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!

Lisa Lehr

VP Business Development & Brand Marketing

Fun FactI’ve hiked the Great Wall of China, scuba dove the Great Barrier Reef, skydove in Oahu, trekked across Wales on a Welsh pony, and hiked an Alaskan glacier.

What I Do at RWSI oversee new business development, brand partnerships, company-wide communications and marketing strategy for the company.

TaglineThe master connector.

Tarrah Vedder

VP Global Entertainment, Experiences & 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

Entertainment Director

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 Entertainment Managers.

TaglineLover of pie in the sky.

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.

Kevin 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

Production Director, 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.

Ryan Palmer

Senior Director Experiences

Fun FactWhile living in Maine I worked as a Artisan Baker

What I Do at RWSI am responsible for supporting the in-house scenic and event designers in all technical aspects of the production process. I also manage the details needed to ensure the successful and safe installation of all productions and events.

TaglineFrom imagination to realization…I make dreams come true!

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 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.

J. Max Sullivan

Director of Casting Business Operations

Fun FactI’m a huge science fiction geek.

What I Do at RWSI oversee business operations for RWS Casting and Binder Casting.

TaglineClark Kent.

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

Rich Bittner

Manager of Facilities

Fun FactI do a great ‘Donald Duck’.

What I Do at RWSI am responsible for the overall management of our facilities operations, performer housing, rehearsal studios and our studio rental program.

TaglineThe prince of provisions.

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

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.

Robbie Eicher

Senior Entertainment 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!

Taminy Fernandes

Manager, People & Culture

Fun FactI absolutely LOVE yoga.

What I Do at RWSI manage all organizational culture and human resources functions at RWS. From onboarding to offboarding – and everything in between – my goal is to raise the experience for our wonderful team.

TaglineLet’s do this!

Nina Filipowich

Entertainment Manager

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!

Michael Hickey

Entertainment Manager

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.

Ashley Holmes

Production Manager

Fun FactI toured internationally with The Walking Dead and Walker Stalker.

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

TaglineThe backstage head honcho.

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!

Jennifer Roller

Production Manager

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

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

TaglineI wear as many hats as possible.

 

Jenna Snyder

Scenic & Props Design Manager

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

Autumn Cohen Bendall

Wardrobe Supervisor

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.

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.

Brandon Kelly

Show Supervisor

Fun FactI am an avid superhero and comic book fan.

What I Do at RWSI help remount, aerial train and stage productions for the Holland America Line account.

TaglineThe creative handyman.

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.

 

Alicia Pociask

Show Supervisor

Fun FactI have been skydiving twice.

What I Do at RWSI help remount and stage productions for the Holland America Line account.

TaglineI love everyone. Let’s dance!

Josué Román

Finance Associate

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!

Rachel Young

Wardrobe Supervisor

Fun FactI’ve visited four different continents in the span of three months. My passport is my favorite accessory!

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.

TaglineWhen in doubt, add rhinestones.

Estefania Zambrano

Wardrobe Supervisor

Fun FactI have lived in three different countries and seven cities in the last eight years.

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.

TaglineI clothe you.