Over nearly 30 years in business, Declan’s focus has shifted from building scenery to building teams of talented professionals, with the capacity to bring complex, large-scale events to life.
When Declan Weir founded his company in 1991, its original purpose was to build scenery for professional and non-profit theaters in the Greater Philadelphia area. In those early days, the company drew heavily on Declan’s experience working as a scenic carpenter, technical director, and production manager for regional theaters, scene shops, artist’s studios, television studios, and summer stock theaters in Los Angeles, New York City, and Philadelphia. However, the company quickly expanded to include:
- designing, building, and managing entire events for corporate clients including Smith Kline (now GlaxoSmithKline), Centacor (with MC3 Productions), Johnson & Johnson, Smith Kline Oncology, and more
- creating scenery for major cruise lines, including Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the entire fleet of Holland America Cruise Lines
- performing museum installations, including The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Liberty Science Center
- producing large-scale events, including the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Philadelphia Arts and Business Awards, the Beaux Arts Ball for the Foundation of Architecture, American Music Theater Festival’s galas, Arden Theater Company’s Granfalloon, the City of Wilmington’s “First Night,” and many more
- producing large corporate parties and dinners for clients including Major League Baseball, Coors, the Republican National Convention, Commerce Bank, and TD Bank (with whom we have been producing training events and awards shows for nearly 20 years)
The heart of his work, however, from the very beginning, has been his experience with Catholic organizations. Most significantly, he has partnered with the National Foundation for Catholic Youth Ministry over the past 20 years to build the largest gathering of Catholic youth in the USA: The National Catholic Youth Conference. Together, they have grown the biennial event from a few thousand people in a convention center ballroom to 25,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium.