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Jane Musky is a Production Designer in the Motion Picture industry. 

She has designed over 45 feature films as well as designing for television, commercials and theatre. She values the teaching and mentoring experience and among her various teaching assignments has taught design and technical theatre as an Artist in Residence for the State of New Jersey, Bard College, Montclair High School for the Performing Arts and Future 5, a mentoring program. She guest lectures frequently and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University College of Fine Arts where she attended and received her BFA. Jane is very proud and excited to be a part of Equity through Design Mentorship.

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David M. Barber is a faculty member in the Theatre Conservatory at Kean University. He has over 25 years of professional experience designing scenery and costumes for theatre, television, film and live events. Theatre credits include shows off-Broadway, and at regional theaters including the Denver Center, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. His television work includes art direction for “The TODAY Show”, “Football Night in America” and many projects for E! Entertainment. His film work includes production and costume design for the feature film “All Relative”. He is a recipient of the Drama Desk, the American Theatre Wing’s Henry Hewes, Connecticut Critics Circle, Denver Ovation and Denver Critics Circle awards, and his work was selected for inclusion in the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Design in 1999. www.davidmbarber.com

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Toni Barton is a production designer working primarily in film and television. She has designed episodic shows for ABC, Netflix, Marvel and Fox. Previously, worked for many years as an art director and as an adjunct
professor at NYU teaching design. Toni studied architecture at USC and design for film + stage at NYU.

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Gary Cergol is a native New Yorker who's love of film led him to the entertainment industry. As a graphic designer, he has collaborated with talented filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Nora Ephron, Barbra Streisand, Jodie Foster, and Billy Crystal. Gary began his professional career working for advertising agencies in New York City where he helped to create and manage impactful campaigns for brands like TDK and Scott Paper. Gary shares his passion with aspiring designers and New York City public school students through in-person portfolio reviews, mentoring and class tours of television and film sets. He is a graduate of Iona College in New York and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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Luke Cantarella is a designer for stage and screen and an associate professor of Film and Screen Studies at Pace University in New York. He has designed scenery for over 140 productions across the United State and Europe and collaborates frequently with anthropologists to create design-based research engagements. Recently projects include The Plot Against America (HBO), The President is Missing (Showtime), South Pacific (Goodspeed Musicals) and Evita (Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Luke is a
co-author of Ethnography by Design: Scenographic Experiments in Field
Work.

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Patrice Andrew Davidson has been in the Design industry since 1990. After he met his Design mentor in the early 90’s he went from Interior Design to
Entertainment Design. His mentor inspired him to give back to help foster a teaching mindset to the younger generation and to those that seek learning. Since the mid-90’s he has been involved with mentoring on all levels as a teaching artist.After spending more than 20 years in Theatre Design he moved onto to Film, Television & Entertainment Designs. His current focus
is now working in Film, Television & Event designs as a Production Designer, Set Designer, Art Director, Asst. Art Director, Scenic Artist. His next Artistic journey will be to become a Producer within the next few years. Giving back has always been his true core for design mentorship to
help usher in a balance between the Teacher, the Student and the workplace.
Through EtDM he hopes to find a new realistic balance and pathway for

young designers across all spectrums and walks of life. He is truly honored to be part of a group of professionals who are giving back to the Design world with their time, talent and knowledge.

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James J. Fenton is a 25 year veteran entertainment industry scenic designer and art director for theatre, film, television, live music, and events. He is also a guest artist and lecturer and two-time NYA design award recipient for LaGuardia School of the Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC. Recent TV work includes projects for Apple+ (Dickinson), Warner Bros. (The Brides), Hulu(High Fidelity) and Netflix (The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show and Hit and Run). Notable theater projects include work for The Public Theater(Southern Comfort), and two IRNE nominations for best scenic design at MRT (Silent Sky and Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley.) www.jamesjfenton.com

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Ina Mayhew, a native New Yorker, has designed more than 25 feature films, a dozen television shows, various commercials, music videos, industrial
presentations, a movie musical, and permanent studio backlots. Along the way she has worked with many notable directors and producers such as Spike Lee and Malcolm Lee, Ava DuVernay, Tyler Perry, Debbie Allen,
and now, Liesl Tommy. Ina has designed for Netflix, Warner Brothers, MGM, Lionsgate, New Line, 40 Acres and A Mule, BET, HBO, MTV, Universal, PBS, and Island Pictures.

 

Ina Mayhew is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase College, where she studied Fine Art then later transitioned to a focus in Theatre Set and Costume Design. The noted set designer Franco Colavecchia was her professor at

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Purchase, and she later assisted him in New York and regionally on Grand Opera and Off-Broadway sets, and in international theatre designs. Along the way in those early years, she designed several theatre productions for The Women’s Project, for Woodie King Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit and his Henry Street Settlement Theatre, most notably the touring production of I HAVE A DREAM. Her most recent stage design was for The Delaware Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON.

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Debra Bergsma Otte is an Associate Professor of Design and Program Coordinator for the BFA in Theatre: Design, Technology and Management Program at Montclair State University. She previously served as Director of both the Theatre and Arts Management programs at Long Island University. Her design credits include over 150 costume designs for regional, Off-Broadway and university productions; for dance companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Linda Tarnay, and Merce Cunningham; puppet design for Henson Associates; and industrial design work for Parker Davis, Chrysler and Burger King. In 1999 and 2005, she was honored to receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for her work with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival where she served as National Chair-of-Chairs, Region II Chair (2002-2005) and Region II Design Chair. She holds an MFA in Design from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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Elizabeth Popiel has designed sets and costumes for three decades in  Theatre, Film and TV. Her work is currently seen on ABC TV where she works as weekly Art Director for Good Morning America Weekend (her 16th year). Based in NYC and Danbury, CT, she was the original Scenic Art Director for THE VIEW (ABC/Disney) and worked in art departments for such films as: MEET JOE BLACK, BOOK OF HENRY and most recently, THE
SEAGULL. She has taught design at SUNY Purchase Design/Technology, Colgate University and is currently in her 19th year as a tenured Professor of Theatre Arts, at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury CT. She did her undergraduate work at Rhode Island College in Studio Art and Theatre and holds an MFA in Design Technology from SUNY Purchase where she was the first MFA graduate in 1988. She is a proud member of USA Local 829 [SD] IATSE.

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Ray Recht (Production Design, Set Design) Broadway designs include The Flowering Peach, Trick, Slab Boys, The Babe, and national tours of Mrs. Klein, Sarafina, Annie, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has designed over 20 Off-Broadway productions, including Collected Stories, Marc Salem’s Mind Games, Mrs. Klein and over 225 shows for many regional theaters. Recently
he designed the American premiere and London Premier of “Sinners.” Internationally he designed for Wien Staatsoper Ballet, Stratford Festival Ontario, and Manitoba Theatre Centre. Additionally he has been production designer for Feature Films, Television Shows, Television Commercials, and Saturday Night Live Spoof Commercials. Mr. Recht is a Professor of Theatre and Coordinates the Design/Tech Theater Program at Marymount Manhattan College where he is the Assistant Chair for Production. He received his M.F.A. from Yale University Drama School and his B.F.A. from

Carnegie- Mellon University Drama School. Mr. Recht is a proud member of United Scenic Artists-Local 829 I.A.T.S.E.

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Kristen Robinson is an award winning designer, artist and educator. Her work ranges from site specific installations too outdoor Shakespeare. Most recently she has collaborated on Heather Christian's Oratorio for Living
Things at Ars Nova and graveyard shift at the Goodman Theatre. She is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Purchase College. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA in Theatre Design from Yale University and is a
member of USA829.

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Sharon Lomofsky studied architecture in South Africa where she worked in all aspects of commercial production design before moving to NYC in ’91. Her film and television production design credits include: Blumhouse Productions’ The First Purge and The Purge: Election Year, Hulu’s Detour, MTV’s Eye Candy, the award-winning Robot & Frank and Higher Ground, Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, the Oscar-award winning documentary Man On A Wire and the hit comedy Bring It On. She is currently represented on the USA network with Purge: The TV Series and on TNT with Claws.

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ISABEL RUBIO is a Mexican designer and adopted New Yorker who has designed costumes for theatre, dance, TV and film. Theatre credits include: DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD for Fred Rogers Company, LORT theatres as well as NYC Center’s Encores!. Internationally, Isabel’s designs have been seen at Russia’s famous Mariinsky Theatre, the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow, and México's Morelia Film Festival. TV credits include Assistant Costume Designer for LAW & ORDER and THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. At SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Isabel teaches costume design history in film and theatre, as well as costume design. Current projects include writing articles on the Mexican cinema and Mexican costume designers for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Film and Television Costume, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Editor-in-Chief.