Ohio Production & Rental Team
Vice President of Production Services
Christopher Shick was brought into the Vincent Lighting fold back in 1986, when VLS was trying to gain ground in growing our rental business. Chris’ primary goal was to make it work. And he did. Chris’ sharp business mind and a relentless focus to exceed customer expectations by providing amazing lighting not only grew the rental side of the business, but expanded our offerings into production services, where our company comes in and handles all aspects of the lighting for the event or show. Our customers love his work and his dedication to making their event successful.
Chris went from handling all rentals, to becoming production manager. In 2007, was appointed Vice President of Production Services, where he oversees all aspects of the rental and production departments in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Sean Mangan hails from Hicksville, Long Island, New York. He’s been in the entertainment industry since the age of five, appearing as Little Tulsa in a production of Gypsy. One of his first experiences working behind the scenes was running followspot … at about 7 years old! He later ran follow spot at Studio 54.
Sean earned a BFA in Technical Theatre from Florida State University. He arrived in Cleveland by way of Chicago. Prior to joining us, he was working at Sears, in the power tools department (Sean does a great impression of Tim the Tool Man Taylor’s grunt here). In 1996, Sean started freelancing for VLS, and shortly thereafter, was hired full-time as rental manager. Doing exactly what he loves doing, Sean enjoys working on all types of productions; he loves the variety.
Random Fun Facts
- Sean went to the same high school as Billy Joel; only a decade apart.
- He loves being outdoors: camping, skiing, hiking, canoeing, pretty much anything.
- He recently took up photography and is really good at it.
- Sean’s life revolves around his three children … and a love for animals. The two may be related.
- If you visit our Cleveland office and hear singing, chances are that it’s Sean. He has a song for everything.
A native of Alliance, Ohio, Derek found his way into theatre a bit by accident. He was originally pursuing electronic media, but when he took acting and lighting classes, he was hooked. Derek graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Theatre. He joined Vincent Lighting Systems in 2006 as a production specialist.
In 2010, Derek was promoted to production manager, where he works closely with our customers to provide exactly the right lighting for their events, as well as coordinates our production staff to make sure that each event runs seamlessly. His hard work and talent result in countless customer compliments and kudos.
Random Fun Facts
- Derek has a well-rounded list of experiences and interests, including construction, food service and retail; he has also worked as a multimedia consultant.
- Derek loves many different types of sports, including golf, basketball or just going to the gym.
- In his spare time, his life revolves around spending time with his family.
- Unless you are a pro, don’t go against Derek in a bowling match. In our last VLS bowling outing, we hear that Derek took it easy on the rest of the staff. And still came out the winner.
Rental Shop Manager
Born and raised in Fremont, Ohio, JT’s first experience working behind the scenes was in high school, doing a production of Godspell. He attended Wright State University and upon graduation in 2007, we snatched him up to fill a job opening at VLS. As rental shop manager, JT has the complex task of coordinating the logistics and details of equipment, transportation and personnel on a variety of productions happening at all hours of the day and night.
In 2013, JT earned his ETCP-Entertainment Electrician certification. The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is an industry-wide program to recognize those who demonstrate both knowledge and experience in different areas, including entertainment electrician, arena-rigging and arena-theatre.
Random Fun Facts
- In his precious little free time, JT’s life revolves around his family. And sleep.
- JT loves off-roading and camping.
- If he could make a living doing anything, JT would try his hand at being a restaurant chef.
Assistant Rental Shop Manager
Tori got her start in theatre acting in high school plays. But her first experience behind-the-scenes was in college, as part of the costume crew for Comedy of Errors. A North Olmsted, Ohio native, Tori majored in in Technical Theatre at Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Tori interned in stage management at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, but soon returned to her hometown, where she started with VLS, first part-time working productions. She joined our staff full-time as assistant rental shop manager in 2010.
Random Fun Facts
- Tori connected to VLS through an employee in our Cincinnati office, who she knew from college.
- Tori enjoys being outdoors, especially camping, hiking, boating and downhill skiing.
- She has a love for Indy Car racing.
Adam Feig joined the staff at Vincent Lighting in 2007, after earning a BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati. Adam works tirelessly to design, plan, install, run and strike lights for a variety of productions at all hours of the day and night. His efforts don’t go unnoticed; he receives numerous commendations from our clients on both his talent and his professionalism.
Adam is one of two technicians at VLS – and one of just a handful in the US -- who are ETCP triple-certified. The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is an industry-wide program to recognize those who demonstrate both knowledge and experience in different areas, including entertainment electrician, arena-rigging and arena-theatre.
Kristin Jones joined VLS in 2013. As Production Specialist, she works tirelessly to design, plan, install, run and strike lights for a variety of productions at all hours of the day and night. Kristin also works to keep our equipment in top working condition.
Scott Latham joined the staff at Vincent Lighting in 2011 as Production Specialist and has received numerous commendations and compliments from our clients. Scott works tirelessly to design, plan, install, run and strike lights for a variety of productions at all hours of the day and night. His talent and professionalism shine through his work.
Scott is one of two technicians at VLS – and one of just a handful in the US – who are ETCP triple-certified. The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is an industry-wide program to recognize those who demonstrate both knowledge and experience in different areas, including entertainment electrician, arena-rigging and arena-theatre.
Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Gabby attended Hawken School, where she became passionately involved in the theatre department. She continued to pursue theatre at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre, with an emphasis on lighting, sound, and set design.
After graduating, Gabby interned at The Castleton (VA) Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel, and also worked for some production companies in Michigan. Her former Hawken School teacher connected her to Vincent Lighting Systems, where Gabby worked part-time for us, before joining our staff full-time in 2014. Since then, she has earned her Vari-Lite certification.
Random Fun Facts
- In middle school, Gabby developed a fascination for the Spanish language and culture; she admires the relaxed nature of the society. She studied for a summer in Spain and for a spring in Mexico. She is currently trying to become fluent in Spanish again.
- If Gabby could make a living doing anything, she would want to be a professional volunteer, making sure that those less fortunate have the chance to enjoy life just as much as she does. In fact, she loves seeing people smile so much that her favorite gel color is Apollo 6200 or better known as Banana Yellow.
- She collects shot glasses from the places she’s visited. With her love of traveling, we’re pretty sure that collection is extensive!
Dylan Mc Farland
Dylan joined the VLS Team in October, 2015. Dylan is a graduate of Bowling Green University, where he earned a BA in theatre. Please check back in the coming weeks for a more complete profile on Dylan.
Chris Meyers started with Vincent Lighting Systems in 2013 and became a full time Production Specialist in May 2016. He is a Cleveland native, and a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University with a Degree in Technical Theatre. He began in high school theatre, but quickly branched out and his designs and work have been seen at many local theaters including Rabbit Run Theater, The Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Lake Erie College, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Near West Theater, and Cleveland Public Theatre, among others. Chris received his Vari*Lite service certification in February 2016.
Random Fun Facts
- Chris is an avid comedy aficionado and enjoys nothing more than making someone laugh. He is trained in both short and long form improv comedy.
- Chris is also a huge fan of Cleveland sports and Disney.
If you run into Steve in our Cleveland office, or on a show, do yourself a favor and take a few moments to chat with him. He certainly has a wealth of knowledge for live events, but his unexpected humor will make you chuckle for the rest of the day.
Steve got his start in Lyndhurst, Ohio, where he was heavily involved in the technical department at the high school. Upon graduation, he decided to work as many theatrical productions as he could get, to make sure this was what he wanted to do with his life. So, he took every gig that he could, from small storefront theatres to (eventually) working shows at the Cleveland Play House. Along the way, he learned a vast and deep knowledge of not only lighting but other aspects too; he’s a qualified audio and video engineer as well as trained as a theatrical stage manager. For Steve, he enjoys the mix of the very cerebral aspects of these jobs and the very artistic aspects.
While earning his BA in Theater at Kent State University, he became friends with another future VLS employee, Ben Starett. In 2014, VLS had a need for Steve’s experience, so he came to work for us full-time as Production Technician. His job mainly has him in the shop doing repair work, but he gets to occasionally design, program and go out on productions. “It’s the best of both worlds for me, and my wife likes it because it means that most of the time, I’m home on time,” he quips. Since joining VLS, Steve has earned his Vari-Lite certification.
So, we had to ask, what’s Steve’s favorite gel color? “R77. It’s a deep blue, great for a blue top wash. But it’s also got just a bit of green in it. When you dim an incandescent fixture, the natural color moves from a yellowish white into the red range; you’re essentially adding red to your color.”
Random Fun Facts:
- Steve’s favorite shows are music gigs. “There’s a lot of room for artistic license and you really get to open up the throttle on your rig.”
- Steve was working for a theater on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, when Hurricane Sandy washed away most of the island. He was evacuated and returned to Ohio.
- Steve has given much thought to what he would like his superhero power to be: It needs to be something practical for everyday life. So he would like Super Meatvision. “Not heatvision, that’s boring and not every day. Just ‘Hey, you feeling hungry?’ ‘Yeah, I could eat.’ BOOM … andouille sausage. Still hungry? BOOM … hotdogs for everyone. Cure world hunger! Never get hangry again!” Of course he can only have one superpower, so his sidekick would need to be The Robogriddler. “Just set it and forget it!”
June Scherrer has a good background in the event planning industry. In fact, she was minding her own business, working for a close colleague, when she was wooed away by VLS to keep the Rental department organized. In 2008, June started with VLS as Rental Administrator. Good thing she did: because of her skills, the rental managers are still employed and our production department is highly productive.