Kaye is founder and principal of SKD with 30 years of experience as a designer, educator, and consultant. Projects have taken him to nearly all fifty states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has a long and successful history of design for entertainment and the education of entertainment designers and technicians of the future. He has completed projects for schools, professional venues and conversions, and restorations of historical facilities. He has served as the director of the design program at the University of Florida from 1999-2003 and 2011-present. He holds membership in United Scenic Artists local 829, the Illuminating Engineers Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers. His academic credentials include the Associate in Arts from Kingsborough Community College City, University of New York; the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College; and the Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work as a designer and consultant spans thirty years of experience ensuring successful, on-time, and on-budget performance facilities for a variety of projects. He especially enjoys the challenges of renovations and restorations to
Combining an interest in photography, the human visual system, entertainment design, and museum artifact illumination, he has developed a deep knowledge and expertise in lighting design and technology for performance facilities of all types as well as architecture and museums. He runs the graduate MFA lighting design program, and coordinates all the theatrical design and technology programs at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His lighting lab includes the use of full scale "mock--up" capabilities, three dimensional virtual environments, and a unique fiber optics testing lab with sophisticated control apparatus for design development and research. He has worked with material scientists at the University to analyze many of the new solid state light sources now emerging.
Mr. Frayer is Chair and Executive Director of the Department of Theater and the Nevada Conservatory Theater at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and has taught at Dartmouth College, West Virginia University, and the University of Florida . He recently designed Oedipus at Polonus at the Delphi theater in Greece , for the International Ancient Greek Theater Festival. Regional design credits include work with Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Las Vegas , Seven Stages-Atlanta, the Hippodrome Theatre, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, The New York Lyric Opera Company, and the American Girl production of Circle of Friends in Chicago . Mr Frayer has been associated with Community performance for 15 years and has designed lighting for productions in Uptown Chicago, Newport News, VA, Union SC, Fort Walton Beach , Florida, Winona Mississippi, and the nationally recognized original production of Swamp Gravy of Colquitt, Georgia, which went on to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C., and the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. He is a member of United Scenic Artists- Local 829. Mr. Frayer earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Steve Woods began his career at the Barter Theater of Virginia. Since then he has enjoyed international success at the Festival Blues Sur Scene and Festival L’Imaginaire and the in Paris as well as productions in Berlin, Moscow, London, Athens, Taipei, Budapest, the XIX Winter Olympics, and dozens of locations around the world. Design credits include work with the Jose Limon Dance Company, and Compania Nacional de Danze (Palacio de Bellas Artes- Mexico City) having designed , "Esquinia Bajan", and "El Pajaro de Fuego", as well as the ballets of John Cranko, "Eugene Onegin" and "Romeo and Juliet". Continuing work in Europe includes "Psalm" for Introdans in the Netherlands and the new musical, "Blind Lemon Blues" having preformed in Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
A frequent designer for the Jose Limon Dance Company, he began work with the company in 1988 and has continued to design many of the Masterworks of Limon .
In New York City his work has been seen at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Theater for a New Audience, Riverside Church, Ohio Theater, York Theater Company, Joyce Theater, Ice Factory Festival, Soho Think Tank, Central Park Summer Stage, Guggenheim Museum, Masters of American Dance, and St. Mark's Theater. Elsewhere his designs have been seen at The Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Undermain Theater, American Dance Festival, Cumberland County Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, The Music Center-Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, TheatreVirginia, Heritage Repertory Theater, Utah Festival Opera, and the Spoleto Festival.
Currently he serves as Professor of Theatre & Chair of the Stage Design Program for the Meadows School of the Arts located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Jeff Pilus is an AIA associate, LEED AP BD+C. and CSI certified in construction documents technology. He is an active member of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Enclosure Council and the building Smart Alliance. He has managed projects representing Owners, Architects, and Contractors from conceptual phases through close out. His expertise in AIA contracts, construction, and general specifications provide that sets of construction documents are clear, concise, complete and consistent with the graphic portions. He has been teaching graduate students in architecture these skills for twelve years, and is an enthusiast educator. He has a unique background of thirty years in the construction business prior to his movement to the design side of the industry. This range of participation provides him with the ability to articulate the concerns of all the invested parties, and is especially beneficial for Integrated Project Delivery systems. His success in solving complex problems in a fair and personable way, on budget and on time, has provided him with a wide range of contacts in industry, government and universities across the country. He specializes in work involving multifaceted complex funding sources that require highly detailed tracking. He immerses himself in the problems and needs of end users in order to insure the veracity of all design solutions. During construction phase he tracks LEED submittals and USGBC certification, and insures that the ratification of all the specified products is spot-on.
Mr. Bedell has 25 years of expertise in technical theatre and lighting design. He has served as technical director and lighting director for Dance Alive National Ballet for more than 25 years touring extensively throughout the nation and internationally.
He has enjoyed several positions at the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance; Shop Foreman, Assistant Technical Director, and Lighting Designer, Currently, he is the Master Electrician for the School and works closely with students faculty, administrators and staff. Todd brings significant depth and breadth of practical knowledge of the requirements of performing arts facilities for educational purposes. Todd constantly has his hands on the latest technological advances and understands how students and faculty interact with them. His sensitivity to this makes him a valued member of our team when laying out and selecting systems
Johnny L. Pettegrew has been the Program Manager of the Entertainment Technology program at Florida State College in Jacksonville since 1993. He was hired at FSCJ to assist in the final design and oversee the construction of the Nathan H. Wilson, Center for the Arts while developing the curriculum for an AS degree in Entertainment Technology. He went to FSCJ after 10 years at Jacksonville University, including 4 years as Chairman of the Theatre Arts Department. His early theatre training included attending Kansas State University for two years before leaving to take a position as Assistant Technical Director for a repertory touring theatre company. His year “on the road” took him to Fredonia New York where two years later he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York in Fredonia NY (1975). He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Production Design from Ohio University (1977). He has been a designer and educator for over 35 years and has designed professionally for both resident and touring companies in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Michigan, New York and Florida. After successfully overseeing the completion of the Wilson Center (opening in 1997), he has been the lead consultant on numerous projects throughout the state of Florida. Projects have been many and varied from the construction of a new “Black Box” theatre at Harrison School of the Arts, in Lakeland FL to a small Proscenium theatre for Amelia Community Theatre, on Amelia Island, and the conversion of a school cafeteria into a multi-function performance venue for Brentwood Elementary School, an Arts Magnet Elementary School in Jacksonville. He has served 3 terms as Vice President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 115 in Jacksonville, and is still the chairman of the Union’s Education Committee. He was 2006 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV Design Fellowship in Lighting Design.
Sarah EC Maines is Head of Design & Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos. Her academic theatre experience includes time as Head of MFA Lighting Design at Florida State University, an MFA earned from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA from the University of Florida. Her professional experience includes Associate and Assistant Design work in commercial theatre such as Jersey Boys and In the Heights. Sarah’s lighting designs include work at La Jolla Playhouse, Florida State Opera, Austin’s ZACH Theatre, and Sea World San Antonio. She has been heavily involved in planning of the new Performing Arts Center at Texas State University, San Marcos.
Charles (Chip) F. Perry serves on the faculty at the University of Central Florida. Chip's professional theatre credits in lighting design include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Lyle the Crocodile and Charlotte’s Web at Orlando Reparatory Theatre, Shipwrecked!, An Evening of Entertainment…at The Hippodrome State Theatre, Fly By Theatre's The Painting and Duende Dance's Framed. He also sound designed and composed original music for the world premiere of Wizzer Pizzer at 7 Stages Atlanta. Chip’s select client list in the television and touring industry includes: W.W.E., Bonnaroo Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Forecastle Music Festival, CHIC, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, and Bacardi Global. Chip is also the President of 556 Productions, Inc. where his designs include the lighting for the Bacardi Visitors Center in Puerto Rico and the interactive audio and video experience for the Columbus Zoo’s Habitat Hollow. Chip holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Lighting Design from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the University of Evansville (Indiana). Chip has worked with designers Brian MacDevitt, Mike Swinford, Jason Robinson, Velton Ray Bunch, and Tom Cluff.
Elizabeth Ann Reynolds earned an MFA in theatrical lighting design from University of Florida. She enjoyed several years of freelance lighting design before becoming the staff lighting designer at Santa Fe College Gainesville in 2004. She teaches lighting design for theatre, dance and events, stagecraft, and theatrical history. She was involved in the design of Santa Fe’s 600-seat Fine Arts Hall, built in 2010, and is working to start a BS degree in Tech and Design for Theatre at Santa Fe College.
Matt Taylor is a NYC based lighting designer specializing in theatrical and entertainment lighting. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with his MFA in Lighting Design, and has since worked extensively as a designer and assistant designer in NYC as well as around the US and in China. Matt has worked in wide range of venues, from Broadway to small off-off broadway to theme parks and everything in between. Some of his favorite assisting projects include: Kinky Boots (Assistant to Ken Posner), Illuminights (Assistant to Ken Billington), Piano Lesson (Associate to Rui Rita), and Present Laughter (Associate to Rui Rita). Some of his favorite design credits include Godspell (WVPT), Electronic City (UF), and My Fair Lady (Broward Stage Door).
Julie E. Ballard is a Chicago-based lighting designer, photographer, production/stage manager and sound/media designer. She worked as the Lighting Director at the Dance Center of Columbia College for nearly 8 years, and is owner/operator of Overlap Lighting Productions. As an independent, freelance artist, Ms. Ballard is an Artistic Associate with Signal Ensemble Theatre and Unnatural Spaces, as well as Technical Director for The Seldoms, Same Planet/Different World, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre. Ms. Ballard has been a part of numerous festivals as well as American Dance Festival, and has toured nationally and internationally with David Dorfman Dance and The Seldoms. Some of her favorite theatre designs include Cabaret (Universityof Florida), 1776 (Signal Ensemble Theatre) and I Sing (Whitehorse Theatre). Ms. Ballard holds a BA in Theater, and earned her MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Florida.
Jamie Bullins is a Design Consultant for SKD. He also serves as Associate Professor, Production Manager, and Coordinator of Design & Technology in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University in the Atlanta Georgia region. He holds an MFA in Theatrical Design/Scenography from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro and has been designing and teaching for 20 years. Prior to his arrival at KSU, he held positions on the faculty at Auburn University and The University of Florida. Mr. Bullins brings a seasoned educators perspective to our firm, he embraces a strong understanding of how the performance education processes develop and architectural designs that are conducive to the classroom and performance/production experience. He brings a perspective that supports the work of students and teachers by ensuing the facility design or renovation supports their work and programs. Jamie organizes our Atlanta based office with Ben Tilley.
Ben holds a BA in Theatre from Kennesaw State University. He is Technical Director for The Grand Theatre in Cartersville, GA, Head Electrician for The Atlanta Ballet, and an Associate Consultant for SKD. He is a theatrical electrician, free-lance lighting designer and assistant lighting designer in the Atlanta metro area. Ben oversees our Atlanta office. Ben resides in Atlanta, Georgia.