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27th Annual Thea Awards A warm welcome from TEA International Board President Chuck Fawcett Thea Awards Digital Case Studies Acknowledgements Thea Awards Program Acknowledgements TEA events serve the attractions industry Luc Mayrand to chair Thea Awards Judging Committee History of the Thea Awards How to create a Thea Awards Submission Appreciation: The incomparable Karen McGee Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements: Robert Weis Thea Classic Award: Blackpool Pleasure Beach TEA Peter Chernack Award for Distinguished Service - Dale Sprague

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Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement Amazing Pollinators ARGUS LED Dome System Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

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The Bourne Stuntacular D.R.E.A.M. Centre Entrance Experience, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Jewel Changi Airport Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway The Nest Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel Qu Yuan Sesame Street: Street Mission Snorri Touren Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance TAIT Navigator Automation Platform The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride

Advertiser Index 4wall Entertainment 98 7thSense Design 48 Adirondack Studios 38 AECOM cover AES-Artistic Entertainment Services 5 Alcorn McBride 14 Animax Designs 5 AOA 102 Barco 75 Birket Engineering 45 Canyon Creative 13 Chicago Scenic Studios 64 Chimelong Group 6 Christie 116 Color Reflections Las Vegas 26 Cumming 102 d&b audiotechnik 68

Demodave Production and Voiceover 53 DE-ZYN Studios 51 Disney Live Entertainment 25 DJ Willrich 39 Electrosonic 75 Entertainment + Culture Advisors 1 ETF Ride Systems 79 Europa-Park 80 Falcon's Creative 40 FAR Out! Creative Direction 103 Fantawild 73 Good Theory Studios 34 The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou 76 The Hettema Group 18 Huitt-Zollars 99 IA Stage 53

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InMotion Entertainment 45 JRA 76 Jora Vision 83 Lightswitch 61 Lionsgate 109 Lodging Hospitality Mgmt 52 Martin Aquatic Design & Engineering 60 Miziker Entertainment 54 Meow Wolf 9 Nolan Heimann LLP 61 Oceaneering 66 OE Experiences 103 Panasonic: Global Themed Entertainment Solutions 83 PCL Construction 39 Sally Dark Rides 79 Scenario 84 The Shipping Monster 64

Stantec 103 Studio Concepts & Innovations 103 Super 78 72 TAIT 108 TEA Foundation 11 TEA Past Presidents Committee 60 TechMD 102 Technifex 38 Thinkwell 114 Ty Fy Studios 76 Universal Creative 44 VCI Event Technology 46 Vekoma 30 Visual Terrain 110 Walt Disney Imagineering 21-22


A warm welcome TEA International Board President Chuck Fawcett

TEA Thea Awards Program - usually doubles as a printed program at the Thea Awards Gala in addition to its online publication. This year and last, it has been released online with the option to order a print copy for your office.


he year 2020 sent all of us looking for ways to maintain our roles in the industry, while seizing the opportunity to regroup and do things differently. It’s encouraging as we write this in April 2021, to see parks and attractions opening back up, industry members resuming business travel, and projects moving forward. Since becoming TEA International Board President in November 2020, I’ve been pleased to help guide the association in what is shaping up to be a hybrid period. Some in-person gatherings will resume in 2021. But due to the logistics of travel, shipping, and advance planning, many of our grandest occasions must remain virtual. This includes the TEA Thea Awards. We do expect to be back together in person for these and other events in 2022 - and to adapt the format of the 2022 Thea Awards Gala so that the 2020 and 2021 recipients can enjoy some of the Gala glory they missed. We’ll bring you more details of that as it takes shape in the future. Meanwhile, it is so vital to continue the annual Thea Awards cycle and we are thrilled to have been able to do that. TEA pivoted quickly in 2020 to deliver the Thea Awards Digital Case Studies as a successful online series. It was well attended and enthusiastically received by the recipients, TEA members and the industry, and the 2021 series will be too. This book - the official


These Thea tribute platforms - the Gala, the Case Studies and the Program - are not ends in themselves, but part of how TEA fulfills the overall mission of the Thea Awards, which is part of the larger mission of the Association. While we had to modify the format, we did provide genuine Thea continuity. Ensuring that continuity in 2021 has had its unique challenges, especially for recipients that had been been shut down or partially shut down for many months when TEA called to welcome them into the ranks of Thea Award honorees. We extend heartfelt acknowledgement and appreciation for their considerable efforts and compliance. A TEA Thea Award confers responsibility along with honor. The recipient is obliged to take an active part, which includes providing documentation - especially that critical, key component of the credits list. You can find the credits list for each recipient project published in this program. These credits lists are a permanent record and reference, and an invaluable education for the industry and the world about the complexity of our industry, its collaborative nature and the many disciplines within it. The Thea Awards Judging Committee is also due a hefty and warm share of gratitude and appreciation. They too are charged with significant responsibility - a volunteer responsibility they take very seriously - reviewing and discussing submissions with thorough attention, meeting week after week for many hours on top of their “day jobs” until they have agreed on a slate of people, projects

and technologies that embody excellence and innovation, and submit it to the TEA International Board of Directors for final approval.

future. You can also share this program or select articles from it to share, as many do, especially recipients or those who contributed to a recipient project.

The Committee’s role is not just to review, commend, and hand out trophies. They must look at the industry with fresh eyes every year. Part of Thea culture is that the Judging Committee take it upon itself to stay current, to work to ensure that the Thea Awards respond to and reflect the global industry in its continuing evolution - whether that means creating a new category of award, setting up a subcommittee focus on a particular area, or updating the rules and submission process.

On behalf of TEA, I extend warm and sincere congratulations to all of the 2021 TEA Thea Awards recipients! You inspire us and set an example with your creativity and innovation. Congratulations also, and heartfelt thanks, to all who were and are part of this year’s TEA Thea Awards. And a very special thank you to this year’s sponsors who help make it all possible and to the TEA community of leaders, volunteers and staff, and the TEA membership. We work hard to be there for you in good times and bad, and you have repaid the dedication. You are part of the creative core driving this industry forward.

This official Thea Awards Program is your guide to discovering more than you might ever have imagined about our unique industry; your informative companion to attending the 2021 Thea Awards Case Studies Series online; your reference to rely on again and again in the


President, Asia Pacific Division Owen Zhao Max-High International

Vice President Nathan Jones eXP Maven

President, Eastern North America Division Trent Oliver Blue Telescope

Vice President Shannon Martin Color Reflections Vice President Melissa Ruminot The Companies of Nassal Treasurer Brian Sands HKS Advisory Services Secretary Matt Barton 7thSense Design Immediate Past President Michael Blau Adirondack Studios

President, Europe & Middle East Division Yael Coifman Leisure Development Partners

Christian Kubsch Walt Disney Imagineering Dan Memis Universal Creative Anthony Pruett The Hettema Group

Clara J. Rice JRA (Jack Rouse Associates)

President, Western North American Division Jeff Crocker Mister and Mischief

Evi Sari Nickelodeon Experience Design

David Aion PlayPower, Inc.

Peter van Roden Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Chris Conte Electrosonic

Michael West Innovative West

Chris Ho Chimelong Group Co., Ltd.

John Wood Sally Dark Rides

Matt Kent Scenario

Associate Representatives Mk Haley UT Austin Marissa Blake Hancock NCIDQ Experience Designer


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PRODUCTION TEAM for Thea Awards Digital Case Studies Series 2021 TEA Corporate Sponsors Production: Joe Fox, Alcorn McBride - Technical Manager Ian McDaniel, Good Theory Studios - Assoc. Tech Manager & Video Design Dave Martin, Demodave Production & Voiceover - Sponsorship Video Alicia Cabos, Canyon Creative - Hero Graphic Design VCI Studio Team Acknowledgements: Chris Crowe,VCI Event Technology - Producer Dan Esparza,VCI Event Technology - Director of Production David DaCosta,VCI Event Technology - Director of Engineering Damian Zuleiman,VCI Event Technology - Webcast Engineer Josh Padilla,VCI Event Technology - Webcast Engineer TEA Headquarters & Production Staff: Tammie Richards - Director of Events, Producer Terry Lacson - Administrator, Help Desk Betsy Powell - MarCom Manager, Help Desk Sarah Barges - Coordinator, Events, Marketing & Member Services Moderators Fri Forjindam, Mycotoo Luc Mayrand, WDI Shawn McCoy, JRA Monty Lunde, Technifex Brian Morrow, BMorrow Productions



Thea Awards Program Acknowledgements Publisher: Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Editor: Judith Rubin Cover and Program Design: Alicia Cobos, Canyon Creative Art Direction: Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative Layout and Production: Martin Palicki, InPark Magazine Project Descriptions: TEA Thea Awards Judging Committee Credits lists provided by the Thea Awards recipients Producer, Thea Awards Digital Case Studies Series: Tammie Richards Advertising Liaison: Martin Palicki © 2021 Themed Entertainment Association. All rights reserved. Thank you to our TEA Headquarters Staff Tammie Richards – TEA director of events Sarah Barges – TEA coordinator Linda Hamm – bookkeeper Terry Lacson - administrator Betsy Powell - marketing and communications TEA Global Headquarters 150 E. Olive Ave., #305, Burbank, CA 91502 USA +1 818 843-8497 • About TEA The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is the international nonprofit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences - worldwide. Our members bring specific expertise in a variety of disciplines to a field that is constantly evolving: the creation of successful, highly engaging, out of home visitor attractions and experiences in the leisure and travel sector. These entertaining and educational projects include theme parks, water parks, museums, zoos, corporate visitor centers, casinos, restaurants, branded experiences, multimedia spectaculars, retail spaces, resorts and hospitality, destination attractions and more. TEA was founded in 1991 and now encompasses some 1,600 members and four primary Divisions: Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific. In the 25+ years of its existence, TEA has changed the global conversation about how great guest experiences are conceived and realized, and focused international attention on a vital niche of popular culture. There are many benefits and advantages to becoming a paid association member and taking your place in the TEA community. About the TEA Thea Awards The annual Thea Awards were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence.


27th Annual Thea Awards Nominating Committee Dave Cobb, Chair Michael Mercadante, Board Liaison Luc Mayrand, Vice-Chair Karen McGee, Coordinator Committee Members Christian Aaen Marc-Andre Baril Fri Forjindam Patricia MacKay Shawn McCoy Brad Merriman John Robinett Rick Rothschild Andy Westfall Larry Wyatt Attraction Sub-Committee Luc Mayrand, Chair Marc-Andre Baril Rick Turner Mark Woodbury Larry Wyatt Christian Aaen Andy Westfall Brad Merriman Technical Sub-Committee Bob Gurr, Chair Monty Lunde Rick Rothschild

Connected Immersion Sub-Committee Fri Forjindam, Chair Dave Cobb Noah Nelson Patricia MacKay Ron Miziker Joe Rohde Museums & Aquariums/Zoos Sub-Committee Shawn McCoy, Chair Christian Aaen John Robinett Joe Rohde Nancy Seruto Larry Wright Live Event Sub-Committee Nancy Seruto, Chair Adam Bezark Phil Hettema Yves Pepin Patricia MacKay Jeremy Railton

Buzz Price Thea (lifetime achievement) recipients Jeremy Railton Tony Baxter Bob Rogers Mark Fuller* Joe Rohde Bob Gurr (Technical SubJack Rouse* Committee Co-Chair) Nancy Seruto Phil Hettema Frank Stanek Garner Holt Barry Upson* Kim Irvine Bob Ward Don Iwerks* Mark Woodbury Keith James Monty Lunde (Technical Sub* Judge Emeritus – A title Committee Co-Chair) established for Lifetime Members Ron Miziker (Live Event Subwho are no longer active in the Committee Chair) yearly judging process but who may Yves Pépin (European Subbecome active at any time in the Committee Chair) future. In Memoriam – Buzz Price Thea (lifetime achievement) recipients Harrison “Buzz” Price (1921-2010) John Hench (1908-2004) Marty Sklar (1934-2017) Jon Jerde (1940-2015) George Millay (1929-2006)

TEA events serve the attractions industry


n addition to the Thea Awards, TEA serves its members and the industry with a full calendar of events and programs at the global and regional levels to help you network year-round, online and in-person, wherever you are located. For the latest information, visit https:// TEA SATE Global Series: REINVENTION presented by The Hettema Group, May-July 2021 SATE is the TEA’s signature conference series on Experience Design. The SATE acronym: Storytelling + Architecture + Technology = Experience. This exciting, new approach to SATE learning will be presented as a virtual conference of 4 Episodes. Each will explore the theme of REINVENTION from different perspectives. Each episode will feature a broadcast of approximately 90 minutes of prerecorded programming followed by a live Q&A. Once aired, episodes remain available to ticket holders on-demand through 31 July 2021. In 2021, the TEA SATE Global series is also planned to continue in-person with conference sessions in Asia and Europe. For the latest information on speakers and episodes, and registration details, visit the TEA SATE Blog. TEA Masters WHAT: TEA MASTERS OF THEIR CRAFT epitomize the highest standards relative to their respective professional disciplines while also setting the standard for professional conduct within the Themed Entertainment industry. They begin with pure talent and grow it with experience over decades, constantly evolving and maturing their craft to become industry leaders. TEA Masters have built a demonstrable body of work that shows consistency in

the quality of work over many projects throughout their career. They lead by example and are mentors to many, inspiring and empowering others while executing their own craft with a spirit of collaboration with the project teams, interns, and students. WHO: Creators, Managers, Designers, Writers, Producers, Engineers and Craftspeople who have built a body of work over decades with consistent quality and execution – contributors through their imagination, design, craftmanship, leadership and their pure artistry of their craft. TEA Masters can communicate their craft and are generous with their time and talents, eager to use their knowledge to create new experiences of the highest caliber while always pushing the limits. WHEN: TEA Masters is an annual program. The 2021 nominations period ran 15 April - 15 July. TEA Thea Awards The 27 th Thea Awards Digital Case Studies Series, July-Oct 2021 CASE STUDIES The 27th annual TEA Thea Awards recipients (featured in this Thea Awards Program) will be showcased in a series of curated, online sessions produced by the Themed Entertainment Association, running July-Oct 2021. Once aired, episodes remain available to ticket holders on-demand through 31 Oct 2021. TEA @ IAAPA is back in 2021 The TEA is resuming its presence at the annual IAAPA expos in Europe, Asia and Orlando including a booth on the showroom floor, mixers and SATE conference sessions. TEA Division events We are pleased to be able to resume a calendar of in-person events (as well as online events) produced by the TEA Divisions (Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific).


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Luc Mayrand to Chair Thea Awards Judging Committee The Thea Awards continue to evolve and celebrate excellent experiences


hen it comes to creating extraordinary experiences, the name of Luc Mayrand comes to mind naturally. He has been active for more than two decades at Disney and has been the leading force behind some of the most daring projects at the Shanghai and Hong Kong parks. Luc has also been a key member of the Thea Awards Judging Committee for the past five years. He is now appointed as Chair of the 26-person team. The TEA will this year again emphasize the role of those awards in celebrating excellence and moving our industry forward. “It is not the technological aspects or the magnitude of the nominated projects that weigh in most heavily,” says Luc. “We realize and acknowledge that the very act of creating something sublime requires enormous effort, regardless of the means at your disposal. Therefore, we hope to receive entries for different scales of projects, large or small, and obviously give them all equal chances.” The Committee has addressed up to 300 Thea submissions annually over a busy, two-month evaluation period. There is currently an expectation that, due to the effects of the pandemic, the submissions for the next cycle of Thea Awards will be different from past years in many ways - likely to feature some notable re-imaginings - and the Committee welcomes that. Luc says, “The Thea Awards re-invent themselves at every edition, as the categories are not pre-defined they can evolve and address emerging trends in our industry. For example, Brand Experiences and Connected Immersion were added over the years, as the industry evolved. Now, remote interactive shows, and 'Phygital Experiences' (a blend of physical and digital experiences) have become popular during lockdowns and are not necessarily out of bounds. It is

important that those and other types of experiential projects are submitted - the Committee will create new categories as they are warranted.” This time of re-invention is also marked with the start of a new award, the Thea Catalyst Award, specifically to celebrate persons that have caused important, positive change for our industry. Luc concludes, “We encourage everyone to participate in the Thea Awards, and to keep challenging your teams to develop creative ideas and excellent achievements. Submissions are not limited to clients and those who made the projects, anyone can submit a project they saw for consideration.” NOTE: In order to address the timing effect of the pandemic, entries will be accepted for projects that opened between July 1, 2019 and July 31, 2021 (a month longer than the usual window). Online submissions will be accepted from May 1 - August 6, 2021.


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Kudos to Canyon Creative President Dale Sprague for being honored with the TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award


History of the TEA Thea Awards The establishment of the TEA Thea Awards as the preeminent award program recognizing excellence in themed entertainment projects was seminal to the recognition of themed entertainment as a professional industry. The Theas shine a bright light on the industry and its leaders, fabricators and creative geniuses who make themed entertainment magic. -- Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Founder Monty Lunde, Technifex


EA created the Thea Awards to bring recognition to achievement, talent and excellence within the themed entertainment industry. The Thea Awards began in 1994 with a single Lifetime Achievement Award, and the first honoree was Harrison “Buzz” Price, a pioneer in entertainment feasibility. Monty Lunde, Bob Rogers, Pat Scanlon and Barry Howard were on the first Thea Awards organizational and judging committee. The Thea Awards were named in reference to three words: •“Thea” - the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates •“Theater” - derived from the goddess Thea •“TEA” - the acronym referring to our Association The original Thea trophies were designed by Barry Howard and Jeremy Railton. The current Thea trophy debuted in 2001 and was designed by Zofia Kostryko. The first year’s ceremony, held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, was produced by Ron Miziker, and coordinated by Jana Love, with TEA founder Monty Lunde serving as master of ceremonies. The 1995 Thea Awards also took place at the Biltmore, again with a single honoree: the late Marty Sklar (an official Disney Legend). After Buzz Price passed away in 2010, TEA renamed the Thea Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. It is now called the Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements.


The third year (1996) saw the introduction of Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA). Ten AOAs were bestowed. The Thea Classic category was created in 1997. It can be given to one achievement per year that has stood the test of time. Also in 1997, the AOA category of Excellence on a Limited Budget was created, to celebrate outstanding achievements under $10 million. For 2014-2015, new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios prompted the TEA Thea Awards Judging Committee to create the Paragon Award, which recognizes a project that sets a new bar of excellence. Since 2017, numerous projects have been honored within the new Thea Award category, “Connected Immersion,” recognizing that tremendous advances in technology, social behavior and connectivity are reinventing our notion of storytelling and immersion. Introduced for the current cycle of nominations: the Thea Catalyst Award, to recognize an individual who has made a recent, notable contribution to the industry. The Thea Awards have also reflected the global expansion of our industry and the geographic coverage has grown accordingly. It should also be noted that the Thea Awards are not by any means confined to theme parks. Museums and museum exhibitions, heritage centers, casinos, multimedia spectaculars, brand experiences, theatrical productions and many other types of attractions and guest experiences fall into the realm of projects that can be eligible for Thea Awards.

The TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award recipient is also recognized at this time. This award was created and is decided by the TEA Past Presidents Committee, and was renamed in honor of the late Peter Chernack, a TEA Past President who was instrumental in conceiving this award. In 2020 and 2021, the realities of the global pandemic prevented us from being able to gather in person, and so the annual, elegant Thea Awards Gala could not take place. However, the Thea Awards cycle continued, with the submissions and judging process going forward, and TEA producing an online event to actively recognize and celebrate the recipients with the participation of the community: the TEA Thea Awards Digital Case Studies Series. TEA has also continued to publish the official Thea Awards Program (this book) online. The culture of the Thea Awards is unique. Here are some key characteristics: • Honoree: the project itself – Thea AOA and Thea Classic awards honor the entire achievement. The trophy is awarded to the project owner. • Official project credits – The project owner is obliged to furnish a comprehensive credits list

for publication by TEA. In this way the Thea Awards have resulted in the first official project credits of the themed entertainment industry. • Trophies for the team – Individuals and companies named on the official credits list of a Thea-honored project are entitled to obtain their own trophies from TEA. • No set categories – The TEA is free to honor several achievements in the same category, create a new category, or to skip categories as the year’s achievements warrant. • No secrets – Award recipients are openly announced in November, and the awards are formally presented the following spring at the Thea Awards Gala. • Open nominations – Anyone can nominate a project for a Thea Award. It is not necessary to be a TEA member. You can nominate your own project. The objective is simple: To find excellence and celebrate it. As we look to the future, the Thea Awards will continue to grow and evolve, while continuing to honor the original objective of bringing recognition to achievement, talent and professional excellence within our themed entertainment industry.


How to create a Thea Awards submission


he Themed Entertainment Association’s annual TEA Thea Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the themed entertainment and international visitor attractions industry. Each year hundreds of submissions are received and considered by the TEA Thea Awards Committee for outstanding destination attractions, breakthrough technology, event spectaculars, cultural attractions or guest experiences, as well as for individuals who have made their mark on the industry. The pandemic obliged our industry to rethink and reinvent projects in many creative ways. We’re looking to find and celebrate the brilliance of those reinventive experiences and more, from around the globe. Special submissions info for 2021 To be considered for the 28th annual Thea Awards judging cycle, the project must have opened, or the event have taken place between July 1, 2019 and July 31, 2021. Submissions for this cycle close on August 6, 2021; then the Thea Awards Judging Committee gets to work. Review and judging take place between August and October. The slate of recipients is announced in November, and awards will be formally presented the following spring at the annual TEA Thea Awards Gala.

How to participate Phase 1: Visit the TEA website at and select “Submit a project” from the Thea Awards dropdown menu; then click “Submission Portal” to navigate to the form. Follow the instructions to provide the required information. You will also see links for Thea rules, judging criteria and submission tips. Phase 2: An email response to your submission will include a link with further information and any additional steps that may be required. Note: for projects, the video is a most important element. Resources The TEA website also provides access to further resources that can help you understand more about the Thea Awards, including Thea Awards and Thea Case Studies video archives on TEA TV, links to past Thea Awards Programs, and galleries of past Thea Awards recipients organized by year. We hope you will participate and share something spectacular! For more information and assistance, email or telephone TEA headquarters at +1 818 843-8497.

Introduced for the 28th Annual Thea Awards, the Thea Catalyst Award recognizes an individual who has recently made an important and beneficial impact on our industry. This is the award for dreamers and doers who have notably influenced the creation of compelling experiences and places. Did you know? • You can submit your own project, event or technology • Anyone may provide a Thea Award submission whether or not a member of TEA • Submissions for lifetime achievement honorees, the Thea Classic Award and the new Thea Catalyst Award are also welcome


Thanks to Dave Cobb for chairing the 27th Annual Thea Awards Nominating Committee!



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Appreciation: The incomparable Karen McGee by Rich Procter, BRC Imagination Arts


he great writer James Baldwin famously said, “The world is held together by a small number of kind people.” I’m quite sure he was thinking of Karen McGee when he said this. Karen McGee is about to retire. In 2014, she received the TEA Distinguished Service Award (now the TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award). Why? Because for as long as anyone can remember, she has served the TEA with impeccable skill and

gracious goodwill - particularly in regard to the TEA Thea Awards. She served as the facilitator, coordinator, administrator and benign guiding spirit of the Thea Awards Committee. That means she took every submission (in a given year, there are several hundred submissions), every piece of documentation, and every video (which she watched and timed) and entered it into a database. Every member of the Thea Awards Committee had every piece of documentation they needed before the first meeting. The Thea Awards Committee convenes for a series of lengthy meetings over several weeks, during the judging process. At such times, Karen made sure each Committee member attending in person got a parking place, an agenda and a great lunch. She helped prepare and present the final recipient slate to the TEA International Board of Directors for their final approval. She sent letters regarding all carryover projects and projects that are no longer eligible, expressing thanks for participating in the Thea Awards program. Then she filed everything away until next year. This job involved 28,495 pesky details, and she attended to each one so that the Committee could concentrate on the important work at hand. And she did all this hard work with unfailing grace and good humor. But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the members of the Thea Awards Committee themselves, as they praise Karen for her years of attentive service: Karen, it’s been a true pleasure to work with you, to know that you were there in the background, in the foreground… just there, for all the years you’ve supported the TEA and the Thea Awards Committee


annual business. With kindness, efficiency and always a pleasant tone in your voice and smile to go with it! Rick Rothschild Karen, you are the personification of what the TEA Service Award is all about and we are so grateful for everything you have done for the Association over the last two decades!! Monty Lunde Oh Karen! Is it true you are leaving us? I cannot figure the future of our gang without you!!! Yves Pépin And here’s the thing: this wasn’t even her real job. Karen was the Executive Assistant to Bob Rogers, the BR of BRC Imagination Arts. Bob is a recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. He is also a highly caffeinated, slightly scattered, often demanding, fair (usually) boss who tasked Karen with keeping his schedule, writing letters and memos, booking his travel, answering his phone, remembering everyone’s birthdays and kids’ names, and tracking the other 28,495 pesky daily details involved in running a successful business. He came to expect that Karen would do everything flawlessly the first time. She never let him down. He is grateful for her contribution to the success of BRC. He is bereft that she will no longer be his assistant, his friend, and his indispensable right hand. The most important thing Karen brought to every job for the TEA and for BRC - was her kind, friendly touch. She was a pure pleasure to work with. She reminded us all that the jobs we do in this complex, challenging business are just an excuse to form friendships in the pursuit of service: to make the world a better place by telling stories that cause us to know and love each other a little bit more. So let me take the liberty here of assigning a new honor to Karen McGee: the Karen McGee TEA Lifetime Service

Karen McGee with husband Chris and daughter Kaitlyn

Acknowledgment For Benign Indispensability. And the details of this acknowledgment are as follows: “To Karen McGee, for Years of Distinguished Service Doing Everything For Everyone Around Her That No One Else Wanted to Do But Somebody Had To Do. For Doing This With Grace, Good Humor, and Integrity. For Reminding Us That the Reason We’re Here on Earth for This Brief Time is to Serve Others with Kindness, a Smile and a Loving Spirit. And for Her Unerring Sense of How To Select A Tasty Lunch That Two Dozen Wildly Disparate, Highly Opinionated People Would Like.” Life is about making differences. The more differences, the better the life. Karen McGee has made a positive difference in everyone she’s encountered over several decades. I’d say that’s a very successful life. Thanks to TEA Master Rich Procter for writing this article, and to Joe Fox, a longtime TEA volunteer who has also been honored with the Service Award, for his contributions.




Robert Weis

President - Creative and New Experience Development, Walt Disney Imagineering

Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements An Extraordinary Leader


hile the creative talents of Bob Weis are widely known, he also has the leadership skills to bring team members together to focus and collaborate on a project. He has a keen ability to align a very large effort and provide clear direction towards success among the more than 100 diverse disciplines required to create a multi-dimensional end product. The projects Weis has spearheaded are recognized by the industry, his peers and the tens of millions of visitors as among the best, and a testament to his exceptional ability to deliver high quality and complex innovative work. The admiration he has earned from our community over the decades is rooted in his authentic leadership style, that of a world class visionary who is sincerely modest, selfless and kind. At the heart of his style is the empowerment of the individual and the team, treating all with respect and trust. A Lifetime of Achievements –Theme Parks In his current role with Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Weis leads talented Imagineers around the world to advance the quality of immersive experiences across theme park resorts and cruise ships, with a focus on quality, storytelling, and collaboration with diverse talents to achieve extraordinary results in experiences and live entertainment. His portfolio of work, particularly on major comprehensive themed projects is unparalleled. His early achievements at Disney include being part of Disney’s first international theme park development – Tokyo Disneyland. He later worked


with the Oriental Land Company, the park’s owner, to deliver on their expectation of a unique Disney theme park experience, Tokyo DisneySea. At Walt Disney World Resort, Weis worked on the creation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then called Disney-MGM Studios) and continues to oversee the transformation of that park with recent inclusions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. His overall creative leadership of a major transformation of Disney California Adventure included the creation of several new attractions, extending the guest stay into the evening with the opening of World of Color nighttime spectacular and the introduction of a major new, highly immersive land called Cars Land, based on the successful Pixar film franchise. These changes were story driven and led to boosts in attendance as well as guest

satisfaction. Currently Weis oversees large teams transforming EPCOT as well as Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. A Career with Global Impact Our industry is a key facilitator in today’s world of global outreach and multi-cultural connections and experiences. Bob Weis has shown that he can integrate the experiences and perspectives of many viewpoints into a winning project, inclusive of all participants, and enjoyed by all who visit over several decades. The Shanghai Disney Resort showcases his thoughtful leadership. Beginning with an extensive research effort and outreach into the local market, Weis led the effort to develop a deep understanding of the Chinese audience and culture. Moving into this new market, the first for Disney in mainland China, he identified that local creative voices were key to the project’s success and resonance with local guests, and he drove Imagineering to broaden its reach and build teams that included local artistic talent, advisors and storytellers.

The result of his strategic and focused direction is a world-class park that Disney’s CEO at that time, Bob Iger, described as, “Authentically Disney and Distinctly Chinese.” The experiences throughout resonate with local audiences and set a new standard for storytelling that bridges cultures. The success of Shanghai Disney Resort is a glowing example on the world stage of Weis's mastery of international projects. His leadership and influence continue with expansion projects at each of Disney’s six resort destinations around the world. A Passion for Community and Culture Separately from Disney, with his firm Bob Weis Design Island, he has applied his talent and vision to develop groundbreaking exhibitions and visitor centers with several of these projects receiving Thea Awards including Adventures in Movie Making, and CSI: The Experience, along with Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and many others. He has developed projects for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and The Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth. He was involved in the master plan for National Harbor, near Washington, DC. He has advised the late Paul Allen on museum


projects and has been an advisor to the Smithsonian, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the Walt Disney Family Museum. Despite the demands on his time, Bob Weis will always find a way to give back to the community and help institutions solve creative challenges. Weis founded the Ryman Foundation Hani El-Masri Student Artist Award, which celebrates the life of the late Disney Imagineer and artist Hani El-Masri by recognizing at least one outstanding Ryman Arts student each year who represents the diverse talents in our community, and who is, like Mr. El-Masri was, an immigrant to the United States. Weis supports Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design, and was one of the founders of the Bobby Brooks Studio, which for 10 years, has built for students a culture of collaboration and narrative design methodologies in memory of Bobby Brooks, beloved Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Alumnus and Imagineer.


In addition to an already significant breadth of creative and philanthropic work, Bob Weis is an accomplished filmmaker and has created feature films and documentary projects. Recently he championed the making of the multi-part docuseries, “The Imagineering Story,” which premiered on Disney+ last year, a triumph in storytelling that has been a key driver to subscriptions in this newly launched streaming service.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach —

Blackpool, UK

Thea Classic Award


s Blackpool Pleasure Beach turns 125 years old in 2021, it stands as one of those venerable, classic destinations in the world of themed entertainment, connecting the industry’s past and future. This seaside amusement park has survived two world wars and welcomed guests through more than a century of cultural, social and technological change. Remarkably, since its inception it has remained family owned and operated, currently under the care of the fourth generation of Blackpool lineage. Spurred by the popularity of the seaside resort location due to its railway connections with the mill towns of North West England, Blackpool Pleasure Beach was founded in 1896 by A.W.G. Bean and his partner John Outhwaite, and soon became known for its innovative thrills as the site became packed with all sorts of unique attractions over decades of expansion. Today, its overall footprint occupies 42 acres with 38 rides that span thrills, coasters, dark rides and family rides, as well as shows and walkthrough attractions.

Most notable is the park’s surviving collection of vintage rides, some of which are among the last of their kind in the world. These include four wooden roller coasters; of those, The Grand National is one of only three Möbius loop coasters in existence, where a singular track "loops" around itself, offering a facsimile out and back layout and creating a "racing" effect on two parallel tracks. Sir Harim Maxim’s Flying Machine (1904) is known as the oldest amusement park ride in Europe. The River Caves scenic flume (1905) remains a favorite today. Blackpool is also the last park in the world to still operate the iconic Steeplechase, installed under the reign of the late, legendary Geoffrey Thompson OBE. Modern-era additions are equally impressive. The park was the first in Europe to introduce a fully inverting steel coaster, Revolution (1979); The Big One was the tallest coaster in the world when it opened (1994). The park also operates a Nickelodeon Land and the world's only Wallace & Gromit ride, the Thrill-OMatic. Red Arrows SkyForce (2015) is a white-knuckle, physically challenging pilot experience and was first of its kind in the UK; ICON (2018) is a multilaunch coaster. Valhalla (2000) was at the time it opened one of the largest and most elaborate indoor dark rides in the world, and has garnered numerous awards. Providing family fun and thrills for generations, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an iconic destination that has stood the test of time and deserves recognition as a Thea Classic.


Official Credits List - Blackpool Pleasure Beach Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director, CEO, President of Stageworks Worldwide Productions Nicholas Thompson, Deputy Managing Director

James Cox – Head of Marketing

Burger King Ltd

Lynsey Brown – Head of Entertainment

Pasaje Del Terror

Tuesday Bridgman – Event Co-ordinator

Fiona Giljie – Architect & Director

David Bailey – Arena General Manager

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Recent Suppliers

Barbara Thompson - Director

Jason Taylor – Production Logistics Manager

Arrow Dynamics

Mike Brown – Deputy Managing Director Jonathan Gray – Group Financial Director Robert Owen – Director of Marketing, Sales & PR Nigel Kilgallon – Group Legal Counsel & Director, Director Stageworks Worldwide Productions John Collins - Non Executive Director Craig Hemmings – Non Executive Director Roger Devlin – Advisor Alexa Robinson – PA to Amanda Thompson, Vice President Stageworks Worldwide Productions Mark Holden – Senior Financial Officer, Director Stageworks Worldwide Productions Tony Cross – Director of Security Steve Hughes – Director of Engineering & Projects

Simone Bolajuzon – Wardrobe Manager

Mack Rides GMBH & Co

Dave Renwick – Production Manager


Tom Shea – Assistant Production Manager


Jeff Fillingham – Hospitality Manager Michael Spencer – Casino General Manager Richard Shirt – Head of IT Sara Boswell – Group HR Manager Alison Paterson – Education & Corporate Manager

Vekoma Rides Manufacturing S&S Worldwide Inc Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Gerstlauer Aquatique Show International Pomvon Pro Venue

Fabio Vidotti – General Manager, Boulevard Hotel

Accesso Technology Group

Leon Cordell – General Manager, Big Blue Hotel


Tim Bailey – Group Revenue Manager, Boulevard & Big Blue Hotel

Olaf Mordelt – One World Studios

Skidata E3 Lighting Adrian Fisher – Maze Designer

Steve Thompson – Purple Giraffe Productions


Steve Lee – Red Box Studios – Photography

Rainbow Productions

John Paul Geurts

David Bromilow – Safety Advisor

Alex Payne – Technical Director

Michael Collins – Leisure Development Partners

Will Campbell – Accountancy

Andy Hygate – Director of Operations

Addison Engineering Ltd

Lee Blackshaw – Accountancy

Craig Clews – Assistant Director of Operations

Taziker Industrial Ltd

Professor Vanessa Toulmin – Heritage Advisor


Wayne Brandon – Electro Mechanical Manager Tim Currey – Construction Manager Steve Hellam – Creative Design Julie Hawkins – Creative Design Mandy Ramsden – Group Purchasing Manager

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Partners Aardman Animations RAF Red Arrows -Ministry of Defence Pepsi Max/Britvic Viacom CBS – Nickelodeon

Damian Jackson – Head of Retail

Leftcoast/Johnstone’s Paint

Karen Nicholson – Head of Catering


Barry Tiplady – Catering Commercial Manager

Marketing Lancashire

Lee Parkin – Park Services & Enviro Manager

Tim Batstone – HB Leisure

Darren Jewitt – Group Stores Manager Yvonne Csonge – Director of Ticket Sales

Eddie LeHart – HB Leisure Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

C&M Engineering Global Engineering Westlakes Engineering John Bray Northern Neon Lighting Watsons Steel Tetrad Plc A C Entertainment Technologies Ltd Richard James Associates Ark Construction Ltd Fylde Coast Gate Ltd Rushworth Painting Ltd Farmer Attraction Development Northern Neon Lighting


Official Credits cont'd - Blackpool Pleasure Beach Back Stage Technologies

Krispy Kreme UK Ltd

Andrew Martin Designs



Colpac Ltd

AP Sound & Lighting

Swithenbank Foods

BSI Management Systems

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Ltd

Kuehne & Nagel International Ltd BLT Direct Rockwell Automation Retail Global Merchandise & Design TY UK Ltd

Costume Design - Stageworks Worldwide Productions Casting - Stageworks Worldwide Productions Set Designs – Stageworks Worldwide Productions

Ged Campbell, Jennings Campbell & Bibby – Designer Jump Design Direction Ltd Carat Global Media JKN Digital Perfect Fit Media Green 4 Solutions Sharpstack Hosting Ltd Aspect Market Research Links Signs & Graphics Andrew Martin Designs

First Brand Innovations Ltd

Lighting Designs – Stageworks Worldwide Productions

Aardman Animations Ltd

The Notable Stranger – Music Production

Designers Guild – Fabric

Cleotta UK Ltd

Berenice Scott - Music Production

Arley House – Fabric

Keel Toys Ltd

Phil Rice – Music Production

Premier Voiles – Fabric

Full Start

Rick Guard – Music Production

Tektura – Wallpaper/Wallcoverings

Chengpres Co Ltd

Glenn Gregory – Music Production

Andrew Martin – Wallpaper

Teddy Mountain UK

Craig Hemmings – Music Production

Chelsom Lighting Truman Design & Build Ltd

World of Sweets Ltd Brazier & Co Product Zone Stanton Confectionery Sliverline Halfmoom Bay SPS Ltd Spin Master Adventa Candy Toys Light Up Toys Aurora Catering Tango Rollover Ltd Wall’s Burger King Nestle UK Ltd A G Barr Plc Starbucks Coffee & Co (UK) Bidfood Marston’s Honeywell Meats Ltd


Tetrad – Furniture

Adam Slevin – Special Projects Creative Advisor

Allison Pike Partnership Ltd

Nick Farmer, Farmer Attractions Development – Special Projects Creative Advisor

Newhey Carpets Ltd

Medlock Construction Ltd Adrian Houston Anderson & Low









Amazing Pollinators Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Touring Exhibition, Limited Budget


ollination in nature is about more than just bees. Birds, butterflies and even the wind can pollinate flowers to help nature flourish. People of all ages can practice being all of those and more at the hands-on, immersive, traveling exhibit “Amazing Pollinators,” that highlights pollinators’ benefits to Earth’s ecosystems. The exhibit takes the form of a clever, interactive game that is arranged in a colorful maze designed to suit tweens, teens and adults. Within this immersive maze, visitors can hunt down their different flowers and role-play as pollinators. Utilizing their personal “Mission Boards,” visitors interact in various ways with the exhibit to see how bugs see flowers - or to “become” butterflies, bees, birds or bats, to learn how each impacts the world around them. At the same time, they will be scoring points through their activities, with the goal of achieving the level of a “super pollinator.” Visitors can embark on up to 48 unique, short roleplay missions throughout the maze, which features a labyrinthine set of concentric rings representing nine


environments, holding 195 interactive flowers of 60 plant species in need of pollination. The 48 missions feature eight different types of pollinators from the venerable Honey Bee, to the majestic Monarch Butterfly, and even the less-appreciated House Fly. This cleverly conceived exhibit successfully sparks interest in the natural world, in young visitors as well as their parents, and is meant to spur at-home observation of plants and pollinators as well. Through an immersive game and analog-style interactive elements, it educates its audience on the importance of pollinators and the role they play across the planet. Overall, Amazing Pollinators provides an astounding magnitude of science and nature education in a cohesive, fun exhibit that engages all ages to play the game, score points, and learn. Its design is consistent in its playful graphic and physical composition. The analog-style interactivity is a welcome counterpoint to today’s media- and digital technology-saturated world. It is a remarkable achievement that delivers an impressive amount of experience and interpretive content.

Official Credits List - Amazing Pollinators Minotaur Mazes

Greg Reid, Principal

Dina Monk, Narrator

Kelly O. Fernandi, President & Creative Director

Kathy Jenkins, Manager

Julia Monk, Production Assistant, Talent

Jae Nale, Vice President of Operations

Triangle Reprographics

Leah Ritz, Education & Operations Manager Jack Stawick, Director of Sales & Marketing Sergio Soares, Lead Fabricator

Joel Strickland, Production Manager Art Jones, Production Manager Chip Hannah, Quality Assurance Octavio Colina, Digital Technician

Susan McHaney, Exhibit Technician

Roto Florida Museum of Natural History Darcie MacMahon, Director of Exhibits & Public Programs

Jeff Pecchio, Project Manager, VP of Fabrication Joseph Patterson, Lead Exhibit Builder

Jonnie Dietz, Exhibit Development and Outreach

Levi Crumley, Production Manager

Julie Waters, Exhibit Coordinator

Alpha Graphics – Seattle Team

Andreina Hornez Peralta, Creative Director

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Eldon Goe, Account Manager Teresa Lizotte - Senior Graphic Consultant Matthew Neaves, Project Manager Eric Logue, Prepress Specialist

Scott Black, Executive Director

Kyle Bevan, Grand Format Press Operator

Matthew Shepherd, Director of Communications

Production Technicians

Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates Geoffrey M. Curley, Principal Matthew Ramirez, Content Developer

Alyssa Watson Dave Clark

Moss, Inc.

John Dolton, Graphic Design

Christopher Fordham, Vice President, New Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Frankoy D.A.

Constance Brooks, Customer Success Manager

François Morin, Art Director Production Designers Anne-Marie Giard Jean-Christophe Allié Caroline Piché JD Smith, Graphic Designer, J. Donovan Creative

Reid Signs Dustin King, Lead Designer, Fabricator

GP Color Imaging Victor Sevilla, VP Sales Blacklight Digital Graphics Wes Adams, CEO and Technical Wizardry Bisher Ahdab, Chief Operating Officer Jorge Garcia, Production Manager Taylour Trunzo, Customer Service Manager

Jeffrey Stemen, Lead Designer

Dale Johnson, Exhibit Project Manager

Ian Breheny, Exhibit Designer

Craig Randle, Production Assistant, Talent

Debbi Katz Productions Bill Bywater, Sculptor Debbi Katz, Founder, Executive Producer

eWorld Translations Chris Perrin, Production Director Maria Parodi, Translator Carlos Parodi, Translator

Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation Merlin Tuttle, Founder & Executive Director Teresa Nichta, Operations Manager, Archivist, Photographer Renee Cornue, Photo Collection Administrator

Freelance Graphic Design Linda Mondragon

Victoria Weidner, Director of Operations

Freelance Fabrication

John Cooper, Plant Manager

Mark Colombino

Chris Principe, Production Manager

Dick King

Alexandra Rykman-Harriett, Graphics Pre-Production Manager

Robert Sheehan

Jonathan Householder, Supervisor of Tech Design

Brave New Pictures, Inc. Kathy Monk, Producer Dave Monk, Director, Editor

VENDORS Hobart Machined Products Superior Imprints Varro Books Zverse

Chris Jensen, Print & Manufacturing


ARGUS LED Dome System Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Technical Innovation


fter three years of research and development, Nanjing Lopu Technology, working in cooperation with Creative Smart Vision, launched “ARGUS,” a revolutionary, LED dome technology that provides audiences with a clearer, more vibrant compoundcurved LED imagery. The ARGUS LED Dome technology is patented and manufactured by Lopu and CSV, based in China and produced in four standardized dimensions, with diameters of 15m, 18m, 20m, and 23m. The system can also be customized to meet a project’s specific needs. The system can deliver high quality video resolution of 4K, 6K, 8K, and more. Further, the ARGUS LED technology has adjustable brightness from 100 300nit, a sequential contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and intra-frame contrast ratio of 100:1. This means the system displays true black and a very fine grayscale. A patented structural design ensures consistency in the smoothness of the dome’s curved surface and accuracy of its measurements. Magnetic connection of the circuit boards to the grid superstructure provides ease of service and replacement.


Additionally, the patented, acoustically transparent circuit board allows speakers to be mounted behind the dome for accurate screen sound localization, so that each sound effect can perfectly match the visual it accompanies. With its impressively low power consumption, the ARGUS LED Dome does not need a dedicated air conditioning system. The only regular maintenance is a dusting and surface cleaning. The LEDs can last over 100,000 hours. The ARGUS LED Dome is a revolutionary viewing experience that facilitates a more fully immersive storytelling experience in large dome applications with superior clarity, color saturation, high contrast and a wide viewing angle. With this platform, imagery can be startlingly lifelike and appear three dimensional. The technology also opens the door to potentially new applications using this pioneering compound-curved screen LED technology. The technology also offers solutions to many of the challenges associated with traditional projection, such as brightness, saturation, contrast, high maintenance and repair costs, and cast shadows within a theater.

Official Credits List - ARGUS LED Dome System General Designer

Zhaoxiang Li, General Manager, Lopu

Junjie Zhu, Engineer, Lopu

Bin Zhu, Senior Vice President, Lopu

Lili Ji, Marketing Director, Lopu

Yingchao Wang, Engineer, Lopu

Jianxiong Wang , Chief Engineer, CSV

Qiang Lin, Vice General Manager, Lopu

Chaoqian Li, Engineer, Lopu

Fang He, Director, CSV

Yunfeng Shao, Engineer, Lopu

Tianxu Shi, Deputy Supervisor, CSV

Shengquan Shi, Engineer, Lopu

Chief Advisor Zhanghong Hu, Chairman, CSV Yuan Wang, Director, CSV

Engineer and Production

Xiaobing Shen, President, Lopu

Lingling Jiang, Engineer, Lopu

Senior System Architect Nong Li, CTO, Lopu Lei Chen, R&D Director, Lopu

Algorithm Engineer

Long Lu, Engineer, Lopu Dingqiang Wang, Engineer, Lopu Wenda Wang, Engineer, Lopu Yingkang Hu, Engineer, Lopu Shujiang Su, Engineer, Lopu

Qing Li, Senior Engineer, Lopu

Wei Wang, Engineer, Lopu

Yan Liang, Senior Engineer, Lopu

Zuo Wang, Engineer, Lopu

Wei Zhang, Senior Engineer, Lopu

Lei Xu, Engineer, Lopu

Shidong Zhou, Senior Engineer, Lopu

Yinfeng Tan, Engineer, Lopu

Shiming Lv, Senior Engineer, Lopu

Minyao Wang, Engineer, Lopu

Sales and Marketing

Wenjie Feng, Engineer, Lopu

Sheng Li, Vice President, Lopu

Xiaoleng Hu, Engineer, Lopu

Jin Wang, General Manager, CSV

Fan Yang, Engineer, Lopu

Tao Huang, Engineer, Lopu Fei Shen, Engineer, Lopu Weiqi Wang, Engineer, Lopu Youren He, Engineer, Lopu Hongjian Wang, Engineer, Lopu Xianchao Shi, Engineer, Lopu Qianglin Xu, Engineer, Lopu Shiyuan Guo, Engineer, Lopu Chunqiang Zhang, Engineer, Lopu Delin Sun, Engineer, Lopu Kai Wang, Engineer, Lopu Jie He, Engineer, Lopu Xuechao Li, Engineer, Lopu Chunliang Zhang, Engineer, Lopu Ping Feng, Engineer, Lopu Cheng Luo, Engineer, Lopu


Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall — National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, USA Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Museum Exhibit Design, Limited Budget


he “Becoming Jane” exhibit is an emotionally moving insight into the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the world-famous researcher and conservation advocate, Dr Jane Goodall. The exhibit traces the entirety of the life and career of Dr. Jane, through a series of built and projected environments along with interactive installations. These involve mapped projection, touchscreen interactives, photo-real set work, point source audio and other techniques; however, the strength of the design is not in groundbreaking technical achievements. Rather it is the sense of immediacy and emotional engagement that the experience engenders. Excellence is not always a question of material richness and technical virtuosity. This is a deeply affecting installation because of its sincerity and


immediacy. The presentation of childhood objects and stories helps to humanize a woman who has become a virtual demigoddess of conservation. The real (virtual) presence of Jane speaking her life experience in her own words, as part of the exhibition, is inspirational. The informational aspects of the exhibit sit nicely between its emotional punctuations, and the theme of “Becoming Jane” is even more deeply meaningful than it first suggests. It is not only a story about how Jane became Jane: the summation of the experience calls upon each guest to be involved, to care - and in that sense, each person is “becoming Jane.” It is, altogether, a very rewarding and inspirational experience, delivered with taste and restraint.

Official Credits List - Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall National Geographic Society Executive Leadership Jean N. Case, Chairman, Board of Trustees Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive Officer Mike Ulica, President and Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Clark, Exhibition Coordinator

National Geographic Impact Media

Seth de Matties, Traveling Exhibition Manager

Kaitlin Yarnall, Chief Storytelling Officer and SVP

Brianna DeOrsey, Group Sales Specialist

Vanessa Serrao, Executive Producer

Cynthia Doumbia, International Exhibition Director

Chris Dye, Senior Producer

Allison Farber, Project Manager

Crystal Brown, Chief Communications Officer

Cole Fiala, International Exhibition Manager

Vicki Phillips, Chief Education Officer

Charlette Hove, Senior Exhibition Designer

Jane Goodall Institute

Lauren Ippolito, Exhibition Manager

Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder

Lindsay Marcus, Museum and Ticket Operations Manager

Anna Rathmann, Chief Executive Officer Linda Berdine, Vice Chair, Board of Directors Mary Lewis, VP, Outreach and Assistant to Dr. Goodall, Office of the Founder– Global Susana Name, VP, Founder Relations, Office of the Founder–Global

Edward Mooney, Exhibition Design Director Ivo Morales, Museum Operations and Planning Director Joel Persels, Exhibits Production and Operations Manager

Devin Swanson, Producer/Editor Eddie Olvera, Producer/Editor Sydney Guthrie, Producer/Editor Ruben Rodriguez Perez, Producer/Editor

National Geographic Museum Visitor Experience Representatives Olivia Bambara Melanie Bulavinetz London Childers Read Cullen Hannah Hicks Trevor Johnston

Steve Pickard, New Media Manager

Kelly Joy

Daniel Dupont, VP, Communications and Policy

Allison Shelly, Visitor Experience Supervisor

Jodi Sinclair McIntyre

Alice Macharia, VP, Africa Programs

Brit Shoaf, Art Director, Experiences

Robert Samsel von Leszczynski

Kamilah Martin, VP, Roots & Shoots

Jeff Thomas, Print Production Specialist

Matthew Shea

Carmen Mullins, VP, Development

Ellen Tozer, Retail Manager

Jeanne Einhorn Simpson

Lilian Pintea, VP, Conservation Science

Jennifer Wallace, Museum Partnerships Director

Elsie Widmayer

Shawn Sweeney, Senior Director, Community Engagement Bill Wallauer, Research Videographer and Wildlife Cameraman

National Geographic Marketing and Engagement

Mary Paris, Archivist

Julie Gerdes Becnel, Senior Director, Marketing

Ashley Sullivan, Community Engagement Specialist

National Geographic Museum Kathryn Keane, VP Public Programming and Director, National Geographic Museum Alan Parente, VP Creative Tibor Acs, Multimedia and AV Manager Erick Bonilla, Print Production Technician

National Geographic Library and Archives Cathy Hunter, Senior Archivist Sarah Manco, Senior Archivist

Victoria Sharbaugh, Senior Manager, Marketing

Kendall Crumpler, Archivist, Digital Imaging

Lexie Simpson, Specialist, Marketing and Engagement

Julie McVey, Project Manager, Digital Preservation Archive

National Geographic Digital

National Geographic Education

Alison Bourgault, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Public Experiences

Jenny Aguilar, VP, Educator Initiatives

National Geographic Maps

Erin Branigan, Exhibition Content and Research Specialist

National Geographic Measurement and Evaluations

Austin Braswell, Senior Graphic Designer

Emily Hoagland, Director, Research Methodologist

Kallie Brennan, Visitor Experience Supervisor

Myy Nguyen

Alex Tait, Geographer Sam Guilford, GIS Cartographer

Ivan (Spanky) Campbell, Technical Coordinator


Official Credits cont'd - Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall National Geographic Legal and Business Affairs Megan Musgrove, Manager, Contracts and Rights Jeanne Fink, VP and Senior Associate General Counsel, Programs and Intellectual Property Agnès Tabah, VP and Senior Associate General Counsel, Public Experiences Ashley Dutrow, Specialist, Intellectual Property

Dale Wheeler, Senior Manager, Security, Health, and Safety Engineer

National Geographic Carpenter and Paint Shop Jean-Pascale Desperes David Hoffman Tom Kemp Ron Panciera Wuilver Rosales Jose Torres Aguilar

National Geographic Finance Lauren Petruzzi, Director, Financial Planning and Analysis Sarah Guynn, Senior Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis Joan Hewitt, Manager, Risk Management and Insurance

National Geographic Museum Store Destin Brooks Shermain Brown

Nicki Avena, Senior Graphic Designer Jim Choe, Art Director, Marketing

Daniella Thompson, Manager, Member and Special Events Stephanie Rexford, Registration Specialist, Global Events and Sponsorships Marilyn Prempeh, Coordinator, Global Events and Sponsorships

National Geographic Building Services and Security Frank Candore, Chief Engineer and Senior Director General Services


Chris Jolly, Senior Lighting Artist Hieu Nguyen, CG Asset Lead Craig Barnett, Pipeline Supervisor Doug Halley, Pipeline Technical Director Frank Bango, Senior Rigging and Dynamics Artist Joey Kowalewicz, FX Technical Director Jonah Pine, Junior CG Asset Artist Mike Wallace, Creative Director

Monan Bian, FX Lead

Carol King Woodward, Director, Photography

Nicolette Korpolinski, Compositor

Rolf Sjogren, Senior Photo Editor, Creative

Stacey Vrigian, CG Asset Artist

Kristin Deming, Director, Program Applications

Greg McGruder, Curator, Global Events

Meghan Stockham, Animator

Dave Myslinski, Director, Creative

National Geographic Events

Elizabeth Filippone, Director, Programming

Dave Drake, Animator

Stephen Ricker, Associate Creative Director

National Geographic Strategic Systems

Krista Strahan, Director, Event Operations

Ashley Prescott, Animator

Todd Georgelas, Research Manager

David Peterson

Jenn Armand, Senior Producer, Global Events and Advancement

Anthony Solitario, Animation Lead

Joel Rey, CG Asset Supervisor

National Geographic Marketing Creative

William Cotter

Stacy England, Senior Director, Global Events and Sponsorships

Andrew Lopez, Senior CG Asset Artist

Gopal Gorthi, Salesforce Technical Lead

Falcon’s Creative Group Cecil Magpuri, President/Chief Creative Officer

Sam Lombardo, CG Asset Designer Tyler Capo, Associate Production Manager Abhinav Narain, Creative Content Specialist Corinne Tau, Graphic Design Manager Bruce Sereta, Senior Concept Designer Patrick Reilly, Senior Concept Designer Daniel New, Concept Designer Monica Benya, Junior 3D Asset Artist

Jason Ambler, Vice President of Digital Media/Executive Producer


Claudio Gonzalez, CG Supervisor

Phillip Krick, Project Manager

Saham Ali, Director of Technology Jesse Allen, Editorial Director

Brett Bagenstose, Creative Director Emily Rhinehart, Project Manager

Rick Morris, Director of Sound

Teresa Van Wagner, Creative and Design Lead

Audrey DeLong, Producer/Writer

Shane Hoffa, Lead Developer

Andy Painter, Editor

Damon Williams, Senior Developer

David Consolo, Senior Interactive Designer

Pascal Chaumette, 3D Developer

Andreas LaTourrette, Interactive Artist

Alli Landino, Designer

Ben Allen, Interactive Designer

Zach Decktor, Senior Animator




Official Credits cont'd - Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall Cross Museum Services

Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Special Thanks

Henry Cross

Jane Terry

Dr. Jane Goodall Lisa Roet

Rachel Schmidt Rowan Corbett


Elliot Doughtie

Chicago Scenic Studios

Reed Higgins Steve Jones


Peter Halsey


E-Squared Editorial Services

Farm Sanctuary SA

Sandy McGinnis


East Stroudsberg University

Walid Saad Marty Waullauer Patrick O’Connell Karen O’Connell


Emily Esterson Glenna Stocks

Frank Lagorio

Mid-Atlantic Interiors Polymershapes

Dr. David Buckley

Kyoto University Dr. Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Thank you for this honor, and congratulations to all the Thea recipients!

w w w. f a l c o n s c r e a t i v e g r o u p . c o m

Photos by Rebecca Hale/National Geographic for “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” exhibition organized by National Geographic and the Jane Goodall Institute.


The Bourne Stuntacular

Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Live Attraction Spectacular


his groundbreaking attraction immerses the audience in the world of Jason Bourne, the international spy on the run who has lost his identity, but not his razor-sharp instincts and incredible (and lethal) physical capabilities. The show seamlessly blends multiple elements - live stunt performers, large-scale, high-resolution media, special effects, and massive show action set pieces - in synchronous choreography to achieve a thrilling theatrical and immersive experience. A well-designed queue and preshow set up the story context, informing the audience they have been recruited as part of a “Situation Analysis Team” that will track the movements of rogue agent Jason Bourne. Guests enter a virtual “Surveillance Room” (the main theater) where they will track Bourne’s movements as he tries to escape pursuit by nefarious forces. The upstage wall of the large stage - a 3,640 sq. ft., high-resolution LED wall - allows for instant transformation of the show’s environment and locale. Live performers interact with the digital media (including digital performers) in ways that make it difficult to perceive the line between live and digital. The show moves at lightning pace, switching instantly between The CIA Mission Control Center and several


exotic locales. Each scene is augmented by the physical set pieces closely registered in position with the digital background. During the action of each scene the audience viewpoint changes, with scenery and background moving to create powerful illusions of cinematic motion. Physical stunts and environmental effects such as fire and wind add to the dynamics of the show. The show concludes with a high-speed chase with two, full-sized, physical cars that rise on lifts from below stage and rotate and move with complex motion and precision. Used in conjunction with live performers, in-theater effects and the digital environment, the scene climaxes in a spectacular and fiery crash. This live attraction raises the bar on the stunt spectacular, with sophistication and imagination and one "wow" moment after another. While its technical elements are executed at the highest level, the effectiveness of the show is ultimately due to the creative staging which uses those elements in dynamic ways. The high level of technical achievement and the creative application in creating a spectacular, immersive experience make the Bourne Stuntacular a worthy recipient of this honor.

Official Credits List - The Bourne Stuntacular Universal Orlando Resort – Project Team

Attractions Operations

Amy Sirak, Assistant Manager, Technical

Julie Hecht, Director

Matt Gall, AV Manager

Jim Timon, Senior Vice President

Marian Adams, Senior Manager Operations Safety and ADA Compliance

Jeffery Allison, Network Systems Manager

Deborah Buynak, Vice President

Zach Harig, Senior Manager

Rohan Garricks, Lighting Manager

John Hamaric, Vice President, Technical

Anthony Espin, Assistant Manager

TJ Mannarino, Vice President, Art & Design

Brie Ohse, Supervisor

Zoey Perlow, Assistant Manager, Graphics


Amanda Hartman, Senior Director, Projects Celiana Clavell, Senior Director, Costuming

Christian McClure, Supervisor

Environmental Health and Safety

Sean Noble, Project Engineer, Facility Susanna Malott, Associate Project Manager, Construction Richard Krent, Facility Design Manager

Barbara Dewoody, Vice President

Mark McKay, Facility Design Manager

Justin Bowen, Senior Director, Technical

Yvette Cox, Director

Stacy Martin-Tenney, Director, Strategy and Development

Mark Lee, Senior Manager

Concepcion Nicadao, Facility Design Manager

Dennis Kline, Specialist

Ariana Morabito, Director, Operations Vicki Bowlin, Director, Entertainment Art & Design Natalie Lopez, Producer Sabrina Bunnell, Senior Manager, Technical

Finance Chad Adams, Senior Director

Joseph Zabrosky, Senior Building Information Manager Sasha Marthinez, Building Information Manager

Tashekia Fowler, Senior Manager

Candido Rodriguez Jr., Senior Project Superintendent

Elizabeth Phillips, Manager

Chris Boucher, Superintendent Josh Holzhausen, Superintendent

Alex Seib, Production Manager Sara Pepper, Production Manager

Legal and Business Affairs

Walter Potts, Superintendent

Brian Villa, Production Manager

Sandra Chen, Vice President, Legal Affairs

Jeffrey Sherron, Senior Estimator

Steven Noieam, Production Manager

John Hanebrink, Senior Director, Legal and Business Affairs

Annia Rodriguez, Senior Cost Analyst

Jeana Hanratty, Director, Contracts

Mike Morgan, Sourcing Manager

Agnelli Santiago, Senior Paralegal

Miles Anderson, Scheduler

Ryan O’Hearn, Stage Manager Sean Weaver, Technical Supervisor UO Entertainment Costuming Team UO Entertainment Technical Team

Amanda Eanes, Project Controls Analyst

Katya Murray, Contracts Administrator

UO Entertainment Contracts Team

Universal Creative – Project Team

Rebecca Slowik, Contracts Administrator

UO Entertainment Art & Design Team

Stephanie Green, Project Director

Joli Hellmer, Sr. Administrative Assistant

UO Entertainment Operations Team

Thomas “Rooney” Panzella, Technical Director

Cristina Lipsett Maldonado, Sr. Administrative Assistant

Tech Services Carlos Castano, Sr. Manager, New Attractions - Ride & Show Alexis Papadelias, Manager, New Attractions - Ride & Show William Crowe, Supervisor - Ride & Show Jim Childs Jr., Engineer Controls Robin Graham, Lead Technician - Ride & Show Thomas Prinicpato, Technician, Show Systems

Carlos Varela, Construction Project Manager Alan Oson, Senior Engineer

Universal Creative – Project Management Office

Peter Kris Cleven, Engineer

Gene Dobrzyn, Senior Vice President

Bryan Delgado, Engineer

Tony Davit, Vice President, Orlando Portfolio

Erika Tan, Engineer Matthew Rossett, Associate Engineer Chandler Schramm, Associate Engineer Nicole Vitiello, Associate Engineer Mike Esmonde, Senior Manager, Technical William Peabody, Assistant Manager, Technical

Keith Wright, Vice President, Project Controls Andre Coleman, Senior Director, Facility Construction Jodi Ernst, Senior Director, Facility Design Michelle Hines, Director, Contracts


Official Credits cont'd - The Bourne Stuntacular Rich Lall, Director, Finance Bill McGehee, Director, Safety and Engineering

Universal Creative – Core Steve Blum, Senior Vice President, Safety and Engineering Dan Memis, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Michael Moses, Chief Marketing Officer, Universal Pictures

Jami Beasley, Senior Design Project Manager

David O'Connor, Executive Vice President, Franchise Management and Brand Strategy

Ron Frankel, President

Angela Sharma, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing Christopher Castelonia, Vice President, Brand Marketing

Brawner Greer, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs

Renaissance Show Production Team

Mike Kiddoo, Vice President, Safety and Engineering

Lisa Enos Smith, Executive Producer

Chris Oliver, Vice President, Safety and Engineering Jennifer Addeo, Vice President, Finance Robert Cortelyou, Senior Director, Safety and Engineering Brian McQuillian, Senior Director, Safety and Engineering Karen Trauger, Senior Director, Contracts Terry Trauger, Director, AV Kane Fritz, Assistant Director, AV Kevin Smith, Assistant Director, Engineering Michelle Smith, Engineer Francis Tam, Engineer Dorothy Bresnahan, Senior Manager, Graphics

Jon Binkowski, Creative Director Scott Smith, Technical Director Tito Enriquez, Live Performance Director Tiffany N Thetard Roby, Project Manager Cindy Cote, Contract Administration Stephen DeWoody, Script Development/ Blocking Charts

Joshua Wexler, Executive Producer for Pure Imagination Scott Arnold, Technical Director of AV Design David Andrade, Pre-show Visual Effects Peter J Lehman, Composer/Sound Designer/Mixer Alex J Lehman, Sound Designer Wendy Heimann-Nunes, Partner/Legal clearance and related intellectual property matters

Action Horizons Stunt Team Ken Clark, Action Director Pat Millicano, Action Director Peter Nelson, Action Director

Alexa Timon, Production Coordinator

Mark Vanselow, Action Director

Gary Dean, Concept Development

David Kelly, Operations Director

Lyn Lin, Concept Development

John Donohue, Stunt/Fight Coordinator

Wang Jie, Concept Key Art

Laurent Demianoff, Fight Coordinator

Mike Conrad, Storyboards

Jeff Imada, Fight Consultatnt

Theresa Bowser, 1st AD (Orlando UO Shoot)

Tim Aberdeen, Logistics Coordinator

Peyton Lee, Vocal Talent Jason Urbanski, Vocal Talent

Gaby Davis, Administration Cameron Smith, Assistant Admin

Ann Closs-Farley, Costume Designer

Dianna Castronuovo, Workshop Stunt Team

Salvador Zalvidea, VFX Supervisor

Mike DeCamp, Workshop Stunt Team

Universal Parks and Resorts – Executive Leadership

Tracey Gibbons, VFX Producer

Gary Hancock, Workshop Stunt Team

Martina Silharova, VFX Line Producer

Tom Williams, Chairman, Universal Parks and Resorts

Jane Ellis, VFX Production Manager

Amanda Masongsong, Workshop Stunt Team

Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman, UPR & President Universal Creative

Helgi Laxdal, Compositing Supervisor

Anthony Tucciarone, Manager, Finance

George Allan, Lead Unreal Artist

Andrea Miceli, Workshop Stunt Team Joseph Oreste, Workshop Stunt Team Nate Spare, Workshop Stunt Team

Bill Davis, President & CEO, Universal Orlando Resort

Matthias Bjarnason, CG Supervisor/ Unreal Artist

Tracey Stockwell, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, UOR

Andrew Hungerford, Interior Design

Travis Voisard, Workshop Stunt Team

Ben Kupfer, Pre-show Producer

Tanner Vanbeber, Workshop Stunt Team

Scott Heineman, Scenic Designer

Josh Wray, Workshop Stunt Team

Tom Edelston, Designer Stunt Elements Mock-up

Hunter C. Smith, Workshop Stunt Team

Lyle Scott, Production Assistant/Stunt Elements Mock-up


Universal Pictures Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group James Horowitz, Vice Chairman, NBCU Business Affairs & Ops Peter Cramer, President, Universal Pictures


Joop Katana, Stunt Coordinator/Stunt Elements Mock-up Tim Linamen, Principal Lighting Designer

Dave Tomassi, Workshop Stunt Team

7thSense Design LLC, Video Integration Artistic Entertainment Services, Scenic Work – SAE


T EN I P I T EC EN R M D E OU HIEV R P C S A NG A I I T lar OR AND u S c E ST ta O R OUT ec D p N nS OR LA o F R i t c RD LO tra t SA AWA R A ve IVE HEA i N L U AT OF 44 Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Celebrating 20 Years of Creating Wonder, Surprise and Joy for Guests Worldwide!

Congratulations to our Thea Award winning colleagues

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Official Credits cont'd - The Bourne Stuntacular Acme Cryogenics, SFX Support AET Inc., SFX Support Barton Malow Company, General Contractor Services Boland Production Supply, Weapons & SFX BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc., Architectural & Engineering Services Birket Engineering, Inc. Engineering Services CCK Construction Services, Inc., Preconstruction Services Christie, LED Screen Contrologix, LLC dba CLX Engineering, Engineering Support

Jensen Hughes, Inc., Commissioning and Testing Smoke Controls Magic Design Corporation, Scenic Services McGuire Associates, Inc., ADA Compliance Assessment Point of Light, Inc. Principal, Show Lighting Design Pro Sound, Inc., Audio, Video, Projection and Surveillance Professional Service Industries, Inc., Testing & Inspection Siebein Associates, Inc., Acoustic Review Sign Producers, Inc., Signage Services Smart Ride, Inc., Construction Support

Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc., Boiler and Exhaust Fan VFD

SmartWatch Security & Sound, LLC, Access Control and Security System

CSA America, Inc., Third Party SFX Flame Review

Steve Ward & Associates, Inc., Theater Seat Installation

Dale Stockstill & Associates PA, Surveying Services

Tait Towers Manufacturing, LCC, Design and Build for Show Action Equipment

Design Interactive, Inc., Consulting Services

Tait Towers Manufacturing, LCC, Lead Automation/Show Control Programming

InterAmerica Stage, Inc., Venue Support

The Wilsten Group, Inc., Disposition of Existing Venue

ITEC Entertainment Corporation, SFX Support

Third Party Testing and Inspections Wild Dog Enterprises, Inc. dba Murphy Lighting Systems, Show Lighting Fixture Procurement, Installation, and Control Systems Integration Willis Construction Consulting, Inc. dba WCCI, Third Party Estimator

Special Thanks Frank Marshall The Kennedy/Marshall Company Jeffrey Weiner The Robert Ludlum Estate Julia Stiles

Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC,

Congratulations to this year’s THEA Awards Recipients!

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D.R.E.A.M. Centre

Chailey Heritage Foundation, Lewes, UK

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Immersive Design for Special Needs Guests


nstalled as part of the Chailey Heritage Foundation in Lewes, England, the D.R.E.A.M. Centre 4D experience zone is a high-touch, virtual, interactive experience specifically designed to cater to children of very limited abilities. This includes people with profound mental and physical conditions who cannot move on their own, nor be left on their own. Because of the physical and neurological conditions of many of the guests, they cannot go out and physically experience much of the world, even in some cases something as simple as a real forest. (D.R.E.A.M. stands for Dynamic, Real, Experiential, Amazing, Magical.) The D.R.E.A.M. Centre 4D experience uses virtual settings involving screens, movable panels, and hoists combined with a series of sensory additions often supplied directly by hand. The experience offers the


young people the opportunity to choose what they see and where they go within the world, and how to interact with it. It is not technically extravagant; however, the very high degree of care and curation make this experience remarkable for its target audience. In some cases, tactile stimuli need to be handed directly to the participants by curators because the participants are incapable of controlling their own movements. The delight, even rapture of the children who are offered this experience is profound. This is a specific audience and one that is often underserved in more standard environments. Many of these guests are so profoundly restricted physically or cognitively that it would not be enough to simply get them access to a standard themed experience. They simply cannot engage. In fact, these environments must be reconfigured to adjust to the needs of particular guests. Here, through this relatively simple application of adaptable screen technology and projection, they are given specific, careful, loving attention as they are taken step by step, by hand, through virtual experiences which they, the audience, can choose and which they clearly find profound, entertaining, and moving. And that is the highest standard we have.

Official Credits List - D.R.E.A.M. Centre Chailey Heritage Foundation

System Integration

Mark Elms, Content Researcher and Developer

David Croney

TEECOM - AV System Design & Consultancy

Jon Hamley

Blair Parkin

Simon Everest, Communications and Marketing Manager

Andy Robinson

Magnus Kemp

BlueBox Attractions - Show Control Programming

EPSOM - Projection

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director Martin Nelhams, Estates Manager Tyrone Da Silva, IT Manager

7thSense - AV and Show Control Design and Installation Concept Design and Consultancy Matt Barton Richard Brown John Higgins

Mike Ross

Northstar Engineers - AV System Integration

George Orton, Acoustician, AA Associates Dave Batey, Architect, Deacon and Richardson Architects Ltd

Damian Andrews

Paul Ellis, Structural Engineer, Ellis Structures

Sunninghill Construction Ltd Construction

Ian Pratt – Services Consultant, Freeman and Beesley

Gary Call, Site Manager

Chris O’Brien, Quantity Surveyor, Wenham O’Brien

Ian Pearce, Contracts Manager


Entrance Experience, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station - St. Louis, Missouri, USA Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Entrance Experience, Limited Budget


he St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is a 120,000 square-foot attraction built into the former Train Shed of a 19th century National Historic Landmark: St. Louis Union Station. The two-story project houses exhibits and aquatic environments for approximately 13,000 aquatic animals from the world’s rivers and oceans in 1.3 million gallons of water. The awe-inspiring historic architecture was preserved as an integral part of the theming that carries through the entire experience. But there are unexpected wonders here for aquarium visitors. Entering the Grand Lobby, guests are greeted with an immersive LED curved ceiling, and integrated circular clock tank that immediately submerges guests in a fantastic display of art, imagery, color, motion, and music, while hundreds of colorful discus fish swim among the gears of the working clock. Ten original vignettes celebrate the incredible beauty found beneath the surface of our blue water planet. With incredible artistry, vignettes are choreographed to a beautiful original score, creating a visual ballet that captures the moment in the most magical way. Next, visitors board the Union Station Express, an immersive, simulated train ride where guests feel the motion and view a breathtaking panoramic 38400 x 4420 resolution film as they are wondrously


“transported” to the Aquarium. The ride features the voice talents of John Goodman (a St. Louisian) as the conductor whose inventions allow the train to depart historic Union Station, fly above the developing city of St. Louis, then startlingly dive beneath the surface of the Mississippi River, then transport beyond to the ocean depths. The experience creates a unique transition from the Train Shed’s history to the arrival at the new Aquarium… it's difficult to know where reality ends and fantasy begins. The Entrance Experience at St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station represents a new generation of aquarium design. By combining an inspiring National Historic Landmark with outstanding aquatic exhibits, state-of-theart technology and immersive visual effects that transport guests to the natural wonders beneath the surface, the Aquarium creates unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for each and every guest. The utilization of immersive LED imagery, original music and a simulated train ride that transports guests from past to present makes this incredible new aquarium entrance experience cross the threshold into entertainment design in new and unexpected ways. The fact that it was all done on a limited budget simply adds to its qualification as a crowning achievement.

Official Credits List - Entrance Experience, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Lodging Hospitality Management

DE-ZYN studios :: visual arts

Bob O’Loughlin, Chairman

Nathaniel Ruhlman, Editorial, Formatting, Compositing, Color Correction, Finalizing (all Vignettes/Train Flight)

Steve O’Loughlin, President Chad Smith, VP Design & Construction

John Nadeau, Story Board Artist John Goodman, Character Voice (John Tinkerman)

zoOceanarium Group Chris Davis, Managing Partner Tamera Brown, Executive Director at St. Louis Aquarium Erin C. Clark, Director of Animal Projects

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Tony Miceli, Live Production Director (Train Flight) Eric Knuble, Animation Design (The Journey, Whale Songs) Alex Popov, Animation Design (Penguin Race, Surface Dance, Water Flow) Javier Beltran, Animation Design (Deep Sea Observatory) Patrick Arrington, Animation Design (Sardine Ballet, Betta Love Story, Jellyfish March)

Emily Howard, Vice President

David Driscoll, Lead Maya Artist, Modelling, Lighting, Animation and Compositing (Train Flight)

Justin Stichter, Attraction Designer/ Project Manager

Gaston Fernandez, Project Manager, V Studios (Train Flight)

Andrew Schumacher, Project Architect

Ignacio Mathé, 3D Animation Director/ Post-production, V Studios (Train Flight)

Mike Konzen, Chairman

Sara Tetley, Interior Architect Jayvn Solomon, Graphic Designer

DE-ZYN studios :: creative development & project management John Miceli, President, Executive Creative Media & Technical Director (Director, Senior Project Manager, Scripts & Treatments, Technology Design) Nathaniel Ruhlman, Executive Producer / Art Director

Pablo Cremona, Lead 3D Artist/3D Animation, V Studios (Train Flight) Mark Stasiuk, Executive Technical Director, Fusion CI (Water Flow) Lauren Millar, Executive Creative Director, Fusion CI (Water Flow)

DE-ZYN studios :: engineering, programming & integration Vincente Porras, Technical Supervisor (Train Flight) Don Bellevue, Technical Supervisor (Grand Lobby) Tony Shi, Engineer (Grand Lobby) Randy Wang, Engineer (Grand Lobby) Sam Chen, Engineer (Grand Lobby) Evan Hall, Executive Director of AV Engineering, Forward Thinking Conner Purzycki, AV Design & Engineering, Forward Thinking Dale Whealton, AV Engineering, Forward Thinking Ed Llerena, Senior Show Control, Forward Thinking (Train Flight) Alex Vazquez, Video Server Programming, Analogue Way (Grand Lobby) Alan Anderson, Project Account Executive, Smart Monkeys (Grand Lobby) Mitch Schuh, Senior Show Control and Networking Engineer, Smart Monkeys (Grand Lobby) Matt Wyman, Show Control Engineer, Smart Monkeys (Grand Lobby) Jason Pontius, Project Manager, Smart Monkeys (Grand Lobby)

Forest Arnold, Lead Modeler and Animator, Fusion CI, (Water Flow) Stevie Max, Design Coordinator Fusion CI, (Water Flow)

Cesar Jovine, Chief Innovative Officer / Project Manager Brandi Monard, Train Design Kristin Hill, Logistics Supervisor

DE-ZYN studios :: music & sound design John Miceli, Music/Sound Supervision/ Editorial Tony Miceli, Additional Composition/ Character Supervision Patrick Sellers, Sound Design/Mix Engineer


Congratulations LHM and the St. Louis Aquarium team!


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Official Credits cont'd Entrance Experience, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Train Fabrication Greg Pieczynski, President, Fixture Contracting JD Kimbrough, Shop Drawing Design, Fixture Contracting Dave Lieble, Superintendent, Fixture Contracting

Ceiling & Grand Clock Aquarium Structural Engineer (Grand Lobby) Michael Leonard, Principal, MLA Engineering Jeff Thompson, Senior Engineer, MLA Engineering

Existing Structure Modifications (Grand Lobby) Andre Audi, President, Alper Audi, Inc.,




Michael Lubiewski, Structural Engineer, Alper Audi, Inc.,

Electrical, Plumbing, & Fire Protection Engineer (Grand Lobby) Brandon Lemonier, Principal, EXP Jon Turner, Project Manager/Electrical Engineer, EXP Cameron Sherwood, Mechanical Engineer, EXP Barton Berg, Mechanical Engineer, EXP Christopher Zwicky, Fire Protection Engineer Rick McGuire, Plumbing Designer, EXP

Grand Clock Aquarium Life Support Systems Engineer (Grand Lobby) Terri Johnson, President, TJP Engineering Joey Fallon, Senior Engineer, TJP Engineering Kris Brown, Senior Designer, TJP Engineering

Architectural Lighting Design (Grand Lobby) Scott Hatton, Principal, Oculus Light Studio Jane You, Senior Associate, Oculus Light Studio

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Jewel Changi Airport - Singapore Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Airport Destination Experience


ewel Changi Airport has been described as a wondrous world where nature meets retail. It exists within Singapore Changi Airport, which is often ranked the world’s best airport. With that reputation in mind, it created the Jewel, aimed at bringing a new travel and leisure experience to the airport passengers and to local Singaporeans. The Jewel officially opened on October 18th, 2019, receiving about 300,000 visitors per day. Jewel Changi Airport features a Southeast Asian themed forest world, with tropical foliage and a jungle-like area called the Shiseido Forest Valley. More than 900 trees, 220 species of plants, and 60,000 shrubs and orchids surround the world’s tallest indoor waterfall: the Rain Vortex. The Shiseido Forest Valley offers guests a sense of physically ‘hiking’ through the forest with 30 minute walking trails, illuminated at night with interactive lighting and immersive sound effects. The Jewel also features a hotel, more than 280 retail and dining options, leisure themed attractions including a family recreation and leisure area (Canopy Park) and interactive games and immersive attractions illuminating the history of the airport (Changi Experience Studio) under a 10-story-high, glass dome architectural marvel. Other, family-

friendly entertainment activities include two different mazes, suspended nets for bouncing and walking, four ‘discovery’ slides and giant concave bowls where guests can jump into mist clouds. The Canopy Park, described as a “14,000 square meter recreational wonderland,” offers visitors some entertaining physical activities also geared to families. Guests are also entertained by an impressive nightly show of video projections, sound and lighting effects. This wondrous world activates all of the visitor’s senses and is a spectacle of beauty. It demonstrates excellence, creativity and innovation in the application of a themed, natural environment as part of an airport experience. The Jewel delivers an environment that goes far beyond just creating a layer on top of its 280 retail and dining options. It is a new destination that has an uplifting effect, motivating visitors to want to stay, to explore, relax and connect with the environment and with one another. The multi-sensory experiential arrival, the quality of the integration of the natural and nature themed environments and the family entertainment aspect of the Canopy park and the Experience Studio combine to make The Jewel unique and worthy of a Thea Award honor.


Official Credits List - Jewel Changi Airport Principal Architect: Safdie Architects Asia LLC

Landscape Architect (Local): ICN Design International Pte Ltd

Civil & Structure Technical Assessor: Parsons Brinckerhoff Pte Ltd

Mr Moshe Safdie, Lead Designer's Principal Mr Jaron Lubin, Principal

Mr Henry Steed, Director

Dr Yong Wee Loke, Deputy Head (C&S) & team

Ms Charu Kokate, Principal & team

Local Architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd Mr Lee Kut Cheung, Managing Director (Architectural) Mr Ronny Soh, Project Director & team

Mr Terrence Fernando, Director & team

Landscape Furnishing Designer: Nathan Yong Design Pte Ltd Mr Nathan Yong, Director & team

Lighting Consultant: Lighting Planners Associates (S) Pte Ltd

Mechanical & Electrical Technical Advisor: Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte. Ltd. Mr Michael Lim, Vice President (M&E) & team

Structural Vibration Engineer: Acviron Acoustics Consultants Pte Ltd

Civil & Structure Engineer: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

Mr Kaoru Mende, Director

Mr Lai Huen Poh, Managing Director (Civil & Structural) Mr Anthony Tan, Associate Director & team

Security and Protective Design Consultant: K&C Protective Technologies Pte Ltd

Registered Surveyor: Tang Tuck Kim Registered Surveyor

Mr Liu Chunlin, Chief Executive Officer & team

Mr Tang Tuck Kim, Registered Surveyor & team

Signage Consultant: Pentagram Design Inc.

Hotel Interior Designer: Swan Maclaren Pte Ltd

Mr Michael Gericke, Partner & team

Mr Lim Chai Boon, Director & team

Traffic Consultant: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd

Information Technology Consultant: Pioneer Infotech (S) Pte Ltd

Dr Mak Chin Long, Senior Vice President (CPG Transport) & team

Mr Anthony Kuck, Director & team

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Mott MacDonald Singapore Pte Ltd Mr Soh Kai Yea, Divisional Director & team Mr Ong Thiam Guan, Technical Director

Quality Surveyor: Arcadis Singapore Pte Ltd Mr Tim Risbridger, Country Head Ms Tricia Tang, Director & team

Interior Designer: Benoy Limited Mr Simon Bee, Global Design Director Mr Terence Seah, Director & team

Façade Consultant: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers P.C. Mr Craig Schwitter, Principal & team Mr Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal

Ms Reiko Kasai, Director & team

Fire Safety Engineering Consultant: IGnesis Consultants Pte Ltd Mr Henry Ho, Managing Director & team

Acoustic Consultant: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd Dr Xu Jingfeng, Associate & team

Water Feature Consultant: WET Design

Environmental Sustainable Design Consultant: Atelier Ten Ltd

Teresa Powell-Caldwell, Senior Vice President Tony Freitas, Project Director & team

Mr Meredith Davey, Principal & team

Landscape Architect (Foreign): Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Green Mark Consultant: G-Energy Global Pte Ltd

Dr Lim Chiak Hwee, Principal Consultant & team

Attractions Consultants/ Vendors: Hedge and Mirror Maze: Adrian Fisher Design Limited – Mr Adrian Fisher & team Walking Nets: Officium design engineering GmbH – Mr Thomas Ferwagner & team Bouncing Nets: Sarl Chien Noir – Mr Cedric Chauvaud & team Foggy Bowls and Fog Bridge: The Exploratorium – Ms Silva Raker & team Slides: Designed by Carve Pte. Ltd., Built by Playpoint (Singapore) Pte Ltd Crystal Clouds at North Gateway: Cao Perrot Studio – Mr Andy Cao, Mr Xavier Perrot & team

Mr Johny Salim, Technical Director & team

Mr Douglas Findlay, President Mr Adam Greenspan, Partner & team


Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Attraction


ickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway repurposes the replica of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios into a new attraction for the ages. It replaces the classic Great Movie Ride (after its 28-year run) with a 21st century attraction featuring a combination of physical sets, Audio-Animatronics figures, animated media and projection-mapping techniques, all syncing in time with trackless vehicles and a catchy, original song and musical score that turn a two-dimensional cartoon world into an immersive, eye-popping experience. After stepping into the ornate restoration of the iconic theater, guests experience the cartoon world beginning to develop in the pre-show while watching a new cartoon short. An unexpected event blows a hole through the middle of the movie screen, revealing the highly stylized dimensional cartoon world on the other side. In a mind-blowing transition, guests step right through the movie screen directly into the dimensional cartoon side, where they are greeted by Goofy, who invites them to take a leisurely ride around Runamuck Park. Soon, the trackless train cars unexpectedly uncouple from engineer Goofy’s locomotive, taking guests on a free-ranging romp through ever-changing and rearranging cartoon scenes. Guests experience surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects

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©Disney and magical scenes that transform right before their unbelieving eyes. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway raises the bar for all dark rides to come by utilizing many of the technologies Disney has developed over the last 20 years, to turn a two-dimensional cartoon world into a vibrant and multidimensional environment, using a novel approach. The attraction’s hand-drawn look is authentic to the cartoon and not only feels like a Mickey Mouse cartoon short, it sounds like one, too. An exclusive, theme score begins in the premiere of the short “Perfect Picnic” and then transforms from scene to scene to capture the particular genre or flavor of each, while still carrying the melody through the attraction from beginning to end. This new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is both surprising and mind-blowing; it keeps one engaged and delighted throughout the ride, making all guests feel as if they have literally stepped into an animated world, uniquely and richly imagined. It deploys an astounding and impressive array of technology to tell a captivating story that will stay with you long after the ride. It is likely to remain one of the new crown jewels of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for decades.

Official Credits List - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Walt Disney Imagineering

Christoph Wagner

Jeffrey Michalsky

Aaron Leahy

Christopher Gustafson

Jeffrey White

Abigail Workman

Christopher Larsen

Jennifer Grubb

Alex Gold

Christopher O'Rourke

Jeremy Wade

Alexandre Juliao

Corban Prim

Jerry Frame

Alicia Lynch

Daniel Beaumont

Jessica Cartwright

Allan Marasco

Daniel Richardson

Jillian Rothman

Amanda Sharpe

Daniel Steck Jr

Jody Gerstner

Amber LaRosa

David Christoffers

John Dennis

Amy Morales

David Katzman

John Higgins

Andrea Otero

David Myers

John Malluck

Angel Quintanilla

David Odom

John Theobald

Anjelica Casillas

David Rothman

Jon Carver

Anshul Raghuwanshi

David Smith

Jonathan Fisher

Anthony Connelly

David Woulf

Joseph Herrington

Antony Capstick

Davis Duncan

Joseph Knapp Jr

April Warren

Dawn Farmer

Joseph Lorenz

Audrey Hauser

Derek Lewis

Joseph Sciarpelletti

Avi Tuchman

Dianne Wiberg

Joshua Eusebio

Benjamin Bowser

Donald Clausen

Judy Resh

Benjamin Froman

Dustin Eshenroder

Julia Soderstjerna

Benjamin Van Beusekom

Dustin Ray

Justin Louis

Blaine Kennison

Dustin Stephan

Justin Newton

Bob Weis

Edgar Mahnke IV

Kaitlyn Weaver

Brandt Marshall Sr

Edward Fritz

Kaley Alcock

Brenda Haggard

Elizabeth Kang

Kareem Daniel

Brenen Thul

Erik Moore

Karen Austin

Brian Nefsky

Erissa MacKaron

Katherine Lopinski

Brittany Howell

Frank Villalpando

Katherine Varnadoe

Brooke Swift

Franklin Batino

Kathleen Gore

Bryan Jolley

Fred Pascual

Kathryn Barber

Carmen Perreault

Gilles Martin

Kathryn Lashley

Carolyn Ojeda

Gordon Levin

Kay Ghering

Carter Lewellyn

Greg Randle

Kelly Carlson

Casey Collins

Jacob Patrick

Kelly Kipp

Casey Roach

Jacqueline Scoggin

Kelsey Hardwick

Cathy Ritenour

James Armagost

Kendall Harvey

Chad Oglesby

James Bloomfield

Kevin Rafferty

Chad Smith

Jann Adachi

Kimberly Payne

Chad Stachnik

Jared Bishop

Kyle Gauger

Charita Carter

Jasmine Krull

Lance Hanson

Charles Anderson

Jason Driver

Larry Pool Jr

Chris Kubsch

Jeffrey Barrett

Laura Alletag

Christina Woodman

Jeffrey Lehn

Laura Elliott


Official Credits cont'd - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Lauren Martinez

Michael LeBel

Renata Molnar

Lawrence Polla Jr

Michael McCormick II

Richard Adam

Levi Ponce

Michael Shalla

Richard Pitcock

Linda Spicher

Miguel Lima Jr

Rob't Coltrin

Lindsay Morris

Mike Kutcher

Robert Dahm

Lori Story

Mingke Xiong

Robert Engle

Lucas Krull

Mohamad Bahlawan

Robert Forster

Mackenzie Reininger

Molly Baker

Robert Jodoin

Marc D'Amelio

Morgan Durkel

Robert Minasi

Martin Franzka

Nathaniel Hall

Robert Sebesta

Mary Carver

Nicholas da Silva

Robert Vignec

Mason Lev

Nicholas Roedl

Roberto Varela

Matt Walker

Nicolas Mansur

Russell Copeland

Matthew Goldbach

Nicole Gonzalez

Ryan Adams

Matthew Mackey

Nicole Martinez

Salvatore Ingraldi

Matthew Moore

Paola Soriano

Sandi Sullivan

Matthew Schoepf

Patrick Stewart

Sarah Nesbitt

Max Roberts

Paul Johnson

Sarah Ramos

Meghann Morris

Pearce Bergh

Shane Martin

Michael Demetriades

Philip Weidner Jr

Shawn McDaniel

Michael Godoy Jr

Phillip Hillis

Shay Willard

Michael Herman

Rebecca Clancy

Shilin Qiu

Michael Jacobs

Rebecca Train

Sinthia Dear Stacie Covington Stephanie Shelley Stephen Buchanan Stephen Litten Stephen Yen Steven Vagnini Sue Fredericks Susan Adams Tanya Burmeister Taryn Stickrath Terri Smith Thomas LaDuke Thomas Niederhiser Tiffany Liou Timothy Schmidt Timothy Skiles Todd Glanz Troy Palermo Uriel Sanchez Valerie Chen

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Official Credits cont'd - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway William Coddington

Dayle Miracle

Jim MacPhee

William Sheerin

Deana Jackson

John Dvorak

Xuan Loan Quach

Doreen Muir

John Ronan

Zachary Jordan

Dylan Mojher

Jonathan Grillo

Earl Schiffhauer Jr

Jorge Montalvo

Walt Disney World Resort

Elise Lim

Jose Corpuz

Adam Dodds-Wade

Elizabeth Foley

Josh D’Amaro

Alan Schwartz

Emerson Spano

Juan Dominguez-Lantigua

Alexander Carlson

Franciso Figueroa

Kathryn Skobrak

Alicia Roth

Frank Chietro

Katie Kelly

Allan Cody-Rapport

Frank Ramos

Kenneth Budzynski

Amanda Kenny

George Kalogridis

Kenneth Lumpkins Jr

Andrew Marshall

Giri Shankar

Kenny Person

Andrew Milluzzi

Gregory Furlow II

Kevin Land

Andrew Wilson

Gregory Nathan

Kim Hanley

Angela Hetes

Guillermo Rivera

Kimberly Lau

Anna Czarnomski

Izzy Russell

Kristin Rumble

Ashley Stegall

Jackson Conley

Kyle Muddiman

Ayla Bondora

Jason Savage

Laura Panno

Benjamin Chambliss

Jeffery McFarland

Lauren Stec

Benjamin Trabucco

Jeffrey Ripley

Lexi Schmidt

Bobby Martin

Jeffrey Wiley

Marcia Williams

Calvin Campos

Jessica Zapf

Margarita Rionda

Cameron Mease

Jill Sypko

Maribeth Bisienere

Carlos Figueroa Aponte Carlos Negron Carmela Cirillo Carrie Anderson Casey Pence Cathy Arnott Cecelia Cicchini Christian Fernandez Christopher Mann Christopher Miller Chuck Grainger Claude Cage Craig Houser Curtis Donahou Curtis Spurk Cynthia Moss Daniel Spinella Darrin Larkin David Dupree David Kennedy



Official Credits cont'd - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Mark Hartwig

Victor Jaccoud-Miley

DH Griffin

Mark Lach

Walter Emerine

Duffy & Lee

Mark Spurk

Wayne Smith

EASi Dba Allegis Group Holdings, Inc.

Matt Huber

Whitney Novotny

Elite A/V System Inc.

Matt Knopp

William Craig

Exp US Services Inc

Matthew Duke

Zane Perkins


Matthew Molle

Gulf Mechanical

Mercedes Rivera


Hinchey Design Company LLC

Michael Ling

Bill Farmer

Hoar Construction, LLC

Michael Spurk

Chris Diamantopoulos

Icon Computer Corporation

Michael Wadsworth

Jim Cummings

Interamerica Stage, Inc.

Miguel Rodriguez-Ramirez

Russi Taylor

Interior Specialties, Inc

Molly Finnegan

Tony Anselmo

Jervis B. Webb Company

Nathan Shonts

Tress MacNeille


Nichole Ayers


Nick Roedl

Key Partners

La Propoint, Inc.

Noel Brown

Christopher WIllis

Pat Como

Drew Conley

Lifeformations, Inc. (Dba Lifeformations Lf Creative Group)

Paul Ragusa

Edward Trybek

Phil Holmes

Edward Underhill

Rebecca Carlton

Elyse Willis

Rebecca Yu

James Regan

Renee Brock

Jeremy Mille

Richard Hart

Jordan Cox

Richard Teders

Joseph Holt

Roger Stevens

Nils Petersson

Ryan Fork

Paul Rudish

Sabrianna Zaretsky-Longo

Reggie Wilson

Samantha Benesh

Ryan Donoghue

Scott Dudas

Satoshi Noguchi

Scott Hutcherson

Todd Homme

Sean Poluha

Tom Hardisty

Serina Fischer

LRK INC. MAD Creative Fabrication Llc Maddox Electric Magna Tech Electronic Co. Inc. McEnany Miner Florida Ltd Moser Graphics, Inc. Panasonic Prism Systems, Inc. Pro Sound Inc Professional Services Industries, Inc (PSI) Rose Brand Roush Industries Inc Samson Metal & Machine, Inc. Service Showtime Scenery, Inc.

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Shawn Abbuhl

Acomb Ostendorf & Associates, LLC

Sirivong Sisaleumsak Sophia Vandycke

Adirondack Scenic, Inc. D/B/A Adirondack Studios

Stacey Romano

Barton Engineering Solutions, LLC


Stephanie Mah

Birket Engineering, Inc.

Sunbelt Metals

Stephen Brucks

Buena Vista Construction Company

Taylor Cotton Ridley

Stratton Carver

Candela Controls, Inc.

Uni-Systems Engineering, Inc.

Tien Dang

Celtic Engineering, Inc.

Wellens Fire Protection Engineering, Llc

Todd Uhl

Coastal Steel, Inc.

Y Tech Inc. Dba Redd Ash Technologies

Tyler Yosua

Contech Design Communications Ltd.


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The Nest

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Connected / Immersive Storytelling


he future of themed entertainment is intimately linked to the evolution in demand for a more immersive, entertaining and authentic dialogue between storyteller and guest; a dialogue that can sometimes be experienced in a multitude of ways, that empowers the guest with an entry point that feels autonomous, intimate and that pushes the boundary between a "choose your own mystery adventure" and theatre of the mind. The Nest is well positioned at the epicenter of all of these tenets… under the guise of exploring an abandoned storage unit. The probing question throughout this hourlong walk-through experience is the question: how do the objects we own tell our story? As we age, what memories do we hold dear? And what legacy do we leave behind when we’re gone? The Nest seeks to answer these questions, taking guests down a rabbit hole of clues and intimate props, armed with audio cassette tapes that provide a narrator as the North Star to follow. The unique, one- or two-person experience is a theatrical takeover


of a large warehouse storage unit near downtown Los Angeles that is scenically propped and dressed into an exploratory narrative of increasingly mysterious and dreamlike hidden rooms, where guests rummage through the personal belongings of the protagonist as they unlock her beautiful, wistful, and powerful story. Combining some of the tenets of a puzzle/escape room with the immersion of an attraction, the emotion of an intimate theatrical performance and the personal agency of an alternate reality game, the Nest sold out its wildly popular and critically acclaimed initial run (with the promise for a postpandemic return). Is this walkthrough, temporary attraction representative of the themed entertainment industry - an industry that demonstrates excellence in the integration of design, storytelling, operations and execution? The resounding answer is “yes!” The success, momentum and impact of this caliber of immersive storytelling equal the exact demonstration of excellence that the Thea Awards stand behind.

Official Credits List - The Nest WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Ian Momii Technical Director

Jarrett Lantz Creative Director Jeff Leinenveber Creative Director

Elizabeth Jarrett

Kylah Frazier Scenic Artist Nick Farmer

Scenic Designer

Scenic Artist

Stephanie Pereida

Sheldon Bachan

Prop Shopper

Public Relations

Kyle Gee

STARRING Mackenzie Firgens, as Josie

Interactive Designer Mar Ferreri Interactive Designer

CAST Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, as Tom Evlana Panelli, as Young Josie John McCormick, as Josie’s Father Mayanna Berrin, as Josie’s Friend

Michael Ilardi Interactive Designer Jarod Hamilton Carpenter Sam Towler


Model Designer Amy Plouff

Corey Lubowich Executive Producer

Scenic Artist

OPERATIONS CREW Roby Johnson Operations Coordinator Ben Marsh Operations Staff Liv Wafler Operations Staff Thomas Rhodes Operations Staff Mayanna Berrinn Operations Staff

OUR FAMILY. YOUR STORY. Congratulations from Oceaneering to all of the THEA Award Winners!


Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel Parc Astérix, France

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Themed Hotel


es Quais de Lutèce is the third, on-site hotel created for Parc Astérix guests. Only 30 minutes from Paris, this four-star hotel is designed as a Gaulish village from the first century BCE. The impressive entrance gate and lobby, made of monumental pieces of locally sourced wood, give access to the three parts of the charming and detailed village, where the guests find numerous craft workers and boutiques. In the middle and all along the property runs the Seine; all around the river, the buildings

are designed to evoke Roman times. The property includes 150 themed rooms, six seminar rooms, a fitness center, a themed bar and an indoor/outdoor restaurant. For the guests, to stay at Les Quais de Lutèce hotel is to travel 2,000 years back in history. The master plan is designed in a way that you can walk all along the quays without going out of this ancient atmosphere. All the architecture - with its 35 different types of façade, its bridges, its boutiques, its signs, its lighting - is characterized by a high level of concern for detail. Natural components and means of construction convey authenticity. In addition, the backstory of Obelix and Astérix is still present through the famous names in “ix” which characterized their world, on the signage of all the venues, inside the shops and restaurants, as well as the goodies in the rooms. On top of the quality and detail of the design, the management of Astérix has given careful attention to the sustainability aspect of the project. They emphasized hiring local suppliers and used local wood from sustainable and eco-responsible forests. The hot water supply comes from non-visible solar panels located in the roofs of the houses, and, in every room, guests are provided with certified, eco-responsible products. Les Quais de Lutèce provides a way to walk, shop, dine, and sleep in a detailed replica of a Gaulish village and simultaneously to be immersed in the world of Astérix and Obelix. It is a shining example of excellence in themed hospitality.


Official Credits List - Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel PARC ASTERIX Directeur Général Nicolas Kremer Directrice Développement Sanaa Motonne Directeur Travaux Neufs Mickaël Dalencourt

SEPTAGONE - Architecte Philippe Aucagos

DUNES - Scenographe Thierry Retif

AZ DECOR - Decoration

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Qu Yuan

Jingzhou Fantawild Oriental Heritage Park, Hubei, China

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Live Show Spectacular Using the best of 21st century, immersive experience technology, the live event spectacular Qu Yuan, at Jingzhou Fantawild Oriental Heritage Park in Hubei, brings to life a 2000-year-old story, drawing upon the Fantawild palette of entertainment technology solutions. First open in September of 2019 this creation focuses on the culture of Jingzhou and the ancient Chu state (present day Hubei province). Telling the story of Qu Yuan, heralded as the father of Chinese poetry, the production traces his life from ambitious teenager to adviser to King Huai, to slandered exile during which many of his most important works were composed. The presentation begins at the end of Qu Yuan’s life, when his suicide in 278 BCE in the Milou River sets in motion the annual Dragon Boat Festival celebration and he morphs in legend into a Taoist Water Immortal. Using lush film and projections, actors, dancers, and performers are set in misty landscapes


and photo-realistic scenes. They fly across starry skies and negotiate flying characters and words as each change of scene explores a new episode in Qu Yuan’s life or one of his famous poems. This is an unparalleled blending of elements. Qu Yuan deftly brings together live performers in architectural space, a rotating and elevating stage, large-scale projections in 2D and 3D projections and augmented reality with real-time tracking and intelligent interactions and sensors to create a seamless and immersive guest experience. The seamless blending of technology and storytelling creates an immersive and boundless world that sets guests free to explore the life and times and words of this Chu cultural hero. With this production, park and experience developer Fantawild Holdings has raised their own internal experience bar ever higher to make Jingzhou’s history and culture breathe for today’s audience.

Official Credits List - Qu Yuan Leadership Team Fantawild Holdings Inc. Frank Ming Li, Founder of Fantawild Holdings Inc. & Chief Creative of all Fantawild theme parks Mike Liu, President & Chief Operation Officer of Fantawild theme parks Liang Ding, Chief Supervisor of Artistic Effects of Performance & Stage

Yang Wang, Supervisor of Architecture Design

Baikui Li, Animation Designer

Yuan Lv, Supervisor of Architecture Design Effects

Yihui Peng

Lieqing Luo, Assistant of Chief Architect Kaijie Li, Supervisor of Film Production Wenzhuo Liu, Production Effects Supervisor

Nan Li, Scriptwriter & Chief Director

Ying Wang, Deputy Director of Project Planning Office

Daisy Shang, Chief Officer of Global Brand Promotion

Ziquan Cao, Deputy Director of Technical Engineering

Zhongjie Dun, Producer

Bo Zhou, Supervisor of Cost Control & Construction Quality

Daohong Liu, Chief Architect Aihua Yun, Head of Fantawild Imagineering Yongsheng Liu, Chief Construction Engineer

Wei Wang, Construction Supervisor Yurong Yang, Supervisor of Construction Safety & Internal Audit Management

Data Manager Han Zhang Wenhao Zeng, Head of Art Dept. Sijian Xu, Head of Film Characters Modeling Jiangfeng Zhou, Rendering Engineer Kunpeng Shi, Head of Synthesis Dept. Synthesis Designer Xinlin Ye Youmiao Lin Linlin Kong, Editor of Synthesis Yuxuan Wang, Audio Mixer Linxing Huang, Head of Special Effects Dept. of Xiamen Branch

Hui Liu, Chief R & D Engineer

Project Team

Bo Jin, Head of Synthesis Dept. of Xiamen Branch

Bingkun Hao, Chief Engineer of Attraction Technology

Fantawild Art Troupe

Qing Su, Technician of Film Shooting

Xia Zhang, Music

Caixia Huo, Director of Equipment Assembly


Yunhong Jiang, Supervisor of Film Shooting

Guangyao Zhao

Lihua Yin, Dresser

Tao Xi

Yu Gan, Photographer

General Coordinator of Construction Haiping Ren Kangquan Gou Kui Xu, General Coordinator of Production

Jingyu Chen Light & Sound System Xiaohong Qin

Fantawild Architecture Design Institute Zhihang Wang, Director of Architecture Design Center

Engineering Director of R & D Institute

Yong Gong

Peixiong Guang


Yong Yang

Qian Qian

Xiaodong Shi

Xian Yang

Qiang Liu

Prop Master

Fanxin Kong

Liwen Meng

Yi Lv, Director of Technical Engineering

Fang Zhao

Deputy Director of Equipment Assembly


Jun Liu, Deputy Director of Landscape Design Center in Xiamen Branch

Jun Dong

Lei Wang

Structural Engineer

Geng Cheng

Yu Qiu

Jian Wang

Dezhong Xie

Zhouyang Chen

Zhumin Zhang

Zidou Wu, Director Assistant of Drawing Design Center Taoxia Xia, Deputy Director of Effects of the Design Center Weilin Fu, Deputy Director of Landscape Design Center in Shenzhen Branch

Deputy Director of Architect Design Institute

Fantawild Digital Film Inc.

Jian Zhang

Yiwei Zheng

Huanxi Yan, Head of Modeling

Zhen Wang

Na Cai, Modeling Designer

Taotao Li, Deputy Director of Architecture Design Engineer

Zhencheng Guo

Xin Luo, Head of Special Effects Dept.

Architecture Designer

Xueyuan Yin

Kezhi Long, Special Effects Designer

Xie Shi

Min Ji, Assistant of Chief Architect

Binbin Lin, Head of Animation Dept.

Hui Liu

Jianhua Dai

Kunpeng Mo


Official Credits cont'd - Qu Yuan Xueli Gao

Hong Lin

Li Yang

Ming Li, Director of Decoration Design

Guangjian Ren, Landscape Engineer

Action Designer

Decoration Designer

Rongfa Xiao, Landscape Designer

Yuxuan Tang

Bin Kuang

Yinyan Tu, Graphic Advertising Designer

Huiyu Liu

Hongze Xu

Shuping Lu, Project Manager

3D Animator

Zixiong Liu

Zhen Liu

Chunpu Huang

Fantawild R & D Institute

Shijie Lin

Chunhua Lin

Qiyun Zeng, Director of Technology Center

Guihua Liang

Junjie Huang Lili Xie

Tianhong Zheng, Workmanship Engineer

Qiuping Wang

Jinfa Lin, Deputy Director of Electrical Design Engineer

Zonghao Shu, Standardization Engineer

Danna Lu

Jing Zhao, Head of Technology Center

Electrical Engineer

Mengyang Lai

Jisong Chen, Data Manager

Chenyu Wei

Doudou Liao, Planning Maker

Animation Scene Modeler

Fan Ye

Jianhong Chen, Data Manager

Shiguang Peng

Yuanhong Huang

Haizhu Cao, Director of Moulding & Workmanship Institute

Weining Zhu

Liming You Public Art Design Engineer Jiaqi Ji Lu Yu Lisha Huang Wei Lei Lighting Design Engineer Long Li Gang Yang

Kunming Xiao, Material R & D Engineer Zhengping Wu, Director of Stage Technology Institute Mechanical Engineer Yunfei Sun Mingcheng Cui Qixian Liu Yong Feng

Tao Yang

Ziyun Su, Director of Automatic Control Institute

Minjie Chen

Head of Automatic Control Institute

HVAC Engineer

Gui Lan

Liangcai Li

Yong Zhou

Jie Cai

Test Engineer

Shengbi Jiang

Jiqiang Li

Xinlin Zhang

Jie Yang

Water Supply & Drainage Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Fan Wu

Bo Sun

Chao Chen

Sihang Liu

Decoration Engineer Haoran An

Mingwei He, Deputy Director of Software Institute

Wenqing Wu

Yanting Hong, Software Test Engineer

Chiming Wu

Yong Zhang, Director of System Institute

Zhibin Xia

Chi Zhang, Simulation Study Engineer

Bin Qian Xian Hui Lin

Fantawild Imagineering

Architecture Engineer

Art Designer

Ruchun Liu

Yige Zhang

Shengfeng Lin

Yueling Kuang


Rui Zhao

Liji Tan

Hytechnology Inc. Lishi Xie, Director of Project Management Center Xiaodong Du, Head of Equipment Center Donghai Tan, Senior Project Manager Zhu Xia, Project Manager Deputy Director of Planning-making Center Yu Xiong Qiyi Cheng Yuan Gao, Project Manager Guoliang Yu, Director of Technology Center Haimiao Chen, Deputy Director of Technology Center Jun Lei, Director of Intelligent Engineering Center Zhiquan Cao, Project Manager Chao Fu, Director of AVCL System Engineering Center Guangming Di, Deputy Director of AVCL System Engineering Center Tuo Wang, Senior Engineer Engineer Ziyu Ding Haihong Meng Yongbin Nan Hongzhi Zeng YouWei Wang, Director of Mechanical & Electrical Test Center



Official Credits cont'd - Qu Yuan Shuijin Ye, Project Manager

Zhenhua Li

Xing Fan, Commissioning Engineer

Yi Luo

Ping Cao, Director of Intelligence Design Center

Ximei Liao

Chong Liu, Deputy Director of Intelligence Design Center

Qingshan Zhang, Business Manager


Gongshi Lin, Landscape Engineer Project Internal Audit Management & Construction Safety Engineer

Jun Zheng, Head of Construction Technology Dept. Wei Luo, Director of Civil Engineering Center Pengqiang Zhou, Engineer Chengjuan Shen, Head of Documentation Control

Lifang Lu

Yang Huang

Lvcheng Yuan, Project Manager of Fire Control

Zhijiang Wu

Li Tang, Head of Intelligence Design Dept.

Handou Li, Hydroelectric Engineer

Binglin Tan

Wei Liao, HVAC Engineer

Bayi Cai

Xuxin Guan, Agreements Control Engineer

Lin Zeng

Xitong Dong, Project Manager Commissioning Engineer Weizhi Yang Zhanliu Meng Fangyan Zhou

Jie Wu, Project Manager Lijuan Liu, Deputy Director of Construction Agreements Center

Mengting Wang, Data Manager

Feng Xie, Head of Construction Safety Dept.

Jun Wu, Director of AV Design Center Tongsheng Zeng, Director Assistant Yongting Lai, Sound System Designer Fei Xue, Director of Electromechanical Integration Center Senior Engineer Xiongzhi Wang Jiang Yao Kai Zhang Chao Yu

Fantawild Engineering Management Huiyuan Yang, Supervisor of Construction Safety & Project Internal Audit Management Assitant of Chief Construction Engineer Xiaobing Yang Bin Huang Zhengrong Zhang, Director of Construction Cost Accounting Center Zihuan Yang, Deputy Director, Supervisor of Construction Schedule Shidong Wei, Deputy Director of Construction Quality & Documentation Construction Cost Control Engineer Guohui Liu Tao Hu Weizhen Ye Feng Cheng Bei Guo Xici Zhao


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Sesame Street: Street Mission PortAventura World, Tarragona, Spain

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Attraction


esame Street: Street Mission brings the bold, bright, fuzzy and friendly world of Sesame Street to life at PortAventura World in Spain. This mixed media, interactive dark ride takes the guest on an adventure along that “most well-known street in the world” to solve the mystery of the missing big cookie. Trackless ride vehicles transport guests down the street past a series of interactive, 3D gaming scenes including a fly-through of Count’s Castle and dive into Oscar’s Smelly Trash Can. Along the way, guests collect cookie crumb clues, via a specially designed, child-friendly, interactive interface, helping to solve the mystery. While targeted squarely at a preschool/family audience, this attraction thrills guests of all ages with its iconic IP and interactive gaming, making it a true, multi-generational ride experience. To deliver this great cookie caper, the outstanding creative team delivered the classic cast of Sesame Street in both

digitally animated and lifelike, animatronic forms. The ride is not only multi-generational, but multilingual, presented in as many as five different languages, (Spanish, English, French, Italian, and Russian) to serve the park’s regionally diverse guests. This family-focused attraction drove results for PortAventura World, with a 50% increase in the park’s season pass sales in the first operating year and helping to set record park attendance for the 2019 season. With a combination of amazing, lifelike characters, a simple, fun, and engaging storyline, a highly approachable gaming system, and an ageappropriate ride experience, Sesame Street: Street Mission creates a unique family attraction worthy of recognition. This project truly understands its brand and its target audience, delivering an engaging and immersive experience, highly focused on that young guest and their family. The amazing execution and detailed animation of these iconic childhood characters immerse the guest in a world formerly experienced only on a television screen. Sesame Street: Street Mission powerfully illustrates how major, IPbased attractions can be executed with excellence at theme parks around the world. After years of wondering exactly “How to get to Sesame Street,” we now know it’s at PortAventura.


Official Credits List - Sesame Street: Street Mission PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U. Sergio Feder, Executive Committee President

Lauren Weaver, VP Marketing & Business Development Todd Gillrup, VP Operations

Sesame Workshop Annette Augeri, Assistant Vice President, International Product Development & Creative Services

Arturo Mas-Sarda, President

Donna Gentry, VP Projects

Fernando Aldecoa, General Manager

John Stegall, VP Technical Services

Choni Fernandez, Central Services Department Director

Sheila Leonard, Office Manager

Alfonso Garcia, Maintenance Department Director

John Salsbury, Animation Supervisor

Risa Greenbaum, Assistant Vice President, International Consumer Products

Joan R. Calanda, Finance Department Director

Luda Budnik, Art Finish Supervisor

Jackie Hou, Senior Manager, Europe

Sherrie McRee, CAD Supervisor

Jodi Nussbaum, Vice President Production, Special Projects

Logan Zawacki, Project Manager

Melissa Dino, Supervising Producer, Special Projects

Giovanni Modena, Operations Department Director

Greg Rodriguez, Customer Service Manager

Luis C. Valencia, Development Department Director

Steve Phillips, Pneumatics Supervisor

Viky Salazar, Architecture & Theming Manager

Russell Hall, Sculpt & Mold Supervisor

Stuart Rosenstein, Brand Development Consultant

David Jones, Senior Programming Director

Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content

Lee Dodd, Shipping Supervisor

Jennifer Schiffman, Director, Curriculum and Content

Veronic Fernández, Construction, Cost and Planning Manager Gabriel Moreno, General Utilities Supervisor Vicens Seguès, Construction Supervisor Carme Cabistany, Interiors & FFE Supervisor

Ric Hostetter, Scenic Supervisor

Travis Bergstrom, Technical Services Supervisor John Tedder, Woodshop Supervisor Grant Hamilton, Animation Fabricator

Salvador Perez, Sr. Director & Supervising Producer, International Media Business Kip Rathke, Creative Director

Ed Wells, EVP and Head of Global Media and Education Ashmou Younge, Producer, Special Projects

Marta Pellicer, FFE Procurement

Rob Braddock, Animation Fabricator

Sebastià Perelló, Architecture & Theming Supervisor

Jon Elwood, Animation Fabricator

Olga Lorenzo, CAD Technician

Nick Gilder, Animation Fabricator

Leire Zapatero, CAD Technician

Jefferson Taylor, Animation Fabricator

Nuria Ocaña, CAD Technician

Alex Gutorov, CAD Designer

José L. Díaz, Electronics and Electricity Supervisor

Christina Hartz, Customer Service Representative

Javier Aroca, HVAC Supervisor

Bill Kivi, Designer & Art Director

Jordi Vidal, Attractions Maintenance Manager

Josh Rudloff, Designer

B Morrow Productions, Interior Scenic Design

Williams Toledo, Electronics Technician

Sim Leisure, Interior Scenic Fabrication

Leo Dorado, Electronics Technician

Techni-Lux, Lighting Design

Tom Etherington, Electronics Technician

Strong/MDI, Screen Systems

Eugenia Gaisan, Marketing Manager

Frankie Ironside, Marketing & Graphic Design

Door Control Inc., Show Door Systems

Esther Vallespín, Finance Manager

Nick Michael, Pneumatics Technician

Sally Dark Rides

Henry Gonzalez, Sculpt & Mold Technician

John Wood, Chairman & CEO

Chris Aberly, Sculpt & Mold Technician

Carles Roig, Operations Manager Paco Ballester, Procurement Manager Ricard Puig, Legal Assessment Manager

David Bishop, COO

Don Sesco, Animation Fabricator

Vendors Sesame Workshop, Puppeteers & English Voice Talent SDI Media, Spanish Voice Talent Jim Henson Creature Shop, Puppet Fabrication Keith Jones, Concept Artist

ETF, Ride Systems Alterface, Interactive Systems Ralph S. Alberts Co. Inc., Interactive Device Fabrication Bon Art, CG Media & Gameplay

Rich Hill, Creative Director

Jon Baker Productions, Audio Composition & Production

Victoria Lane, VP Finance

InFact Global, Translation Services


Official Credits cont'd - Sesame Street: Street Mission Fusta & Fusta, Industrial Carpentry Gicsa, Construction & Electrical Ingeacer, Construction Safety PGI Engineering, Construction Engineering García Riera, Civil Works Construction Cullerè Sala, Steel Structure Construction Urbaser, Landscaping Tecmolde, Exterior Scenic Fabrication TÜV SÜD, Functional Safety Experts Weigl Control, Animation Control Equipment Bose, Audio Equipment Barco, Projection Equipment RealD, 3D Projection System

ETF Ride Systems congratulates PortAventura World Four years in a row, ETF Ride Systems is involved in a TEA Thea Award winning dark ride. A unique achievement!

Four years in a row TEA Thea Awards: 2017 Symbolica – The Efteling / The Netherlands 2018 Bazyliszek – Legendia / Poland 2019 Popcorn Revenge – Walibi / Belgium 2020 Street Mission – PortAventura World / Spain All these rides are based on trackless ETF ride vehicles, enabling endless ride possibilties and creating a unique dark ride experience every time. We thank Sally Dark Rides for integrating the ETF transport system in this year’s award-winning ride.


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to all the 2021 Thea Award recipients We are extremely proud to receive the Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement (Attraction Limited Budget) for Snorri Touren! Thank you to everyone involved in this great accomplishment!


Snorri Touren

Europa-Park, Rust, Germany

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Attraction, Limited Budget


n May of 2018, Europa-Park suffered a devastating fire that destroyed both the Dutch and Scandinavian sections of the park. Just over a year after that destructive fire, the Scandinavian zone of the park was reborn. Rather than simply recreating the former land, Europa-Park seized the opportunity to create an entirely new attraction, Snorri Touren. This new dark ride attraction directly links the rebuilt Scandinavian land with the storyline of the park’s new second gate, the Rulantica waterpark, the biggest project in the company’s history. The Snorri Touren dark ride is a wonderful update and evolution to the classic, character-driven family dark ride. Guided by Snorri, a mischievous and adorable octopus, park guests board rubber dinghies on an undersea adventure to discover the magical island of Snorri’s home Rulantica, building guest familiarity between the waterpark, hotel and the attraction. The ride blends classic dark ride show sets and scenic decor, animatronics and lighting, with more novel techniques such as video integration, dome projection and video mapping.


This family-friendly dark ride was created within a very limited footprint, of only 500 square meters, with budget constraints and a very aggressive schedule to reopen with the new Scandinavian section of the park. The Snorri character, developed for Rulantica, connects the youngest of guests with ancient Nordic stories in a beautifully lighthearted way. The immersive quality of the ride’s highly stylized scenery, combined with its intimate sense of scale, make this an extremely charming and engaging experience. The seamless, clever and supporting usage of video and 3D projection throughout the ride enhances the energy and richness of the scenic environments of the story. The timeframe in which Europa-Park and its partners were able to deliver this high-quality attraction is worthy of recognition; design, fabrication and installation of this stellar attraction in just over a year’s time is a staggering accomplishment.

Official Credits List - Snorri Touren Mack Family:

Nico Schwinnig

Dr.-Ing. h.c. Roland Mack

Alain Simon

Jürgen Mack

Philippe Spahn

Jora Vision

Michael Mack

Patrick Spoth

Andre Lammers

Thomas Mack

Dr. Michael Thoma

Jan Maarten de Raad

Ann-Kathrin Mack

Jürgen Vetter

Roy Ravensbergen

Matthieu Vogt

Kevin Sebregts

Mack Solutions:

Harald Wangler

Pedro Valverde

Charles Botta

Marius Winterhalter

Robin van der Want

Jürgen Hauptmann

Kai Wolf

Simeon van Tellingen

Tobias Mundinger

Sidney Wedding

Sarah Heal Stephan Hercher

Mack Rides:

Chris Lange

Stephan Alt

T-Rex Classics

Matthias Lange

Luisa Bofinger

Jan Lepold

Julien Lauffenburger

Guenter Burger

Hendrik Schwarzer

Ryan Lawrence

Alexander Döhring

Patrick Marx

Oliver Gebhardt


Aldric Muller

Dennis Gordt

Matthew Barlett

Lisa Padding

Jens Hilbert

Paul Kent

Marina Rütten

Markus Hug

Robert Mann

Christian Schätzle

Kai Hülswitt

Paul Taylor

David Studer

Frank Joos

Jamie Vann

Glenn Sturgis

Felix Koch

Christof Zimmermann

Thorsten Koebele

ART Engineering

Benjamin Krause

Georg Behringer


Felix Küfner

Andreas Kiefer

Andy Aurich

Christopher Meier

Oliver Pierling

Laura Ciano

Matthias Minich

Gerd Dörflinger

Michael Moser


Valentin Findeli

Wolfram Reinelt

Marc Maley

Benjamin Fischer

Joachim Röttger

Lara McLaughlin

Sven Fischer

Dominic Schaetzle

Bret Woodbury

Kevin Gufert

Frank Sornik

Harald Gut

Christian von Elverfeldt

Anita Hauss

Tejix Henry Corrado

Christian Hirt

Mack Animation

Frank Hönninger

Bernd Bohnert

Mirko Kern

Lars Goldenbogen


Dr. Volker Klaiber

Holger Tappe

David Kitchen-dunn

Dr. Thorsten Marohn

Guillaume Wyatt

Thomas Kramer

Lukas Mielke

Edouard Trichet Lespagnol

Mark Nesbitt

Johannes Ohnemus


Michael Ott

Niels Feigenwinder

Philippe Schaeffer

Jörg Ihle

Jonny Nesbitt


CONGRATULATIONS to our friends and all Thea Award recipients!





We thank Europa Park for the great creative collaboration and we congratulate them with their Thea Award for Snorri Touren.

Panasonic Sharing the Passion and Excitement Panasonic Corporation

Shiodome Hamarikyu Bldg., 8-21-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

A Better Life, A Better World






Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida & Disneyland Park, California, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Attraction


ocated in the groundbreaking and Thea-Awardhonored Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land at two Disney parks on both coasts of the US, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a genre-defying attraction that casts guests as part of the Resistance in a thrilling, multi-sensory experience as they combat and escape the evil First Order. Part walk-through immersive theatre, part dark ride, part thrill ride, this nearly 20-minute experience allows guests to live their own personal Star Wars story in spectacular new ways. Secreted away in ancient ruins deep in the forests of Batuu, at a hidden Resistance base, guests are recruited by Star Wars characters on a mission to rendezvous at an undisclosed planet, and board a Resistance Intersystem Transport Ship. Suddenly, the mission is disrupted by a First Order Star Destroyer. Their transport captured and pulled aboard the massive ship, guests face a battalion of menacing



Stormtroopers. A spectacular rescue adventure ensues, involves branching paths, evading giant AT-AT walkers, numerous near-misses, thrilling space battles, and a final face-off with Dark Side powers before their craft engages into an escape pod for a freefall finale back to Batuu. Rise of the Resistance is simply the most technologically advanced theme park attraction in existence today, a seamless, story-driven, linear experience standing on 60 years’ worth of WDI innovation and attraction design. The level of complexity and engineering is unparalleled; several completely unique ride systems are used - a standing simulator on a giant turntable that acts as a “magic trick” that takes guests from the surface of Batuu to the Star Destroyer all on-foot; a droidpiloted, trackless dark ride system of multiple, eightpassenger vehicles; a thrilling, hybrid simulator/drop ride. Extensive environmental special effects include state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics figures; largescale, show action equipment; extensive, mapped projection effects; high-resolution video views into space through spacecraft windows; “holographic” video effects; multi-channel audio in the environment and on-board the vehicles; unique, persistence-ofvision LED lighting effects that create signature Star Wars “laser blasts” that visibly careen over guests’ heads. All the while, these dozens of individually complicated systems are choreographed seamlessly into an impressively high-capacity attraction that redefines what a major marquee attraction can be, and how a detailed, legendary IP story can be told through a full set of experiences that add up to much more than just a ride. Front to back, this attraction leaves riders gobsmacked and in disbelief at what they’ve seen, and represents the absolute pinnacle of how our industry is capable of entertaining an audience at a theme park.

Official Credits List - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Walt Disney Imagineering

Anisha Deshmane

Billy Almon

Aaron Allen

Anita Williams

Billy Wilt

Aaron McDonald

Anjelica Casillas

Blake Fricker

Aaron Norstad

Anna Hudman

Bob Evans

Abbie Bender

Anna Vladimirovna Eremenko

Bob Minasi

Abel Aguilar

Anne Pauley

Bob Weis

Adam Alexander

Annette McQuilken

Bob Young

Adam Flemming

Anthony Flores

Brad Okeson

Adam Frank

April Warren

Brennan Dutta

Adam Hill

Araceli Martinez

Brian Lamanna

Adam Jones

Arashi Yoshioka

Brian Loo

Addi Gaash

Arthur Belanger

Brian Nefsky

Adrian Teal

Ashley Hames

Brian Orr

Aerin Avery

Asya Pena

Brian Vanneman

AJ Marasco

Avi Tuchman

Brianna Pfost

Alan Au

Avis Lewis

Brittany Pittner

Alan Pilukas

Baldwin Chan

Brittany Wright

Alex Guerrero

Bari Berman

Brooke Burris

Alex Kwok

Barry Golding

Brooke Swift

Alex Moser

Barton Brody

Bryant Boyle

Alexander Kaushansky

Ben Morgan

Bryant Kim

Alexander Mendoza

Benjamin “Frodo” Froman

Cal Walsten

Alexis Wieland

Bill Hogue

Caleb Wild

Ali Tarazkar

Bill West

Camille Rosario

Amanda Canteenwalla Amanda Crane Amanda Nozaki Amie Godfrey Ana Medina Andrea Baker Andrea Mattinson Andres Hernandez Andrew Grenier Andrew May Andrew Nocar Andrew Rutkin Andrew Seim Andrew Sibner Angel Moreno Angel Quintanilla Angela Jay Angela Mazza Angie Ramirez



Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Carl Rutter

Dan Carney

Douglas Hartwell

Carolina Hubbard

Dan Steck

Ed Nemeth

Carolyn Bellino

Dan Tappe

Edgar Mahnke

Carolyn Ojeda

Dana Elizabeth Baker

Edith Saucedo

Carri Forrest

Dane Coffey

Edna Landry

Carter Lewellyn

Dane Roemer

Elias Lopez

Carter Tata

Dani Bellar Pilukas

Elina Abedi

Casey Wilson

Daniel Joseph

Elisabeth Vella

Chad Manley

Danielle Castillo

Elizabeth Lagedrost

Chad Oglesby

Darcy Accardi

Emeline Lee

Chad Smith

Dave Graul

Emilio Loza

Chad Stachnik

David Allen

Eric Anderson

Chelsea Whikehart

David Azcarraga

Eric Baker

Cheryl Lee

David Barnett

Eric Chumbley

Chris Andrade

David Brancato

Eric Daffern

Chris Beatty

David Brennan

Eric Davis

Chris Grimmell

David Bui

Eric Hirota

Chris Kelly

David Dahlke

Eric Miller

Chris Kubsch

David Dunwoodie

Eric Schmidt

Chris Lee

David Goldberg

Erica Bourdage

Chris Mais

David Kilpatrick

Erik Tye

Chris Mazzella

David Myers

Fabrice Kennel

Chris O’Rourke

David Raghavan

Francisco Cordero Cali

Chris Turner

David Rose

Frank Antonides

Christa Suarez

David Shirley

Frank Cassin

Christian Weeks

David Van Wyk

Frank Mezzatesta

Christopher Johnson

David Wishart

Frank Newman

Christopher Seip

David Woulf

Frank Reifsnyder

Christopher Wicker

Debbie Lee

Frank Villalpando

Clarence Whitley

Debby Low

Franklin Batino

Clarissa Matalone

Debra Kohls

Fred Pascual

Cody Poynor

Delaney Bales

Fujita Kimura

Colleen Meyers

Derek Haas

Gabe King

Connie Stamos

Derek Howard

Gabriel Almario

Conor McKinnon

Derek Velarde

Gaku Sato

Corban Prim

Devin Parker

Gary Graham

Cory Rouse

Diana Rogers

Gary Powell

Courtney Kobata

Dianne Wiberg

Gary Schnuckle

Craig Barr

Diego Parras

Gate Margrod

Craig Russell

Donald Clausen

Genell Hoechstetter

Cristina Moreno-Walters

Donald Putnam

Genevieve Sheehan

Curtis Donahou

Donald Updyke

George Aziz

Cynthia Gould

Donald White

Gerald Ross

Cynthia McWilliams

Donna Gilley

Geri Anne Goldberg


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Gilles Martin

Jamie Oakley

Jim Woodhouse

Giovana Potiens

Jamie Reichart

Jingcong Zhang

Giri Shankar

Jamie Robertson

Joan Hansen

Glen Koch

Janice Knapp

Joanna Walker

Glenn Wens

Janice Wiener

Jocelyn Ramirez

Gohta Nakashizu

Jann Adachi

Jody Gerstner

Gordon Levin

Jared Bishop

Joey Kadin

Grace Beck

Jared Kleier

John “JK” Kestler

Grant Barker

Jared Sell

John Argo

Greg Mooney

Jasmine Krull

John Arreguin

Greg Pro

Jason Abruzzese

John Benedetti

Greg Rosa

Jason Badger

John Dennis

Greg Wiatroski

Jason Bayer

John Elias

Gregory G Johnson

Jason Bayever

John Higgins

Gregory Kadorian

Jason Litzinger

John Johnson

Grisol Ramirez

Jason Weiss

John Larena

Guillermo Fok De Jesus

Jason Young

John Malluck

Guillermo Herrejon

Javier Estopinian

John Mauvezin

Guillermo Morales

Jeanette Lomboy

John Mills

Halsey Edmunds

Jeff Barrett

John Murphy

Halsey Herms

Jeff Gainey

John Noonan

Harout Jarchafjian

Jeffrey Davis

John Pham

Heather Greene

Jeffrey Hampton

John Rizo

Heather King

Jeffrey Hudson

John Schmidt

Heather Klaubert

Jeffrey Michalsky

John VanZelst

Hepzibah Chandranand

Jeffrey Rubinstein

John Ward

Hien Dinh

Jeffrey White

Jon Carver

Hlynur Snorrason

Jenna Renard

Jon Dickinson

Holger Irmler

Jennifer Alvarez

Jon Farmer

Ira Frank

Jennifer Mok

Jon Georges

Istvan Kadar

Jennifer Plessinger

Jon Porazzo

Ivan Lopez

Jenny O’Neil

Jon Snoddy

Jaclyn Yangyuen

Jensen Lin

Jon Stevens

Jacob Boyer

Jeremy Garner

Jonathan Bowen

Jaime Gutierrez

Jeremy Stolarz

Jonathan Fisher

Jameel Haiat

Jerod Crouch

Jonathan Moran

James Brafford

Jerry Fletcher

Jordan Coleman

James Durand

Jerry Frame

Jose Gutierrez

James Klepper

Jess Kuncar

Jose Jimenez

James Knox

Jesse Lozano

Joseph Acello

James Tatum

Jessica Bush

Joseph Esperance

James Thomas

Jessica Gaffin

Joseph Garcia

Jamie Lynn Mcguinness

Jill Fukumoto

Joseph Kadin

Jamie McGough

Jillian Barajas

Joseph Lorenz


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Josh Cimino

Kevin Fructuoso

Margaret Kerrison

Josh Eisenhardt

Kevin Nishikawa

Joshua Chapel

Kevin Phillips

Mariorla Katherine de Jesu Rondon Perez

Joshua Swanson

Kevin Smith

Juan Alvarez Jr.

Kirstin Makela

Judy Resh

Krishna Tamminana

Julia Soderstjerna

Krista Jamgotchian

Julie Bryant

Kristen Coogan

Julie Langmann

Kristen Zeigler

Justin Harris

Kristin Appleton

Justin Newton

Kristin Athans

Justin Petronglo

Kristin Tolentino

Justin Ruggiero

Kristina Dewberry

Kaoru Moorewood

Kristopher Laffin

Kareem Daniel

Kurt Sawitskas

Karen Austin

Kyle Reid

Karen Lawrence

Lan Hoang Tran

Karin Hanson

Landon Somlo

Kathryn Husted

Larry Ahern

Kathryn Lashley

Larry Pool

Kathryn McChesney

Laura Elliott

Kathryn Miller

Laura Vogelsong

Kathryn Yancey

Lauren Baldesarra

Kathy Mangum

Lauren Marrero

Katie Eastman

Lauren Martinez

Katie Heydorff

Len Burge

Katie McFarland

Len Gibbs

Kay Ghering

Leon Makovoz

Keith Abutin

Leslie Graham

Keith Mazzella

Limei Jing

Keith Rector

Lisa Anderson (Deer)

Keith Walsh

Lonnie Sepulveda

Kelly Kipp

Lora Johnson

Ken Petersen

Lori Bender

Ken Swapp

Lori Reffett

Keneith Wu

Lori Story

Kenneth Chapman

Lorrie Hansen

Kenneth Lennon

Lucas Phelan

Kenneth Smith

Luis Barrios

Kerry Gilman

Luis Pinto

Kesta Suarez

Lyle Wohlfarth

Kevin Basham

Maghalee Rosenberg

Kevin Cardani

Manni Wong

Kevin Fong

Marc “Flounder” Hurst


Marisa Mazzotta Mark Gilbert Mark Goldberg Mark Kohl Mark Kuskowski Mark Larabel Mark Mattias Mark Mesko Mark Miller Mark Panelli Mark Sumner Mark Volle Mark Wu Martin Hernandez Martin Urbina Mason Mattenson Matt Barry Matt Daly Matt Haggerty Matt McCrory Matt McKim Matt Verti Matt Walker Matthew Jones Matthew Mackey Matthew Nelson Matthew Soplinski Maureen Hart Meagan Joy Megan Nowikowski Meghan Short Melaniya Ayrikyan Melissa Jackson Melissa Troutt Michael Acevedo Michael Alio Michael Arana Michael Bishop Michael Burlefinger Michael Carter Michael Cawlina Michael Cristilli

Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Michael Earnest

Nikolas Villar

Rhine Meyering

Michael Ferguson

Noah Holliday

Ric Turner

Michael Foley

Noah Reich

Rich Rhoades

Michael Fracassi

Norma Cardona

Richard Conway

Michael Harper

Octavian Petrescu

Richard Enders

Michael Hazelwood

Omar Fuentes

Richard Hyman

Michael Horen

Oscar Sanchez

Richard Maxfield

Michael Iezza

Paola Soriano

Richie Olson

Michael Kelsey

Patrick Girvin

Rick Daffern

Michael Koronka

Patrick Kearney

Rick Won

Michael Larrabee

Patrick Krugh

Robbin Broad

Michael Lipinski

Patrick Viste

Robert Engle

Michael Peters

Paul Bailey

Robert Fox

Michael Petrucci

Paul Baker

Robert Jewel

Michael Shalla

Paul Beasley

Robert Oyos

Micheal Hachache

Paul Corbo

Robert Sebesta

Michelle Kniffen

Paul Fuller

Robert Seketa

Miguel Lima

Paul Lahaise

Robert Zielbauer

Mike Brent

Pauliina Lehtomaki

Robin Blackburn

Mike Kilbert

Pearce Bergh

Robin Reardon

Mike Matthews

Pedro Lima

Rod Kurihara

Mike McCormick

Peter Athans

Rodney Rayborne

Mike Smith

Peter Hao

Roger Heydenreich

Mila Corkins

Peter Hernandez

Ron Monk

Minda Richmond

Peter Montgomery

Ruben De La Torre

Miranda Jeffries

Peter Stepniewicz

Rui DeMatos

Miren Bamforth

Phil Bloom

Russell Allen

Mohamad Bahlawan

Philip Weidner Jr.

Russell Dunn

Mohsen Feiz

Prem Encarnacion

Russell Gates

Mohsen Nasr

Przemyslaw Iwanowski

Russell Larsen

Molly Hoelper

Qinming Zhou

Rusty Pease

Monica Chiodo

R Scott Thompson

Ryan Hinchey

Nathalie Torres

Rachael Shaney

Ryan Jodoin

Nathan Brubaker

Rachel Hoffmann

Ryan Sandzimier

Nathaniel Gearhart

Rachel Sherbill

Ryan Shaughnessy

Nathaniel Moretz

Rae Jillian Rivera

Ryan Shepard

Nicholas Neubrand

Raina Ross

Ryan Stell

Nick Dunn

Randall Myers

Ryan Wach

Nick Herring

Randy Tamme

Salvatore Ingraldi

Nick Koza

Raul Felix

Sam Richards

Nick Pitman

Ray Jared

Sam Towler

Nickolas Rigney

Raymond Jones

Samantha Catanzaro

Nicolas Mansur

Raymond Malphrus

Samantha Kaplan

Nicole Tan

Rene Barrios

Samuel Holmes


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Sanne Worthing

Stuard Aguilar

Val Usle

Sarah Nesbitt

Stuart Calder

Valerie Chen

Sarah Zhu

Sunjit Singh

Valery Prijac

Savannah Wexler

Susan Chung

Victor A Perez

Scott Branch

Susan Jaeger

Victoria Thomas

Scott Kelly

Susan Russell

Vince Cobas

Scott Miller

Susan Wood

Vinnie Byrne

Scott Signore

Taishiro Hoshino

Walt Smith

Scott Trowbridge

Tammy Tosounian

Walter Hurtarte

Scott Wilson

Tania Posadas

Walter Thompson

Scott Wood

Tanner Lovgren

Will Schulte

Sean Eustace

Tanner Smith

William Adamson

Sean Robb

Taralyn Von Der Linden

William Depina-Gomes

Sean Torres

Ted Babin

William Gonzalez

Sean Yates

Terry Andrade

William Pryor

Sevasty Dileo

Terry Hwang

Willie Bredberg

Shane Martin

Thanh Nguyen

Yves Borckmans

Shane Monsees

Theodore Schnack

Zach Riddley

Shannon Moore

Thomas Fotie

Zachary Moore

Shawn McDaniel

Thomas Gabriel

Zsolt Hormay

Sijin Kim

Thu-Ha Hoang

Sonny Chapman

Tiffany Liou

Disney Parks

Sonny Nguyen

Tilak Mandadi

Aaron Morrow

Sophia Acevedo

Tim Warzecha

Aaron Toms

Spencer Banks

Tod Mathias

Aaron Wanek

Stacey Leong

Todd Friedline

Aaron Wilson

Stan Boruszewski

Todd Homme

Abbey Geiss

Stephanie Rodriguez

Todd Neubrand

Adam Gregorich

Stephanie Shelley

Tom Jicha

Adan Valdez

Stephen Babbington

Tom Poulsen

Agustin Negron

Stephen Claiborne

Tony King

Ahmed Mercado-Almodovar

Stephen Cummings

Tracy Pierce

AJ Chang

Stephen Felder

Tracy Wilson

Alan Vena

Stephen Gregory

Trevor Jodoin

Alex Carocci

Stephen Rowe

Tricia Arneson

Alex Finley

Steve Dodd

Trinh Mai

Alex Gold

Steve Fu

Trish Liebegott

Alex Lopez

Steve Goddard

Trisha Lam

Alexandria Pacheco

Steve Litten

Troy Leverton

Alexis Bartlett

Steve Wyma

Trung Ngo

Allen Kling

Steven Kosakura

Tyler Emptage

Allen Wells

Steven Smith

Ugo Okwumabua

Allison Greenwald

Steven Spiegel

Uriel Sanchez

Alyssa Nelson

Stijn Vandycke

Vaibhav Pandey

Amanda Broyles


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Amanda DiLeo

Bill Brasher

Cameron Bruce

Amanda Vaughan

Bill Roush

Cameron Giles

Amanda Wirtz

Bob Dreslin

Carey Truex

Amaree Sova

Bob Ferger

Carina Gobas

Amy Sempell

Bob Hall

Carl Adkins

Andrea Feaster

Bob Mills

Carlene Beckius

Andrew Bain

Bobby Korpos

Carlos Aranda

Andrew Gutierrez

Bonnie Stephens

Carlos Aviles Aponte

Andrew Milluzzi

Brad Bouchie

Carlos Baltazar

Andrey Lopez Zendejas

Brad Phelps

Carlos Cedillo Alonso

Angel Price

Brandon Kirkpatrick

Carlos Guzman

Angel Santos Cintron

Brandon Maze

Carlos Negron

Anthony Cortez

Brandon Nash

Carol Morris

Anthony Lange

Breanna Cotton

Carolina Sanchez

Anthony Nardone

Brenda Haggard

Caroline O’Kelly

Anthony Rynearson

Brenna Fralix

Carolyn Oakes

Anthony Vargas

Brennan Johnson

Carson Bronsert

Anton Polishchuk

Brent Wiseman

Casey Pence

Aric Stoots

Brent-Alvin Ratificar

Cassaundra Caldwell

Armando Nieves

Bret Pritchett

Cassi Fitzsimmons

Arnaldo Torres Gonzalez

Brett Abrams

Catalina Simpson

Arthur Munoz

Brett Jagos

Catherine Wooddell

Arvin Tabula

Brett Straub

Cathy Stearns

Ashley Cureton

Brett Wilcox

Cesar Figueroa

Ashley Jenner

Brian Barber

Chad Dulin

Ashley Silvas

Brian Bialobreski

Chad Raeder

Ashley Stegall

Brian Burkhouse

Chandradeo Balkaran

Ashley Woods

Brian Dunsmore

Charles Lopez

Ashly Pascual

Brian Hebert

Chasen Martin

Austen Goehring

Brian Lee

Chelsea Hogseth

Austin Leonard

Brian Pereyra

Chelsea Leanne Cobb

Austin Tyler

Brian Ramos

Chelsea Morales

Ba Van Le

Brian Reyes

Cheryl Kroll

Bailey Freer

Brian Rodriguez

Cheryl Tobiasen

Ben Canon

Brian Santos

Chris Buser

Ben Trabucco

Brian Stalnaker

Chris Christensen

Ben Wern

Brian Truong

Chris Dunshee

Benjamin Chambliss

Brian Walters

Chris Garcia

Benjamin Hillis

Bruce Valentine

Chris Hofer

Benjamin Shackelford

Bruno Galliadi

Chris Nawara

Benjamin Thomas

Bryan Higashi

Chris Olsen

Beth Ann Sherrill

Bryant Gonzalez Sevill

Chris Seton

Betty Rose

Bryce Korte

Chris Smith

Bianca Gillespie

Byron Moline

Christian Bass


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Christian Fernandez

Daniel Sawicki

Dirck Kemnitz

Christina Bartlett

Daniel Sewell

Don Bainbridge

Christina Woodman

Daniel Simpson

Don Montplaisir

Christina Yannette

Daniel Spinella

Doreen Muir

Christine Tran

Danielle Felty

Doug Dean

Christopher Barber

Danny Jackson

Doug Wagner

Christopher Bowles

Danny Nguyen

Douglas Herbst

Christopher Campo

Danny Petty

Douglas MacMechan

Christopher Casteel

Danny Ruiz

Duke Derdock

Christopher DeGeorge

Dante Swink

Duncan Currier

Christopher Figueroa

Daphne Chavez

Duncan Tart

Christopher Fisher

Darline Francois

Dustin Bartlett

Christopher Giron

Darrell Jodoin

Dwade Mirjah

Christopher Turner

Darrell Smith

Dylan Nunez

Christopher Tushinsky

Darren d’Hedouville

Dylan Pagan

Ciani Reyes

Dave Accornero

Dylan Talcott

Cidney Castillo

Dave Brunelle

Earl Maier

Claire Jodoin

Dave Carroll

Ed Kurzawa

Clarissa Shultz

Dave Trachy

Edeltraud Krauss

Claude Cage

David Chou

Edemuel Mora

Clifton Glenn

David DeJesus

Edgar Miranda Morales

Cody Shackelford

David Dunlap

Eduardo Triado-Mercado

Colin Hurlbut

David Dupree

Edward Pitcher

Conner Park

David Froberg

Edwin Cruz

Craig Lake

David Geier

Edwin Reyes

Craig Windey

David Green

Efrain Perez

Cristina Juarez

David Hertwig

El Loussaint

Crystal Cramer

David Johnson

Elizabeth LaPeters

Curtis Mitchell

David Orozco

Elyse Edwards

Curtis Spurk

David Prince

Emilie Morse

Cynthia Marinaro

David Prins

Emily Lohman

Cyrus Reymundo

David Quiles

Emmanuel Perez

Dale Cameron

David Reynolds

Enrique Alma

Dale Gallego

David Stambersky

Enrique Cervantes Jr.

Dale Landon

David Stewart

Eric Dunn

Dan Boyle

Dayle Miracle

Eric Froberg

Dan Freeman

Dennis Gayoso

Eric Hildebrand

Dan Werling

Dennis Miller

Eric Schlotthauer

Dane Arneson

Dennis Morgan

Eric Tsai

Daniel Cobbs

Derrick Fuentes

Erick Morales

Daniel Hare

Derrick Springer

Erik Leath

Daniel Hepperle

Devin Millington

Erika Auld

Daniel Mastropietro

Diego Licea Gutierrez

Erika Hernandez

Daniel Robles Gonzalez

Dillon Dube

Erin Henderson


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Erin Stack

Hannah Kraemer

Jason Schoonover

Ernesto Vega

Harry Sarju

Jason Tomlin

Eva Keller

Harvey Totzke

Javier Porras

Evan Todd

Heather Doshay

Jaycy Clarke

Ewart “J5” Williams

Heather Ponseggi

Jayson Milroy

Fabian Vazquez

Heidi Tobey

Jayson Pring

Faith Johnson

Henry Cabrera

Jeff Gruca

Feng Siah

Henry Tuttle

Jeff Kirkman

Fernando Cortes Ocampo

Howard Earl

Jeff LaPeters

Franciso Figueroa

Ian Bevan

Jeff Mc Garry

Frank Matosich

Ian Martin

Jeff Van Buren

Fred Rapisura

Ian McQuire

Jeffrey De Castro

Frederick Chambers

Irvin Serrano Infantes

Jeffrey Hawkins

Gabriel Sanchez

Isait Boza

Jeffrey Howe

Gabriela Ortiz

Issy LaBrosse

Jeffrey Maida

Gabriella Wernet

Izzy Diaz II

Jeffrey McShea

Gareth Ripley

Jack Cerra

Jeffrey Schenck

Garett Heffner

Jacob Cortez

Jeffrey Schlichter

Garrett Bainbridge

Jacob Kahla

Jennaca Walsh

Gary Hammons

Jacob Vargas

Jennifer Grubb

Gary Middleton

Jahna Frankman

Jennifer Kumpf Baillere

Gary Storms

Jaime Clayton

Jennilee Viray

Gary Woodson

Jake Cutler

Jeremiah Vich

Gauge Banks

Jake Moore

Jeremy Cheung

Gene Lagasca

James Bagwell

Jerry Cabello

Geno Serrano

James Burgess

Jerry Turner

George Chavarria

James Holmes

Jerry Williams

George Kalogridis

James Leonard

Jesse Bethune

George Manzano

James Mills

Jesse Holland

Gerald Ramos

James Phillips

Jesse Munoz

Gerardo Ceballos

Jan Mirza Florea

Jessi Winther

Gerin Lamar Williams

Janet Boutte

Jessica Merino

Gertrude Petit-Frère

Janice Holmes

Jesus Ortiz

Glorianmary Natal Santiago

Janice Jones

Jezreel Saltar Vega

Grace Robins

Jared Andersen

Jill Sypko

Grant Nishinaka

Jared Brantuk

Jillian Bryant

Greg Clark

Jasen Lewis

Jim Jaskol

Greg Landeros

Jason Davis

Jim MacPhee

Greggory Caine

Jason De Boer

Jim Obermiller

Gregory Garcia

Jason Deno

Jim Read

Gregory Nathan

Jason Erb

Joanna Mariscal

Gregory Toney

Jason Lovelace

Jodi White

Guy Teets

Jason Moore

Joe Lara

Haig Khdryan

Jason Nguyen

Joel Espinoza


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Joel Jean-Francois

Joshua Bak-Jensen

Kevin Miller

Joel Viado

Joshua Bennett

Kevin Opena

John Berg

Joshua Coffee

Kevin Syracuse

John Cunningham

Jouri Bustamante

Kevin Trimmer

John Evans

Jovi Sayavong

Kieu Thi Nguyen

John Guman

JT Barth

Kim Baron

John Hernandez

Juan Aleman Jr.

Kim Bauer

John Johnston

Juan Navarro Lagos

Kimberly Chin

John Kirtland

Judith Wallace

Kirk Ferguson

John McMannen

Julius Rongavilla

Kirk Nicholson

John Pierce

Justin Amador

Kirk Piltingsrud

John Wysocki

Justin Brock

Kirk Taylor

Johnny Vega

Justin Cary

Kortney Casper

Jolie Weston

Justin Dixson

Kris Theiler

Jon David Meal

Justin Evans

Kristen Ashe

Jonathan Nguyen

Justin Osborn

Kristen Stalker

Joniven Grey

Justin Rutherford

Kristie Williams

Jordan Alvarez

Justin Velasquez

Kyle Goto

Jordan Demastus

Justine Carberry

Kyle Landis

Jordan Kimelman

Kaden Macy

Kyle McCarry

Jordan Waller

Kai Chow

Kyle Shook

Jorge Montalvo

Kaitlyn Parsons

Kyle Spomer

Jorge Roman

Kappy Thorsen

Larry Coleman

Jose Corpuz

Kara Ficentise

Larry Molina

Jose Diaz Jr

Kat Huth

Laura Becker

Jose Ercillo II

Kathy Drach

Laura Neumann

Jose Gonzalez

Katie Kelly

Laurel Bassett

Jose Marcilla-Rodriguez

Katie Streeter

Laurel Skaggs

Jose Michel

Katy Thomas

Lauren Higson

Jose Silva

Kayla Childers

Lauren Petersen

Josefina Salas

Keith Pollock

Lauren Stec

Joseph Bain

Kelci Rogers

Lawrence DeSantis

Joseph Favreau

Kelly Littrell

LC Wolmaran

Joseph Fernandez

Kelly Shaw

Lee Gillio

Joseph Gibson

Kelly Small

Lee Wilson

Joseph Link

Kelsey Katz

Len Spencer

Joseph Perez Jr.

Kendall Alexander

Lendsie Salazar

Joseph Scarborough

Kenneth Lumpkins

Lenny Spencer

Joseph Watkins

Kenny Person

Leo Torres

Josh Bass

Kevi Nily

Lillian Vasquez-Ortiz

Josh Christian Manulat

Kevin Aglione

Lillie Ibarra

Josh D’Amaro

Kevin Collis

Lindsay Dibble

Josh Giesman

Kevin Eaton

Linh Tran

Josh Ross

Kevin Goodman

Lisa Hong


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Lodel Paragas

Mary Kuntz

Michelle Monge

Logan Diaz

Mary Mac Eachin

Miguel Colon Jr

Lorenzo Villareal

Mary Niven

Miguel Hernandez

Lorrie Gebhardt

Matt Dorak

Miguel Hernandez Reyes

Lou Benveniste

Matt Lloyd

Miguel Oliva

Louis Rose

Matt Uhlhorn

Miguel Osuna Garcia

Lucas McGuire

Matthew Duke

Miguel Rosario

Lucas Schlussel

Matthew Ellis

Mike Anson

Luis Arteaga Jr.

Matthew Estevez

Mike Corrigan

Luis Colondres Gonzalez

Matthew Gary

Mike Jordan

Luis Hernandez

Matthew Moyett

Mike Kidder

Luis Lugo

Matthew Schmidt

Mike MacLean

Luis Medina

Matthew Strandskov

Mike Ryan

Luis Ortiz

Matthew Tucker

Mike Snavely

Luis Ramirez

Matthew Villa

Mike Sroka

Luis Rivera-Perez

Matthew Willey

Mikel Wendland

Luis Soto

Maureen Hogan

Mileena Maali

Lupe De Santiago

McKeal Lyons

Milek Martin

Lyle Hawkyard

Meg Withrow

Miranda Donnian

Lynda Flynn

Megan Elizarraraz

Mitchel Everett

Mackenzie Foltz

Megan Gross

Miye Kasadate

Malcolm Launce

Melissa Margarone

Mohammed Jermoune

Manuel Marin

Mercedes Guzman

Moriah Hardy

Marc Landry

Micah Geertson

Myles Cupp

Marcelo Calanoc

Michael Arnwine

Nancy Nguyen

Marcia Williams

Michael Bagwell

Naohiko Maeda

Marcos Morales-Vazquez

Michael Colglazier

Natalie Jackson

Marcos Rivera

Michael DeSimone

Natalie Scott

Marcus Ledet

Michael Harrington

Nathan Cline

Margaret Felberg

Michael Hinds

Neil Brosious

Margo Taylor

Michael Hogsett

Neil Laljie

Maria Brenes

Michael Jones

Neil Werdmuller

Marian Dembi

Michael LeBel

Nestor Vallejo Moreno

Mario Patricio

Michael O’mary

Nicholas Laschkewitsch

Marissa Suarez

Michael Parisi

Nicholas Passante-Ortiz

Mark Diwas

Michael Phaneuf

Nicholas Ralston

Mark Farnsworth

Michael Ries

Nicholas Roedl

Mark Fortezzo

Michael Rodriguez

Nicholas Stauf

Mark Spurk

Michael Solares

Nick Dinkins

Mark Tripp

Michael Spurk

Nina Le

Mark Wagner

Michael Vossler

Noel Perez

Martha Powell

Michael Wadsworth

Noelio Gonzalez

Martha Urbina

Michael Yetter

Nolan Evans

Martin Martinez

Michael Yip

Obed Fernandez


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Olivia Nelson

Rich Rozanski

Rony Palacios

Omar Elizondo

Richard Black

Ross Castile

Osvaldo Gomez

Richard Crotchett

Ross Umali

Paige Hebert

Richard Frederick

Ruben Leon

Pam Capers

Richard Hart

Rufus Guevara

Pat Doyle

Richard Lopez-Silvero

Russel Wise

Patrick Beckman

Richard Marcus

Russell Copeland

Patrick Burnett

Richard Pitcock

Ruth Harpe

Patrick Kershaw

Richard Reyes

Ryan Drescher

Patrick Spieser

Richard Votava

Ryan Fork

Paul Adams

Richard Workman

Ryan Gough

Paul Conboy

Rick Saffran

Ryan Jenks

Paul Holtz

Ricky Bentley

Ryan Lee

Paula Gomez

Ricky Bradley

Ryan Meerdo

Paula Quintana

Rob Adamek

Ryan Pragano

Pedro Negron Robles

Rob Bickel

Ryan Solesbee

Peter Honiker

Rob Douglas

Ryan Sontag

Peter Lozano

Robb Ferguson

Ryan Zuravel

Peter Stevens

Robbie Griffin

Sabrianna Zaretsky-Longo

Peterson Bruno

Robert Burger

Saby Zaretsky

Phil Holmes

Robert Cann

Salvador Duenas

Philemon Hartwell

Robert David Nelson

Salvador Godinez

Phillip Aceves

Robert Herzog

Samantha Benesh

Phillip Florendo

Robert Jodoin

Samantha Thek

Phu Nguyen

Robert Johns

Samuel Marshall

Phuc Nguyen

Robert Leskovich

Samuel Roman

Pierre Deckman

Robert Marra

Samuel Toscano

Rafael Carle

Robert Neuzil

Samuel Valentin Rodriguez

Rafael Cueva

Robert Ogle

Santiago Nieves

Rafael Fernandez

Robert Ray

Sara Filicky

Ralph Wiley

Robert Reyes

Sarah Cooke

Ramon Rivera Gonzalez

Robert Stout

Sarah Gonzalez

Randall Hammond

Roberto Luciano-Rampolla

Sarah Moriyama

Randall Montoney

Roberto Molina Escobales

Sarah Penrod

Randolph Rivera

Roberto Nieves

Scot Heddon

Raymond Esparza nunez

Roberto Romero

Scott Boden

Raymond Silva

Robin Bellevue

Scott Hutcherson

Rebecca Campbell

Rocky MacDonald

Scott McShea

Rebecca Yu

Roger Gertz

Scott Monsen

Reese Johnson

Roger Horn

Scott Monsen

Regina Ruiz

Roger Stevens

Scott Nevin

Reinaldo Orozco

Ron Epperly

Scott Van Leuven

Ricardo Maldonado

Ronald Rohrenbacher

Seamus Casey

Rich Gossett

Roni Alvarado

Sean “Chimmi” Chiacchiaro



CONGRATULATIONS to all Thea Award Recipients



Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Sean “Chimmi” Chiacchiaro

Steven Lewis

Tri Tran

Sean Curry

Steven Lowe

Trisha Sinay

Sean Devine

Steven Peake

Tristan Gale

Sean Goelz

Steven Polley

Tyler Bal

Sean Laing

Steven Vega

Tyler Carlock

Sean Marshall

Stratton Carver

Tyler Dale

Sean Poluha

Susan Piatek

Vanessa Tarango

Sean Ramirez

Suzy Lochhead

Venkata Tamminana

Sean Reynolds

Suzy Lorenzo

Veronica Venzor

Sean Smith

Tamara Garbiso

Victor Borja

Sean Valiza

Tamara Wilson

Victor Jaccoud-Miley

Sergio Gomez

Tameka “Kenzie” Mckenzie

Vincent Ly

Seth Grayckowski

Tanya Burmeister

Viorel Prunean

Shane Bagley

Taylor McLaughlin

Vivekanand Bhikha

Shane Lohden

Teresa Trela

Walter Diolosa

Shannon Bunch

Teresa Wright

Walter Emerine

Shannon Welling

Terry Carr

Walter Lipton

Shannon Williams

Terry Nelson

Watts Watts

Sharon Westphal

Thomas Arthur

Wayne Clark

Sharonica Moore

Thomas Fowler

Wesley Peede

Shaughn Lunod

Thomas Grisson

Whitney Novotny

Shawn Abbuhl

Thomas Self

Wiki Rosas Rosa

Sheila Riley

Tien Dang

William Albert Schulte Jr.

Shelby Taylor

Tim Eck

William Benson

Siddharth Shah

Tim Hurley

William Craig

Sinclaire Toman

Tim Sharp

William Hildebrand

Skyler Rendon

Timothy Bettner

William McKenna IV

Sofia Hernandez

Timothy McGrath

William Moffitt

Sonny Mejia

Timothy Rogers

William Pillows

Stacey Romano

TJ Wollard

Willy Gutierrez

Stanley Burden

Toby Edwards

Wilma Terry

Stephanie Lipton

Todd Schenker

Wyatt Blastic

Stephanie Mann

Todd Uhl

Xavier Hermosillo

Stephen Elasaad

Tony Aguilar

Ximena Panayfo

Stephen Nelson

Tony Maya

Xuan Loan Quach

Steve Harold

Tony Sigler

Yamile Rivera Gonzalez

Steve Lane

Tony Zmorenski

Yanely Aguilar

Steven Bravek

Topher Schultz

Yaumara Rivero

Steven Brouwer

Tory Ruprecht

Yeslie Dominguez

Steven Garcia

Tracey Yancey

Zach Vincent

Steven Gilberto

Tracy Cunningham

Zachary Hardy

Steven Hartman

Tracy Hernstrom

Zachery Bistline

Steven Herald

Trang Pham

Zawmoe Lwin

Steven Jones

Travis Sutherland

Zoilo Solis


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Zoltan Fazekas

Brooke Masotti

Rob Bredow

Caitlin Thornton

Rob Ward


Can Chang

Sam Shah

Adam Driver

Carol Norton

Sam Stewart

Daisy Ridley

Carol Payne

Sheldon Serrao

Domhnall Gleeson

Chris Havreberg

Steve Braggs

James Arnold Taylor

Christopher Balog

Steven Caron

Jamie Zubairi

Dave Logan

Sunny Wei

John Boyega

David Weitzberg

Tia Marshall

Kipsang Rotich

Davide Pagin

Toan-Vinh Le

Mike Quinn

Delio Tramontozzi

Todd Vaziri

Oscar Isaac

Doug Smythe

Votch Levi

Saffron Hocking

Elbert Yen

Yoshi Yamada

Simone Saunders

Elizabeth Kim

Yuhon Ng

Franklin Chance

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Greg Salter

Skywalker Sound

Alina Campbell

Greg Weiner

Anthony DeFrancesco

Allie Greene

Ian Christie

Cameron Barker

Brian Miller

Janet Lewin

Tom Myers

Carrie Beck

Jannette Eng

Dave Filoni

Jay R Williams

IPD Partners

David Hobbins

Jeff Doran

Bernhard Mechanical

Doug Chiang

Jen Howard

CCK Construction Services

Erik Tiemens

Jon Alexander

Cuningham Group

Genna Elkin

Joshua Ong

EXP Engineering

James Waugh

Justin Kern

Grunau Company

Jason Stein

Katie Plumer


Jennifer Hsyu

Kelvin Lau

KHS&S East

Kathy Smeadon

Kim Bianco

KHS&S West

Kiri Hart

Krystal Cooper

Morrow-Meadows Corporation

Laela French

Mark Marcin

Southland Industries

Leland Chee

Masa Narita

SteelFab, Inc.

Lynne Hale

Masahiko Tani

T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.

Lynwen Brennan

Matt Lee

Tri-City Electric Company

Matt Martin

Maura Hogan

Walter P Moore

Nicole Letaw

Melissa Lin

Western States Fire Protection Company

Pablo Hidalgo

Melissa Mullin


Michael Midlock

Industrial Light & Magic

Mike Conte


Alex Aponte

Mitchel Mejia

4Wall Entertainment

Amy Shepard

Nathan Camp

7thSense Design

Andrew Simionas

Neil Herzinger


Bill George

Nick Walker

Advanced Entertainment Technology

Brian Holligan

Peter Demarest

Alcorn McBride


Star Wars:

Rise of the Resistance 2021 TEA Thea Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement

Program + Project Management

Asif Parkar 407-575-9625

Cost Estimating + Management


iMagination + Stantec = Destination The Bandshell at iMagine Clearwater Park

Contact: Daryl LeBlanc Greg Meyer

Congratulations Bob! Here's to all of the 2021 award recipients who've brought such wonder and magic to audiences across the world. Here's to a joyous celebration with all who are part of our international industry and who collectively represent the best in themed entertainment!

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t ha nk s f sta the h or se nd tt ig a w is rd hest ing som h to s we ed rea all Mic ay al ch hel so,


Consultancy & design for eco-friendly and themed family leisure developments

Michel Linet-Frion

+(33) 650 69 0123 / /


Official Credits cont'd - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance American Scenic Design


Gabe Manville

Anovos Productions

Lighting Images Technology

Hannah Shafran


Lighting Systems Design, Inc.

Jake Taylor

Artistic Entertainment Services

MEDG International Inc.

Jason Potterf

ATA Engineering

Millenium Tire

Jim Janninck

Attraction Services Company

Oakridge Industries

Jim Love

Barton Engineering Solutions

Pacific Technical Products

Joe Frinzi

BCT Entertainment


John Williams

Beckhoff Automation

Panasonic Hollywood Lab

Josh Maltby

Birket Engineering

Petersen Inc.

Jovan Petrovic

BiTec Production Machining

Philip Beamish

Keith Jones

Black Wolf Production Services

Prism Systems

Luca Bisti

Blind, Ltd.

Pro Sound

Mark Graham

Boulder Associates

Ralph S Alberts Company

Mark Johnson

Brilliant Creative Fabrication

Rando Productions

Mary Webster

Buena Vista Construction Company

Red Canyon Software

Parth Patel

Celtic Engineering

Rose Brand

Phil Toussaint

Chris Reiff

Scenario Cockram

Ramiro Belgardt

Cisco Systems


Ray Dorman

Culver Group

Spectral Motion

Renee Ruthel

D.D. Pagano Inc.


Richard Adams

Dougherty Manufacturing

Tampa Armature Works

Ron Johnson

Dowco Group


Shawn Murphy

Duluth Coating Solutions, Inc.

Technomedia Solutions

Tex Kadonaga

E2M Technologies


Trae Rushing



William Ross

Eric Kissler

Tokistar Lighting


TWT Group

Special Thanks To

Ficcadenti Waggoner and Castle Structural Engineers

Uni-Systems Engineering

Bob Chapek


Finish Hardware Technology

Bob Iger

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering

Fluidmesh Networks

George Lucas


J.J. Abrams

Forman & Associates Hansens Welding Hudson Scenic Studio Icarus Exhibits InDepth Engineering InterAmerica Stage Jenoptik Optical Systems Jensen Hughes Jervis Webb Jon Richards Company Kevin Parent Kraft Fluid Systems LA ProPoint

Kathleen Kennedy

Key Partners

Michelle Rejwan

Aidan Bradley

Neil Scanlan

Alessandro Erta

Ram Bergman

Andrea Orioli

Rian Johnson

Andrew Dudman Andrew McMillan Brian Kennedy Chris Manson Chris Wessels David Gaskins David Hage


TAIT Navigator Automation Platform Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Technological Innovation of Industry Significance


AIT Navigator Automation Platform seamlessly enhances themed experiences by effortlessly controlling tens of thousands of show control elements in attractions and nighttime spectaculars. Driven by theme park trends and feedback from industry leaders, TAIT Navigator delivers a unified attraction show control product that provides operators with single millisecond precision and an intuitive, pointand-click software interface. TAIT Navigator Automation Platform was originally developed by Scott Fisher more than a decade ago, and TAIT bought his company to access his innovative control technology. Since then, the system has undergone many upgrades and is primarily used to control major attractions that include live performers. It has also been used to control fountain attractions and major theme park rides, as well as spectacular live shows and stunt shows. The system consists of standard industrial computers (nodes) running TAIT Navigator software. Each node can operate independently for commissioning and maintenance purposes. Nodes instantly operate together by simply connecting them to the network to coordinate effects and scenes. This plug-and-play approach is innovative: a single TAIT Navigator node installed on a ride vehicle can run a vast array of tasks such as lighting, audio, animation, motion bases, and special effects. This hardware agnostic platform not only allows a system designer to tailor the physical size and processing power of a system to meet the projects’ unique needs, it also provides a product sustainability path that ensures the guest experience is reliable and safe. TAIT Navigator has revolutionized how highly realistic, immersive, engaging themed attractions are brought to life. In order to provide the greatest creative flexibility, the one-millisecond synchronization technology within TAIT Navigator makes every


transition seamless and allows for very precise adjustment of show systems. This synchronization works across the challenging environment of wireless networks. The level of precision allows guests to experience a whole new assortment of technical effects, such as 3D sound sources created by phaseshifted audio tracks across multiple speakers, in real time. TAIT Navigator’s “Library Cues” also allow programmers to create reusable cueing components that can be applied in multiple locations across an attraction. This removes the need to manage downloading programs to fleets of vehicles. Performer and guest safety are primary attributes of the system. With built-in support for a large suite of industrial communication protocols, TAIT Navigator communicates natively with the local ride system PLC. This allows show programmers to create much more sophisticated event triggers. TAIT Navigator is a premium control system that has the potential to grow in popularity and significance within the themed entertainment industry.

Official Credits List - TAIT Navigator Automation Platform TAIT Navigator Team

Matthew Tonks

Robin Tarling

Andy Stieber

Scott Levine

Rowly Walker Sam Perry

Bryan Heiser Chris Wessels

Business Development

Sarah Turney

Eric Wise

Aaron Siebert

Shannon Nickerson

Ethan Bennett

Adam "Bullet" Bettley

Sonya Morris

Ethan Pendergraft

Ben Gasper

Stuart Baker

Jim Love

David Bond

Todd Vernon

John Welch

James Chapman

Lesa Snider

Justin Toone

Controls Design

Maksym Ivanchuk

Matt Hales

Adam Piotrowski

Mike Sibley

Ted Moore

Andy Hyatt

Mykhailo Kobryn

Thijs Bruins

Carl Hayday

Myroslav Havrylyuk

Toby Van Hay

Christopher Peterson

Oleh Derevenko

Towako Yagura

Duane Turner

Scott Chalfant

Felxi Mao

Taras Hrechyn

Project Management

Julian Hoare

Viktor Tertyshnyy

Adam Stowe

Matthew Bettinger

Alex Serrano

Ryan Hunter

Global Executives

Carl Cordes

Steve Tarling

Adam Davis

Dimitri Grant

Ben DiCarlo

Emma Reichard

Controls Engineering

Bob Rathsam

Erick Fields

Brett Porter

Christian Recknagel

Italo Toniutti

Chloe Shriner

Eric Grossman

James Taylor

Deng Zhou

James “Winky” Fairorth

Jay Wang

Donald Young

Mary Huwaldt

Jim Shumway

Himesh Dhorajiwala

Julian Goldman

Imantas Slenys

Global Senior Leadership

Kevin Donnelly

Jason Goldenberg

Alistair Bell

Kim Ross

Joe Au

Avery White

Lee Ashley

Karl Erickson

Brian Levine

Logan Lower

Marcus Hunt

Dave Weatherhead

Marco Van Leeuwen

Mark Brown

Gemma Hodgson

Mario Van Den Biggelaar

Matt Brockis

Jennifer Kurland

Mary Morrison

Matt Hayes

Kevin Taylor

Matthew Stott

Miguel Bernal Alvarez

Nick Belton

Nikki Clarke


Oliver Brown

Patrick Plashko

Elliot Smith

Phil Mitchell

Peter May

Eric Schmehl

Rawi Fayad

Phillip Toussaint

Gaby Werkman,

Ray Dorman

Suzanna Paulos

Keith Steward

Rhys Denegri

Thanasis Anagnostopoulos


Official Credits cont'd - TAIT Navigator Automation Platform Controls Integration

Marc Thomas

Morgan Erb

Alex Weisman

Melody Wong

Shane Ekis

Alexander Sperandio

Menno Van Wetten

Weston Chambers

Amber Stanley

Mike Sharp

Andrew Penney

Mike Warren


Andy Wellons

Robert Goldshear

Ahkar Aung

Ashley Allen

Sam Hillyer

Alex Carver

Becca Terpenning

Sofia Li

Allan Mayes

Brett Smith

Steve Farquhar

Ant Vitale

Charlotte Lockyer

Steven Snow

Ciprian Maftei

Chris Chan

Tom Richter

Cody O’Dell

Chris Herb

Torryn Smith

Colin Wilson

David Greatrex

Yoni Carver

Craig Roberts

Emily Talbott

Gavin Wells

Frank Jaramillo

Controls Fabrication and Testing

Gordon Burrows

Gio Angotti

Brandon Nixdorf

Jacob Obermeier

Imantas Slenys

Du Luu

James Dorrington

Jack Dangremond

Jared McDonald

Jamie Cordell

Jimmy Southworth

JC Evans

Jay Withee

Joe Eckstein

Joe Kershner

Jeronimo Carbi

Jordan Steele

Jordan Leed

Kevin Ford

Josh Levin

Kelsey White

Marco Risorto

Lex Wang

Matthew Manley

Mark Hatt Michael Lee Mike Gutierrez Mike Norris Paul Hollingbery Raffaele Buono Regan Kelly Rico Sylvester Robert Pooley Thiago Machado Tony Surita Vicky Hamilton Zac Pelentrides

Marketing Kierston Powell

Special Thanks Scott Fisher Industry Partners at WDI Industry Partners at Universal Creative





Celebrating over 25 years of lighting design for Architecture • Attractions • The Arts Visual Terrain congratulates all of our fellow 2021 Thea Award recipients for their outstanding achievements. We extend a special thank you to Steve Ryan and the entire ShoConcepts Project Team for including us in the beautiful Jewel Changi Airport project. Congratulations CapitaMalls Asia Limited and Changi Airport Group PTE LTD! Visual Terrain congratulates the amazing Bob Weis as a most deserving recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award, recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements. Since 1995, Visual Terrain has been honored to be a part of 15 Thea Award recipient project teams! We are proud to have been on the THEA Gala Production teams in 2005-2009, 2015-2017, 2019. In 2020, Visual Terrain launched a Germicidal Lighting Advisory Group to help Themed Entertainment reopen. We also introduced Luminous Terrain™, a large interactive outdoor nighttime lighting experience, available now globally.

Luminous Terrain™ An outdoor interactive lighting experience.

Germicidal Lighting Advisory Group Pandemics & Pathogens

The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride Lionsgate Entertainment World, Zhuhai, China

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Attraction


he Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride is one of the anchor attractions at Lionsgate Entertainment World, a new theme park that opened in July 2019 on Hengqin Island, China. It is a multi-rider, multi-sensory, interactive virtual reality (VR) experience: Guests climb aboard their own motorbikes, each with its own, multi-axis motion platform. A lightweight, individually sanitized, plastic frame fits over each guest’s face and, once they are secured on their bikes, the VR screen and hardware lower from the ceiling and magnetically click into place on the headset frame. Riders are greeted by Jacob, and he introduces them to their mission: to ride out with the wolf pack to find and put a stop to the volatile and unpredictable vampire newborns prowling the forest. In VR, the garage opens, and the riders race off into the forest. Wind and the smell of pine further enhance the forest ride. Each rider has control of their speed and

direction, and they can see other riders doing the same. Maneuvering through the forest, riders are chased and attacked by the newborns. The wolf pack rushes to defend the guests, who are in peril of crashing and being thrown from their bikes. Racing across a bridge, the guests reunite and are led back to the safety of Jacob’s garage. This fantastic adventure, Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride, is unique in being a multi-rider, high-capacity, interactive virtual reality experience to open as a major theme park attraction. Debuting a new ride system, Midnight Ride utilizes motorcycles mounted on individual motion bases coupled with real time VR that together actively respond to rider interaction. The combination of VR with simulator technology and group gaming software affords each guest the ability to choose their own path while still being able to interact with other riders. The VR headset system facilitates a quick and efficient ride load and unload, while at the same time providing for a simple and effective cleaning system. All the elements of Midnight Ride come together in a truly cohesive, compelling and exceptional experience, a shining example of excellence.


Official Credits List - The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride LIONSGATE PROJECT TEAM

Catherine Chan

Thinkwell Group Project Team

Jenefer Brown, EVP & Head, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment

Eric Yang

Kelly Ryner, Project Executive Producer

Gene Rogers, VP, Global Live, & Location Based Entertainment Jerry Sabatini, VP, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment Kirsten Taylor-Hall, VP, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment Ryan Gallego, Director, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment Arabella Weston-Smith, Sr Manager, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment Erin Wilson, Coordinator, Global Live, Interactive, & Location Based Entertainment Eva Feder, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs Hana Gandi, Attorney Alex Spring-Anderson, Business & Legal Affairs David Edwards, SVP, Content Strategy Development & Integration Meghann Burns, SVP, Global Earned Media & Communications Justin Yu, Director, Global Live & Location Based Entertainment Emily Movahed, Manager, Global Live & Location Based Entertainment Lori Giovengo, Manager, Global Live & Location Based Entertainment

Paul Redding, Project Executive Director


Matt Parker, Lead Creative Director

Clark Kirby, CEO Village Roadshow

Scott Sun, Show Set Design Lead

Alistair Bennallack, CEO Village Roadshow Theme Parks Asia

Cloud Li, Show Set Design

Selena Magill, Executive General Manager Village Roadshow Theme Parks Asia

Jie Zhou, Show Set Design

Dave Cobb, Creative Director

Jessenia Chen, Show Set Design Wengjie Wang, Show Set Design Nathan Amondson, Production Designer


Charles Dong, 3D Illustrator

Adrian Summers, Director Technical Services Asia

Apple Zhang, Artist/Illustrator

Llewella McNabb, Operations Manager Australia Brea Lawrence, Operations Specialist Australia

Yong Yan, Graphic Designer Nicole Harada, Concept Graphic Designer Jen Chow, Concept Graphic Designer

Brett Couper, Technical Services Specialist Australia

Ryan Kester, Project Manager

Mika Yanaka, Director of Finance Asia

Darcy Jaw, Graphics Manager

Charlie Castles, Audio Visual Specialist Australia

Sherrie Dai, Art Director

Joyce Lie, SVP Asia Luke Riley, Chief Commercial Officer Asia James Lie, Director of International Development Asia Ivan Wen, Sr Manager Theme Park Projects Asia Josh Cooper, Technical Services Trainer Australia Dan Fulwood, Technical Services Australia


Kate Zhang, Project Coordinator

Tony Lusk, Sr Technical Manager Sylvain Marcotte, Technical Design Manager Yihua Huang, Technical Manager Emily Ritter, Production Manager Alison Kane, Media Producer Lester Zhu, Project Manager Ericka Maatman, Coordinator Peiang Li, Translator Jon Sipos, Technical Director Leslie Li, Project Accountant

Jon Feltheimer, CEO


Michael Burns, Vice Chairman

Rick Zeng, Director of Sales & Marketing

Joe Drake, Chairman, Motion Picture Group

Royston Lee, Director of Operations

Spencer Li, Construction Coordinator/ Translator

Paul Yang, Director of Technical Services

Raymond Lin, Technical Manager

Jen Hollingsworth, COO, Motion Picture Group

Gary Shao, Attractions Ops Manager

Matt Lawrence, Lighting Design Manager


Cindy Yang, Admissions & Guest Services Manager

Dr. Peter Lam

Janice Chen, Park Services Manager

John Tse

Mackey Li, Maintenance Manager

Larry Leung

Martin Cui, Assistant Maintenance Manager

Paul Chan Mercury Wong

David Zhou, Safety & Security Manager

Dou Bo, Props Master

Jeremy Liang, Site Coordinator Ivy Lin, Document Control

Thinkwell Group Executive Leadership Randy Ewing, Executive Design Director Craig Hanna, Executive Creative Director


Official Credits cont'd - The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride Joe Zenas, CEO Thinkwell Group

Subcontractors to Cockram Scenario

Jed Fisher, Animator

Francois Bergeron, COO & CFO Thinkwell Group


Emma Ewing, Animator

Golden Mantis

Ian Potsos Animator


Kent Rausch, Line Producer

Park & Associates

Bruno Reis-Coimbra, Modeller

Adam Lajoie, HR Recruitment & Logistics

Cockram Scenario Tom Stapleton, VP Scenario Asia Steven Rambousek, Director of Design Larry Reinhold, Director of Manufacturing and Installation Colin Lonergan, Project Executive David Somerville, Project Director Matthew King, Project Director Palig Demirjian, Project Manager of Show Set Blake Hellyar, Project Manager of Show Systems


Grand Central Sound Studios Framestore

Sound Designer: Steve Lane

Lauren Anderson, Senior Producer

Audio Developer: Mirren Malcolm-Neale

Gavin Fox, Creative Director

Audio Producer: Mike Hill

Adam Sargent, Producer

Tim Burns, Composer

Max McNair MacEwan, Producer Danny Lepage, Technical Lead

CAVU Designwerks, Inc.

Marc-Andre Larose, Producer

Peter Schnabel, Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Confos, Production Coordinator

Mark Stepanian, Chief Experience Officer

Amanda Johnstone-Batt, CG Supervisor

Han Xiao, Director of Global Operations

Brad Silby, Animation Lead

Yuyi Zhao, Project Coordinator Jinhui Zhao, Project Engineer Nero Li, Electro-mechanical Engineer Chen Zhi, Project Engineer Jordan Barner, Project Engineer David Moghaddam, Mechanical Engineer Tyler Blankenship, Mechanical Engineer

DreamCraft Attractions Ltd. Vernon McGugan, Chief Executive Officer Chris Robertson, Innovation Technical Director Rob Barrett, Chief Operating Officer Terry Sanderson, Producer Johnwill Keating, Software Engineer Geoff Johns, Software Engineer Ben Wilson, Senior Software Engineer Darren Keetley, Quality Assurance Lead and IT Jason Constantine, Quality Assurance Jordan Ivey, Lead Audio Designer Simmi Behal, Project Coordinator Amy Walter, Artist

SPECIAL THANKS Stephanie Meyer Taylor Lautner



Dale Sprague TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award


ale Sprague has been named by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to receive the TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award, which honors exceptional service to the organization, above and beyond the norm. Giving back in this manner is the lifeblood of an association such as TEA that relies in great part on a dedicated community of volunteers. TEA announces the new Distinguished Service Award recipient each year at the same time as the new slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients. For some two decades, Dale Sprague has generously provided his own time and talents to TEA, as well as those of his professional staff at Canyon Creative, a branding and marketing agency based in Las Vegas, with clientele that includes major casino operators as well as hospitality, entertainment and retail. Dale has made himself and his company available as a resource to our association year after year. He has interfaced with the TEA International Board, TEA Headquarters, TEA Divisions, Committees and the membership. To his role within TEA, as an artist, designer and small business owner in his own right, Dale has brought an intimate understanding of and commitment to our unique, creative industry. His many years as a volunteer leader within TEA include six years’ service on the TEA International Board of Directors. He has shown up and contributed his time, voice and perspective to Board meetings, Committee meetings and the annual Strategic Planning Meeting, year after year. Dale and his team have been an expert design and resource to help TEA assume a more consistent, professional face and brand identity, online and offline. Dale brought this expertise and understanding to the design of the current TEA logo and its various iterations for TEA Divisions, conferences, NextGen and more. He has been a constant resource for maintaining and


improving the TEA website. He has continued to be available to weigh in when new branding concerns or needs crop up. Throughout his many years of service to the TEA, Dale Sprague has been generous, tireless and dedicated, a deep and patient listener with a gracious and warm demeanor. His contributions have helped TEA to strengthen its brand consistently across regions and around the world, and to achieve the global status the organization enjoys today. Dale Sprague truly embodies the spirit of service and the legacy of the late Peter Chernack, the TEA Past President for whom the TEA Distinguished Service Award is named.


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