Michael Atkinson and Paul Connolly
UK - London-based theatre consultancy, Theatreplan LLP has announced the appointment of two new partners to the practice. With appointments that took effect from 1 October, Michael Atkinson and Paul Connolly join current partners, Roger Fox, Dave Ludlam, Clive Odom, Mathew Smethurst-Evan and John Whitaker.

Atkinson first joined Theatreplan as an associate in April 2014 where he designed the stage and working light control systems as well as dimmer engineering for the Copenhagen Opera and a range of other venues. A renowned lighting technology expert whose career has taken him from major West End shows to New York and then back to the UK where he enjoyed a long stint at the National Theatre as Head of Resources, Atkinson's proficiency in all things relating to lighting system design and energy management is nationally recognized.

As well as leading Theatreplan's lighting system designs and sustainability initiatives, Atkinson is also currently managing the delivery of services for the multi-auditoria Cross District Community Cultural Centre project in Hong Kong.

Paul Connolly joined Theatreplan as practice manager in January 2013. An experienced business manager, he worked in management and finance in engineering, the food industry and in the educational sector before joining The Theatres Trust, the National Public Body for Theatres, as its administrator in 1996.

Connolly is the first point of contact for enquiries at the practice. He manages the administration function, co-ordinates marketing initiatives and co-ordinates the compilation of tender documentation and project proposals, as well as providing day-to-day support to the other partners. He has also played a key role in the establishment of the company's Hong Kong office.

"All of us at Theatreplan are delighted to welcome two such talented individuals to the practice as fully-fledged partners," said Dave Ludlam.

(Jim Evans)

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