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Contact: Mary Beth McLaughlin, Scenic Solutions LLC Email: Phone: 937-866-5062 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   BISHOP BRINGS THIRTY YEARS OF TECHNICAL THEATRE EXPERTISE AND PASSION FOR QUALITY TO THE SCENIC SOLUTIONS TEAM. Dayton, Ohio, June 28, 2021 – Scenic Solutions is pleased to welcome Veronica R. Bishop as Senior Project Manager. This is a new position […]


Contact: Mary Beth McLaughlin, Scenic Solutions LLC Email: Phone: 937-866-5062 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   A MANDATORY PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN ALLOWED SCENIC SOLUTIONS TO FIND NEW GROWTH DURING THE UNCERTAIN TIMES OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY’S “INTERMISSION.”  Dayton, Ohio, March 1, 2021 – After a year of industry uncertainty, Scenic Solutions stands ready for the entertainment industry […]

Matt “Motts” Tabor, Project Manager

Motts grew up in Cleveland and his family is part of Cleveland’s Hungarian-American population (at one time, it was estimated that Cleveland was second only to Budapest for the largest concentration of Hungarian people.) “I’m fluent in Hungarian. I grew up speaking both Hungarian and English at home. I attended Hungarian school and Hungarian Scouts […]

Jeff Young, Carpenter-Fabricator

We’re not sure why, but Jeff Young is always smiling. And it’s hard not to smile back at someone with such a sunny disposition. This month, we’re celebrating Jeff’s one-year employment anniversary as a Scenic Solutions carpenter-fabricator. Jeff has been building things all his life. He started helping his father when he was four-years old, […]

Jon Lamm, Lead Install Technician

Just out of Wright State University and fresh from The Zoot Theatre, Jon Lamm joined Scenic Solutions in June of 2012. Eight years later, Jon is still with us as our Lead Install Technician—and we keep him busy! Over the past year Jon has accomplished twelve major installs, as well as various minor installs, repairs,  and […]

Darion, Project Manager

We recently celebrated Darion’s three-year Scenic Solutions employment anniversary, but the big news is that he earned his ETCP Rigger – Theatre certification in January. And then there’s the OSHA 30-Hour card, and the TWIC card! This guy doesn’t stop!

MacKenzie Perin, Fabricator

MacKenzie joined Scenic Solutions a little over a year ago, right after graduating from Wright State University. This first year at Scenic Solutions brought a number of new experiences, including working as part of our install crew for the Blue Man Group’s North America Tour.

Tom Sellars, Project Manager

Tom’s career in the entertainment industry spans 30-years, and he attributes some of his success to the people he’s met along the way. “I’ve worked with some of the best people in the business, they’ve become my good friends, and they’ve taught me a lot. I’m very grateful for all of them.”

Kate Santucci, Artisan

Just over a year ago, Kate Santucci joined Scenic Solutions to work as an artisan in both softgoods and in our paint department. At the time, we were building floats for Royal Caribbean’s Anchor’s Aweigh! parade. Kate says, ” I did a LOT of quilting last year when we were building the parade floats–super fun! […]


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), have designated the guidelines for Ohio to get back to work. For the past six-weeks, the Scenic Solutions’ team has done its part to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Now that we’re back to work we will continue to follow CDC and ODH guidelines to […]

Using Fast Food to Discover a Culture

COVID-19 Stay-At-Home orders have forced all of us to see our lives through a new lens. In this article, Scenic Solutions’ Art Director Josh McEwen looks at how the fast food he’s encountered, while on the road for international client installs, has given him the opportunity to look at other cultures through a new lens.

Quentin Gonzalez, Carpenter

We recently celebrated the employment anniversary of Scenic Solutions’ carpenter, Quentin Gonzalez. He started sharpening his skills doing construction trades in high school. He’s worked in HVAC, plumbing and other construction jobs building for both hospital construction and the military.

Jesse, Carpenter and Metal Worker

Jesse has the skills to work not only in our carpentry shop, but also in our metal shop–which he really enjoys. He says, “Something about loud noises and sparks flying gets my blood pumping! I enjoy the work, the environment, and the people I work with. Totally different atmosphere coming from the food industry. It’s […]

Joel Slanker, Lead Welder

This month we celebrate the one year anniversary of our Lead Welder, Joel Slanker. When it comes to metal, this man is an artist.   He first learned welding when he worked as head carpenter for Dayton’s The Human Race Theatre Company. He sharpened his welding skills at Sinclair College and the College-Conservatory of Music […]

Katia Makhlouf, Soft Goods Team Leader

This week we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of Katia Makhlouf, our Soft Goods Team Leader. Katia learned her skills early in life–her mother has a sewing business in Bejaia, Algeria and taught Katia how to apply beading to garments when she was a child. By the time she was in high school, she would spend […]

Bringing the Light Back to the Schuster Center

This summer, we were proud to partner with Victoria Theatre Association on a very special project: replacing and updating the dome and architectural accent lights that are part of the house lights for the Mead Theatre in the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio.

J.J. Slanker, Crew Member

This week, we’re celebrating J.J. Slanker’s Scenic Solutions anniversary. Whether working at Scenic Solutions, or with the Local, J.J. is an asset on the crew with a sunny disposition and a subtle expertise. We’re so glad she’s part of our team!

Tien Cao, Project Manager

“It’s a process. Take it one step at a time and you’ll get through it.” Cool. Calm. Organized. And smart. Tien Cao has returned to Scenic Solutions to help us manage, and install, the set for Blue Man Group’s Speechless Tour.

Lighting Equipment: Focus on the Long Term

Our Lead Service Technician, Jon Lamm, is on the road every week helping our clients to update their facilities with better lighting and rigging equipment. He recently shared this: “Always focus on your infrastructure. In the long term, this will serve you the best. It’s worth the biggest investment. Getting new lights that do pretty […]

Darion Lee, Fabrication

 Today we’re celebrating Darion Lee’s 2-year Scenic Solutions anniversary! Darion wears many hats at Scenic Solutions. Depending on the needs of the show, he might be a Carpenter, an Installer, a Project Manager, or a Draftsman. Darion came to us with a theatre background. His first show in high school was The Music Man. He […]

Eric McNutt, Lead Shop Electrician

Today we’re celebrating Eric McNutt’s 7-year Scenic Solutions anniversary! Instead of theatre, Eric came to us from the electronics industry. One of his first projects for Scenic Solutions was to help build a set for Blue Man Group. Today he is our Lead Shop Electrician–very suitable because he’s tinkered with electronics all his life. He […]

Josh McEwen, Art Director

Yesterday we celebrated Josh’s ‘Sweet Sixteen’ — Josh has been with Scenic Solutions for 16 years. Like many of us, his theatre experience started in high school. He earned his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, with a dual emphasis in Costume Design and Scenic Art, from Wright State University. Prior to joining Scenic Solutions, […]

USITT 2019 Reflections

Andrew, our Systems Engineer and Sales Manager, was in Louisville last week attending #USITT19. During our debrief with him, he told us: “One of the best parts about attending USITT is re-connecting with old friends, colleagues, and mentors who I haven’t seen for a while. I really enjoy catching up, and discovering how they’ve grown […]

Theatre in our Schools: 2019

The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society have partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) to sponsor Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Month in March to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. […]

An Ounce of Prevention…

October is National Fire Prevention Month. For theatre professionals, the fires at the Iroquois Theatre in 1903, and the Station nightclub one hundred years later, are cautionary tales that illuminate the work we do to keep our colleagues and audience safe. As magical as it can be for our patrons, any performance space is an environment filled […]

Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

  Who’s afraid of the dark is an appropriate question to be asking as we approach the season of ghosts, ghouls, and assorted monsters knocking at our doors demanding their sweet tribute. In the performing arts industry, we all know the value of the perfect blackout. But as theatre professionals, we are the guardians of our […]

Fire Suppression in the Theatre

As theatre professionals, our goal is to provide our audience with an enjoyable—and safe—theatre experience. Knowledge of our theatre’s fire suppression systems is essential. If you’ve worked in a proscenium theatre, you’ve been exposed to some of the specialty fire equipment that’s used. Current systems can be one type or a mix of the systems outlined […]

Curtains, Scenery and Flame Retardant Fabric

  Today is Fire Prevention Day, a good day to think about flame retardant and how it relates to our industry. The information presented here is based on standards from the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA) and industry best practices. It’s important to note that following these guidelines may not be enough to meet the […]

When Things Go Bad

Many of the fire safety practices and regulations we have today are a direct result of a past theatre tragedy. Two such tragedies are Chicago’s Iroquois Theatre fire in 1903 and the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island. Both of these events killed hundreds of people and serve as examples of how […]

Is Your Theatre Safe from Fire?

October is National Fire Prevention Month. At home, we might think about maintenance on our smoke detectors, or teaching the kids to stop, drop, and roll. But as theatre professionals, it’s our duty to make sure our colleagues (working both onstage and offstage) and our guests (the audience) enjoy a safe experience while gathering in […]