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The creative staff at The Ruzika Company brings a diverse design background to their work, including extensive theatrical and technical backgrounds. They have added their creative flair to casinos, theme parks, corporate plazas, shopping malls, retail stores, theatres, churches, restaurants, and residences. They have consulted on major performing arts centers, educational theatres, production support facilities, and live events. Having managed and supervised the installation of lighting systems in major theme park attractions and entertainment venues throughout the world, their electrical, architectural, and construction knowledge assures excellent communication of creative design ideas.

TOM RUZIKA
Tom’s theatrical lighting designs have been seen on Broadway, in national tours, at major regional theatres, and for many national and international dance and opera companies. His entertainment lighting can be seen at theme parks in six different countries and his architectural lighting can be seen in prestigious hotels, casinos, restaurants, and retail centers across the nation and in multiple Asian and European countries. He has consulted on over 100 performance facilities for schools throughout California including the renovation of 14 historic auditoriums for the Pasadena Unified School District. Tom has created an extensive Master Plan for lighting the exterior facades of 104 historic buildings in downtown Los Angeles, he is preparing a Master Lighting Plan for the Fashion District of Los Angeles, and he has planned lighting renovation projects for the cities of Long Beach and Glendale.  Specialty lighting projects include Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Germany, and Spain, Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi, Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, Japan, Paramount Park Spain, Knott’s Berry Farm, Porto Europa Japan, Sanrio Puroland Japan, Sanrio Harmonyland Japan, Shirahama Energy Land Japan, Totally Nickelodeon, Disney Archives, Harry Potter the Exhibition, Narnia the Exhibition, Star Trek World Tour, Star Trek Jordan, Hard Rock Theme Park, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos. Ruzika's theatrical designs have received numerous Critics Circle Awards and his architectural lighting designs have received national and international design awards. Tom was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Lighting from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and the distinguished alumni award at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a recipient of the Lighting Dimensions Designer of the Year award.

BETTY ANN CASTANEDA
Betty Ann has been a lighting designer for The Ruzika Company for 27 years. As a Principal Designer and Design Manager she has creatively guided multiple projects such as Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Agua Caliente Resort and Spa, Pala Casino and Resort, Rivers Casinos Des Plaines and Pittsburgh, Indiana Live, Ocean Beach Club, Mastro’s City Center Las Vegas, Cannery Eastside Las Vegas, Silverton Casino and Lodge Las Vegas, Lady Luck Las Vegas, Viejas Springs Casino, Universal Studios Japan and Orlando, Warner Bros. Movie World Spain, and numerous other hospitality resorts and themed entertainment attractions. In addition, Betty Ann has artistically planned the lighting for many high-end restaurants, retail stores, and residences. Betty Ann’s lighting designs have received ILDA Awards and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design from California State University Long Beach.

JOHN SOFRANKO
John has an extensive background in the design and specification of theatrical equipment systems and is currently providing theatre consulting services for over 25 new theatres or theatre renovations. He was the project manager for the renovation of the Chicago Lyric Opera House and has consulted for numerous themed entertainment projects including Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan, Warner Bros. Movie World Germany, Hard Rock Theme Park, Sanrio Puroland Japan, Porto Europa Japan, Korea Taejon Expo 93, and other international entertainment facilities and venues. John has served as Master Production Electrician for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, U.C. Irvine School of Fine Arts, and the Minneapolis Children's Theatre. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University.

ROSE STEELE
Rose has been consulting on theatre planning, design and construction for more than 25 years. She served as apprentice and journeyman to the well-known theatre consultants Paul Landry and Jack Bogan, rising to principal of the firm of Landry + Bogan, Inc. in the 1990s. She has consulted on more than 300 projects, including new construction, renovations, design studies and feasibility analyses. Rose specializes in planning and programming for performing arts venues, including conceptual design for stages and auditoriums. She is particularly passionate about sightlines, working to blend audience sightlines with smooth, gracious and ADA-compliant accessibility for all. She is currently on the Advisory Board of San Jose's Silicon Valley Shakespeare Company.

SHAWN FIDLER
Shawn has collaborated on designs for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, the Eastside Cannery Las Vegas, Lady Luck Las Vegas, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, Indiana Live Casino, Blue Chip Casino, and multiple other casino and hotel resorts. Shawn has provided theatre consulting services for many educational theatre auditoriums, both new stage facilities and renovations.  As an active theatrical lighting designer his professional associations include South Coast Repertory Theatre, Opera Pacific, the Ivar Theatre, Reprise, and many contemporary dance companies. Shawn is a BFA Stage Management graduate of USC and a Master of Fine Arts Lighting Design graduate of UC Irvine.

PAIGE STANLEY
Paige has an extensive background in stage lighting, scenic design, and theatrical production having worked for numerous regional theatres and international opera companies. She has assisted on architectural lighting design projects for hotels, casinos, restaurants, and private residences. She is an active board member for the Designers Lighting Forum of Los Angeles. Paige holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from California State University Long Beach.

TORANJ NOROOZI
Toranj has experience in both architectural design and theatrical lighting design.  She has worked in architectural studios in Tehran Iran and has designed productions for California Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, Inked Dance Company and has served as an assistant lighting designer for LA Opera, Central City Opera, and Long Beach Opera.  For The Ruzika Company she has collaborated on the Rivers Casino Resort Schenectady, the Hard Rock Casinos and Hotels in Tampa and Hollywood Florida, the SugarHouse Casino, and multiple other architectural lighting projects.  Toranj has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Azad University of Art and Architecture Tehran and a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from California State University Long Beach.

KRISTIN NEU-DRUM
Kristin has a background in theatrical lighting design and architectural lighting design.  She has designed productions for South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Chance Theatre, and the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes.  She has assisted on productions at The Chautaqua Theatre Company and the Great River Shakespeare Festival.  For The Ruzika Company she has collaborated on the Rivers Casino Resort Schenectady, the Hard Rock Casinos and Hotels in Tampa and Hollywood Florida, the SugarHouse Casino, and multiple other architectural lighting projects.  Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Production and Design from California State University Fullerton and a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from UC Irvine.

KILLAEN VAN RENSSELAER
Kelli has experience in architectural, theatrical, and special event lighting design including working in Southern California architectural design studios and designing productions for Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. She has served as an assistant lighting designer at South Coast Repertory Theatre, East West Players, and the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences. Kelli has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama with Honors in Lighting Design from UC Irvine.

VERONICA VASQUEZ
Veronica has over 30 years of experience in operations, project management and office administration with an emphasis in accounting and human resources. Her entertainment background extends to working as an Assistant Producer for jazz and blues record label with her collaborative efforts having garnered a Grammy nomination.

 
   

The Ruzika Company offers the talents of a team of lighting designers and theatre planning consultants who specialize in providing creative ideas for
architectural lighting, themed entertainment lighting, show lighting, and performing arts facilities.