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 every where 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 Commercial Theatre Ventures

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.

 

Jeremy Doucette

VP Design & Experiences

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.

Danielle Kramer

VP Global Entertainment, Production & Operations

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 Global Entertainment, Artistic Direction & Operations

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

VP Global Entertainment, Production & Operations

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 Creative 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.

Terry Berliner

Creative Director, Design & Experiences

Fun FactThe first show I directed was in my grandfather’s living room in Houston, Texas. My little sister and cousins were the cast. And, everyone did what I told them to do.

What I Do at RWSI manage the day-to-day operations of the Design Department. And, I guide the artistic viewpoint and storytelling for all Design and Experiences events.

TaglineIt’s all connected.

Jay Binder

Director Theatrical Development

Fun FactThe thing I would enjoy most is writing an autobiography.

What I Do at RWSI am involved in identifying and developing new works and/or revivals for the theatre. I reach out to both established and up and coming creative talent to explore either existing projects or ones that RWS initiates that are in need of development. In addition, I am involved in introducing new writers, directors, choreographers and designers to RWS in an effort to create and renew creative relationships.

TaglineThe Conduit.

 

John Charron

Creative Consultant

Fun FactI’m a tennis buff who can talk educatedly about almost anybody in the top 50 both men’s and women’s.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all creative for our new Holland America Line productions.

TaglineA sailor’s life for me.

Matt Hamel

Associate Director of 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 of Business Development, Events & Attractions

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!

Jake McCoy

Senior Director of Operations, Experiences

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

What I Do at RWSoversee the operations of the Production Department for the Experiences Division, including management of scheduling and logistics for large scale event installations and immersive experiences. 

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

Todd Olson

Senior Music Supervisor

Fun FactI was once a competitive figure skater!

What I Do at RWSI oversee the RWS Music Department, arrange music for new shows, and rehearse singers for the stage productions for the Holland America Line cruise account.

TaglineMusically sharp, flatly funny, and always natural.

 

Katie Proctor

Casting Director

Fun FactI am a die-hard Boston sports fan, especially for the New England Patriots. I am so obsessed that my now-fiancee proposed to me at an AFC Championship game.

What I Do at RWSI am a Casting Director for our company’s varied projects. Representing RWS & Binder Casting as a Talent Scout, I audition talent throughout the country at conventions and teach audition master classes.

TaglineA wicked eye for talent.

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.

James Weiss

Director of Legal Affairs

Fun FactI have a dog named Doc, after gambler-gunfighter Doc Holliday. My Doc is about the size of a small bear.

What I Do at RWShandle all legal needs for the company, from client and vendor contracting to policy development and advisement.

TaglineI keep everyone onboard and above board.

Adam Winfield

Production Director

Fun FactI’ve been a pen fidgeter years before fidget spinners showed up.

What I Do at RWSI oversee the operations of the Production Department for the Cruise Ship Division, including management of scheduling and logistics for new shows and cast changeovers.

TaglineThe Man behind the curtain.

Senior Managers & Managers

...professional, creative, and true partners.

Westfield

Christopher Baker

Presentation Specialist

Fun FactIn my free time I coach aspiring marathoners and triathletes.

What I Do at RWSI translate concepts into a visual storyboard across a multitude of digital media platforms.

Tagline‘Running’ on coffee.

Chris Blasting

Creative Producer

Fun FactI lived on the circus train for over two years.

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

TaglineLife’s too short; eat the cookie.

Autumn Cohen Bendall

Assistant Manager, Wardrobe 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

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

What I Do at RWSI handle internal financial reporting, account reconciliation and A/R for RWS Entertainment Group and Binder Casting.

TaglineI’ll make sure your books are in order.

Brian Bowersock

Production Manager

Fun FactI was (actually) Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2006.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all operational and creative logistics for our Lincoln Center Stage chamber music program aboard Holland America Line.

TaglineKEEP CALM and PLAY ON.

Amy Cannon

Senior Entertainment Manager, Scripting & Audio

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.

Jess Cashion

Associate Technical Director

Fun FactI love stage combat. My favorite weapons or styles include knife, German longsword and a stick.

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

TaglineWe stand on the shoulders of giants.

Peter Chang

Production Manager

Fun FactI love LEGO!

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

TaglineDo things that you love and everything will follow.

Chris Christiana

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 Entertainment Manager, Scripting & Audio

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

Creative Producer

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!

Jake Hertzog

Manager of Facilities

Fun FactAlways busy with a project, I love repurposing thrift finds.

What I Do at RWSI oversee the day to day operations of RWS Studios and all facility related operations for the RWS campus.

TaglineThe Jake of all trades.

Michael Hickey

Creative Producer

Fun FactTo date, I have been twice voted “most-likely to burst out spontaneously into showtunes.”

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

TaglineThe logistical wizard.

Will Jennings

Production Manager

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.

Clayton Landiss

Associate Technical Director

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.

Jordan Leek

Production Manager

Fun FactI moved every two years growing up, living in four different countries and visiting over twenty.

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

TaglineOne team, one dream, let’s get it done.

Jeff Moulton

Manager, Commercial Theatre Ventures

Fun FactI’m powered by plants.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all readings, workshops and production labs for the Theatrical & Development Department while supporting the department’s producing and general management for ticketed shows and events.

TaglineFrom the Page to the Stage.

Meghan Murphy

Office Manager, Executive Assistant

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

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.

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

Senior Manager Scenic & Props

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.

Coordinators

On the cutting edge.

Cedar Fair

Chris Bendall

Facilities Coordinator

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.

Lowell Greenblatt

Casting Coordinator

Fun FactI have an encyclopedic knowledge of film.

What I Do at RWSI handle contracting, paperwork and logistics for all performers, while managing our talent database.

TaglineOctopus with psychic powers.

Shawn Hamel

Legal/HR Coordinator

Fun FactI’m an ordained minister.

What I Do at RWSI support the HR & Legal Department by managing contractor agreements, facilitating new hire onboarding and coordinating seasonal employee relations.

TaglineIt’s gonna be GREAT.

Melissa Holton

Finance Coordinator

Fun FactI was Miss Florida when I was ten.

What I Do at RWSI oversee all accounts payable and payroll across the company.

TaglineKill ‘em with kindness.

Kayla Lanes

Administrative Assistant

Fun FactI help run an animal shelter.

What I Do at RWSAs the face of RWS, I welcome visitors into our headquarters, handle phone inquiries and provide general office support.

TaglineI got you covered!

Preston McCarthy

Global Entertainment Coordinator

Fun FactI’ve seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy at least 10 times.

What I Do at RWSI support all aspects of entertainment production for cruise lines, theme parks, resorts, retail, and corporate events, including creative direction, planning, producing and execution.

TaglineThe Taskmaster.

Serena Montsma

Experiences Department Coordinator

Fun FactI only have one sibling and my brother and I live on opposite coasts.

What I Do at RWSI handle finance, purchasing, travel and general logistics as the in-office support for our Experiences Department.

TaglineIt’s already done.

Stacey Schiller

Global Entertainment Coordinator

Fun FactI love animals, especially DOGS.

What I Do at RWSI assist the Global Entertainment Coordinator by handling logistics during the pre-production process and onboarding process of our performers.

TaglineHandbooks, housing and a side of spicy mayo.