Arup grows theatre consulting expertise

AUTHOR: Inavate

Arup has welcomed former Royal Opera House operations director, John Seekings, to its theatre consulting team.

In this newly-formed role as a consultant, John will bring his experience to bear on a wide range of performing arts venue design projects.

Arup’s theatre consulting team advises clients on the design of venues and venue technology systems, from movable seating and theatre rigging, to a/v installations and low energy production lighting.  Recent projects have included Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre, Singapore and the Jerome Robbins Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York. 

Rob Harris, leader of Arup’s Arts and Culture business in UKMEA said: “With John’s extensive technical knowledge of theatre operations and practical experience of the largest-ever opera house reconstruction project, John is uniquely placed to advise clients across the breadth of their technical, programming, planning and procurement challenges.  We are very much looking forward to working with him in future years to develop our thinking around the design of performing arts facilities for the 21st century.”

John Seekings said: “I am delighted to join Arup, a firm I have long admired as world leading technical specialists in performing arts venues, and who I have worked with many times over the years at the Royal Opera House and its Satellites.”