
its Central London office specialising in project, production and
design management for theatre and corporate events.
Paul Hennessy (Director)
Paul initially trained in 3Dimensional design, graduating with a
1st class BA Honours degree. After a number of years working closely
with architects and manufacturers, Paul became involved in theatre,
putting to use his 3D knowledge of materials and build structures,
and his dealings with clients and contractors.
Paul has worked extensively throughout the UK on touring shows, and
West End as both Production Carpenter and Production Manager.
In 1996 Paul joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a season,
and subsequently the Theatre of Comedy Company as Master Carpenter
at The Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Whilst at The Shaftesbury, Paul
oversaw a programme of incoming events that include a season by the
Royal Opera House, Rent, Lautrec and Napoleon.
Paul left The Shaftesbury Theatre in 2000 to move into full-time production
management for a producing and general management company dealing
with theatre and commercial events. Here he supervised numerous UK
and European tours, and transfers from the Royal National Theatre
into the West End.
Paul joined forces with Dan Watkins in 2002, forming The Production
Desk, with an objective to provide a comprehensive management service
to the theatre, events and design industry