Team

Bold Makers.
Mold Breakers.

Reinventing entertainment since 2003.
We are the creators of award-winning custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences. From our New York studios we create for audiences around the globe. We combine vision, know-how, and world class talent to go from concept to completion and everywhere in-between.
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Meet The Team Committed To:

Raise Your Experience

Executive Leadership

RWS makes you feel like you are their only client...

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Ryan Stana

Chief Executive Officer

Fun FactMy first break into being an entrepreneur was selling pumpkins from my family’s gardens.

What I Do at RWSFounder and visionary for RWS Entertainment Group.

TaglineThe R, the W, and the S in RWS.

Bruston Manuel

Chief Operating Officer

Fun FactI have competed in over fifteen Spartan Races.

What I Do at RWSI oversee the nuts & bolts of the day-to-day, develop and guide long term strategic planning initiatives, and spearhead company acquisitions and theatrical ventures.

TaglineI’m in it to win it. Let’s get ‘er done!

 

Joe Christopher

VP, Production Services

Fun FactI’m a certified chocolatier.

What I Do at RWSI am responsible for producing and general managing theatrical projects on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on tour, and in non-traditional spaces around the world. Additionally, I oversee the business operations of Binder Casting.

TaglineThe negotiator.

 

Danielle Kramer

VP, Experiences

Fun FactMy favorite color is (almost obsessively) purple.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all operations, budgeting, hiring, logistics and creative elements for the Entertainment Division of Global Entertainment.

MeCloses the deal in her fierce heels!

Craig Laurie

VP, Artistic Direction

Fun FactI am a triplet and crazy close with my two sisters.
What I Do at RWSI maintain creative standards and make sure our creations meet the needs of our clients and guests.
MeThe Big Picture Guy!

Tarrah Vedder

Chief of Staff

Fun FactI am obsessed with cookie dough and my guilty pleasure is General Hospital.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all operations, budgeting, hiring and maintenance logistics for our Experiences Department as well as our Holland America Line productions.

MeLogistical Master and Back-up Planner Extraordinaire.

Senior Directors & Directors

The entertainment brand licensing leader.

Holland America Line

Carlos Avilas

Senior Producer

Fun FactMy last name spelled backwards is: SALIVA.

What I Do at RWSI am involved from creation to execution of the incredible entertainment and experiences for our theme parks, resorts, retail and corporate clients, and much more while managing a team of Creative Producers.

TaglineLover of pie in the sky.

Abby Buell

Senior Director, Marketing

Fun Fact I performed at Disney World as a child.
What I Do at RWS I tell the story of our bold makers and mold breakers.
TaglineEat the frog — do the hardest task first thing in the morning!

Jeremy Doucette

VP, Art Director

Fun FactI sang the national anthem at a Milwaukee Brewers MLB game in 1998.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all creative design areas of our show production and office including scenic, wardrobe, lighting, video and graphics.

TaglineThe designer eye of RWS.

Rob Fratto

General Counsel | Director of People & Culture

Fun FactI once competed in the national Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament hosted by ESPN 2.

What I Do at RWSI use my passion for people, culture, and cultured people to ensure everyone on our team is set up for success, and help to continuously keep RWS a great place to work.

TaglineAlways move forward!

Matt Hamel

Associate Director, Design

Fun FactI grew up in Kansas but have never seen a tornado.

What I Do at RWSI create visual designs for a vast range of projects and help coordinate the overall look with our creative teams to ensure a high quality product.

TaglineCreating it “better than you ever imagined”.

Lauren Kadel

Senior Show Supervisor

Fun FactI’m from Wichita, KS and have never seen a twister.

What I Do at RWSWhile setting policies and procedures within the department, I also help remount and stage productions for the Holland America Line cruise account.

Tagline5,6,7,8 CHECK IT OFF GAL.

Kevin T. Kreczko

Senior Director, Business Development

Fun Fact
I love anything that sparkles!

What I Do at RWSI oversee Business Development of Events and Attractions from design to installation, providing services for theming, décor, light show spectaculars and brand activations.

TaglineSparkle and Shine…Brightening and Frightening your Experience!

Clayton Landiss

Director, Technical Services

Fun FactI have traveled to over 20 countries…and continue to add more!

What I Do at RWSI handle the budget, logistics, and project timeline for large scale installations and immersive experiences.

TaglineThere is no spoon.

Jake McCoy

Executive Producer, Operations

Fun FactI spend more time in the Delta Airlines Sky Club than in my own living room.

What I Do at RWSI oversee daily operations of the Experiences Department, including creation and management of budgets, staff scheduling and compliance for large scale event installations and immersive experiences.  

TaglineGive it to me. I’ll get it done.

Josué Román

Finance Director

Fun FactI studied abroad in Italy and China while I went to Law School in Puerto Rico.

What I Do at RWSI execute the day to day finance duties to ensure RWS Entertainment Group and Binder Casting accounting books are in order and up to date.

TaglineDid you say money? I’ll take care of it!

Elizabeth Sauter

Casting Director

Fun FactI grew up golfing and was a competitive golfer – still waiting for that elusive hole in one!

What I Do at RWSI am a Casting Director at RWS, auditioning performers all over the world for our exciting projects. I love seeing the characters on the page become real people in the audition room!

TaglineLet’s have some fun!

Franklyn Warfield

Senior Casting Director

Fun FactI went through months of training to become a professional roller skater for Starlight Express.

What I Do at RWSI oversee our in-house Casting Team, leading an annual global Audition Tour in search of the highest level of talent for our clients’ projects.

TaglineThe FBI talent finder.

Senior Managers & Managers

...professional, creative, and true partners.

Westfield

Chris Bendall

Facilities Manager

Fun FactI can juggle, unicycle, breathe fire, stilt walk and make magic happen.

What I Do at RWSI coordinate studio rentals, performer housing, equipment moves and general building operations.

TaglineWhen you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Autumn Cohen Bendall

Assistant Manager, Costume Design & Operations

Fun FactI own a large collection of Nightmare Before Christmas memorabilia.

What I Do at RWSI design, execute, maintain and organize costumes for our client accounts, ensuring a high quality standard of all garments appearing on stage.

TaglineThe quiet storm.

Matt Bosley

Finance Manager | NetSuite Administrator

Fun FactI am a diehard Penn State & Philadelphia sports fan.

What I Do at RWSI supervise all accounting functions across RWS and its subsidiaries and ensure proper financial compliance. I also maintain the integrity of the data for business conducted on the NetSuite ERP/CRM.
TaglineTrust me, I’m an accountant.

Amy Cannon

Senior Artistic Manager

Fun FactI am an avid runner, wellness enthusiast and fitness fanatic.

What I Do at RWSI oversee client accounts from start to finish with a focus on creative development, script writing, audio design, directing and lead producing.

TaglineThe forewoman on the forefront.

Chris Christiana

Senior Creative Producer

Fun FactHe has been a proud member of the Rhythm Nation since its inception.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all aspects of production for theme parks, resorts, retail and corporate events, including creative direction and producing.

TaglineBe the river, not the rock.

Jacquelyn Cox

Senior Production Manager

Fun FactI am an honorary Newfoundlander ( Screech, Cod and all )!

What I Do at RWSIn the Experiences Department, I manage production and logistics of experiential activations and immersive installations from conception to realization.

TaglineJacq of all trades.

Robbie Eicher

Senior Artistic Manager

Fun FactI am an American Civil War & Political History buff who has read over 100 books and articles on the subjects.

What I Do at RWSI oversee client accounts from start to finish and run the entire Music and Audio division for the Global Entertainment productions, creating musical soundtracks of the highest commercial quality.

TaglineIf you need a joke, or comic relief moment…I’m your guy!

Nina Filipowich

Manager, Production Services

Fun Fact After performing in RWS shows at 5 different theme parks, I lived in Denmark for a year.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all aspects of production for theme parks, resorts, retail and corporate events, including creative direction and producing.

TaglineI’ll do it!

Will Jennings

Production Manager | Business Development

Fun FactMy most used social media account is goodreads.

What I Do at RWSIn the Experiences Department, I manage production and logistics of experiential activations and immersive installations from conception to realization.

TaglineThe man behind the fire extinguisher.

Kevin Lau

Brand and Digital Strategy Manager

Fun FactAddicted to sweets!

What I Do at RWSI handle digital strategy and produce branded assets.

TaglineBird Lives!

Meghan Murphy

Senior Office Manager | Executive Assistant to the CEO

Fun FactMy favorite word is FOXY.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all daily office operations as well as provide Executive Assistant duties to our CEO.

TaglineI’m right on top of that Rose!

Lauren Pennington

Senior Production Manager

Fun FactThere isn’t a color of the rainbow that I don’t have in a tattoo!

What I Do at RWSI handle the logistics, coordination and management of cast changeovers for our production shows.

TaglineProblem Solver Extraordinaire.

Broc Power

Production Manager, Music

Fun FactI’m probably the last person on Earth who still shoots film.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all operational and creative logistics for our music programs.

TaglineAt night the stars, they put on a show for free.

Jennifer Roller

Production Manager

Fun FactI’ve tap danced on stage with Savion Glover.

What I Do at RWSI play a key role in the logistics, coordination and management of installing top-notch entertainment onto large cruise ships for Holland America Line and Virgin Voyages.

TaglineI wear as many hats as possible.

 

Jenna Snyder

Manager, Props & Scenic

Fun FactI enjoy blacksmithing and shooting bow and arrow to relax.

What I Do at RWSWorking with our Producers and Directors, I design and execute scenic elements and props that bring our productions to life.

TaglineWithout me, the stage is naked.

Senior Supervisors & Supervisors

They have elevated the quality of our shows.

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts

Coordinators

On the cutting edge.

Cedar Fair