Kelly leads Quantum’s creative teams to realize each and every project, fostering a vibrant storytelling vision. His primary focus is imagining, designing, and developing attractions, themed environments, experiences, and shows.
Among his many projects for Quantum, Kelly designed and directed the historic Queen Mary 2 spectacular Forever Cunard that illuminated New York Harbor and lower Manhattan for the 175th Anniversary of Cunard Line; the installation of ride attraction lighting for the Drop of Fear free fall drop ride at World of Wonderland Theme Park, featuring a custom 65-foot, 360 degree video wall installed 200 feet atop the ride tower redefining the skyline of Amarillo, Texas; and numerous lighting and effects shows, ride attraction effects, and the park-wide lighting design for Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.
Previously, as a member of the systems design team for 4Wall Entertainment, he was responsible for large-scale lighting projects and systems integration. He facilitated and project managed the design and installation of the Brooklyn Nets custom court lighting system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Kelly also designed the control system and architectural integration of the acclaimed LightCycles art exhibit (inspired by the Aurora Borealis) at World Financial Center, New York. Additionally, Kelly led the design teams and managed themed installations for Google Tech Talk venues at Google offices in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.
Kelly honed his project management and production experience working for venues large and small. As the Director of Production for the City of Portland Maine’s Merrill Auditorium, Kelly hosted such Broadway touring productions as Saturday Night Fever, Miss Saigon, 42nd Street, Rent, Stomp, and many more. He also supervised the installation of various touring concerts including Josh Groban, Melissa Etheridge, Rob Thomas, Styxx, and Jewel. Kelly served for five seasons as the Director of Production for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where he facilitated the realization of more than 100 full-scale theatrical productions, gala events, and touring shows. He also served as Production Manager for Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York.
Kelly has been the lighting designer for hundreds of productions across the country. Some of his design credits include Uprising of Love featuring Sting, Patti LuPone, and Jane Lynch at the Gershwin Theatre in New York and theatrical productions including Moon Over Buffalo, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Damn Yankees, The Wiz, Grease, and Guys and Dolls.
Principal Experience Producer and Storyteller
From lighting and effects spectaculars, to theming a land or attraction at a theme park, to a new musical, everything Jayson produces tells a story and creates a memorable experience. Jayson is a Tony Award-nominated producer who brings 20 years of creative development, management, and leadership to every project.
Jayson has produced nighttime spectaculars and complete park-wide lighting for Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America; major press events for Princess Cruises; and Forever Cunard, a light and effects spectacular, from the decks of Queen Mary 2 for spectators in New York Harbor/Lower Manhattan in celebration of Cunard Line’s 175th Anniversary.
In a unique partnership with Princess Cruises, Jayson will be developing new musicals with creative partner Stephen Schwartz. These shows, developed exclusively for Princess, will feature creative teams made up of top theatre writers, songwriters, designers, and performers.
As a live entertainment producer, Jayson’s work has been seen by millions. From producing an intimate corporate concert, to a large fundraising benefit show in a Broadway theatre, to a live performance televised on broadcast television, Jayson's hands-on approach means that every project is crafted with the audience and overall experience in mind.
Some of Jayson's producing highlights include: Sting and Patti LuPone in concert for Uprising of Love, an event hosted by Jane Lynch at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC; live television appearances by Christina Aguilera and dancers from the movie Burlesque on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The American Music Awards,” and the UK’s “X Factor”; concerts in Poland and Israel featured in the documentary film 100 Voices: A Journey Home; and appearances by Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the cast of the movie Hairspray on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show” and the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Jayson also produced New Line Cinema’s 40th Anniversary Gala, a benefit featuring Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman that raised over $2 million for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Jayson has worked with such luminaries as Bea Arthur, Dustin Lance Black, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Phyllis Diller, Zac Efron, Bonnie Franklin, Debbie Gibson, Neil Patrick Harris, Florence Henderson, Jerry Herman, Megan Hilty, Greg Louganis, James Marsden, Mary Tyler Moore, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Porter, and Phylicia Rashad.
Jayson was a producer of Rock of Ages on Broadway, which earned five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. With extensive background in producing and developing new musical theatre and entertainment, he also produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit musical Murder for Two, currently on a national tour; Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, a new musical featuring the songs of Bob Merrill (Funny Girl, Carnival, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window”, “Mambo Italiano”); a musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory; Vanities, A New Musical; Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn (Off-Broadway and in London); and Being Alive, an all-Black Stephen Sondheim revue created by Tony Award-winner Billy Porter.
Jayson spent seven years on the producing team at Pasadena Playhouse and graduated from University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television's Producers Program.
Senior Project Manager
Nick graduated from Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in theatrical lighting technology and stage management. Upon graduation, Nick began his career at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey as the Assistant to the Director of Production.
In 2011, Nick began working as Project Manager at a seasonal exhibit installation firm where he coordinated the design, construction and installation of the holiday décor for companies such as Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Tommy Hilfiger, Brookfield Properties, Tourneau, Vornado Reality Trust, and AT&T.
In 2013, Nick began working for the Systems & Design Division of 4Wall Entertainment lighting where he now serves as Project Manager and Field Service Technician. Nick has overseen the installation of many projects while at 4Wall including the event facilities at Google New York, Washington DC and Cambridge MA; lighting system upgrades at The New York Metropolitan Opera; and the lighting system upgrade at The United States House of Representatives House Hearing Room. He is currently the Project Manager for the installation of the new Lewis Center for the Performing arts building at Princeton University.
Matthew is a musician, songwriter, teaching artist, audiophile and aspiring Jedi born and based in Northern New Jersey. He graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ in with dual degrees in music and German.
In 2012, Matt began working as the Music Therapist. In his five years in this position at a residential facility, Matt used music and art to connect with residents and help them to heal through creativity. He formed a regularly performing choir made up of and run by residents.
Matt has been a private music teacher for the past ten years, teaching area students guitar and voice. He believes in using the study and performance of music to empower his students to not only be better musicians, but to be better students and more active members of their community. Matt can be often found regularly playing and organizing shows with his band Good Foot. Matt has composed and recorded music for productions at the New York Public Library and The New School.
Creative Design Associate
Maya Sassoon is a designer born in Los Angeles and currently residing in New York City. In May of 2016 she graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a Master's Degree in Architecture. In her fourth year of university she studied and interned at Zeso Architects in Copenhagen. Maya discovered her passion for production design and illustration while working in the film industry during her summer breaks throughout university. In 2013 she worked on the film, Divergent. In 2015 she worked on the film, Deep Water Horizon. In 2015 she also worked for the Visual Effects company, Pixomondo. There she discovered her love for creating concept art and storyboards.
Beginning in August 2016, Maya worked as an architectural designer for HUSH Studios, where she designed interactive experiences for companies such as Google, Facebook, and Nike. Maya recently worked in the visual effects post-production offices for Darren Aronofky's film, Mother. In her spare time, Maya is volunteering as a set designer for an independent theater group, as well as collaborating on illustrating and writing a graphic novel with her friends.
Lighting and Show Control Designer
Jesse is a lighting designer and programmer based out of Minneapolis where he graduated with an MFA in lighting design and technology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has designed and programmed the lighting for several companies throughout the Twin Cities including the Guthrie Theater, the Jungle Theater, the Ordway Center, the Minnesota Opera, and Ananya Dance Theatre. He has also designed the lighting and programmed the show control for several exhibits for the Minnesota History Center, including the nationally touring 1968 Exhibit.
Working with Quantum, Jesse has programmed and designed the Enchanted Snowflakes Experience in the north atrium of the Mall of America as well as programming the show controller for the new attraction at Universal Studios - Orlando, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Lighting and Show Control Designer
Mary Shabatura is a Minneapolis-based lighting designer. She's worked with companies such as Theater Latté Da, Artistry, Concordia University, Trademark Theater, Transatlantic Love Affair, Shakespeare Youth Theatre, The Moving Company, and is currently the resident Lighting Designer for Dark & Stormy Productions.
Mary holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.
Lighting and Show Control Designer
Karin is based in Minneapolis where she graduated with a degree in lighting design from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has designed for theater, dance, film, and festivals for almost 20 years, specializing in seamlessly integrating the latest technology into otherwise-traditional designs. Local credits include the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center, Mixed Blood Theater and many others, and she has designed nationally with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Syracuse Stage, where she was nominated for a SALT award for Lighting Designer of the Year for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Marcela Lorca.
Marni is a public relations and strategic communications professional with almost 20 years of B2B and B2C experience in a wide range of industries, including advertising/marketing, ad-tech, non-profit, arts, live entertainment, television, digital media, music, film and finance.
Prior to launching her own firm First Raitt Communications, Marni was a vice president at DiGennaro Communications, a New York based public relations agency specializing in strategic communications for companies in the advertising and marketing space. Previously, she was a Senior Communications Manager for Phil & Co., an agency that leads the marketing and communications efforts for non-profit and philanthropic organizations.
Marni moved to New York in September 2009 from Detroit where she spent two years as the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and three years as a Marketing Manager for Quicken Loans. She began her PR career with a year at Miramax Films followed by five years on the Media Relations team at Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group in Los Angeles. Marni earned a dual BA in English and Communications from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.