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David Lepor


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

Karen Thompson


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


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

Teena Sauvola


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

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