D’Angelo Reyes

2023-08-31T18:28:54+00:00

William Alton Designer D’Angelo is a designer at THG who strives for harmony between the creative and the technical. He works extensively with AutoCAD and Revit for show set drawings and packages, in addition to Rhino and 3ds Max for 3d modeling. D’Angelo is also a production and scenic designer, with skills in concept illustration, attraction design, immersive theater, and Halloween haunt design. Outside of work he loves movies, musicals, improv comedy, writing, and talking about walkable train and public transit-oriented communities. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Minor in Theater California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo NOTABLE PROJECTS Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Hollywood Epic Universe, Universal Orlando Resort Back to team

David Lepor

2022-07-22T18:22:41+00:00

William Alton Designer With experience in the world of theatre and a background in art, David feels right at home in the themed entertainment industry.  Whether concept design, color work, or illustration, David strives for quality, beauty, and consistency. As an illustrator on Motiongate Dubai, David developed the visual design for a wide mix of dark rides, flat rides, play areas, retail spaces, and restaurants. He has additional experience in interiors, art direction, production design, and model making. While not working on theme parks, David spends time designing sets and props for regional theatre productions. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design & Illustration, Communications Minor - Grace College, Winona Lake, IN Master of Fine Arts, Scenic Design - University of California, Irvine NOTABLE PROJECTS Motiongate Dubai Bollywood Parks Dubai Back to team

Jacob Lindegren

2023-05-16T20:32:40+00:00

William Alton Designer A versatile creative force, Jacob Lindegren has professional experience as both a designer and art director for live entertainment, themed environments and museums. He prides himself on discovering new processes of design by working closely with vendors and partners to push the limits of what is possible, while getting the tasks at hand completed on time and on budget.  Jacob has worked in experiential design since 2014 and has specialized in a number of disciplines including 3D modeling, illustrations, graphics and drafting. He is fortunate enough to have participated in multiple high-profile projects through to completion, such as Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome (Frozen meet & greet) at Disney California Adventure Park, How to Train Your Dragon land at Motiongate Dubai, the Ghost Post interactive special edition subscription in collaboration with Walt Disney R&D and more.  Jacob completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Themed Entertainment Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Along with his themed entertainment background, he has formed his own software development company, which has helped him learn to manage large and small projects alike.  EDUCATION M.F.A., Themed Entertainment Design, Savannah College of Art and Design  NOTABLE PROJECTS Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome, Disney California Adventure Park  How To Train Your Dragon, Motiongate Dubai  Back to team

Karen Thompson

2023-02-06T18:39:21+00:00

William Alton Designer Karen has more than 25 years in the themed entertainment and visual effects industries. Her focus has been color design and special effects. Universal Studios projects included color design for Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure, King Kong at USF, and Jurassic Park at USJ. At Walt Disney Imagineering, Karen was Field Art Director for Little Mermaid at TokyoSea, model painter for Toontown, Fantasyland, and Carsland. Karen was on the creative projections team  at Megavision Arts for gala openings of “Pacific Standard Time” at the Getty Museum, LACMA, and Tom Bradley Terminal. She was also lead special effects painter at Digital Domain on Apollo 13 and Terminator 2-3D, taught Matte Painting at Art Center College of Design, and did graphic design for The Tonight show with Jay Leno. NOTABLE PROJECTS Carsland Seuss Landing Toyko DisneySea Apollo 13 Dreamworks Waterpark Back to team

Kolby Ratigan

2023-02-07T23:03:48+00:00

William Alton Designer As a designer, Kolby acts as the bridge between concept design and production design, making ideas into practical and buildable projects. He works with a variety of tools, from Photoshop and hand sketching, to models in Rhino or show set drawings in AutoCAD. Kolby went to the University of Redlands where he studied theater scenic design. While in school, he was an intern at THG and had the opportunity to work on major upcoming attractions. After graduating, he worked at various design firms such as Thinkwell and American Scenic. Kolby’s passion for the unique blend of disciplines in the industry started when we was twelve years old making scale models of attractions in the garage to gain a better understanding of how great attractions are designed.  In his free time he still likes to make scale models, read and research about railroads, spaceflight, and the history of the themed entertainment industry.  EDUCATION B.F.A. University of Redlands NOTABLE PROJECTS Boston 365, View Boston, Boston, MA Back to team

Stefan Van Biljon

2023-05-16T20:37:23+00:00

William Alton Designer Stefan is a versatile creative problem solver with a professional background as both architectural designer and concept artist (speculative ideas and illustration). He combines a deep love for freehand drawing with 3D design, drawing from experiences at numerous international studios (Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genova, Italy; NBCUniversal in Orlando, FL; Chapman Taylor in London, UK; and various architectural studios in Cape Town, South Africa and Austin, TX). When he's not drawing, Stefan enjoys riding motorcycles and attending rock concerts. EDUCATION Master of Architecture II (Post-Professional) - The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - New York, NY Master of Architecture (Professional) - University of Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa NOTABLE PROJECTS Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL Raptor Encounter, Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL Universal's Epic Universe, Orlando, FL Back to team

Teena Sauvola

2023-02-28T17:50:20+00:00

William Alton Designer Teena is coming upon her 15-year anniversary in the entertainment industry, starting in theatre and transitioning into the themed entertainment world around 6 years ago. She wanted to take the story-telling skills she gained in theatre and apply them to more immersive projects in theme parks around the world. Since diving into the themed entertainment industry, Teena has worked with world renowned companies like Disney Live Entertainment, Entertainment Design Corporation, and Universal Creative.  Her talents have been used on projects varying from intimate theatre productions, lobby cruise ships designs, and epic nighttime spectaculars. In her free time she runs her own art business both online and at local art fairs. She and fellow THG employee, Jacob Lindegren, also host a podcast, where they discuss themed entertainment design. EDUCATION B.F.A  | Theatrical Design | Viterbo University M.F.A | Design for Performance | The University of Texas at Austin NOTABLE PROJECTS Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – Magic Kingdom – Disney World Marvel: Dimensions of Danger – Hongkong Disneyland Tales of The Lion King – Fantasyland Theatre - Disneyland Back to team

Tyson Blackmon

2023-05-16T20:46:01+00:00

William Alton Designer Tyson Blackmon is a design professional with over 25 years of experience in the fields of exhibit design, architecture, 3D modeling and animation, design visualization, and graphic design.  He has worked on the design and production of numerous projects around the world ranging from theme park attractions, museum exhibits, corporate branded experiences, interactive guest experiences and displays, and television, film, and theatrical productions. In positions ranging from Set Designer, Project Architect, Exhibit Designer, Art Director, Production Designer, Graphic Designer, 3D Modeler and Animator, Tyson has contributed to various design teams and clients at notable companies including Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios Creative, BRC Imagination Arts, Thinkwell Group, Ford Motor Company, Nintendo, Discovery Channel, HGTV. He now brings his talents to the team of THG. NOTABLE PROJECTS The Secret Life of Pets, Pets off the Leash, Universal Studios Hollywood Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Japan The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Hollywood Star Tours, Tokyo Disneyland The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Florida The Ford Rouge Factory Tour The US Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai World Expo The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Mermaid Lagoon, Tokyo Disney Seas Back to team

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