We are a company of collaborators. Our strength is in the diversity of our backgrounds, as well as in the partnerships we forge with clients and colleagues alike.
production glue’s carefully selected core team possesses skills encompassing every aspect of production, from creative concepts and strategies, to technical know-how and complete production management. Having long been in the business, our principals lead our company with qualified expertise and a strong pulse on our industry.
Additionally, our substantial, diverse network allows our clients to benefit from our long-established partnerships across a number of related fields from technology to the arts.
Our industry relationships and broad collective experiences allow us to confidently move into uncharted territory at will, based on the demands of each project.
(founder & creative technical guy)
Founder and principal of production glue, Tom Bussey is a technical supervisor and staging producer who merges multi-disciplinary expertise with a “big picture” perspective developed over a career of 20+ years. A true creative facilitator, Tom’s design, managerial, and technical skills bridge many worlds.
A graduate of and guest lecturer at Yale School of Drama, Tom has worked with many of the preeminent producers in the industry. He has collaborated with numerous distinguished companies and individuals on every kind of event imaginable. Some of his high-profile press-driven installations, live broadcasts, and significant landmark events include NBC’s Education Nation in Rockefeller Center; New York City’s Daytime Emmy-nominated September 11th memorial, “Prayer for America”; the unveiling of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert; and two global Broadway theatre tours.
This exceptionally broad and deep experience gives Tom unique insight into how to execute creative visions on time and on budget.
When not running the show at glue, and when his kids let him, Tom occasionally sleeps (we think) and dreams of fly-fishing.
(founder & go-to guy)
production glue co-founder, Eric Tetuan, has built his impressive technical portfolio over 25 years in New York City production. His expertise has been molded by the needs and creative innovation of a city he regards as the driving force of his ingenuity and fast-paced, results-driven production approach. His skills reflect many different technical roles in the field, including production carpenter, audio engineer, lighting designer, production manager, and technical director. Culminating in his vast knowledge of a variety of arenas, Eric has multi-faceted expertise in fashion, media events, rock ‘n’ roll, entertainment, product launches, and corporate mergers.
Eric has helped create some of New York’s most significant events, including Election Night Headquarters; Tribeca Film Festival’s Street Fair; the World Science Festival; the flagship store grand openings of Uniqlo, Hermes, and Gap; product launches for Samsung, Dunkin’ Donuts, Clinique, and Disney; large-scale fundraising events and concerts; and PR stunts and activations for countless agencies.
Eric’s “in the trenches” experience gives him an invaluable understanding of the realities of a production site—and enables him to respond to parameters without sacrificing client vision.
(principal, president & superglue)
Jennifer Kurland’s core expertise is creating celebratory environments, and live events that leverage multi-disciplinary design and theatre-based concepts to immerse guests in a client’s brand and message. Her creativity extends beyond concept development, to producing effective solutions for logistical and physical challenges.
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience wrangling huge, one-of-a-kind live programs and shows for clients like The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, The Hearst Corporation, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Rubenstein Public Relations.
She is in her element with particularly ambitious, complex, and/or creative jobs.
In top venues across the City and around the world, Jennifer has played integral roles in events such as the 125th Birthday Celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge, the U.S. debut of an international art fair, live global webcasts, high-profile building dedications, and corporate celebrations for thousands of attendees.
The “superglue” that holds production glue together, Jennifer is part relentless taskmaster and part all-powerful creator/collaborator. She makes it all happen, from client management and budget crunching, to final production perfection.
When not holding the hand of a client, she can be found holding the hand of someone in her family.
(director of finance & keeper of the funds)
John Petrafesa has spent the past 22 years in the world of production, currently serving as production glue’s Director of Finance. He provides the company an undivided focus on keeping finances in order, finding new areas of growth and (making use of all his proficiencies) serving as our in-house audio expert.
John joined in 2011, already glue familiar having previously supported our team as a vendor of entertainment technology equipment for some of our most technically intensive events. Developed over years of joint projects, John’s understanding of glue serves as a huge asset in evaluating opportunities and optimizing financial gains.
John began his career in the entertainment industry as a Broadway and touring sound engineer and designer, and worked on many well-known theatrical productions with successful runs. His technical knowledge transferred well into the event world, where he took on various audio and lighting roles for major clients including Mohegan Sun Casino and the FIFA World Congress.
Not only a detail-oriented architect of financial strategy, John propels production glue forward with an essential big picture perspective.
When not “deep in the books,” John can often be found on the fairways, or home with his family.
(chief of staff & glue stickler)
Our chief of staff, Jon Migdal, graduated with a BA from Vassar College, majoring in History with a minor in Economics. After parlaying his uncanny fantasy-sports prowess into a job as the in-house guru for a leading online fantasy sports game, Jon moved on to the world of print and on-camera graphics while running a boutique sign and graphics company in Tribeca. He worked with some of the nation’s leading art directors and production designers, and it was then and there that Jon first crossed paths with team glue.
With 5+ years of management experience in the visual arts, Jon steps in to handle much of our graphics needs and serves as our resident signage expert, but it’s his primary focus for the production glue brand and all of its components that makes him so valuable. Whether poring over contracts, researching insurance policies, masterminding the glue office’s efficiencies, or adding an extra organizational layer into our financial logistics and accounting, Jon’s job as our chief of staff is never done—and glue is always in the best of hands because of it.
A proud life-long New Yorker, Jon has an acclaimed vintage sneaker collection with the current tally totaling somewhere between 300 to 400 pairs of Nike’s from the ’70′s and ’80′s.
(director of production & efficiency expert)
A specialist in entertainment production management and projects for live audiences, Brian Fehd joined glue as our Director of Production. With expertise in streamlining operations for expanding organizations, Brian oversees our production teams and project processes, and fosters the growth of glue.
After working alongside our technical team on projects including upfronts for CW and AOL, Brian became a permanent fixture in the glue office in 2011. Previously, Brian had honed his career with relevant roles, including Technical Director Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (and home to many glue events), and president/co-owner of an innovative entertainment technology company (where he became a U.S. patent-holder for one of his electrical inventions.) Over 15 years, he has created shows for production and television, attractions, and special events around the world, including The Blue Man Group, Cirque de Soleil, STREB, Tap Dogs, and The 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
While Brian is skilled in harnessing potential and reigning in intricate projects, he is partial to the open road for his motorcycle adventures.
(technical director & technical bad-a**)
A world-class multi-tasker, Matthew Richman started his career touring with big music acts top tier venues in major cities around the world–while attending Canadian university full time. Matt moved to New York to test the professional industry waters, and ended up with a full-time job as one of the City’s most talented technical directors of large-scale corporate events and concert production. Over the years, Matt has TD’d live events for the likes of Nike, Honda, Disney, Wal-Mart, IBM, and the City of New York.
Matt has supervised our most technically challenging events, including production glue’s multi-year involvement in the Detroit, LA, and New York International Auto Shows; three seasons of summer concerts on Governors Island (supporting the Dave Matthews Band, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and more); and annual corporate mega-events with tens of thousands of guests.
From “never before done” builds at Radio City Music Hall, to the New York debut of a high-end international art fair, Matt commands multi-level, massive builds with unflappable control and deft knowledge of the industry.
In addition to his ability to engineer client needs into reality, his passion for events of magnitude, complexity, and moving parts gives Matt unique value to any project.
Between events, Matt—a Canadian country boy at heart—balances his mostly urban glue duties with hiking and travel.
(technical director & IT guru)
Jack represents production glue in our ongoing relationship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and has overseen the Guggenheim International Gala featuring MGMT (as Technical Director), YouTube Play (as Technical Consultant), the Dark Sounds concert series, the Rob Pruitt Art Awards, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, and many other corporate and private events.
He has also TD’ed some of glue’s most distinguished live events, including our three-year involvement in The National September 11th Memorial & Museum benefit dinner, and the American Eagle flagship store opening in Times Square.
Jack advances glue’s proficiencies across the board, with skill sets applicable to many critical niches. True to his name, he has talents in many useful trades–among them: video fluency, IT-savvy, and the “holy grail” ability to find quality solutions for acoustically challenging spaces.
After graduating with an MFA from The Yale School of Drama (and prior to meeting glue “in the field”) Jack built his extensive production background working in the festival, conference, theatre, dance, and special event worlds.
When not “geeking out” with one of his many gadgets, Jack is at home with his family, raising the next great technical mind.
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A graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Philosophy and French, Cheryl Adler has been in the event industry since working in France on the 57th Cannes Film Festival. Her strong focus and industry passion took her to New York City, where she played central roles on award shows and film festivals, including the Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards and the shows, premieres, and parties of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Her French skills went back to work with a stint across the pond working in the fashion, sports, and corporate media industries; Cheryl produced events around Europe for Visa at the Rugby World Cup, Siemens, Wella, and London’s public sector.
After returning stateside, Cheryl officially joined production glue, producing some of our most complex events in the City’s most significant venues (and many across the country.) Always calm, her attention to detail and ability to step in as needed on a project to solve any problem makes her a key player on the production glue team.
As often as possible, you’ll find Cheryl experimenting with mouth-watering (gluten free) recipes.
A passionate “Kiwi” (that’s after New Zealand’s national bird & not the fruit, she’ll have you know…), Victoria came to glue via London in 2012, having managed projects across the globe for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as a number of influential industry individuals. Career highlights include five years as the executive producer for Frieze Art Fair’s title sponsor, the annual Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala Dinner at Hampton Court Palace in England, and international fashion & beauty events in Athens, Venice, Barcelona, and Croatia.
Victoria’s thorough knowledge of technical services, passion for design, and strong comprehension of budgetary processes, give her the tools to completely understand the needs of her clients & provide them with an approach that’s tailor-made for their event.
Outside of glue, you’ll rarely find Victoria standing still, as she is constantly seeking fresh experiences & inspiration. If she’s not discovering or learning something new, she’s been known to get a tad restless, which typically gives way to amusing Skype dates with friends & family, or even the occasional “Friday Funny” at the office.￼
(technical & artistic director)
Whether on high-level corporate events, or press-generating stunts with multiple publics, Lucas drives impressions with technical expertise and a creative reserve. He has overseen some of our most highly visible clients, such as NBC Universal, HBO, Jaguar Land Rover, and National Geographic. Lucas’ glue ventures encompass major product launches for AstraZeneca and Dunkin’ Donuts; the CNN Hero Awards; the MLB All Star Gala; and significant events for Hearst, News Corp, and the Nature Conservancy.
His jobs take him to prominent and unique spaces, from NYC landmarks (as our Grand Central Terminal lead), to Times Square and heavily trafficked areas, and countless venues around the country.
Lucas’ production career spans more than 15 years, beginning as associate producer for Court TV’s Forensic Files; and lighting designer/technician for CNBC shows including Mad Money with Jim Cramer. He has also been the in-house lighting designer and production manager at premier New York City event space, Cipriani Wall Street.
When not gluing, Lucas is spending time with his family and “lapdog,” a 190-pound Great Dane, named Chaucer.
A jack-of-all-trades, Pranav has worked in many sectors of the entertainment industry, including theatre (educational, non-profit, & commercial), festivals, manufacturing, and systems design. Officially joining production glue in 2012, he applies his wealth of knowledge to all aspects of production, giving him great insight into managing & creating excellent events for our clients.
As a technical director, Pranav has worked on a wide range of glue events; from culinary festivals for Malaysia Kitchen for the World, a global initiative by the Malaysian government, to a holiday pop-up store for tech gurus, CNET, to grand opening ribbon cutting ceremonies for Uniqlo & Resorts World, amongst others.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, and die-hard Trojan (as if there’s any other kind), Pranav currently serves as president of the USC Alumni Club of New York. A self-proclaimed news-junkie, he’s always willing to talk current events & politics – ideally over a craft beer.
With 15 years of industry experience, Matt brings a diverse history of event & show production to the production glue team. Getting an early start in the world of professional theater, Matt began working as an audio engineer & stagehand – supporting hundreds of concerts in the Pittsburgh area. After moving to NYC, Matt spent time producing events for major museums, event spaces, and cultural landmarks.
Prior to joining glue, he worked as a freelance producer & technical director for clients throughout NYC & across the country. In addition to executing meaningful benefits & galas for distinguished charities & noteworthy foundations, Matt is proud to have worked with companies such as Nike, Target, Samsung, Vevo, and MTV.
Unashamedly, Matt often finds himself instagramming photos of his dog Lambert (you guessed it, named after Steeler’s linebacker, Jack Lambert), as it’s the best way to ensure his best friend & beloved hometown are always with him, no matter where his travels with glue may take him.
A proud Oregon native, Shannon joined glue with a decade of experience & a solid understanding of coordinating, planning, and executing a wide range of events. Possessing an impressive background in theatre, high-scale fashion productions, and corporate events, Shannon dedicates herself to serving both the client & production team with efficiency & most often, humor.
Rooted in theatre, Shannon made the transition into live events, while working the Olympus Fashion Week’s lobby management team in 2004. Her portfolio also includes supporting high-profile fashion icons like Alexander McQueen, and overseeing powerful summits like the Newark Peace Conference (where she pinned a microphone on the Dali Lama himself!).
Since coming on board, Shannon has held management team positions for multiple traveling productions, seamlessly coordinated the unveiling of Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NY, and fulfilled her childhood dream of working with ‘My Little Pony’ during the Hub TV Network’s Playdate Premiere Party.
When Shannon isn’t busy creating intricate excel documents or crafting her next awesome pun, you’ll find her hanging out with friends, tasting the latest mircobrew, or nursing her latest muscle pain from an extensive Cross-Fit work out.
(assistant technical director)
Zach dove into the entertainment world early – adding sound design for a show during Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival to his resume before even graduating high school. After finding glue in the summer of 2011, he began working as an ATD on a number of diverse projects, including window displays at Bloomingdales for NBC, Lebowski Fest at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and the Conservation International Gala at the American Museum of Natural History.
We first discovered his affinity for multitasking while Zach completed his final year of college (a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Direction from Purchase College) – simultaneously juggling the demands of a full-time course load, while supporting our team during a variety of large-scale events. Zach remained focused & managed to never miss a beat!
A natural go-getter, Zach is often the first to ask “what’s next?” (even after building a 225,000 square foot 1,400 foot long bespoke tent for Frieze Art Fair New York), is constantly proposing innovative ways to approach a multitude of event-related challenges (especially when it comes to developing a strategy for importing over 6,500 gallons of water & live alligators into the Meatpacking District’s Chelsea Market, for the premiere of HISTORY’s Swamp People), and demonstrates a willingness to get his hands dirty at all costs.
His strong scenic background, down-to-earth leadership skills, and passion for working in non-traditional spaces, makes Zach a natural fit for production glue. When Zach’s not balancing his typical load of shows, you’ll find him trading out his work clothes for a pair of climbing shoes.
(associate producer and sustainability maven)
Robyn began her career as a Broadway and Off-Broadway stage manager, before leaping into the events world as a production coordinator. After regularly freelancing with glue for years, Robyn took a year off to complete her master’s degree in International Event and Festival Management at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. An academic at heart, Robyn has served as a guest lecturer in stage management at Fordham University, as well as her undergraduate Alma Matter, Otterbein University – continuing to educate the next generation of event and stage managers.
Now part of the full-time glue team, Robyn’s focus is on show producing. She’s become one of the chief glue sustainability gurus, aiming to reduce the long-term impacts that temporary events leave on the environment. Robyn works regularly to recycle, repurpose, donate, or reduce in all areas of an event, from print materials, to set pieces, to crew meals.
Robyn’s combined background in stage management and production coordination, along with her creative producing skills, allow for high attention-to-detail and anticipatory problem solving, ensuring a smooth-running event. Ranging from galas and award shows, to product launches and rock concerts, Robyn has over 50 shows under her production glue belt, and can always be spotted rocking a double headset as the hub of information while onsite.
When not at work, Robyn can be found training for her next half-marathon, or kayaking on the Hudson River.
Morgan first stuck with glue in the fall of 2011, after moving to Brooklyn from Atlanta, Georgia. While completing degrees in advertising and psychology from the University of Georgia, she began coordinating special events and copywriting for local Athens businesses and organizations. With an interest in supporting large-scale events with significant reach, Morgan took a bite of the Big Apple, where she gained hands-on production experience with glue, while applying her background in hospitality to overseeing logistics for artists participating in some of New York’s most popular concerts and music festivals.
Working closely with the senior production team, Morgan applies her strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and knack for creative thinking and writing, to supporting production glue and its clients.
While glue sticks with Morgan wherever she goes, her time spent outside of the gluniverse is shared hanging with the coolest cats she knows, Esther Jane and #RB (feline beasties) and mastering her (soon-to-be) craft of revamping clothing and other timeless pieces.
(sustainability manager and production manager)
Beginning his career as a technician in Philadelphia’s non-profit theater world, Lowell’s technical aptitude led to an early leadership position as head electrician in a LORT C company at the tender age of 22. After moving to New York in 2007, Lowell returned to school where his studies led him to a new passion: pursuing corporate responsibility and sustainability.
After freelancing for glue as a sustainability consultant and production guy, Lowell is thrilled to join the gluefam as our sustainability manager. Helping glue make the most of their resources, Lowell finds new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle every part of an event. One of Lowell’s long-term career goals is to tie efficiency and sustainability, working towards a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.
When not juggling two job titles and traveling the world, you’ll find Lowell and his family in his adopted home of Jersey City.
A seasoned technical director, Phil Hampton brings over 20 years of technical experience to production glue. Phil is one of the few team members who can say, in all honesty, that he “joined the circus,” having been a technical director for Cirque du Soleil for over four years. After working for Cirque, Phil decided to make New York City his home, which eventually led him to gluing for us full-time (and we’re glad to have him!).
No task is too big, or too small for Phil – he’s pitched tents, built shows, and managed both creative and technical processes. Phil’s rolodex of clients includes established non-profits, community organizations, and professional theatres, amongst others.
Events and entertainment may be Phil’s passion, but they haven’t always been his career. He has a secret former life as a computer geek, having a long and storied career as a software engineer for a once famous, but now defunct computer company.
In between tackling new and interesting challenges for glue in the events arena, Phil enjoys spending time in Central Park.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Justin has worked various roles in everything from creative development, to event production. He’s collaborated with some of the industry’s most respected entertainment organizations, such as the Alley Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, Princess Cruises, and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.
Justin currently is at the forefront of glue’s business development efforts, fostering relationships and partnerships with the some of the most talented and sought-after brands and event innovators.
As a child of the Disney era, Justin spent almost every summer of his childhood at a different Disney park. As a result, Walt’s ideals have influenced his outlook on creativity & imagination. One quote with a special meaning is “we keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”