Gary Sparkes

Gary Sparkes

Managing Director/Partner - Theatre Consultancy EMEA

Gary is responsible for the operational management of the UK studios and business development in the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East. He provides line management support to the UK teams and supports business diversification across the practice.

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Gary has over thirty years’ experience in Theatre and Opera as a practitioner, including 15 years as a Stage Manager at English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Scottish Opera. He has 12 years’ experience as a Head of Technical at Scottish Opera and the National Theatre in London.

Prior to joining Charcoalblue he was a freelance Consultant working for clients such as The Backstage Centre in Purfleet and for Doncaster’s new performance venue CAST, both Charcoalblue projects. Gary has guest lectured at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on Stage Management and Technical Management.

Gary’s consultancy work for Charcoalblue includes the refurbishment programme at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre.

Jenni and Gary with the New Wimbledon Theatre's Tamykha Patterson and Greg Allen at the Technical Theatre Awards in 2015 (photo: Alex-Brenner).

Gary and Byron strike a pose at Opera Europa 2017.

Gary celebrates with guests at our 10th birthday party at the National Theatre in 2014.

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2020 UK Theatre Tonic ITEAC Theatres Trust Theatre Communications Group Carbon Literate Orginisation - Silver
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