Laura Frank spent her early career establishing herself as a top lighting programmer with projects spanning rock tours with David Bowie and Madonna, to Broadway shows like Spamalot and television events like the Concert for NY. As the media server market started to evolve, Laura made the shift to screen content and control.
After a decade of refining a media delivery workflow, she established herself as a Screens Producer leading a highly regarded Media Operations team for prominent events around the world. Her shows included the MTV Video Music Awards, The Game Awards, the Turner Upfront and the CMA Music Awards.
Currently Laura is focused on education, community development and consulting for live events & virtual production.
Matthew Ward founded the boutique company Tekamaki and co-founded Element Labs, the first company to successfully establish itself at the intersection of lighting and video.
Element Labs’ products won awards at PLASA, Lightfair, and LDI. The company released a series of unique products between 2003 and 2008 that defined entirely new segments in the LED market including Versa TILE, Versa TUBE, Stealth, and Cobra.
Matt is part of R&D at Fuse Technical Group and is Head of Product at Superlumenary, a product design and consulting company focused on the hardware development for the entertainment technology industry.
Members of the Board
Following an MSc in Media Technology & Engineering and an MSc in Architectural Lighting Design, David started his career at renowned digital art practice United Visual Artists (2008-2011) the original creators of d3 media server, now named disguise. David continued his career as the first Consulting Lead for d3 Technologies before establishing the video consulting studio BAJT in 2012, before co-founding Bild in 2017.
Fusing visual design, technology and production management, David continues to develop cutting-edge projects combining architecture, stage, performance, art and technology.
Sarah Cox started her professional career as a Stage Manager at the Comedy Store in London but fell in love with the emerging digital video industry for “live” in the mid-noughties. She has spent every day since, immersed at the cutting edge of video technology, assisting companies looking to adopt new workflows within the live experience, broadcast and immersive installation realms.
Sarah spends her time connecting with people and working as a translator between commercial and technical needs. She works with the commercial teams of the industry’s leading technology companies, helping them tell their story, grow their communities and nurture the next generation of talent. In 2022, she launched her own company, Neutral Human. Focused on bridging the gap between the ever changing world of technology and business.
TJ Donoghue has over 20 years expertise in leading teams designing and installing complex video playback and interactive systems for entertainment and experiential events. A known technical expert, team leader, and consultant with the ability to achieve creative goals despite production challenges.
Work should be a challenge, it should be compelling, and it should be a good experience for the crew as well as the client.
Sharon Huizinga has been a lighting and projection designer, programmer and educator for over 20 years, living and working around the world and in many different areas of our industry.
She spent years touring the world with a variety of music artists as well as designing for theatre, dance, opera, and corporate events. She was most recently living in Amsterdam where she was working for the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, for ETC as the Field Project Coordinator for Northern Europe, and teaching at the Academy voor Theatre en Dance Amsterdam. She is is currently head of the MFA lighting program at University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and is really interested in the intersections of art, technology, psychology and spirituality in education and in life.
Ben Nicholson is 20 year veteran of motion design and the visual content production community. He has produced and created visuals for iconic moments, shows, bands and brands for and with some of the best creatives in the business.
Currently, he teaches animation, technology, production and creative processes full time in the Emerging Technologies in Business and Design Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio He is passionate about pushing the envelope of what is possible in the live environment, designing sound creative business practices and educating and inspiring the next wave of content creators.
Across his work on some of the largest music, corporate, broadcast, and esport projects, J.T. Rooney and his teams have pushed the limits of creative design and execution for live entertainment.
J.T. began his career creating immersive visuals and controlled advanced systems for the New World Symphony, later joining creative agency Lightborne for commercial production. After pushing into touring and live entertainment projects, he joined the team at Silent Partners Studios where he was across projects for international artists and brands including Super Bowl Halftime Shows, International arena and stadium tours, and esports championships. J.T. came together with his collaborators to create XR Studios in 2020, and he currently splits his time across Montreal, London, and LA.
Shelly Sabel is a NYC-based designer and creative director, who recently joined the team at Fuse. Her 25-year design career spans art, fashion, theater, dance, live events, immersive experiences, and virtual production.
Favorite projects involve storytelling through content and experiences that showcase emergent technologies as well as then getting those technologies into the hands of a broader spectrum of artists. As a creative producer, she communicates clients’ visions with technology teams to create strong communities and push the boundaries of what can be accomplished.
Shelly holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is an adjunct faculty member.