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.
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.
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.
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.