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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 ANDREWS

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.

SHAWN FIDLER

Shawn joined The Ruzika Company in 2003 and has been involved in the design of theatrical equipment systems for dozens of new and renovated theatres. He has contributed to architectural lighting design projects at Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos and at tribal casinos in Southern California and nationwide. As a theatrical lighting designer he illuminates performances by contemporary dance companies in Los Angeles, and he works with future artists and technicians as a guest artist at an arts charter high school. Shawn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from UC Irvine.

TARAS BOHONOK

Taras comes from an architectural background and has over five years of experience as a theatrical technical designer. Taras brings advanced CAD & Revit skills to assist on various theatrical projects. He has worked on a variety of theatre projects ranging from large arena theatres to intimate Black Box theatres. Prior to theatre design consulting, he worked at various architecture firms both nationally and internationally. Taras has a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University.

MICHAEL ROMERO

Michael has 25 years of experience as a lighting designer and theatre design consultant, collaborating on many high-profile resort and entertainment projects. Notable are new arena facilities for NBA Basketball and Major League Soccer franchises, as well as theme parks and retail centers in Tokyo and Dubai. Michael’s architectural lighting designs include retail and hospitality projects in Texas and transportation facility projects at international airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. Theatre design and consulting projects include Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas performance venues at the MGM Grand and New York, New York. Michael majored in Theatrical Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

SZU-YUN WANG

Szu has an extensive background in lighting design for theatre, film productions, and installation arts. She has worked on numerous opera productions. She served as an assistant lighting designer at Central City Opera for three years and was the lighting designer for their end of season musicals. She has created dynamic lighting designs for regional theatres in Los Angeles. For The Ruzika Company she has assisted on architectural lighting projects for Seminole Hard Rock casinos and hotels in Florida, and other casino projects nationwide. Szu is from Taiwan and holds a BFA degree in Technical Theatre from National Sun Yat-sen University. She recently received her MFA degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from California State University, Long Beach.

CRISTINA DE LEON

Cristina assisted on architectural design and production documents for multiple airports and industrial facilities in the Philippines for more than 5 years. For the past 10 years she has used her architectural and interior design talents for high profile hospitality projects in Australia, Las Vegas, and Florida including Star City, City Center Las Vegas, Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, and numerous retail and restaurant projects. Cristina has a BS in Architecture from Bulacan State University, Philippines.

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.