We help people put on a great show.
Putting on a show is the kind of thing we help make happen in the world. Putting on a show may mean a lot of technique and details and mechanics, but the technique and details and mechanics are driving toward the moment that kid sits there with their heart pumping and their face glowing, or the moment the band comes back out for their second encore and that group of friends has had one of the best nights of their lives. We make that happen.
Putting on a show is a big tent. Theaters put on a show. Bands put on a show. Churches put on a show. Visual artists put on a show in a gallery. When you’re making a movie, you’re putting on a show (and recording it live). People put on shows for each other. Sometimes the show is high art and sometimes it's worshipping God and sometimes it's a night out to hear someone crack jokes and sometimes your daughter’s in dance class and shares what she’s been learning. We work on shows to be together for something special, and we love helping people do that in ways they couldn’t before.
Meet the team.
Chris founded Figure 53 in 2006. He lives, runs, and makes software in Baltimore. He loves his wife Elizabeth, his daughters Anna and Claire, and building a company. In a drawer somewhere he has an M.S. in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Computer Science and Theater Arts from Carleton College. Occasionally people have let him act in plays, like at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Single Carrot Theatre, and The Acme Corporation.
Hailed by The New York Times as "a Twitter user", Sean is a California-based software developer and composer. He started his undergraduate pursuits with a double major in oboe performance and electrical and computer engineering at Northwestern University, finished them with a B.A. in music composition at Carleton College in 2002, and followed them up with a graduate certificate in film scoring from the University of Southern California in 2004. A brief flirtation with a career as a film composer led him circuitously back to the world of software development, and he joined Figure 53 in 2009 after several years independently creating applications for film scoring and post-production. In addition to his development work, Sean is an instructor in USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, where he torments students with the arcane details of music technology.
Luckydave grew up in front of a sound board, started coding in BASIC at the age of 8, built sets in college, made a theater out of a friend's apartment in San Francisco, made a theater out of an abandoned public bath house in Brooklyn, slaved away on sound and lights at several night clubs in NYC, worked as a Master Electrician for 5 years, and has been a Projections Designer for several years, putting up work everywhere from Philly to Off-Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway. He's passionate about creative flexibility at the juncture of art and technology.
Sam is a sound designer, composer, projections designer, production manager, and all-around theatrical problem solver working in and around New York City, as well as across the nation. He holds a BA in Theater from Brown University and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, the trade union which represents designers and scenic artists. His friendship with QLab began before version 1, and he's happy to report that he's never looked at another MiniDisc since.
Chad Sellers joined the team in 2013. He also runs Useful Fruit, where he makes Pear Note for Mac and iOS. He lives with his wife and two little daughters in the suburbs, but works up the nerve to brave urban Baltimore regularly to join the other Maryland Figure 53 folks. He is from the south, and graduated from Auburn (War Eagle!) and Georgia Tech. These days, he focuses on writing Mac and iOS software, but he's also got experience doing low level Linux security development from a previous life. Outside of work, Chad is very active in his church, an amateur photographer, a musician, and an avid tennis player.
A veteran of two prominent New York sound shops, Andy's been Broadway's "go to" computer support specialist for years, and is thrilled to now be able to help QLab users around the world. When he's not working at Figure 53, he keeps busy both backstage and front-of-house on Broadway shows as a proud member of IATSE Local One, and using QLab as a USA 829 sound designer. He also serves as Figure 53's unofficial resident barista.
Lola Pierson is a writer, director, and producer who lives and makes work in Baltimore, MD. She is a co-founding artistic director of The Acme Corporation and a founding member of The Un Saddest Factory. She holds a B.A. from Bard College in Human Rights and Playwriting and an M.F.A. in theatre from Towson University. She was voted "Best New Playwright" of 2013 by the Baltimore Citypaper and her production of Beckett's Play that she co-directed was named best production of the year.
Christopher has been making websites and software for years & years. He spends his time
reading wildly, making music, playing Ultimate, etc.
He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from UMBC.
Lauren is a UX designer who adores Baltimore, and would never ever *ever* leave it for some other city. Well, okay there is that one city… but it's not like THAT will ever happen. She studied print design at Stevenson University and has been involved in the Internet thing ever since. In her spare time, she volunteers as a branding designer for BronyCon, and enjoys riding her bike around her lovely hometown city.
Cricket Arrison is a theatre artist, journalist, musician and producer living in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the Un Saddest Factory Theatre company, and has performed with many other local companies including Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, The Acme Corporation, and The Annex Theatre. When not making theatre, she makes radio, and spent a year in Berlin studying journalism on a Fulbright grant.
Brent is an iOS developer, composer, and audio editor. He has relied on computers for music-making ever since his Mac Plus played a Bach invention better than he ever could. Grad school brought him to NYC in 1998, where he met and co-founded FatLab Inc. with Michael Shaieb. Brent created "Go Button" in 2011 to play sound cues on his iPhone, and he could not be happier to be a part the Figure 53 family. He has a BA in Music from Concordia College, Moorhead MN and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch.