As a design and production studio led by trans-disciplinary teams, we approach each new project as a blank canvas ready to be transformed into a powerful experience. We design each to spark curiosity, stir the imagination and inspire a sense of wonder and exhilaration. We aspire to reach, captivate and revitalize consumers.
Inspired by Flying Swifts,
by Celia Smith
Our eclectic group of creative thinkers consists of storytellers, strategists, producers, technologists, directors, designers, and business consultants, who’ve led a variety of transdisciplinary projects and have a long track record of partnering with clients on a national and international level.
Our story began with a shared belief — that there is nothing more exciting than creating emotional experiences that touch and move people.
Nina is a creative business leader with a background in entertainment and the media advertising and consulting industries. She has a record of leading teams on interdisciplinary ventures to help propel companies to the forefront of innovation. She has advised and worked within creative and digital intelligence agencies, consulting firms, real estate brokerages, retail brands, performance organizations, and academic institutions. Landmarks of her career include consulting on innovation-based revenue streams for brands and startups, the building of Choreo Theatro, a non-profit arts center in New York, receiving two ARF Ogilvy Awards in Innovation and Big Data and working for USC’s Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center. Nina holds an M.F.A. in Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts — New York University.
CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Jared is the Founder and CEO of August Point and, a New York-based strategy consultancy servicing clients across the food and beverage sector of Senseos. He has more than two decades of leadership experience, having worked for and advised many of the most esteemed Food & Beverage operators as well as private equity funds, family offices and real estate developers. Jared received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.
Chief Strategy Officer
James was Artistic Director for three Cirque du Soleil shows touring in North America, Japan, Russia, and Europe and their Senior Director of Business and Creative Strategy. An MIT graduate in space science and physics, a graduate of the world renowned École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, and has an MBA in International Strategy for Creative Industries from Wharton Business School '13. He worked at McKinsey & Company as their Global Live Entertainment expert and specializes in Live Entertainment M&A due diligence on multi-million dollar international transactions. He has production experience in Japan, Taiwan, Holland, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, India, Thailand, Korea, Russia, Belgium, Vietnam, Lithuania, Turkey, Cambodia, Uganda, and the United States.
A graduate of Germany’s National Circus School and an award-winning aerial contortion artist, Lena is working as a multilingual director, choreographer, and project manager of international performing arts projects. Most recently, she served as Co-Artistic Director for Palazzo, Europe’s premiere intimate dinner show company. As an innovation consultant at Cirque du Soleil’s internal innovation laboratory, C-Lab, she led human performance innovation workshops on three continents. She also mentors and invests in artistic and creative startup companies around the world, including in Thailand, Japan, India, Germany, Canada, and the United States.
Andrew is a creative leader with a background in advertising and film. He served as the advertising director at the prestigious media magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, where he oversaw sponsored events and sales – as well as, director, brand partnerships at Narratively, where he oversaw their branded content studio. As a writer and director, his first short film, "Idee Fixe" screened at Cannes and at the Time Inc Theater in New York City and his theatrical debut of "A Rat in a Trap in a Cage" premiered at the Linda Gross Atlantic Theater. He co-wrote and directed “White Arab Problems, a 21-episode digital series currently in post production. A graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a mentee of media icon Victor Navasky, Bell has written for the USA Today, The Atlantic Magazine and others.
Head of Partnerships
James is an award-winning journalist with a passion for the written word, history, culture and the arts. He recently finished penning his first two screenplays, which are currently being marketed to agencies and studios. During his two-decade career, he’s written for The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and The Shreveport Times. He currently writes content and develops narrative and messaging for Prosek Partners, a New York-based public relations and marketing firm. James graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in history and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Head of Story
Erica is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and founder of design collective See You Friday. Running her own practice for the better part of a decade, she’s touched a myriad of industries including lifestyle, entertainment, and national defense; working in branding, advertising, and product design— to name a few areas of specialization. With a background in fine art and a passion for science, Erica uses the gaps between concepts to inform the shape of a brand. She’s worked with clients like Nike and Wieden+Kennedy, and holds a degree in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Head of Design
Marita founded Sensyle, the European-based event planning company known for creating indelible memories. She has 20 years of experience in live event management, theme development, creative design and execution. Whether designing corporate settings, brands or high-profile private events, her aesthetic, attention to detail and ability to create magical concepts has enchanted clients from around the world. With a background in graphic design and a mission to create worlds that transport people to beautiful spaces and happy places, she thoughtfully approaches each experience as an opportunity to surprise and delight.
Head of Events
Dacia is a risk-taking, rabble-rouser committed to liberating the humanistic + heroic spirit of individuals and organizations. She has spent over two decades developing fit for purpose teams, programs, and processes that help people be better, bolder, and more bad-ass. Always driven to innovate new ways of working, now more than ever, she’s passionate about writing a new playbook for activating, motivating, and developing a company’s most valuable asset; their people. She whole-heartedly believes that Human Resources is long overdue for a redesign. A modernizing. A humanizing. A total rebranding. To not just challenge the status quo, but change it. Organizations that she has held leadership positions at include Starbucks Coffee Co., Apple Retail, Pandora Media, SYPartners, Etsy and Cityblock.
Vita is an internationally acclaimed creative director and designer who has worked extensively in live entertainment and digital media. She designed for clients ranging from Lady Gaga to Joyce DiDonato, for companies ranging from the Bolshoi Theater to the Norwegian Opera, and for brands ranging from Qualcomm to DirectTV. Her work was given a solo exhibition at Opera America’s National Opera Center in NYC and has been featured in group exhibitions worldwide. She has been profiled by publications including Entertainment Design and Lighting & Sound America, and was nominated for Designer of the Year by the International Opera Awards.
Executive Creative Director
Alexandre Corazzola has been working as a set and costume designer at some of the most prestigious opera houses and theatres across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France for the past 13 years. After having received his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the German-Italian designer first assisted at such companies as Schaubühne Berlin, Tanztheater Pina Bausch, the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna State Opera, before becoming a freelance artist in his own right working at Opera Frankfurt, Munich Kammerspiele, Volkstheater Vienna, Theatre Athenée Paris, among many others. Alexandre was nominated for a FAUST award in 2018 and is an alumn of the Deutsche Bank opera scholarship program.
David Adam Moore is an interdisciplinary artist who is internationally recognized for his work in digital media, operatic performance, stage direction, theatrical design, and composition. He has performed leading baritone roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Covent Garden, and his multimedia works and collaborations have been presented by galleries, brands, and cultural organizations throughout the world, including The Guggenheim Museum, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New Amsterdam Records, Hungarian State Opera, and Marquee TV. Moore’s design work has been featured in Lighting and Sound America Magazine, and his award-winning photography has been published by the Frankfurter Allgemeine and Boosey and Hawkes.
Head of Creative Technologies
& Creative Director
Vinny is a theater-maker and mentalist who uses a combination of psychological tricks, illusion, visual art, and immersive storytelling. His most recent off-Broadway stage show Charlatan was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Production. New York Times says, “Mr. DePonto’s craftsmanship consistently impresses.” New York Daily News calls his one-man performance "breathtaking.” In addition to his live performances, his consulting work was featured in the most recent production of Angels in America on Broadway, in Lincoln Center’s Ghost Light, and in hit television shows on the Discovery Channel, NBC, and Netflix. He’s also a member of the award-winning theater group Third Rail Projects. His solo work has been supported by Ars Nova, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater at Harvard, and The Orchard Project. He enjoys burrata, whimsical socks, and your deep, dark secrets.
Tim has more than two decades of experience as a lighting designer and his work includes touring as lighting supervisor for the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group. He has taught at Hunter College, Providence College, Dalton School, Bard College, and is currently on the faculty of Long Island University’s Dance Department, Brooklyn Campus. Tim holds an M.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts — New York University.
Head of Lighting Design
Mariza is a choreographer and movement director with over 25 years of experience. As Bessie Schönberg’s mentee, she assumed an active leadership role at NYU’s Choreography Alumni Workshops. She co-founded XIPóLYTOS Dance Theatre, which produced works across London, New York and Athens. In 2011, she became President of the Committee for Dance for the Greek Ministry of Culture. Mariza has taught choreography at the State School of Dance and various other private dance schools. Mariza holds an M.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts — New York University.
Head of Choreography
Gabi is an award-winner designer of interactive, immersive experiences that blend the physical and digital worlds. Gabi was an Annenberg Fellow at USC's Game Innovation Lab and was part of Sony Pictures Entertainment's VR Innovation Program. Gabi is the creator of Healing Spaces, an immersive experience and app which received worldwide media coverage and was a Top Idea at OpenIDEO's Caregiving for Dementia Challenge. Her work has been exhibited at E3, IndieCade, Tokyo Game Show and Playstation Experience. She is currently (an is she's coming back, make no mistake.... ) an Experience Designer at Deutsche Telekom’s Innovation Hub. Gabi holds an M.F.A. in Interactive Media from the School of Cinematic Arts — University of Southern California.
Our advisors hail from the boardroom and academia, with distinguished careers in advertising, corporate psychology, strategy, public relations, drama, creative media and behavioral therapy studies. We’re grateful for their capacity to inspire us and hold us accountable, as well as push us to find our best selves and deliver our best work.
David has served as CEO of two of the world's largest Advertising Marketing Services holding companies, NYSE-listed True North and Interpublic. In 2007, he was elected into the Advertising Hall of Fame and in 2013, the David Bell Award was established to demonstrate industry service. He is the only Executive ever to lead four Industry Groups: the AAAA; the AAF; the AEF; and the Ad Council. He was a senior advisor to Google and has been in a similar position with AOL/Oath since 2009. He has also served as Chairman of the National Forest Foundation, the Industry's PAC, and the Ad Council's Advisory Committee. He’s served on numerous listed company boards, as well as many early and growth stage companies in the marketing and media technology space.
Jim has spent his career leading the growth of disruptive technology businesses to scale, bringing fundamentally new products and services to market. He currently serves as President and COO of eko, a software technology company that uses video and consumer choice to evolve storytelling in ways that bring digital commerce consumer experiences closer to real life. Jim has managed complexity from concept stage to maturity and has considerable expertise in translating vision into business strategy; building and leading exceptional teams; closing large complex commercial deals; building ecosystems; and raising capital through experience in big and small companies, such as Microsoft, WebTV, General Instrument/Motorola, INBOXTV, and Canesta. He has served on numerous boards, including Walmart*eko Interactive, Personify, VinoVolo, and Adrenaline. Jim holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Thomas is an expert at translating complex concepts into actionable outcomes. He has spent nearly two decades building expertise in the financial industry and other sectors at Prosek Partners, an integrated marketing and communications firm, where he provides counsel on financial communications, investor relations, crisis communications and digital strategies. He has worked on intricate mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, retail shareowner programming and more, becoming a trusted counselor to clients who need to nail their narratives and tell their stories in differentiated ways. He holds a B.A. in English from the College of New Jersey.
Yannis is a Fulbright Scholar and a Yale trained actor/writer/producer. He has served as chair of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department and is founder of the 40-year old Greek Theater of New York. He has received an Emmy award for the documentary A Light Still Bright on the Greeks of Istanbul, and was featured in the National Geographic /PBS series The Greeks. He’s been honored by the city of Athens as Ambassador of Hellenism for his lifelong service to Greek arts and letters worldwide.
Marientina is an artist, technologist, and researcher at the intersection of neuroscience, public health and medicine. She directs the USC Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center where her award-winning students develop interactive entertainment interventions for education and therapy. She has 20+ of professional experience in consulting for business, academia, and museums. Marientina holds an M.F.A. from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago where pioneering VR was developed.
Rhapsodi is a transformation agent with 10+ years of experience in culture change and organizational development. Throughout her career she has been the catalyst for harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion to enhance organizational culture and team performance for several clients and partners. She has served as a Human Capital consultant at Deloitte and is now Associate Director at The Medici Group. Rhapsodi leverages her experience in leadership development, executive team performance, and talent assessments to empower senior executives and inspire solutions toward the creation of inclusive cultures, leaders, and teams. Rhapsodi holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
We want to generate a positive effect in the world, to bring a sense of balance and joy. We believe that artists deserve to be properly compensated for their valuable and difficult work. We trust that bringing people together from different backgrounds to create enhances each project. And we believe wholeheartedly in the power of creativity to enchant the world.
The multitude of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that our collaborators bring to our projects elevates our creativity. We believe that respecting everyone’s voice and contributions is crucial. We are committed to continuously updating our processes and policies to ensure these values hold firm.
We’re dedicated to supporting communities and nonprofit organizations by designing research and development initiatives and workshops to bring people together and make a positive impact.