Theatre Management Team

Our company was introduced into the live entertainment market by way of theatrical productions in 1982. With our team's foundation built with extensive backgrounds in the design and development of specialized scenic technologies in live theatre, we have the ability to anticipate and strategically deliver customized production support that meet your demanding schedule goals.

  • Darren DeVerna
  • Fred Gallo
  • YT Lechner
  • David Strang
  • Art Lavis
  • Mark Peterson
  • Pete Harrison

Darren DeVerna

Chief Executive Officer, Broadway & Theatre
President Northeast US Operations

Darren DeVerna is CEO, Global Theatrical Production for Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) responsible for the company's global theatrical division, which includes Broadway, the West End, and touring theatrical productions. He is also President of PRG's Northeast US Operations, overseeing audio, video, and lighting.

Darren has over 35 years’ experience in the theatre and has been a member of IATSE Local 1 since he first worked as a stagehand in 1979 on Broadway’s Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan. He is the fourth generation of DeVernas to work in the theatrical industry and prior to joining PRG in 2001, he served as President of Four Star Lighting.

In recent years, DeVerna has been an involved in producer in numerous theatrical productions, both on Broadway and in London's West End including Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkMatilda, the Tony Award winning In The Heights, and Gigi as well as the London productions of Rock of Ages and Blind Date. He is also the co-owner of the Charing Cross Theatre in London.

Darren generously donates his time to numerous groups including Mount Vernon Hospital, the Sound Shore Medical Center, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Fred Gallo

President, PRG Scenic Technologies

As president of PRG Scenic Technologies, Fred provides overall direction to PRG's scenic and automation operations and serves as the primary contact for the theatre market. Through Fred's efforts, PRG has become one of the world's leading suppliers of scenery and automation for theatrical productions.

Fred co-founded PRG and Scenic Technologies together with Jere Harris, PRG's Chairman. He grew up in a well-known family of Broadway Stagehands and began building scenery at the age of 10. After completing a degree in Architectural Engineering, Fred served as a production carpenter on many Broadway shows. He also worked as a shop craftsman for many major films shot in New York, including All that Jazz, Moscow On The Hudson, , Money Pit, The World According to Garp, Sophie's Choice, and many others.

Fred has supervised the build and engineering design for countless scenic projects as well as helped to develop Stage Command®, the company's patented scenic automation system. Over the past 30 years Fred has been associated with such productions as Beatlemania, Frankenstein, Marilyn, Big Deal, Pygmalion, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Beauty and The Beast, An Inspector Calls, Passion, Victor Victoria, Titanic, Fosse, The Producers, Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Passion, Les Miserable, Pal Joey, Shrek, Promises, Promises, Lysistrata Jones, Follies, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, King Kong and literally dozens of other productions, not forgetting Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark of which Fred was also the Technical Director, and currently the new production of Dr. Zhivago.

Under Fred's direction, Stage Command® revolutionized the way scenic effects are delivered in live performances, automating the scenic elements in such groundbreaking productions as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserable, and Beauty and the Beast and the world premiere of King Kong in Melbourne, Australia.

In Las Vegas, Fred was instrumental in the engineering design and developments of the EFX show at the MGM Grand, the Conservatory at the Bellagio, the Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton. In the themed attraction market, Fred oversaw the engineering and fabrication of the Twister and Dr. Seuss attractions at Universal Studios in Orlando and Terminator 2 in 3D at Universal’s parks in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Japan.

Fred holds patents for theatrical equipment he designed and frequently serves as a consultant on the engineering of theatrical rigging systems for theatres worldwide. Over the past 12 years, he has designed the renovation of over 135 theatres to enable them to present large and technically sophisticated productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

YT Lechner

General Manager, PRG Scenic Technologies

With over 20 years of business and operations management experience, YT leads the New York division of PRG Scenic Technologies, a team of 120+ skilled scenic craftsmen, project managers, mechanical, electrical and scenic designers, automation fabricators, technicians and show operators as well as some of the best support and management staff in the business. Including over 12 years of theatrical, film, and live event experience in automated rigging, YT has worked with hundreds of productions worldwide to provide technical and production services and solutions for all manners of automated effects and machinery. In addition to a strong fabrication and rigging background, YT has developed a reputation for managing production facilities with a high level of efficiency and delivering projects on schedule and on budget even given the most demanding schedules.

YT joined PRG after 9 years at Fisher Technical Services and FTS Rentals in Las Vegas, Nevada. As General Manager of FTS Rentals, YT helped to create and manage a new automation rental company, specializing in high-speed automated flying effects for productions such as the chandelier in the Las Vegas spectacular Phantom of the Opera and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, plus over 50 feature films. In addition to his role as General Manager of FTS Rentals, in 2009 YT took the position of General Manager of Fisher Technical Services, which manufactured some of the world’s most technically advanced automation equipment for the theatrical, permanent installation, theme park, motion picture, and television markets.

As General Manager of PRG Scenic Technologies based in New Windsor, New York, YT is responsible for daily operations of all scenic and automated production.

David Strang

General Manager, Audio

Based in New Jersey, David develops entertainment technology solutions for all types of theatrical productions, including both on and off-Broadway shows, stock theatre productions, and touring performances.

When David joined PRG in 1997, he brought to the company more than 15 years of diversified entertainment industry experience, having previously served as a sound designer, lighting designer, engineer, production manager, and general manager primarily for regional theatre.

David has designed lighting and/or sound for nearly 200 regional, stock, and commercial theatre productions at over a dozen different venues. He has also produced and/or engineered literally hundreds of musical recordings, theatrical productions, and radio programming.

David received formal training in theatrical design, production, and management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Art Lavis

General Manager, Video

Based in PRG's Secaucus office, Art Lavis oversees the operations of PRG Video and provides video services in the Broadway, corporate industrial, concert touring, film/television and systems integration markets.

Art began his entertainment industry career in 1994 by serving as a production assistant and grip on the production of several feature films. In 1995, he joined PRG's New Jersey lighting operation, serving at first in various shop capacities. In 1998, he joined the company's Image Systems group, and has been developing large format projection solutions for PRG's clients ever since.

Some of Art's more memorable projects have included the live entertainment programs at 4 NHL All-Star games, halftime shows at the 2002 and 2004 Super Bowls, the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics, an outdoor display at the Chicago Field Museum, concert touring solutions for U2, the Backstreet Boys, and James Taylor, auto show solutions for Jeep, Mini, Chrysler, and Audi, a backdrop for the Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and corporate event solutions for IBM, Eaglevision, Xerox, Fox, and many other companies. While working on these projects, Art supported some of the best known projection designers in the industry, including Howard Werner, Wendall Harrington, and Jerry Sirlin. He also helped Jack Morton, PGI, Maritz, Williams Gerard, Angel City Designs, and many other event production companies meet the demands of their clients.

Art holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Villanova University.

In his free time he enjoys playing music.

Mark Peterson

Director of Projects, PRG Scenic Technologies

Based in PRG's office in New Windsor, Mark manages the Sales and Business Development for Scenic Technologies. Additionally Mark manages the Project Management department which includes 6 Project Managers, a Show Support Manager, and a Sales Estimator. This department manages work in all of PRG's Scenic Markets, ranging from Broadway and other theatrical productions, as well as corporate work, and concert touring

Within PRG, Mark was a Senior Project manager from 2005 – 2012, and managed some of STNY's largest most high-profile shows, including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  Other notable productions include: Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, Rihanna at the Robin Hood Ball, Annie, Bring it On, Ghost, and Grey Gardens on Broadway.

Prior to PRG, Mark worked as a Show Carpenter, Master Carpenter, and Technical Director for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT for 11 years. Mark also has other experience as a freelance Carpenter and Rigger for several regional theaters in the CT area, most notably, United Staging. Mark has shared his skills and talent by teaching Technical Production for Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, CT.

Mark has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family, fine woodworking, golf, skiing, and volleyball.

Pete Harrison

General Manager, Secaucus

Based in NJ, Pete serves as the General Manager in the Secaucus office working on projects for Broadway, Off-Broadway, theatrical touring productions, television & film productions and special events within the NY metro area and beyond.  Prior to joining PRG, Pete worked in various departments and as a Foreman at Four Star Stage Lighting.

Pete joined PRG in 2003 and has held multiple positions such as Asset Manager, Purchasing Agent, and Operations Manager with the Audio Group before becoming General Manager in 2012.

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