MFA Production Management Students for the year 2016 - 2017
With interest in concept development and visual storytelling, I’ve led 5 major projects in the last 3 years all coming to fruition on schedule and within budget. I’ve found my niché in making connections between people and utilizing their skills to define the “big picture”. I’m looking to contribute to the creative process through my aptitude for narrative storytelling and understanding the audience’s point of view in the world of Themed Entertainment
Graduating MFA Creative Producing and Management student with strong creative sensibilities as well as solid communication, organizational, technical, planning and management skills. I have managed classical and experimental theater as well as developed new pieces for the stage. Though theater is my background, my passion lies in the world of Themed and Immersive Entertainment. I’ve interned both with Walt Disney Imagineering and Thinkwell Group, learning multiple processes for mounting large-scale, multimillion-dollar creative projects. In addition to my theatrical background, I also have experience in events management, high profile live television productions, circus arts, gallery curation, and marketing. My goal as a creative producer and production manager is to create an open, collaborative environment where imagination and creative thinking are encouraged and storytelling is paramount. This accessibility allows for new ideas and ways of thinking to emerge, pushing us beyond the expected and bringing us to the forefront of our industry.
I started my career in cross-cultural communication and co-production management for performing arts in China five years ago, and have since been able to work with many top dance companies and orchestras in the world. In 2014, I attended CalArts for graduate education. With the support of the CalArt’s president and the professors of both Animation and Producing/PM programs, I was able to receive a tailored MFA education in animation producing and management. I furthered my practical skills through five CalArts films, and in addition with both DreamWorks and Walt Disney Studios Internships. These valuable experiences equipped me with skill sets in time, cost, quality, risk and people management, an understanding of how to develop China-related content through Hollywood storytelling process, and a growing knowledge of how to integrate diverse teams to maximize their potential value.
Jiao-meng Lin is a graduating student in Creative Producing and Management, with three years of experience in managing schedules, budget and on-site trouble-shooting for Film, Theatre and Special Events; Plus four years’ experience in TV, film producing, directing and script writing.
Todd's experience in stage management, directing, producing, and lighting design led him to CalArts to study Production Management, where he is now a second-year student in the Creative Producing and Management program. Recent credits include: CalArts - Production Manager for Jackie and The Glass Mountain and Assistant Production Manager for Hamletmachine; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey - Production Manager for King John, Twelfth Night, and the Late Nite performance series; Dos Pueblos Theatre Company - Producer for Legally Blonde and Mary Poppins; Santa Barbara Zoo - Director for California Tails and How to Train Your Dinosaur.
Stage and production manager with experience in musical theatre, outdoor and site-specific theatre, festivals and special events, Irina is interested in managing interdisciplinary performances and building bridges between technology and different performing arts genres. Irina has spent most of her career working in international production teams, combined of theatre professionals from both sides of the Atlantic. Her theatre credits include work for Stage Entertainment Russia on such world-known musicals as The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, The Little Mermaid, Chicago. During her time at CalArts, she was a part of CalArts Center for New Performance productions of Shelter and Nightwalk in a Chinese Garden. Most recently, she production managed Salome in CalArts Walt Disney Modular Theatre.
Irina is a graduate of the Theatre Management program at Moscow Art Theatre School.
Kathleen O’Kelly is known for her attention to detail, ability to create order out of chaos, and love for all forms of potatoes. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Production Management at CalArts where she is strengthening her management techniques to further assist artists in finding their artistic vision and create thoughtful storytelling through cathartic driven art. While working at Seattle Repertory Theater, Kathleen was astonished by the collaboration, drive to produce great art, and dedication to the storytelling that fueled The Rep. Her experiences at The Rep have driven her towards the work that she continues to gravitate towards today. When Kathleen is not inside a dark theater, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running around with her 2 year old pup, Fitz, and traveling as much as she can. And of course, eating potatoes.
Ni Li is a first-year MFA student in Production Management at CalArts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is an experienced professional proficient at conceptualizing, managing, and implementing commercial shows and corporate meetings. She has been involved in stage show production and management for corporate accounts in China. In 2006, she started and ran her own marketing and advertising company. She has consulted with clients, offered strategic thinking to create their commercial shows, planned and organized workflow, and executed show productions. For seven years since its establishment, her company had served a dozen of clients such as American International Assurance Thailand Co., Ltd.; China Continent Property and Casualty Insurance Co., Ltd.; Malaysia Airlines (China); Yamaha Motor China Co., Ltd.; Yunnan Branch of Bank of China.; Yuntianhua International Chemical Co., Ltd.; and Yum Brands, Inc., Beijing Office.
Tom Rhodes received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and German from Austin College and studied as a countertenor at the Prayner Conservatory for Music in Vienna. He continued his studies as a double degree student at both Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management program and the University of Bologna’s Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts program. He joined CalArts Production Management program in 2016 working as Assistant Production Manager on Salome and Production Manager on Medea. In addition to his studies, Mr. Rhodes has held internships at The Santa Fe Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera; has worked at Opera Mauritius, Fort Worth Opera, and Opera Philadelphia; and has held seasonal contracts with the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Greenwich Music Festival.
Max S Weinstein is a Creative Production Manager from Los Angeles. As a Production Manager, he strives to bring organization into a creative environment while still maintaining the vision set forth by the team at large. Prior to working in production management, Max worked as a freelance technician and designer, working for such organizations as The Geffen Playhouse, The State Theatre of Ithaca, and The Cherry Arts just to name a few. Max Is an MFA candidate at CalArts in the Creative Production & Management program. Previously he received his B.A. in Theatre Studies with a Minor in Anthropology from Ithaca College. Additionally, he is currently in the process of completing the requirements to obtain his California pyro-technicians license (basic commercial).
Kimberly has relocated to Los Angeles from her small island in Florida to pursue a career in creative direction, where she hopes to combine her expertise in management with her obsession of artmaking. She has previously worked as a designer for the Walt Disney Imagineering set decorating department, and more recently had the privilege of designing many of the merchandise display windows and store setups for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Disneyland resort. Kimberly is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Producing & Management at CalArts, and holds a BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Florida, where she received the honor of Best Design for her thesis production of the musical “Spring Awakening”. In addition to her theatrical training, Kimberly has many years of experience with several art mediums, including digital and traditional painting and drawing, as well as 3D modeling and animation.