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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 in the
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