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Mentors for 2021 (in alphabetical order)
Alyssa Kyranakis [UH-LEE-SUH] Kyranakis is a Southern California native with a creative, adventurer spirit. She has spent the last few years designing and working for the leading entertaining and creative companies like Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative.
Heidi Hirsch: Reveal Studios director of Project Development, creative producer, project and design manager, art director, interior designer, and production designer. Experience: Wyatt Design Group, RivaCreative USA, Motiongate Theme Park and Bollywood Theme Park in Dubai, Sony Development and Universal Studios Hollywood. Walt Disney Imagineering on Splash Mountain in Florida, Mickey’s ToonTown, Disneyland Paris, and MGM Studio Tours.
Louis Alfieri: Principal and Chief Creative Officer of Raven. Former Sr. Creative Director for Universal Creative on projects such as Transformers: The Ride-3D, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Land of Oz, and Hollywood Dream – The Ride
Mel McGowan creatively leads Storyland Studios’s unique, multidisciplinary Spatial Storytelling℠ practice. He combines his background in film and design with a decade-long stint at the Walt Disney Company to create a team synergy inspired by Disney’s original Imagineers, designers, and fabricators.
Phil Raybourn has worked in theatre, film, and commercials for over 30 years and is a Creative Principal at Raybourn Creative.Creative director, event concept designer, and producer for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, developing and designing attractions, shows, and kiosks for the award-winning Food and Wine Festival. His creation and design of haunted attractions and experiences for Howl-O-Scream ranks consistently in the top 10 of theme park Halloween events.
Stacy Barton: Over two decades as show Writer/Experience Designer: for Disney parks live Entertainment, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Busch Gardens, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, Bollywood Parks Dubai,Ringling Bros, Norwegian Caribbean Lines and Six Flags.
Theron Skees is the former Vice President, Creative Portfolio Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering and is the founder of The Designer’s Creative Studio. His nearly 30 year career includes the Tower of Terror attractions, Disney Springs, The Magic of Walt Disney Animation, Hong Kong Disneyland Imagineering Studio and resort expansion including Imaginations Asia launch and finally, the Disney Cruise Line portfolio and Castaway Cay.
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