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.
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.
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.
Rachel Nicholson is Head of Institution at the Academy of Live Technology. Her research interests include technology as performance, lighting design and digital scenography.
Rachel is interested in furthering her experience of the design and development of new courses in scenography and technology for live events.
Elburz Sorkhabi is the co-founder of The Interactive & Immersive HQ and one of the top TouchDesigner developers in the world. He brings insight he has used to lead clients including Google, Kanye West, Netflix, TIFF, Burj Khalifa, Nike, Under Armour, IBM, and many more. Elburz has deployed large-scale projects around the world from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Scotland, and Paris.