Mike has been lost in theatre since he accidentally wandered into the Drama club back in high school. His technical bent lead him down the road of designer/technician after several years as a computer professional. He's also worked as a Production Manager and taught theatre at the college and graduate level. What he enjoys most of all is working with a dedicated team to help tell a story to an audience whether as a designer, or in support of another creative team. Outside of theatre, he likes reading, flying sport kites, games with friends and makes a mean batch of Deviled Eggs.
Cricket is a Los Angeles based sound designer and a founding board member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. She has designed sound for productions all over the country, including Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway. She was the first woman to get a Tony Nomination for Sound Design and is SO excited to join Figure 53 where she can finally work with someone else named Cricket! She serves on the Western Region board of USA 829, and in her free time, Cricket rescues rabbits and the occasional stray cat.
- Los Angeles, CA
Charles Coes is a sound designer and engineer and general theater person working in NY and around the world. He is a member of United Scenic Artists and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, he has a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he teaches. Other than using technology to tell stories in rooms full of people his major aspiration is to sneak a recording of his dog Max into every show.
- New York, NY
Lee Kinney is a theater artist working as a sound designer, composer, and director based in New York. He grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, where he received a BA in Literature from St. Thomas University, and spent 3 years in Athens, OH completing an MFA in Theatre at Ohio University. He is an avid collector of sneakers and snapbacks.
- New York, NY
Carlos makes hobbies of knifemaking, photography, working on two-wheeled human or gasoline powered vehicles, dancing, and baking treats. On the clock, Carlos tries to make computers more cooperative. The University of Maryland Baltimore County is to blame for his formal education, which included a B.S. in Computer Science. Credit for his continuing/for-fun education belongs to the Station North Tool Library (where he also teaches sometimes), Mobtown Ballroom, Heartwood School, and the Yamaguchi Bicycle Framebuilding School.
- Baltimore, MD
Cricket Arrison is a theatre artist, performer, musician and producer living in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the video collective AB Video Solutions, whose work has appeared on Adult Swim and IFC. She has performed with many Baltimore theatre groups, including the Un Saddest Factory Theatre company, Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, The Acme Corporation, and The Annex Theatre. She also loves making radio, and spent a year in Berlin studying journalism on a Fulbright grant.
Chris founded Figure 53 in 2006. He lives, runs, and makes software in Baltimore. 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.
Christopher spends much of his time working on software, making music, and gathering information about his interests or things that could be interests. In 2015, he worked with The Acme Corporation in Baltimore and VECTOR in Durham, NC designing video and show control. That same year, he gave very humble piano and voice recitals to strangers, parents, and friends, and played a nerd in a BROS show. 2016 ended up a much less public year. He graduated from UMBC in 2010 with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Allison Clendaniel is an interdisciplinary artist living in Baltimore, MD. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, technology, and theatre. She has studied voice and movement with legendary performer and composer, Meredith Monk at the House Foundation. An avid advocate for the arts, she is Co-Artistic Director of Mind on Fire, a modular chamber orchestra, and co-founder of Feral Woman, a theatre troupe in Baltimore, MD.
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.
Jasmine is a computer programmer who loves to provide support for people of all technical background levels! By day Jasmine writes Java code for the Android platform to customize the UX on mobile devices. By night, she waits up for the chance to answer your questions! When away from her computer, Jasmine can be found running, eating dessert, volunteering, or binge watching 90s movies and series.
- Baltimore, MD
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.
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 B.A. 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.
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.
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.