Miziker Entertainment, the themed entertainment company behind dozens of award winning shows, parades, media-based attractions, and memorable guest experiences, will host a 3-day mentorship and professional development weekend for eight qualified students from SCAD’s (Savannah College of Art & Design) pioneering undergraduate and graduate programs in themed entertainment design and related disciplines.
The weekend, known as MiZ Wknd + SCAD => LA 2020, will include roundtable sessions with industry leaders, tours of local companies and attractions, a guided trip through Disneyland and portfolio reviews with the Miziker Entertainment team.
In view of the current pandemic, exact dates for this program are yet to be determined and will depend on the rate of recovery for the industry and the region.
“We want to help shepherd young people into our unique and rewarding industry, which is a highly creative field that runs on teamwork,” says CEO Charlotte Huggins. “The themed entertainment sector will recover; people will return to the parks and the industry will continue to grow and mature around the world. There’s a need for artists, illustrators, character developers, writers, costume designers, composers, media producers, technical designers and more. It’s an ongoing need and not just in LA and Orlando – we’re doing projects around the globe.”
Miziker Entertainment is a 35-year creative design company serving the themed entertainment industry. Under the leadership of Ryan Miziker (Chief Creative Officer) and Charlotte Huggins (CEO), Miziker’s collaboration with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will help cultivate the next wave of location based entertainment professionals in the global attractions industry.
Over the past 15 years universities have begun to develop formal curriculum for the themed entertainment sector and industry veterans are giving back as professors and mentors to help candidates navigate the unique, multidisciplinary field. Miziker is seeking to provide leadership from today’s theme park and special venue giants for tomorrow’s brightest to excel in technique and business best practices.
Matt Triolo, SCAD director of career and alumni success, said, “This valuable collaboration between SCAD and Miziker offers a priceless enrichment opportunity for students and demonstrates SCAD’s leadership as the preeminent source of knowledge in themed entertainment design.”
“If, five years from now, just one of these students is working anywhere in the industry, we’ll feel it was a success,” says Huggins. “We’re doing it for the good of the industry. We need to inspire and engage with young people in the same spirit that Walt Disney founded CalArts.”
For more on the story, visit Miziker’s press release HERE.