What makes the PRG staff and crew members different from other production services and technology companies is passion for success. People that you can rely on not only to fulfill your production needs but more so as partners focused on the same goal; to provide outstanding equipment and service no matter how challenging your project may be.
- Chris Conti
- Matt Corke
- Darren DeVerna
- Michael Dodge
- Mike Jencsik
- Art Lavis
- David Strang
Chris's lighting career began early on in high school and continued on into college. He attended Wittenberg University in Ohio and earned a BA in Theater.
After graduation, Chris became a Shop Technician at Vari-Lite in New York. He eventually went on to join Vari-Lite’s road staff where he held multiple position including Vari-Lite Tech, System Tech, Crew Chief, and Lighting Director.
In 2004, Chris joined PRG where he has worked on multiple concert tours, TV shows, corporate events, trade shows, and special events like the Olympics and Superbowl Half-time shows. In 2007, he became the Product Manager for PRG's Proprietary Luminaires and the Series 400 Power and Data Distribution system.
As Product Manger he continues to do shows and support PRG’s clients
Matt began his career with PRG in 1995 working in the technical services department of the company's New Jersey office, where he learned how to repair and install all types of lighting equipment. Beginning in 2001, Matt worked as a project manager for PRG's Integrated Systems group. As part of this group Matt oversaw lighting system engineering and installations at Zankel Hall (in Carnegie Hall) and the Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, while continuing to perform field service and customer repairs as part of the technical services team.
As part of the technical services team, Matt worked on a wide variety of notable projects, including ABC's Times Square studios, NBC's studios 8H, 6A, and 3K in New York, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, the Millenium Theatre in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square, the Hard Rock Cafe and Disney's Cirque du Soleil in Orlando, four Holland America cruise ships, and several attractions in Las Vegas, including The Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio Hotel and The Conservatory at the Bellagio.
Since 2005 Matt has been the Product Manager for PRG's Mbox family of Media Server products. He directs the efforts of the Mbox hardware and software development team in addition to providing support for the Mbox family of products. As product manager, some of his most memorable Mbox projects have been: Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour, Lady Gaga's Monster's Ball tour, Spider Man - Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, the 2011 Pan Am Games, and Tarzan on Broadway.
Matt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in production, design and technology (with an emphasis in lighting design) from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.
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 Dark, Matilda, 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.
Product Specialist, S400 + Luminaires
As a member the PRG Lighting Engineering Team (aka PRG Dallas), he helps bridge the gap between designers+technicians with PRG engineers+operations. Also passionate about training and education, he leads dozens of specialized technical lighting courses for professionals and students alike.
Summer 2011 as a Lighting Intern in the Orlando office, Michael began his journey with PRG. He continued in 2012 as a DesignLA Intern in the Los Angeles office. Finally rounding off as a Controls Intern in the New Jersey office under the leadership of Product Manager Chris Conti.
Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Lighting Design.
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.
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.