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THE

TEAM

Creative Technology and Live Entertainment require teamwork. 

 

 A successful team contains a spirit of cooperation and each new project requires a new set of skills.

 

We regularly augment our team with new team members that have the skill sets necessary for each project. 

We choose team members that we know will be committed and bring a level of excellence to each particular project, and whom we know will work well together.  

From the beginning, our intention in forming BOX OF WISHES was to be independent, to bring excellence and expertise to projects, and to create a company that takes a design-centered approach to project management, business development, production management, manufacturer representation, and to assist with product development in order to adapt existing technologies used in other industries to the live entertainment industry. 

 

We exist across business categories to facilitate uncommon or difficult projects that don’t fit neatly in a single business category. 

BOX OF WISHES is a firm created to collaborate with artists, architects, designers, developers, and fabricators to bring uncommon creativity to reality and expert resources to creativity.  That is where we are already headed. We want you to come with us.  Let's collaborate on a project? 

TEAMWORK  + COLLABORATION

 

OUR
TEAM

Box of Wishes' core team includes Gen X, Gen Y (Millenials), & Gen Z. 

 

It contains a myriad of professionals with decades of experience in Live Entertainment. Among them:
- New Media Designer,

- Architects,

- Lighting Specialists,

- Automation Specialists,

- System Design specialists,

- Firmware Specialist,

- Civil engineer,

- Tent Specialist, 

Laser Specialist, and

- Project Managers.

BOARD  of ADVISORS
coming soon 

With entertainment's evolution and all ages inclusion, as part of our board of advisors,

we decided to include members of

Gen Alpha as well as Baby-boomers. Their perspectives are super appreciated by us. 
 

BOARD OF ADVISORS

coming soon 

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ABOUT OUR  TEAM

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LIS RONCATO

Lis Roncato is a dynamic and forward-thinking professional. She thrives in combining strategic planning expertise with a hands-on management. Regularly takes responsibility for driving growth optimizing processes, and improving productivity. She is happy wearing many hats but is a key player producing, consulting, and providing production support on various projects involving live entertainment, multimedia, business development, marketing, & sales.

 

She brings vast experience from different industries, which includes the film industry, live show production, event production, the fintech world, the translation world, and the humanitarian world. Having degrees and working experience in Multimedia Design, Engineering, Business Administration, and Project Management… An entrepreneur at heart, she has 25 years of profiting and learning from her failures and successes and is proud of the lessons that came along the way.

To Box of Wishes, she brings her on-the-ground international experience building projects in: Europe (5+ years), Oceania (1 year), Asia (1 year),  Africa (1 1/2 years), North America (10+ years), and as a native of Latin America (10+ years).   She is fluent and has worked in various languages with working proficiency in English, French & Spanish, and is a native speaker of Portuguese. 

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

WIN Lab Accelarator | Women Innovating Now (WIN) Growth Lab
MIT | CSAIL - Executive Education
Stanford Univesity
Art Institute
FAE Busines School
UFPR - Universidade Federal do Paraná
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PETER THOMPSON

Peter Thompson is an experienced project director and designer with 2 decades of experience in lighting, video, and special effects.   With Box of Wishes, he takes on any number of roles from moving light programmer to project manager to designer.  His background in philosophy guides his aesthetic and pragmatic ideas offering creative solutions in the fields of technical direction, project management, consulting, system, lighting, video, and special effects design. 

 

His in-depth knowledge of construction, live event, and production includes familiarity with the latest code requirements, safety standards, and the latest in entertainment technology.  At home with engineers, electricians, artists, acrobats, designers, directors, technicians, and software developers, he is content to collaborate at any and every level. 

 

His proven experience working on multiple scales: whether a bar with an automated chandelier or massive multimillion dollar construction project his skills will scale with your needs.

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

Stanford Univesity
ETCP Entertainment Technician Certification Program
Austin College
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JEM HODGSON

Jem Hodgson has been professionally involved in the entertainment industry since 1986 with most of his career working for Flying by Foy (11 years) and Cirque du Soleil (20 years). He has had the opportunity of being involved with some of the newest and largest technology in the industry, such as the 150-tonne vertical gantry crane from KA and winches reaching 7.6 m/sec and 15 stage lifts at the Beatles LOVE and has been deeply involved with every resident Cirque du Soleil production since 2003.

Jem brings a unique mixture of project management, theoretical and practical knowledge, and a deep understanding of the logistics and problems that beset many bespoke automated effects. Professional experiences have involved working alongside, theatre, ballet, opera, concert touring, film, TV, and even kabuki companies to benefit his wide range of knowledge. In addition to production experience, Jem is well versed in large-scale construction and theatre infrastructure, having spent over 15 years working with design teams, architects, and general contractors and overseeing vendors around the world. Jem has played a key part in delivering some of the entertainment industry’s largest shows and most complex theatres.

Jem is self-taught when it comes to the realm of stage automation and engineering but has found that hands-on experience has kept him keen and feels that the automation discipline still has many exciting things to offer.

Jem is also part of the ESTA Technical Standards Program and is keenly interested in promoting safety within the entertainment, events, and experience industries without limiting creativity.

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

ANSI | American National Standards Institute
ESTA | Entertainment Services and Technology Association
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PAUL MARQUES

Paul Marques is an experienced lighting specialist and software programmer with 2 decades of experience in lighting, projection, and special effects.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Media Studies and an Associate Degree in Information Technology.

  

His experience running the lighting departments for  multiple large scale shows: Ringling Bros. Red Show, Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, & The Beatles’ Love by Cirque du Soleil, has developed numerous practical and personal skills.  A proven problem solver and innovator, he continues to sharpen his skills and to develop his abilities in different areas. This has led  Paul into a keen interest in Software Programming. He speaks multiple languages.

 

With Box of Wishes, he takes on any number of roles, from programmer to project manager, technician to crew chief, whether it is an emergency re-solder of an LED to running a crew of 40+ from arranging lines of pixel tapes to rewriting lines of code, Paul is our go-to, get-it-done guy.

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

CSN | College of Southern Nevada
Temple University
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GABRIELA RONCATO

Gabriela Roncato is an architect and urban planner, passionate about innovating in the world of contemporary design. Born in Brazil, she delved deeper into her craft with her master's degree in Interior Design Architecture in Florence, Italy, where she strongly reconnected with her roots and the deep culture of her ancestors.  This experience has consolidated her style by using the combination of “re-signifying memories” with “affective design”. Her work is ever-evolving and maturing, with respect and knowledge of the past in order to create timeless designs for the future.

 

Gabriela brings vision, leadership, as well as a keen eye for quick necessary design solutions for averting problems. She excels in developing processes to deliver projects on time and within budget.  She is fantastic at building teams. Her continued enthusiasm made our offer to build a long-lasting partnership and she now leads the architect team with the freedom to ebb and flow along with each project's requirements. She is an integral member of Box of Wishes and is essential to all Box of Wishes endeavors. 

 

She is a specialist in CAD, Sketchup, AutoDesk 3ds Max, Rhino, Vectorworks, and ArchiCad and she speaks multiple languages: English, Italian and Portuguese. 

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

FIDI | Florence Institute Of Design International
UDC | Centro Universitário Dinâmica Das Cataratas
CAU | Brazilian Council of Architecture and Urbanism
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MARIANA RAFAGNIN

Mariana Rafagnin is an architect and urban planner, with a passion for live music and everything that involves the universe of live entertainment innovation as well as contemporary design. 

 

Mariana started working with Box of Wishes as a freelancer while still in Architectural school. As she grows into an excellent professional her skills are exponentially evolving.  She brings a creative and technical design mind, as well as a parametric vision for project development, and her knowledge in 3D building studies and realistic images helps configure ideas and finalize proposals for customers.  Worked with cross-functional teams to deliver work on time and within budget.  She has helped us create bid-winning designs at 20%-40% less cost than competitors.

She is a specialist in Sketchup, CAD, and AutoDesk 3ds Max, and she is bilingual in English and Portuguese.

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

UDC | Centro Universitário Dinâmica Das Cataratas
CAU | Brazilian Council of Architecture and Urbanism
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LORENZO DA SILVEIRA

Lorenzo da Silveira is a digital 3D artist draftsman and a Junior Civil Engineer and passionate about new technology and different rendering styles.   

 

Lorenzo started working with Box of Wishes as a freelancer during the pandemic, while starting civil engineering school and is always evolving and deepening his drafting skills.  Constantly seeking to innovate, he makes use of multiple software tools to develop renderings in order to express creative ideas conceptualized by Box of Wishes Design team. He is a team player and autodidact. Given the unique nature of Box of Wishes' designs, the usual software tools aren't always capable of expressing all aspects of our designs. When this is the case, he researches and develops new tools to assist Box of Wishes' team to create bid-winning designs.  He also presents his early 20's ideas, visions, and desires to our team, helping to keep us aware of Gen Y's and Gen Z's aesthetic perspectives. 

 

Lorenzo is Proficient in English, and Spanish, and is a native speaker of the Portuguese language. 

CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

UDC | Centro Universitário Dinâmica Das Cataratas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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