I have always had a deep passion for theme parks, in particular special effects, animatronics, and themed attractions with their ability to immerse visitors in stories.
I recently worked as an Associate Special Effects Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering Anaheim where I was one of the creative leaders for a reimagining of a soon to reopen classic attraction, my work included art directing, designing, media creation, and prototyping. Previous experience includes working at Universal Studios Hollywood as a Special Effects Technical Supervisor for Halloween Horror Nights and a yearlong internship at Walt Disney Imagineering in Anaheim California. For my internship I worked with the animatronics and special effects teams in Anaheim ensuring show quality standards as well as designing and implementing new experiences and enhancements.
I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Design and Minor in Digital Arts and Experimental Media from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to finishing my B.A. I studied and sang opera professionally, while in my free time experimenting with animatronics and ride designs. The Drama Design program was supportive of my interest in themed entertainment, and enabled me to steer my course projects towards themed experiences. As part of my minor, the Mechatronic Art series provided me the opportunity to combine creative design, circuit building, programming, and fabrication to create small interactive experiences.
In the autumn of 2015, I was team leader for a project designed for the 25th Annual Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. Our project, Mickey's Magic Garden, won First Place in January 2016 during a week long trip to Imagineering's headquarters in Glendale, CA.
Ever since my first visit to Disneyland I’ve seen a future in expanding the ability of theme parks and rides to create more complex and emotionally moving experiential narratives. I hope to be a part of creating that future.