Larry G. Wyatt, Principal, Assoc. AIA, ASLA
For more than 25 years, Mr. Wyatt has master planned and designed theme parks, entertainment facilities, and a wide range of visitor destinations including museums, heritage sites, and resorts. Beginning his career in entertainment design with Kings Entertainment Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, his career eventually led him to the post of Senior Vice President of Design and Planning for Warner Bros. International Recreation Enterprises in Burbank, California. In the process, his work has touched virtually every continent. In 1999, Mr. Wyatt opened his design studio Wyatt Design Group, in Pasadena California, with a top-tier client list that included Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox. He became Principal of MSI Design in 2006, heading MSI’s California planning and design office. In 2012, he returned to independent practice, reinstating Wyatt Design Group, Inc. and continues to service the out-of-home entertainment industry.
Melissa Meddock, Area Development & Planning
Melissa holds a strong passion and understanding of creating environments that spark the imagination while providing outdoor spaces that people can interact in and enjoy. Melissa transitioned into the leisure and attractions industry from a public works and residential background, getting her start with Thinkwell’s Monkey King and Jurassic Dream theme park projects in China. With over 10 years of landscape design, master planning, and area development experience, Melissa provides area development and master plans for the numerous theme park, attraction, and leisure destination projects that Wyatt Design Group fulfills globally, including her most recent contributions to Doha Oasis Theme Park in Qatar, Ocean Park Ha Long Bay Vietnam, and Warner Bros. UAE theme park.
Sean Olah, Facility Designer, Assoc. AIA
Sean Olah’s professional expertise allows him to masterfully represent the intersection between creative intent and technical capabilities, integrating emerging design technologies into the process while respecting the human experience. As a Facility Designer for Wyatt Design Group, Sean’s trans-disciplinary background is expressed through his expertise in CAD Design and the National Building Information Model Standards (BIM) lifecycle – ensuring management of the right information to the right person at the right time while maintaining creative insight. Prior to WDG, Sean was Lead CAD Designer with RGH Entertainment where he developed BIM standards unique to the themed entertainment design process. As a BIM Designer at Johnson Fain he produced custom Revit “families” and was also a Junior Designer at Studio BONNER & Stayner Architects working on Urban Planning and Design projects. Sean attained a Bachelor of Architecture degree, with a minor in Urban Studies from Woodbury University, with an emphasis in Civil Engineering while attending San Diego State University.
Angelica Alviso is an architectural designer for thematic architectural environments and specializes in collaborating with artistic and creative directors to create functional architectural environments that support the story and narrative of attractions and guest facilities. As Sr. Facility Architect at Wyatt Design Group, she currently designs retail and dining facilities, rides, and shows. Angelica has worked on major theme parks around the world. As Sr. Facility Designer and Project Architect for Walt Disney Imagineering, she contributed to the themed attractions Tron – Shanghai Disneyland, Toy Story – Shanghai Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios, Beauty and the Beast – Disneyland Tokyo; as well as Tower of Terror Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, and Facility Designer on Disney’s Wild Animal Kingdom, Disney MGM Studios Sunset Blvd, and Disneyland Paris’ guest entry. With architectural firm Cuningham Group she was the project lead at Universal Studios, Shanghai. Angelica had worked together with Larry Wyatt previously as Sr. Designer at Warner Bros. Int’l Recreational Enterprises and at Wyatt Design Group/MSI as Facility Design Architect contributing to Thea Award-winning recipient Busch Gardens Jungala attraction in Tampa, and Happy Hollows Park & Zoo in San Jose, also providing construction administration during the construction of both; and Hershey’s Chocolate World Strategic Master Plan for The Hershey Company. Originally from Manilla, Philippines, Angelica studied Fine Art and Interior Design at the University of Santa Tomas, College of Architecture and Fine Arts. Personally, she hopes to volunteer and build houses for Habitat for Humanity in the future.
Meg Cunningham, Senior Art Director
Meg Cunningham’s design work encompasses a wide range of environmental experiences through collaborative theater, spatial installation, and themed entertainment. Meg joined Wyatt Design Group in 2014 to produce show set production design on projects including Six Flags Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D attraction. She is now Senior Art Director working on multiple international projects and attractions. Prior to landing at Wyatt Design Group she collaborated on the design of several attraction projects with RGH Entertainment, including the Red Sea Astrarium. With a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Cal State San Luis Obispo, and a Masters of Fine Art in Scenic Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Meg’s creative skills include scenic painting, model construction and painting, figure drawing and carpentry to round out her architectural and design expertise. Meg has continued her passion for storytelling as a scenic designer in local theater production whenever the opportunity presents itself. She also teaches courses on Set Design at Azusa Pacific University and Glendale Community College in Los Angeles.
Kevin Mentzer, Senior Designer
Kevin’s background in theatrical and film set design combined with his experience as an architect provides a unique skill set to tackle theme park and entertainment design projects. His design approach includes digital 3-D modeling and AutoCAD in combination with old school hand-drawn detailing to achieve authentic environments. Getting his start first as a show set designer for GameWorks and Disney, then as Senior Designer at Warner Bros. International Recreation Enterprises designing new attractions and facilities, Kevin has worked on many large-scale themed entertainment projects including Paramount Spain Theme Park Justice League Interactive Dark Ride, Paramount China Theme Park, Busch Gardens Jungle Village, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, and Robotland Theme Park in Korea. Having worked with Larry Wyatt first at Warner Bros. then with Wyatt Design Group since 2004 on playground and themed entertainment design on a freelance basis, Kevin now a permanent member of the WDG staff moved up from Attraction and Show Designer into his current position as Senior Designer.
David Max, Show Set Designer, Assoc. AIA
Dave Max is a professional design, storyboard and fabrication artist. During the past 15+ years working within the entertainment, themed entertainment and gaming industry, he has worked on numerous high profile projects including The Red Sea Astrarium providing conceptual and architectural illustrations for RGH Entertainment, several animated and live action television series including working with Warner Bros. Animation Studios, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and Sega, as a Concept Designer, storyboard artist, and modeler/fabricator. Educated at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, Dave is trained in discovering solutions to complex design problems by accommodating both creative and technical challenges. Currently at Wyatt Design Group, Dave is providing detailed architectural set design, art direction, scenic design, and conceptual illustrations for our highest profile projects as part of the Wyatt Design Group show set design team.
Frances Angevine, Senior Show Set Designer
Frances Angevine has 10+ years of experience in Film, Theater and Themed Entertainment. Her background as a fine artist and fabricator infuses her designs with a dual focus on attention to detail and dimensional space. During her graduate studies at CalArts, she was introduced to the themed entertainment world while participating in a design mentorship with Walt Disney Imagineering. Frances has since been working in Themed Entertainment as an illustrator, art director, ride designer, and show set designer. Her designs can be seen on projects including SongSong Town in China and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi with Thinkwell Group; the redesign of the Chocolate Tour Ride at Hershey’s Chocolate World for Granaroli Design & Entertainment; as well as other projects as yet unannounced. Frances is very proud to be able to be a visual storyteller and an integral team member of Wyatt Design Group.
Kristin Showalter, Graphic Designer
Painting from the age of seven, Kristin has always been a fine artist. Fresh out of art school with a dual major in Fine Art and Technical Theatre from CSU Stanislaus, and an MFA in Design and Production with a Scenic Art Specialization from CalArts, Kristen first entered the professional design community as a set designer for TV and film. Captivated by the world of themed entertainment, where she could create tangible lasting sets accessible to real people, she provided her graphic design, art direction, concept design and illustrator skill-set to projects with RGH Themed Entertainment and Granaroli Creative, before joining the team at Wyatt Design Group. One of Kristen’s favorite hobbies is experimenting with her home printing press and keeping the art of printmaking alive while staying fresh as an artist.
Josh Schwartz, PLA, Landscape Architect - Planner, ASLA
Josh’s love for the outdoors and the arts has led him down a gratifying path as a landscape architect which has allowed him to meld these two passions together. Upon receiving his BS in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis, Josh began his professional career in landscape design working on high-end residential landscape projects, but soon found his passion for the themed entertainment industry working on projects from China to the Middle East. Landing at Walt Disney Imagineering, Josh learned the importance of storytelling and how it applies to landscape architecture and theme park design. Josh collaborated extensively with multiple disciplines, and provided area development project deliverables from schematic design through construction documents for Adventure Isle and Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland. Later, at Thinkwell Group as Planner/Landscape Architect, he managed and worked with design teams in Dubai, UAE, Beijing, and Pasadena. Comfortable working amongst teams, Joshua is a proud veteran, having served in the United States Navy.
Leah Harrison, Project Manager
Leah Harrison is a highly experienced project manager with the strategic and tactical planning skills required to manage the many varied projects at Wyatt Design Group. Leah’s background includes the operational workflow from design, through development, deployment, and site installation on several high-profile themed entertainment projects including recent work with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Universal Plaza retail, dining, and public area, as well as Simpson’s Springfield, and Despicable Me retail projects for Fox. Other entertainment projects include the Warner Bros. Six Flags parade where she oversaw all areas of parade creation and operation for five Six Flags parks nationally and internationally. As a content creator, Leah produced and directed THIS TOO SHALL PASS, a documentary on the wisdom of grandmothers. For many years she worked on various television and film projects in casting and unit production, as well as managed theater operations for two seasons of the Los Angeles Film Festival. She began her entertainment career in theater, as an actor, dancer, and stage manager. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a BA in Photojournalism and Dance, Leah also studied at the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York City.
Heidi Hirsch, Project Manager
Heidi Hirsch is a Project Manager for Wyatt Design Group working on numerous high-profile projects at once. As an experienced creative producer, project and design manager, art director, interior designer, and production designer, Heidi has contributed to theme park projects across the globe. For Riva Creative USA she worked on the design teams as Design Manager – Interiors for Motiongate and Bollywood theme parks in Dubai, Colorist for Universal Islands of Adventure, part of the interior design team for Sony Development’s Meteron, a location-based entertainment venue, and as a Walt Disney Imagineer she worked on the design teams of Splash Mountain Florida, Mickey’s Toontown, Disneyland Paris and MGM Studio Tours. With nearly three decades of experience in the design industry, Heidi is also an active member of the Screen Actors Guild, is an avid photographer, and her latest passion is creating Free Libraries.
Andrea Randall, Manager of Project Controls
Andrea Randall is the Manager of Project Controls, bestowing her organized project and office management skills to assist on the multiple projects that are worked on as a team. From contracts to financing to creative resourcing, Andrea touches most every project throughout its life-cycle. Her versatile background in the attractions industry includes various positions: technical director at Buena Vista Special Events, manager at Walt Disney Imagineering, event production at Universal Studios Hollywood, business affairs at Landmark Entertainment Group, and project and design management at Scenery West. She then had stints at various companies as a project manager, production manager, operations manager, and management consultant. With a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Honors degree and Presidential Scholar from the Department of Theatre, CUNY at Brooklyn College, followed by classes at Studio and Forum of Stage Design, Andrea began her career putting her stage skills to use for the New York Opera at Lincoln Center. She then went on as Technical Director for Dance with the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles, prior to her entrance into themed entertainment. Andrea is certainly the glue that holds Wyatt Design Group together on a daily basis.