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Jodi Roberdes (AIA)

2022-07-25T22:25:50+00:00

William Alton Director of Architecture Jodi has played an integral role in many architectural and interior design projects for The Hettema Group since 2009, including Dragons Wild Shooting at Lotte World, the Malaysia Truly Asia Center, the High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas, DreamWorks Water Park, Meadowlands, and was Lead Architectural Designer for the One World Observatory experience at the World Trade Center in New York City. She is currently in charge of the architectural design for a major theme park in Asia. Jodi was Director of Design at Scenery West Design & Construction, creating turnkey projects involving multiple disciplines, specialty consultants, architectural facility interface, and show integration. She was responsible for projects including Sony’s Where the Wild Things Are attraction in Japan, Sea World’s Cirque de la Mer show in San Diego, Fort Worth Zoo’s Texas Wild! eight-acre expansion, five GameWorks entertainment centers throughout the U.S., and Oakley flagship stores. As Senior Associate at JKI International Architectural & Planning, Jodi executed multiple design/build projects domestically as well as interior entertainment facilities and attractions internationally. Jodi was also a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, assisting with exteriors and interiors for Disney’s California Adventure. EDUCATION B.A., Architecture California State Polytechnic University, Pomona M.A., Urban Design & Planning Technical University of Athens NOTABLE PROJECTS One World Observatory One World Trade Center, New York City High Roller Observation Wheel, Las Vegas Back to team

Connor Murphy-Boyd

2022-07-22T18:31:25+00:00

William Alton Experience Designer With a background and passion in architecture, Connor has dealt with projects in all facets of design. Upon graduation, he worked for a nonprofit that specialized in mixed-use projects specifically in Southern California, helping lead teams to numerous winning competitions for master plans and redevelopments. He strives for perfecting details and loves seeing projects from conception to construction. With a shift towards entertainment design and development, his background in travel and design allows a unique look at different aspects of projects, with a keen eye to the structure, constructibility, and experience.  With his renewed focus on design-centered experiences, he strives to create unique, impactful, and successful moments for visitors. EDUCATION California Polytechnic State University Pomona (2010-2015), College of Environmental Design, Bachelors of Architecture NOTABLE PROJECTS Dodger Stadium Centerfield, Los Angeles, California Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Meow Wolf, Denver, Colorado Back to team

Janai Phibbs

2022-07-22T18:24:07+00:00

William Alton Senior Experience Designer Janai is a multi-disciplined creative talent. Skilled ranging from show set design and CAD drafting for attractions to concept developments and art direction. Alongside her accomplished digital and physical artistic competences, her wide ranging abilities can be applied to many facets of  the industry. She has previously spent productive terms with Walt Disney Studios, Thinkwell and Universal Pictures. As an associate designer for The Walt Disney Studios Special Events, Janai played a fundamental role in contributing to an impressive list of projects including movie ‘world premier’ events for; Captain America Civil War, Jungle Book 2016, Zootopia and The Good Dinosaur. She also designed the excellent Star Wars Exhibit featured in the prestigious El Capitan Theatre Hollywood. Delivering creative content for the attractions industry Janai has provided CAD imagery, 3D modelling and detailed set design on ride attractions worldwide for high profile clients including Universal Studios. In a wider role within the entertainment industry Janai is proficient in set construction, prop and model building. She has had the privilege of working on numerous theatre and entertainment productions for artists such as Rod Stewart, Helen Hunt and Mikhail Baryshnikov. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science Set & Exhibit Design at Art Institute of California - Hollywood, CA. NOTABLE PROJECTS Fiesta Village, Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, California Dodger Stadium Centerfield, Los Angeles, California Jurassic World the Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood, California The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Back to team

Jessica Leivo

2022-07-22T18:25:20+00:00

William Alton Show Set Project Manager Jessica serves as the interface between the Creative and Architecture departments to develop, coordinate, and deliver all architectural /experience show packages. She manages and provide document control for all digital assets for the Architecture department as well as providing 2D and 3D digital drawing support for Architecture team. Prior to THG, Jessica spent 15 years in the home remodeling industry, gaining diverse experience in construction and project management. She graduated valedictorian with a degree in set and exhibit design before crossing over into the themed entertainment world. EDUCATION B.S. in Set & Exhibit Design, The Art Institute of California Hollywood NOTABLE PROJECTS Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, Yorba Linda, CA Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, UAE DreamWorks WaterPark, East Rutherford, NJ Theme Park Experience Center, Orlando, FL Back to team

Sam Beuscher

2022-07-22T18:33:50+00:00

William Alton Senior Experience Designer Having spent over a decade in Los Angeles, Samantha has experience working in multiple aspects of the entertainment industry, including having worked on an extensive number of dark ride attractions located all over the world. Highly skilled in many software programs ranging from the likes of Photoshop and Lumion to AutoCAD and Rhino, she has worked for distinguished companies such as Universal Studios Japan and Thinkwell Group, now bringing her talents to THG. Samantha has led and collaborated with teams of varying sizes, with highlights of her experience including Show Set work on the 2022 Thea award winning The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Lease attraction, and the Universal Spectacle Night Parade -The Best of Hollywood at Universal Studios Japan, as well as creating 3D visualizations for the new Dodger Stadium Centerfield expansion.  Most recently at THG, Samantha has been Art Directing for an upcoming attraction opening in 2025. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Set & Exhibition Design, The Art Institute - Hollywood, CA NOTABLE PROJECTS The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Dodger Stadium Centerfield, Los Angeles, California Jurassic World the Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Back to team

Teena Sauvola

2022-07-22T18:37:47+00:00

William Alton Facility Design/Show Set Associate 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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