Production Resource Group (PRG) may not be a well-known name to the average theatergoer, but it plays a vital role in bringing the visions of artists to life on Broadway. The company provides equipment and services for 23 out of the 26 productions currently on the Main Stem, including light and audio rentals, video and projection mechanisms, scenic automation capabilities, and operational software.
The origins of PRG can be traced back to two separate companies: Harris Production Services, founded by Jere Harris in 1984, and Scenic Technologies, established by Fred Gallo in 1985. The company was formed out of a need for another scenic shop to take on big Broadway productions, particularly after the dominant scenic shop of the time was unable to handle “The Phantom of the Opera” transferring from London to Broadway in 1988.
Since its formation, PRG has continued to expand its offerings beyond just scenery and automation. Today, it includes lighting, audio, video, and live broadcast services. According to PRG’s vice president of Broadway Alex Donnelly, the company provides “anything to do with technical theater.”