PRG, or Production Resource Group, is a company that plays a vital role in bringing the visions of artists to life on Broadway. Though not well-known to the average theatergoer, PRG provides equipment and services for 23 of the 26 productions currently on the Main Stem. The company offers light and audio rentals, video and projection mechanisms, scenic automation capabilities, and operational software.
PRG was originally formed by two separate companies: Harris Production Services, founded by Jere Harris in 1984, and Scenic Technologies, established by Fred Gallo in 1985. The company was born out of the need for another scenic shop to take on big Broadway productions. According to PRG’s vice president of Broadway, Alex Donnelly, “The dominant scenic shop of the time was unable to handle ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ transferring from London to Broadway in 1988.” This prompted the formation of PRG as a new player in the world of technical theater.
Over time, PRG has expanded its offerings beyond scenery and automation to include lighting, audio, video, and live broadcast services. As such, it can now provide “anything to do with technical theater,” according to Donnelly. With its focus on innovation and cutting-edge technology