President & Creative Director
PRP’s owner and the creative energy behind the company’s creative content, Patrick has been at the helm of countless prestigious international events and shows. From early beginnings at the Expo ’86 World’s Fair and on the team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, over the past twenty-six years, Patrick’s entertainment experience has put him at centre stage of some amazing entertainment spectacles. Read More
Resume credits include show production for over 12 productions for LEGOLAND® theme parks around the world; show production for the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Man in Motion events for over two decades; and over 20 years of show and creative direction for the Pacific National Exhibition. Special event production credits include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Jubilee Tour; the inaugural Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong; the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and events at the Torino and Beijing Olympic Games.
Patrick was the Producer of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as numerous professional sport halftime shows and ceremonies, including five Grey Cup Halftime Shows, five Canada Games Ceremonies, the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Opening Ceremony; the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Draw; and the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Gay Games. In addition to these large-scale public spectacles, he has produced countless national and international corporate, cultural and protocol events.
Patrick is also very proud of producing and creating the original musicals The Great Big Boo, Princess Jubilation and The Magic of Santa.
An energetic Producer and Creative Director, Patrick has the unique ability to create productions that entertain audiences, engage the public and achieve client objectives. He is committed to working with clients to realize their vision, to creating compelling content, entertaining people worldwide and to having “fun in the process”. A proud father of two girls, Patrick is a respected member of the community and an internationally recognized producer of live entertainment and spectacular events.
Associate Director & Choreographer
An accomplished dancer, renowned choreographer and seasoned director of award-winning productions, Jocelyn’s distinguished career spans more than 25 years. She has choreographed and directed the dance teams of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Vancouver Grizzlies as well as multiple half-time spectacles for the CFL’s BC Lions and many Grey Cup Half-Time shows. Jocelyn has choreographed numerous music videos and performed with famed artists such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams and the late Whitney Houston. Read More
Her dance and choreographic style moved onto the silver screen with the movies ”Dudley Do Right” and “The 6th Day”, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the corporate world Jocelyn has worked with sports apparel giants Reebok and Puma, and has also created routines for international figure skaters including former Canadian Olympian, Emanuel Sandhu.
As PRP’s Head Choreographer Jocelyn has been responsible for staging multiple live sport, corporate and cultural productions including the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Official Draw; the Opening Ceremony of Gay Games 9; Imagine 2010, Celebrate Canada and Countdown 2010 for the Vancouver 2010 Bid; the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Mascot Launch; the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games; the 2011 Canada Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies; Rick Hansen Celebration 25 and many seasons of award-winning entertainment at the Pacific National Exhibition.
Nik von Schulmann
Director of Production
For over 25 years Nik von Schulmann has played a pivotal role in delivering countless complex, large-scale national and international productions and has proven to have the expertise to turn the most challenging and innovative creative visions into reality. His technical production skills, leadership style and resource management have led to wide acclaim and respect in the arts, culture and event industries. Nik’s extensive practical experience, thorough understanding and broad knowledge of production, design and staging have been applied to Broadway touring productions including Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Riverdance and Ragtime. Read More
During his tenure as Director of Production for the Vancouver Opera he led the production of multiple presentations including Carmen, Aida and La Boheme.
Nik has been a key member of PRP since 1999, and has led the company’s production department since 2004. His positive and team oriented approach to projects enables him to bring out the best in the staff and suppliers he manages. Project highlights for PRP include working with VANOC and the Canadian Government for projects at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the 2010 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Canada Winter Games in 2007, 2011 and 2015, the Pacific National Exhibition Entertainment program since 1999, and the Grey Cup Halftime Productions from 2010 to 2014. As PRP’s Director of Production, Nik leads a team of some of the industry’s finest technical personnel with a focus on providing a clear, friendly process to seamlessly deliver client events.
For more than 18 years Marcia’s technical expertise has been integral to large-scale international theatrical productions, events and sports entertainment. She has worked with numerous theatre organizations including Cirque Du Soleil, Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. In addition to live theatre, Marcia’s technical experience includes film and series television, with production roles in the movies “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Shanghai Noon” as well as series television with “Cold Squad”. Read More
She has worked on music videos for Canadian Artists, Grammy winner Michael Buble and Grammy nominated band Nickelback and enjoyed working with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat during the team’s inaugural season in 2009.
Marcia joined the PRP production and technical team in 2009. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games she served as PRP’s Technical Director for the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as “Experience BC at Robson Square.” She has also been Technical Director for the 100th Anniversary PNE Parade in English Bay and the Bryan Adams/Beach Boys PNE Opening Day Concert at Empire Field Stadium. Marcia was PRP’s Technical Director for the Pre-game, Halftime and Post-game shows of Grey Cup 98 to 102; Rick Hansen Celebration 25, as well as the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.
Technical Director / Project Manager
Michael brings over 14 years of technical production experience to the PRP team. He has worked with numerous production organizations including Cirque du Soleil, the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Exit 22 Productions and Hangman Productions. On the large-scale festival and sport event front he has held key roles in the RedBull Flugtag, Redbull X-Fighters, the Victoria Folk Music Festival, FIS World Snowboarding Championships, Victoria Tallships Festival and on multiple Canada Day Celebrations in Victoria. Read More
Michael became a member of the PRP team in 2009 and has served as Technical Director for Grey Cup 100, 101 & 102; the Opening Ceremony of the 122nd International Olympic Committee Session, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies; the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Official Draw and the 100th Anniversary Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition.
An artist, designer and creator, Daniel Planko specializes in the concept, design and implementation of art, exhibit and event installations. Characterized as a marriage of the handmade and the industrially produced that balances the serious and the whimsical, Daniel’s work seeks to reinvent the everyday. A design consultant and production contractor, he was responsible for Art Installations at New York’s Gering-Lopez Gallery and has worked with iconic photographer Annie Leibowitz, musician Bette Midler and actor Alan Cumming.Read More
Daniel has worked with PRP on special projects since 2009. He has contributed his visionary talents to many of the company’s signature projects, serving as PRP’s Art Director for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the 2014 Grey Cup Halftime Show, the 2011 Canada Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Opening of Gay Games 9 as well as the designing the Art Cars Program for Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition annual Fair.
Over the past 24 years Diane has traversed an entertainment career that has been vast and multi-faceted. Starting as an entertainer/choreographer for major dance productions on the global stage, including at Expo 86, she has become a peerless logistics manager and talent director on a wide variety of corporate, consumer focused and large-scale public events. Diane joined PRP in 2007 and has contributed her energy, drive and skills to the company’s roster of world-class events ever since. Read More
Highlights include the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the 2007 and 2011 editions of the Canada Winter Games; numerous special events for VANOC including the Imagine 2010 Emblem Launch, the VANOC Component of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, Countdown 2010 and the 2010 Olympic Mascot Launch; Rick Hansen Celebration 25; Grey Cup 100, 101 and 102; the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Official Draw and the 21st Annual Gemini Awards.
Diane is passionate about events, entertainment and managing logistic details in order to deliver flawless productions. Her extensive hands-on experience and problem solving skills, combined with her confident and outgoing personality, ensure that projects to which she is assigned are always seamlessly delivered, professionally managed and positively executed.
With over twelve years experience in the live event industry, Heather began her work with PRP as a dancer at the age of 17 and subsequently embarked on a highly successful professional career as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer. She has appeared in hundreds of productions, with some of the most notable for PRP being the “Imagine 2010” Vancouver Olympic Bid presentation to the IOC, the Guangdong International Tourism Festival in China and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony in Torino. Read More
She was featured on Season One of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” and her television credits include “Romeo!” and “Life As We Know It”. Heather’s role with PRP continued to evolve throughout the last decade, from Dance Captain in original shows such as “The Great Big Boo!”, “Kaboom!”, “Rollin’ Thunder” and “Pop City” to the role of Performance Director on numerous high-level televised projects including the Opening of the 122nd IOC Session, the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, numerous Grey Cup Halftime Shows including Grey Cup 100; and Rick Hansen Celebration 25. Recent projects have included the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Official Draw; the Opening Ceremony of Gay Games 9; and the 100th, 101st and 102nd Grey Cup Games. With a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UFV, coupled with extensive knowledge of dance, performance, live show logistics and cast coordination, Heather’s unique skill set makes her an integral part of the creative and logistical workings of productions.
Based in Ontario, Jennifer is a 20-year veteran of the event and entertainment industry, and has held key roles in select event companies and with large-scale entertainment projects held across the country. With a background in theatrical production and stage management, Jennifer joined the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg as Coordinator of the Ceremonies Division. Excelling at the planning and delivery of Games ceremonies, Jennifer was subsequently engaged as the Manager, Ceremonies Division of the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Cultural Programs Manager of the 2002 Arctic Winter Games in Iqaluit, Production Manager of the 2002 North American Indigenous Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and as Producer of the 2003 Western Canada Summer Games Ceremonies and Festival. Read More
Other high profile events include coordinating stage presentations for Royal Visits to Manitoba (2002) and Alberta (2005). Over the past decade, Jennifer has contributed significantly on the national television and theatre scene with stage and production management, communications and marketing and Associate Producer roles with companies across Canada including Red Roots Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Opera, Frantic Films, CBC and the Just For Laughs Festival, among many others. She has been consultant and has provided project and production management support to numerous corporate, educational, and aboriginal conferences, awards shows and galas including most recently for the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Jennifer joined PRP as Production Stage Manager, Logistics for the acclaimed 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, and continued with PRP as Production Stage Manager of the 2011 Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Halifax; the 100, 101 and 102 Grey Cup; the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Draw and the Opening Ceremony of Gay Games 9. Jennifer is responsible for marketing and representing the company’s interests in the Greater Toronto Area.
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Heather is a big believer that hard work, strategic thinking and the development of relationships lead to projects and events that exceed expectations. She has over 15 years of experience in end-to-end national and international events, relationship management, strategic planning and communications. She first became passionate about events while managing productions and events for a major cruise line and visiting 150 countries, 500 cities and every continent at least once. Read More
Back on land, Heather was integral in bringing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays to life from the retrieval of the Olympic flame in Greece and travelling through over 1,000 communities across Canada. She then joined the Rick Hansen Foundation to support event management for the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion tour, leading events and celebrations in over 600 communities across Canada and globally as Rick’s original journey was recreated. Heather was also a key volunteer for Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, where she organized the ceremonies and medal presentations. She joins the PRP team from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice where she managed fundraising strategies to raise over $4M through Canuck Place’s Signature Events over the last 3 years.
Heather leads the planning and integration of PRP’s business and growth strategies. She works hard to ensure that our vision, mission and values remain at the forefront of our work and that we are constantly moving forward as leaders in creating shared experiences.
Director, Special Projects
Always looking for opportunities to act outside the box, Deanna joins the PRP team ready to apply her enthusiasm and business expertise to the world of creating spectacular live shows and productions. She is passionate about transformations, details and communicating effectively. She has successfully propelled teams to create solutions to problems in fields such as operations, risk, crisis management, technology, sport and international events. Her biggest motivation comes from hearing “this has never been done before.” Read More
She is also a big sports fan, known to enthusiastically cheer for a great performance in any sport. So despite studying chemistry in university, Deanna quickly left the laboratory behind to join the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC). At VANOC, she was responsible for ensuring the Main Operations Centre kept its finger on the pulse of the entire event, from the lighting of the Olympic Flame in Greece to the end of the Paralympic Games. Since 2010, she has delivered seemingly impossible projects for non-profits, corporations and governments around the world including Special Olympics, the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the City of Barcelona and adidas.