Scott (Wookie) started his Autograph career in the service department before taking on the daunting task of heading the Hire Division in 2002. He joined the board of Autograph in 2015, and then in 2017 reached the dizzy heights of Managing Director. Scott has the enviable role of overseeing the innovators, designers, creators, engineers, developers and philosophers of Autograph and guiding them all towards a place of enlightenment.
Scott is an avid sportsman and dedicated family man. He is one of the quietest members of the company; sometimes we just don’t know he is amongst us!
Before joining Autograph, Scott was a sound operator on Starlight Express and Smokey Joes Café in the West End. Before that, he was a Welder!
Scott is married to Samantha and they have two children, Molly and Joe.
TJ joined Autograph in 1989, having previously worked as a Sound Operator and in Stage Management.
In 2000, Terry was appointed Managing Director, and then in 2017 took on the role of Chairman of the Autograph group of companies. When not engaged in running the business or sound designing he is to be found watching his beloved Manchester United or talking rubbish in the pavilion at The Oval.
Terry’s sound designs for Autograph include many worldwide productions of Les Misérables, Cats (UK Tour, Zurich, Antwerp and the European Tour), the Canadian productions of The Music Man, Man of La Mancha and The Pyjama Game, The Card in the UK and Moscow and Candide in Copenhagen. He also designed the Canadian Opera Company production of Béatrice et Bénédict in Toronto.
He designed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the RSC in Stratford and Sadlers Wells, Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance at the Savoy Theatre, and Guys And Dolls UK Tour.
In the West End, he designed The Rocky Horror Show, She Loves Me, Romance Romance, Fame, Crazy for You, The Pyjama Game, Stepping Out – The Musical, The Secret Garden, Grand Hotel (Donmar), Sinatra, and Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre for which he received an Olivier Best Sound Design nomination in 2006.
At the Royal Festival Hall, he designed Follies and On Your Toes.
His co-designs with Nick Lidster include A Model Girl in Greenwich; the Donmar productions of Parade (for which they received an Olivier Nomination), Passion and Spelling Bee; the UK tour of Sinatra; the English National Opera production of Candide; the Old Vic production of Cinderella; Imagine This (New London Theatre); Lend Me A Tenor – the musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal & Gielgud Theatre); Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve); Privates On Parade (Noel Coward Theatre); A Chorus Line (London Palladium), Urinetown (St James Theatre & Apollo Shaftesbury), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), The Girls (Phoenix Theatre), The Band (Uk Tour). He designed the UK tours of Avenue Q, Spamalot, Elf, BIG & Shrek with Avgoustos Psillas.
TJ is married to Natalie and they have varying degrees of responsibility for 1 x Michael, 1 x James and 2 x Harrys.
Andrew is the Founder and owner of Autograph and one of the early frontiersmen in theatre sound. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly to enhance and further the role of the Sound Designer in modern theatre. He has also worked tirelessly on his pruning! His gardening skills are the stuff of legend and he is quick to offer advice on any aspect of the horticultural endeavour.
After an early false start as a photographer, Andrew began his career in theatre at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1968. When everyone else of his age was heading for Woodstock in 1969, he was moving up from the Sussex countryside to the Royal Opera House, where he was promoted to Head of Sound in 1971. A year later he co-founded Autograph Sound Recording and turned his back on the world of subsidised theatre for 30 years.
His specialist work in musicals arose from close involvement in several of the landmarks of British musical theatre such as Evita, Cats and Starlight Express.
In 1981 he was appointed Sound Consultant on the original Paris version of Les Misérables and went on to design the sound for the 1985 London production, and all other productions worldwide.
His other credits include the original West End productions of Song and Dance, Abbacadabra, Little Me, Chess, Follies, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, City of Angels, Martin Guerre, The Fix, The Witches of Eastwick, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, 125th Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, the RSC’s production of The Secret Garden, The Valkyries for English National Opera, Sweeney Todd for the Royal Opera, and Seven Deadly Sins and Isadora for the Royal Ballet.
In Autumn of 2009, in collaboration with Nick Lidster, he designed the National Theatre’s production of Mother Courage and her Children, receiving an Olivier nomination.
He recently designed The Drowsy Chaperone at the Gatehouse Theatre, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland at the Royal Opera House and Daddy Long Legs (St James Theatre).
When not toiling on the land, he has, since 2002, been deeply involved in helping DiGiCo to develop theatre-specific software for their digital sound consoles. In 2023 his contribution to the development of sound for theatre was recognised by way of an Olivier Award.
Andrew is married to the actress Siobhán McCarthy, and they have two adults, Kieran and Juliet.
Everyone says it, but in our case it’s true: our team is the secret to our success.
Each of our employees is amazing, but together they are what makes Autograph such a rewarding place to work. Our family is a tight-knit, talented group with a vision of delivering consistently great results for our clients, as well as ensuring that Autograph remains an inclusive, challenging place to work and develop a career.
Head of Events
Andrew Hedges has been with us since 2006 and has brilliantly fulfilled several roles since then. He has a degree in Audio Engineering and Electronics and before joining us he worked at the Sandpit Theatre freelance, based from his hometown of St Albans.
As our shop representative he looked after We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Speaking With Tongues (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Waiting For Godot (Haymarket Theatre), Mamma Mia (Spanish Tour), Mamma Mia (Essen), Mamma Mia (Paris), Ghost Manchester and London, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia! (Rome) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
As a Production Sound Engineer and Assistant PSE his credits included Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre) Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Swimming With Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre), Avenue Q (Gielgud Theatre), Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre), La Bête (Comedy Theatre), Pygmalion (Garrick Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Aarhus), Ragtime & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Mamma Mia! Novello move, Mamma Mia! Moscow, From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Wolf Hall/Bring up the Bodies (Aldwych Theatre) and Urinetown (Apollo Theatre).
Not content to rest on his very considerable laurels, in 2017 Andrew started the Autograph Events Department. This sees him spearheading a new division of the company that has since delivered the Autograph touch to numerous occasions of all sorts, from brand activations and car launches to society weddings and outdoor immersive theatre. Their latest projects include work with Es Devlin, Warwick Castle and Battersea Power Station.
Raxa is our accounts administrator and her job, as it says on the tin, is to administrate the accounts. With qualifications and experience in the accounts field beyond compare we are blessed to have her helping to count the money.
Raxa is married to Chandresh who can also tell how many beans are in the pot at any given time as he is a qualified accountant. Their two children Veer and Nishi, complete the Shah family.
As confirmed Man Utd supporters they are obviously people with exquisite sporting taste!
Luke is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in stage management and technical theatre whilst specialising in sound. Before joining Autograph, some time ago, Luke worked at the Barbican Centre in the sound team for their theatres.
Luke started his life at Autograph in the hire store as shop representative before moving in the Digital Department where he spent several years as a Technical Support Engineer. Luke is now however a fully paid-up member of the sound designer’s club.
Luke’s experience covers a wide range of theatre, musicals, and events however he specialises in immersive and site-specific work and is often found lurking in dark, wet and cold venues all over London! As well as providing the creative sound design for this style of work Luke is also a show control programmer providing the technical solutions to run these often complex technical shows.
Since 2016 Luke has been sound designer and head of sound for Secret Cinema, taking responsible for all the audio requirements for all their ground-breaking productions. Some of his credits for Secret Cinema include; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Bridgeton’, ‘Stranger Things’ (London and US), ‘Casino Royale’ (China & US) and ‘Dirty Dancing’ (London & US Tour).
Other immersive theatre credits include ‘Peaky Blinders: The Rise’ and ‘Dr Who Time Fracture’ for Immersive Everywhere and ‘Monopoly Life-Sized’ (Worldwide) and ‘Saw: The Escape Experience’ for The Path Entertainment Group.
Back in the more conventional theatre environment some of Luke’s credits include; ‘TRAPLORD’ (Sadler’s Wells/180 Strand), ‘Pride & Prejudice sort of’ (West End), ‘Parade’ (Other Palace), ‘Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre’ (Blenheim Palace), ‘The Full Monty’ (UK Tour), and ‘Big Fish’ (Other Palace).
As associate sound designer some of his credits were: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ (Gielgud theatre, International tour and USA), ‘Shrek’ (UK Tour), ‘The Girls’ (Leeds and Salford), ‘The Elephant Man’ (West End) and Sweeney Todd (ENO and Kiss Me Kate (Tour).
Luke lists driving tests as one of his special skills, he’s so good at them he took 7! What he lacks in driving skills he makes up for in email writing, Luke has won the Autograph “who can write the longest email” tournament every year for the past 5 years!
Digital Support Lead
Simon is a member of our fast-growing department that specialises in the sort of technology that causes the average Joe’s head to spin. The world of digital cleverness is his domain, and we must take his word that he knows what he is talking about, it’s all smoke and mirrors to the rest of us mere mortals.
Before joining us, Simon graduated from LAMDA (he completed their Stage Management and Technical Theatre course) and worked as a sound operator on productions such as Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Top Hat, Once, I Can’t Sing, Matilda and The Lorax.
When not being incredibly clever here at Autograph he spends his time being exceedingly average at DIY at home. As if there isn’t enough of it at work, he can often be found tinkering with computers on his own time. Simon is also an avid Sci-Fi fan (who would have guessed)
Matt joined us as a Hire Store Technician having studied Events Management at Sheffield University and working for several events companies. Being rather good at what he did it didn’t take long for him to be promoted to Hire Store Manager, a job he filled with consummate ease
Having had enough of being consummately at ease in that role he took up the slightly more challenging role of running our radio frequency department. No easy task keeping track of over 1000 units of radio transmitter/receiver equipment, not including hundreds of units of radio communications. His organisational talent has been tested to the max with no obvious outward signs of stress, a calmer person you couldn’t hope to meet.
Calmness perhaps instilled in him due to his hobbies of vinyl collecting (yes vinyl), golf (why ruin a good walk?) and cricket (golf without the nerve tingling excitement)!