Visual Terrain

Team

Lisa Passamonte Green

Principal Designer, CEO

Recognized as an leading international designer, Lisa’s projects can be seen throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Recent clients include: Fort Edmonton Park in Alberta, Canada, Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum and the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa.

Lisa also oversaw the development and management of park-wide lighting and control systems and standards for Universal Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando, Florida and Universal Studios Dubailand Theme Park located in Dubai, UAE.

Lisa’s work has been recognized with sixteen Lumen West Awards of Merit, three Lumen West Awards of Excellence, a Light for Living Award, and two IIDA Awards of Excellence for her work on the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Morongo Casino Resort and Spa and seven THEA Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Lisa was also honored with a nomination as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Lisa is an Associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA). She has served on the Board of Managers with the Los Angeles Section of the IESNA and has served on the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).

Educated in theatrical lighting design at San Diego State University, she launched her career at Walt Disney Imagineering, creating lighting for themed environments prior to founding Passamonte Lighting Design, Inc. in 1995. In 2001, she merged her firm with Moody Ravitz Hollingsworth Lighting Design, Inc. and together they created Visual Terrain.

In 2011, Lisa became the co-owner of Visual Terrain with her husband, David Green.

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Lisa Passamonte Green

Lisa Passamonte Green

Principal Designer, CEO

David Green

President/COO

David Green joined Visual Terrain in 2011, bringing over 25 years of experience in managing and delivering large and small development projects, including web site producing, creative and technical writing, theme parks, film, television and animation support, software development, information architecture, project management, public relations and photography.

In 2001, David founded Monteverdi Creative Inc., a media services consultancy specializing in bridging technical and creative endeavors for large-scale multimedia and themed entertainment projects. The company quickly established a clientele that includes the Walt Disney Internet Group, the TEA (formerly Themed Entertainment Association), The Hettema Group, Thinkwell Design, Technifex, Dedica Group, SHO Concepts, and Visual Terrain, as well as DIRECTV, Technicolor, SMART Design, Black Light Design, and Moto Design Group.

Prior to forming Monteverdi Creative, Inc., David’s past experience includes 14 years with the Walt Disney Company, working on projects such as Walt Disney Internet Group broadband media projects, Disney’s EPCOT Center, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland California Fantasyland Rehab, Walt Disney Feature Animation Management Enhancement (FAME) database. Outside the Disney company, David also worked on MicroCADAM software (for a division of IBM), Linn Electronics musical instruments and equipment, and feature news reporting for the Los Angeles Reader.

David is an inventor or co-inventor for <a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&amp;r=0&amp;f=S&amp;l=50&amp;TERM1=Green&amp;FIELD1=AANM&amp;co1=AND&amp;TERM2=DIRECTV&amp;FIELD2=ASNM&amp;d=PTXT">eight U.S. patents</a> for user interface design for TV set-top boxes.

David has won awards for creative and technical writing, and has published everything from poetry to 800-page user manuals. "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Building-Better-Mouse-30th-Anniversary/dp/1479379476/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1516238397&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=building+a+better+mouse">Building a Better Mouse</a>" was co-written with Steve Alcorn, and was published by Theme Perks Press in 2007. "Confessions of an Estrogen Evangelist" a book co-written with Joyce A. Kakkis, M.D., was published by Kensington Publishing in 2001.

An award-winning photographer, David's work is included in "Allensworth: A Place. A People. A Story." an exhibit and accompanying catalog in the permanent collection of the California African American Museum. He is a former, three-term president of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, and taught photography, Photoshop, and creativity workshops at the Santa Clarita Valley Center for Photography for several years.

David is married to Visual Terrain CEO Lisa Passamonte Green.

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David Green

David Green

President/COO

Michael Mahlum

Principal Designer, Director of Design and Production

Michael Mahlum, a native of Denver, Colorado, has designed lighting for dance, theatre and architecture all across the globe.

Currently Michael is Principal Designer, as well as Director of Design and  Production at Visual Terrain’s Chicago, Illinois, office.

Michael’s recent projects include historic re-creation of the Capitol Theater in Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Alberta, Canada; Hugo Boss Retail; the House of Blues in Hollywood, California and Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America, a national traveling exhibit.

Past projects include Hard Rock Cafe Tampa; Choctaw Casino and Resort Durant; Beyond All Boundaries; Americas Mart; Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton; Americana At Brand; Dubai Festival City; a 3-D dark ride for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, a Theme Park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Looking Corporate Office; Lund Cadillac; Spartanburg Cultural Center and Hubbell Lighting Headquarters.

Michael’s work has been recognized with two 2011 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Awards of Merit for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and Choctaw Casino and Resort, two 2011 Lumen West Awards Award of Excellence, also for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and Choctaw Casino and Resort, and a 2009 Themed Entertainment Association Thea Award for Beyond All Boundaries, a 4D cinematic experience at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Prior to joining Visual Terrain, Michael’s  background in lighting design includes Death of a Salesman, A Night of Innocent Games, Dustbowl Gothic, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and L’italiana in Algeri. He has worked for the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Lighting and Designlab Chicago.

Michael holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from the University of Wyoming.

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Michael Mahlum

Michael Mahlum

Principal Designer, Director of Design and Production

Steven Young

Principal Designer, Director of Design

Steven currently serves as Principal Designer and Director of Design in our Los Angeles office. His designs for Visual Terrain include the Buffalo Creek Resort and Casino in Buffalo, NY; themed attractions in Las Vegas; King Kong 360 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood; Rivera restaurant in Los Angeles; Ecolav dry cleaner in Miami, FL; Choctaw Resort Facades in Durant, OK; the Kongen Park Firefighter attraction in Norway; and Beyond All Boundaries at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA. Current projects include renovations to the Beverly Palm Plaza retail center in Beverly Hills; House of Blues Sunset Boulevard facade enhancements.

Steven’s portfolio includes designs for Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Warner Bros Movie World theme parks in Germany and Australia, Argosy Casino Kansas City, and LEGOLAND parks in California, Windsor and Denmark.

Steven’s work has been recognized with two 2011 The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Award of Merit for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Choctaw Casino and Resort and two 2011 Lumen West Awards Award of Excellence also for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and Choctaw Casino and Resort, plus the 2009 Themed Entertainment Association Thea Award for Beyond All Boundaries a 4D cinematic experience at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Theatrical design credits include Los Angeles Ovation Award winning designs for Songs for a New World, Jekyll and Hyde, and Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, plus productions in New York, Coconut Grove, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Cincinnati, and Pasadena.

Steven holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design and Production from University of Cincinnati, CCM and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from Indiana State University.

In 2004, Steven was honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle with the Angstrom Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Steven Young

Steven Young

Principal Designer, Director of Design

Swanee Konkin

General Manager

Suzanette Konkin, affectionately known as Swanee, arrived at Visual Terrain in 2006 with a background as an executive assistant, office manager, and payroll manager. Swanee’s experience in banking, engineering, human resources, and management make her especially qualified to wear many hats at Visual Terrain.

Swanee has a  Masters of Business Administration from the Philippines School of Business Administration.

Swanee is the General Manager of Visual Terrain, and handles many of the day-to-day and financial responsibilities of the company.

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Swanee Konkin

Swanee Konkin

General Manager

Kate Furst

Senior Lighting Designer

Kate joins Visual Terrain with ten years as a Lighting Design professional, designing architectural solutions, drama, musical theater, dance, and opera. She has designed for a variety of spaces, ranging from theaters to night clubs and bars, programming a variety of lighting consoles using both static and robotic instrumentation, and working with untrained and union crews.

Kate earned her M.F.A. in Lighting Design at University of Cincinnati: College – Conservatory of Music, then spent several years as a freelance lighting designer in New York City, designing eight productions at the New School for Drama and several regional theater productions. She assisted, dance, opera, and concert, designers to adjust their designs to the space, supervised change-overs, and tracked equipment and orders for the entire festival. Kate also has a bachelor of science in Business Administration and Theatre from Mary Washington College.

In November of 2008, Kate opened her first Off-Broadway show, "Dear Edwina". Her numerous credits include work for The New School, Cortland Rep. Theater, Horse Trade — Kraine, Theatre Row-Studio and JLP Dance in New York, as well as the Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA.

Prior to joining Visual Terrain, Kate worked as an Engineer or Associate Engineer on the Disney Magic, Oceania Marina, Royal Caribbean Project Sunshine, and other cruise projects, for an internationally known entertainment consulting and installation firm.

Since joining Visual Terrain, Kate has worked on projects in China, Jerusalem and around the United States.

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Kate Furst

Kate Furst

Senior Lighting Designer

Leigh S. Brown

Lighting Designer

Leigh S. Brown comes to Visual Terrain after three years with RGH Themed Entertainment, where she was the sole lighting designer for 10 attractions. Prior to that, Leigh was assistant lighting designer for the San Francisco Opera. As a Gilbert V. Hemsley Intern at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Leigh worked with The School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Balley, and The Lincoln Center Festival. Leigh earned her MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Tennessee, and her BA in Drama and Music at the Actors’ Guild of Lexington.

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Leigh S. Brown

Leigh S. Brown

Lighting Designer

Anthony Jannuzzi

Lighting Designer

Anthony comes to Visual Terrain from a lighting design internship at The Thinkwell Group. Previously, he was a freelance lighting and media/projections designer for various live productions throughout the Southwest United States. Anthony has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre: Lighting Design, from the University of California, San Diego. He was also a Lighting Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Lighting Design Intern at California Shakespeare Theater, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater: Design and Production, from Arizona State University, where he graduated <em>summa cum laude</em>. He was nominated  for the AriZoni Award for Theater Excellence in Lighting Design for <em>Picnic</em>, and received the award for <em>Zoot Suit</em>.

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Anthony Jannuzzi

Anthony Jannuzzi

Lighting Designer

Jonathan Lebovic

Lighting Designer

Jonathan comes to Visual Terrain after four years with Vortex Lighting. Previously he was on the lighting design faculty for Harvard-Westlake School, as well as a freelance lighting designer. Jonathan brings considerable experience with multiple hotels, restaurants, and residences, among other project types. He has received awards, including the IALD 2014 Emerging Lighting Design Professional, and a Lumen West Award of Merit for “Light Cycles.” He has already added to his awards at Visual Terrain, receiving a 2018 Lumen West Award of Merit for Universal Studios Volcano Bay in Orlando, Florida. Jonathan has a BFA in Production and Design, with a specialty in Lighting Design, from California Institute of the Arts School of Theater.

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Jonathan Lebovic

Jonathan Lebovic

Lighting Designer

Nicole Eng

Production Designer

Nicole comes to Visual Terrain with considerable experience as an Entertainment Production Intern for Universal Studios Hollywood, Intern at 22 Degrees Entertainment Design Group, Lighting Tech for Echo/Echoplex, Lighting Intern for Emmy Foundation Television Academy, Show Crew at Universal Studios Hollywood, Electrician for USC School of Dramatic Arts, Lighting Tech for Trojan Events Services, Spot Light Operator for National Dance Institute, and Master Electrician for Atlantic Stage 2. She has numerous production credits as lighting designer, light board programmer and master electrician. Nicole has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production Design from the University of Southern California.

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Nicole Eng

Nicole Eng

Production Designer

Michael Ekema-Nardella

Lighting Design Intern, Summer 2018

<h3>Lighting Design Intern, Summer 2018</h3>
<em>In lieu of a bio, we ask our interns questions about their experience at Visual Terrain. Here are Michael's responses:</em>

<span class=""><b class="">Q: How was this experience different from your previous work experience?</b></span><br class="" /><span class="">I had primarily worked in theatre before coming to Visual Terrain, so in some sense it was a total 180 from what I was used to.</span><br class="" /><b class=""></b>

<span class=""><b class="">Q: What was your favorite part about Visual Terrain, Inc.?</b></span><br class="" />My favorite part about working at Visual Terrain was getting to work with such a talented and enjoyable group of people. Multiple projects would come in, usually overlapping in increasingly complicated ways, and everyone would reach out and ask how they could help. There was a real sense of community that I haven’t really seen in the corporate world before.

<span class=""><b class="">Q: What did you hope you would learn most from your time at VTI?</b></span><br class="" />I hoped to learn more about the lighting industry and what possibilities are out there. I had never touched an architectural plot, or learned about philosophies of architectural lighting design before working at Visual Terrain.

<b class="">Q: Did your time with Visual Terrain affect your career or academic plans in any way?</b><br class="" />It is difficult to say how this internship has impacted me in the long run, but it has certainly opened my eyes to different possibilities and processes that go into various fields of lighting design.<br class="" /><br class="" /><b class="">Q: How much was the work you did/experience you had at Visual Terrain different from what you expected before you started?</b><br class="" />I never expected that I was going to be able to go out into the field with designers and actually be contributing to their designs. I was also able to attend a leadership symposium and hear from professionals about their views on the industry and how it’s evolving. I came in thinking that I would mostly be doing drafting work and filing, but I was given so many more opportunities to be involved than I could have asked for.<br class="" /><br class="" /><b class="">Q: Any other comments?</b>
Wonderful group of people, fantastic designs, and a friendly and opportunistic work environment. I could not have asked for such an enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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Michael Ekema-Nardella

Michael Ekema-Nardella

Lighting Design Intern, Summer 2018