About

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About

DLAP Group is an Olivier award-winning corporation focusing on commercial entertainment across the globe.

Founded by Dan Looney and Adam Paulden, they welcomed award-winning audio drama, film, television and theatre producer Jason Haigh-Ellery as a board member in 2017.

DLAP Group focuses on five core areas: Production, IP, Business Services, Venues and Education. Under these umbrellas it operates various subsidiary companies including Creative Rights International, Fourth Wall Live, Ace Pantomimes, Very Social and MTS Academy.

The company recently produced a sell-out run of Bonnie & Clyde, the musical at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. Through its concert arm, Fourth Wall Live, DLAP produced Bonnie & Clyde in Concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the beginning of 2022, selling out two shows in less than six minutes, breaking box office records.

DLAP won four Olivier awards for its co-production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Company at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. It also received the Best Musical Award at the 2019 Deagu International Musical Festival in South Korea for its production ofThe Wedding Singer.

Other productions include: the world premiere stage adaptation of The Last King of Scotland, based on the award-winning novel by Giles Foden (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), the UK premiere of Kander and Ebb’s musical-whodunnit, Curtains, starring Jason Manford (UK tour and Wyndham’s Theatre, West End), a hit revival of Jason Robert-Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years (Garrick Theatre, West End), the 80’s rock musical Rock of Ages (UK and European tours), the 30th Anniversary production of Fame! the musical (UK and Europe tour and Peacock Theatre, West End) and The Wedding Singer (UK Tour, Wembley Park Theatre and South Korea).

Other concert productions include: Chita Rivera Live in Concert at Cadogan Hall and The Phantom of the Opera in Concert at Beau Sejour, Guernsey.  

In 2020, DLAP launched a major new theatrical IP acquisition and development company, Creative Rights International (CRI), backed by specialist venture capitalist investor, Station12, and in partnership with seasoned Broadway Producers Larry Rogowsky and Sue Gilad of InFine Company. CRI has over fifteen projects currently in development, including Burlesque (based on the hit Sony movie), Midnight Cowboy (based on the legendary novel and MGM movie), When Elvis Met The Beatles (based on a true story documented in the book of the same name), The World According to Grandpa (the stage adaptation of the celebrated children’s TV programme), Samson (a new musical based on the biblical tale), The Monster Bride (based on the dark-comedy novel ‘Never The Bride’) and a new jukebox musical, Young Hearts Run Free

Dan and Adam also formed a new live concerts and events company, Fourth Wall Live, with renowned promoter, Darren Bell. Fourth Wall produced the Live in London season at the London Hippodrome and several other concerts including Bonnie & Clyde (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Frank Wildhorn, Keala Settle, Shoshana Bean and Jenna Russell at Cadogan Hall. The company is producing Broadway legend Audra McDonald at Theatre Royal Drury in the Autumn of 2022. 

www.dlapgroup.com

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Dan Looney

CEO

Dan is a Producer, Actor and Composer. He appeared as ‘Elder Poptarts’ in the West End production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. His previous producing credits include Bouncers, Spring Awakening, The Wedding Singer, Anything Goes and One Night of Impro.

His composing credits include The Confession Room (The Other Palace Theatre, London); Judy – The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios, West End); Swear Our Love (London) and the score to the feature film, Opening Night of the Living Dead. Dan has also won multiple awards as one half of the radio show The Dan and Sam Show.

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Adam Paulden

President

Adam has been producing commercial entertainment for over a decade. He worked for veteran producer, Kenny Wax, for seven years, general managing multi-award-winning shows such as Top Hat and The Play That Goes Wrong. Before DLAP, Adam produced extensively on the London and Edinburgh Fringe, as well as scores of cabarets starring the West End’s leading talent.

Adam started out as an Actor, appearing in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and 5. He is also a partner in the digital motion picture company, Neopolitan Pictures, and has previously produced, written and directed various TV pilots and short films. www.adampaulden.com

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Jason Haigh-Ellery

Non-Executive Chairman

Jason founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with the BBC, MGM and ITV on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Dark Shadows, Space: 1999 and on original series such as The Confessions of Dorian Grey. Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who in both 2014 and 2017 and the Audie Award for Best Drama in 2019 and 2021. Big Finish Creative in Australia followed in 2011, producing six animated series of Doctor Who and the original 26-part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC and Netflix. Jason has also produced and been involved with a host of television shows including Nadia Goes to Hollywood, Nadia: Chasing the Dream, Strictly Dance Fever and Fame – The Musical.

He is currently Executive Producing a new teen drama with ACTF and Baby Banksia which was filmed in Melbourne in Spring 2021. Jason has worked as Executive Producer on two movies The Time of their Lives (an Amazon #1 comedy) and Mrs Lowry and Son. In 2005, Jason was a founding director and helped fund the creation of the actor’s agency Cole Kitchenn, which subsequently became Intertalent. Jason has now produced 14 West End shows including, Footloose – the musical, Never Forget, Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, White Christmas, Curtains and New Boy. He is an originating producer of The Whatsonstage Awards. He has also been a Producer on 26 touring shows, including High Society, The Steamie, The Wedding Singer, Fame, Flashdance – the musical, Rock of Ages, Wasted, and An Officer and a Gentleman. He was worked with Lythgoe Family Entertainment in Los Angeles since 2010 bringing pantomime to America with such performers as Arianna Grande and Neil Patrick Harris. He is part of the team that received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense.

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Elisa Kamsky 

Head of Business Affairs 

Elisa Kamsky graduated from private law school in London with a focus on IP Law and International Banking and finance. Whilst in Law School, Elisa Founded Advx Training for Lawyers and law students, teaching transferrable skills through acting techniques; she has worked with incredible tutors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic art and Meisner Technique specialists, which allowed her to make the training one of a kind. 

In 2018, Elisa founded online legal services for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs ‘Kamsky Consultancy. She advised the CEO and Co-founder of Bukit and Golfscape and worked with YouTube political influencer Mahyer Tousi, award-winning podcasters, software developers, ballet schools and even film settlements.
 
Elisa is fluent in Russian, which allowed her to expand her services to Russian Entrepreneurs in the UK. Elisa is a member of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, The American Bar Society and the International Bar Association. 

In 2012 Elisa was led in the award-winning play: And they Came for me – Remembering Anne Frank, where she played Eva Schloss, the cousin of Anne Frank, who came to one of the performances and left Elisa a note. "You did well", which Elisa considers one of her proudest achievements.
 
Elisa has always been passionate about inclusion and racial and religious issues. Elisa was born in Kyiv and grew up in London, and with the current war, Elisa is more passionate about peace and child welfare in war-torn zones. 

2006 Elisa Attended Russian International Theatre School, RADA one year programme and studied with Mark Woolgar, who introduced her to Tom Hardy.
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Srianti Alwis

Accounts Manager

Srianti is a fully qualified AAT who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in books of accounts for the theatre industry and other sectors.

She was Head of Accounts for the Grove Group of Companies in London for six years before she left in 1993 to take care of her newly born daughter.  She was then a stay-at-home mum for six years.

In 1999 she returned to work maintaining the books of accounts for theatre producers.  Srianti has worked with many respected producers over the years, such as, the late André Ptaszynski (Pola Jones Associates Ltd) on Fosse, West Side Story and Spend, Spend, Spend, Sacha Brooks (Sacha Brooks Ltd) on The Full Monty, When Harry Met Sally and The Graduate, Andrew Fell (Andrew Fell Ltd) on The Producers, Little Night Music, Zorro, and Porgy and Bess, and Wicked Michael McCabe ( Michael McCabe Productions Ltd), to name just a few.

Srianti joined Kenny Wax as their freelance book-keeper in 2008, where she remained until 2018.  During those ten years she maintained all the books of accounts for the productions Top Hat on Stage, The Play That Goes Grong, Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and all their children’s shows; What the Ladybird Heard, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Hetty Feather and Around the World in 80 Days.  Additionally, under the general management of Kenny Wax, she worked on the Tall Stories Theatre Company children's shows; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room On The Broom.

She has also worked for Nimax Theatre Company under Laurence Miller on the West End productions of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Duck House.

She has experience of working with theatre talent agents including Belfield and Ward, and Roxane Vacca Management.

She has worked part-time for the theatrical production accountants, Collins & Company, providing accountancy services since 2000 until 2018, when she took a short career break.  She returned in 2019 where she has remained ever since.

Srianti is delighted to join the DLAP Group team as their Accounts Manager.

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Darren Bell

Director of Live Events

With over 12 years working in sales and marketing at a senior level in the Technology and IT industries, Darren one day had enough and decided to follow a passion ... the rest is history. In the last 10 years Darren, is a prolific freelance photographer in the arts in the UK, and has been very privileged to have worked with hundreds of theatrical and arts based companies including notable companies including BAFTA, The Olivier Awards, Society Of London Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, WICKED UK, Prince Of Egypt, Royal Theatre Haymarket, Mark Goucher, Trafalgar, Kenny Wax Productions, Donmar Warehouse, Jamie Hendry Productions, Playful Productions, Jamie Lloyd Productions, Birmingham Stage Company, Donmar Warehouse and proudly shooting the last 6 years of campaigns The MADTRUST.

In 2015 whilst working with the Hippodrome Casino Darren discovered a niche in the form of musical theatre artists that were not being presented in the UK. With that his first UK produced concert was with Broadway vocal power house, Shoshana Bean, who he’s has continued to produce in the UK over the last 7 years. Since 2015 under the name Club 11 London, Darren has produced over 60 concerts featuring some of musical theatres biggest and brightest stars including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Keala Settle, Tituss Burgess, and Megan Hilty along side many UK stars that include Michael Ball, Cynthia Erivo, Sharon D Clarke and Hannah Waddingham. Darren has formed a strong relationship with Broadway leading man Jeremy Jordan presenting his show in London 3 times growing from a 600 seat first engagement to just shy of 4000 seats for his last UK appearance.

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Sam Quested

General Manager

Sam joined DLAP Group in 2019 as General Manager. He previously worked at Club 11 (now Fourth Wall Live) as their General Manager, previous concerts include; Carrie Hope Fletcher, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Shoshana Bean, Chita Rivera, Laura Michelle Kelly, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Kelli O’Hara, Zorro, Cinderella and Tori Amos’s musical, The Light Princess. Most recently streaming events of 'Live in London' at the Hippodrome and 'Eurobeat - The Pride of Europe'.

As director his credits include; Blues In The Night - 30th Anniversary (London Hippodrome), Into The Woods (Salisbury Playhouse). As assistant director; Old Fools (Southwark Playhouse) and as associate producer; Party of One and Divallusion, both at the Edinburgh Fringe starring singer impressionist Christina Bianco.

Alongside theatre, Sam has also worked extensively in the field of magic for almost 10 years. In 2016 Sam joined the company of the smash hit magic show Impossible, working with some of the greatest magicians in the world. With over 150 performances including a UK tour, London (Noël Coward), Beirut, Dubai, Singapore and Araneta Arena in Manila.

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Charlotte Barlow

Associate General Manager

Charlotte Barlow joined DLAP in April 2019 as a Production Assistant. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in April 2021 and promoted to Associate General Manager in September 2022.

Charlotte trained in Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. Then went on to complete a BA English degree at the University of Southampton graduating with First Class Honours. While at university, Charlotte competed nationally in contemporary, street, ballet, jazz and tap squads. She also contributed to the university's media magazine The Edge, writing reviews for productions at the Mayflower Theatre. For many years she worked for Pixie Lott's Performing Arts Academy in her home city of Chelmsford, as a Musical Theatre and Acting teacher. Additionally, she worked as an entertainer and performer for 'The Only Way is Entertainment" agency across Essex and London.

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Daisy Loving

Production and Development Coordinator

Daisy completed her degree in performance in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in 2019, graduating with First Class Honours. Daisy then went on to perform as a lead vocalist at Disneyland Hong Kong. 

On her return, she began working for Future Spotlight Productions as a Production Assistant and quickly found a love for a different side of the industry. Daisy joined DLAP Group as a Production Assistant in 2021, working across a variety of projects and productions across the company for several months, before progressing to become Production and Development Coordinator in 2022. She now works creatively on all DLAP productions, focusing on all the exciting development projects under Creative Rights International. 

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Cynthia Vera

Office Administrator 

Cynthia Vera began working in the creative industry as a contributing writer for ARTtouchesART, a London based film and video production company. She went on to complete a BA in Media, Journalism and Culture degree at the University of Cardiff. Whilst at university, Cynthia contributed to the university magazine, Quench, writing about film and culture. Subsequently, she became the Film & TV Editor of the media magazine during her time at Cardiff.

After graduating, she worked as a Deputy Editor and personal essays writer for a small online publication, Candiid, that focused on the voices of women of colour before going on to become a Journalist and Copy Editor at Global Woman Magazine. Here, she was involved in a variety of projects from researching to conducting interviews with international entrepreneurial women and managing one of the subsidiary magazines of Global Woman. Having recently joined DLAP Group as an Office Administrator, she is excited to be continuing her work in the arts and creative industries. 

DLAP Group Team

CEO Dan Looney

President  Adam Paulden

Non-Executive Chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery

Head of Business Affairs Elisa Kamsky

Accounts Manager Srianti Alwis

Director of Live Events for Fourth Wall Live Darren Bell

General Manager Sam Quested

Associate General Manager Charlotte Barlow 

Production and Development Coordinator Daisy Loving

Office Administrator Cynthia Vera