VP of Production
Emily Lawrence is a media producer and former professor, with past teaching appointments at Kenyon College and Dickinson College. Her media career began at Food & Wine magazine and CNN. She holds a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from The Ohio State University.
Lead Promotional Editor
Ari Feldman has a long history of being curiously crafty. When he was a child his number one passion was taking apart anything he could get his hands on – including his parent’s pianos, VHS players, and his mother’s ’92 Thinkpad 700 laptop computer (sorry mom!). Today, this love for mechanics and creating has evolved into more advanced crafting and video projects. Ari’s most recent projects include turning his living room into a chalkboard and a first place finish in a regional video contest.
Ari joined Craftsy in 2010. He brings a sharp eye for design, a heart full of vision, and a strong marketing background to the Craftsy production team.
Ari earned a BA in Communication Management & Marketing from the University of Denver where he found his true loves – girlfriend Carmen, his dog Quigley, and film production.
When not making videos, Ari enjoys surfing, snowboarding, brainstorming the next big idea, and playing kickball.
Sr. Technical Manager of Production & Media Library
As a kid my mother was obsessed with scrapbooking, card making, and other such crafts. I never really understood her stamp parties that she would throw. But now I understand that passion and love of creating something completely on your own. Joining Craftsy has helped me broaden my horizons and get more out of my “man conscience” that loves Nascar, Star Wars, and video games.
I graduated from the Colorado Film School with a degree in Cinematography and have seen all sides of video production. From directing a nationally broadcast TV reality show, to music videos, concerts and even hanging out of helicopters to get the perfect shot; video is my passion. My love of cameras, codecs and compression now allows me to help others learn knitting, crocheting, quilting, and anything else under the sun through the power of Craftsy.
My next goal is to crochet life-sized spaceship replicas from Star Wars…this could take a while
Post Production Supervisor
Maggie Hart is a writer/producer from the magical town of Aurora, Colorado. Growing up she wasn’t a very crafty kid – her poor coordination skills and propensity for injury would not have combined well with knitting needles, crochet hooks, or anything of the sort. She still loved to be creative, and acquired a passion for film while watching Steven Speilberg’s “Jurassic Park” at the age of five. (My parents wouldn’t let me knit but they let me watch Jurassic Park as a five year old, go figure.
Since then, Maggie graduated with a production degree from the Colorado Film School and now works with the Craftsy production team as the Post-Production Supervisor. She loves making Craftsy videos that allow all kinds of crafters to create something of their own.
More recently, Maggie stumbled upon a life-size knitted Spider-man costume and is now considering picking up the craft under proper adult supervision.
Senior Instructional Producer
Alissa is a Colorado native and a self-described dabbler in all things craftsy, artistic, literary, outdoorsy, and domestic. She loves to engage in the creative process and enjoys, but has not yet mastered, the arts of canning pears, cross country skiing, writing short stories, sea kayaking, acrylic painting, vegetable gardening, quilting, baking bread, raising children, and, most recently, knitting. She would also love to learn to speak fluent Spanish (or maybe Japanese), make stained glass, understand wine, and make metal mobiles, but has not yet found the time.
She came to Sympoz from Creative Crafts Group, where she was an Advertising Sales Manager for top consumer magazines in the quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, and knitting industries.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry and a BS in Human Development from Colorado State University. In previous lives, she has worked as a writing and critical thinking professor, preschool teacher, writing tutor, nonprofit grant writer, and book editor. She enjoys travel, camping and hiking, food, baseball, and good books–especially when shared with her family and friends.
Senior Motion Graphic Designer
Heather has a B.A. from Southern Oregon University in English (emphasis in Post Modern Literature), Theater and Dance as well as a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the California College of Art in San Francisco. In 2002 she won the Adobe Achievement Award for her thesis project “Perception”.
For the past seven years she has worked for several firms in the U.S. and internationally as a Graphic Designer and Motion Graphic Artist.
Before embarking on her Graphic Design career Heather worked in the fine arts, painting, taking fine art photography, and was part of the Suhalia Salimpour Dance company for 6 years.
In her spare time, Heather plays with pinhole cameras and continues her explorations in painting, photography, and dances whenever possible.
Jonathan Michael Garcia
You remember Captain Planet, right? Well, Jonathan is kind of like him, except instead of being made from the elements, Jonathan’s made up of writing, editing, design and creative talent.
And instead of being summoned forth by five diverse youths, Jonathan is the product of a loving family, world travel and a BA in journalism.
Also, Jonathan doesn’t have green hair or blue skin. But he can fly. In a plane. It’s awesome.
…THE POWER IS YOURS!
J.C. is a graduate of The Ohio State University and realizes her school’s name is as pretentious as its mascot is ridiculous. Since falling in love with Denver nearly eight years ago, she has worked as a reporter, editor and public relations specialist for myriad publications, companies and campaigns in Colorado. When she’s not parsing words, she enjoys spending time with her mutt and horse, as well as tracking down “happy,” free-range meat in Denver’s urban jungle with fellow hungry humans.
Director of Production
I have worked in the commercial film industry for over 20 years. In addition to feature films, television series, documentaries and national commercials, I have worked on projects for clients such as the Travel channel, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, the Weather Channel, Fox Sports Net, and Warren Miller Films.
For almost a decade, I have been volunteering my services for the Second Wind Fund, which is a teen suicide-prevention organization. The videos I have filmed and produced provide the organization with outreach and promotional materials, which have been instrumental in helping SWF obtain sponsorship, and raise awareness for this mental health issue. In the last 5 years they have become the largest provider of mental health services for at-risk teens in the state of Colorado. The success of this teen support network is immense. As a result, last year they began building a national network for their program.
I love Colorado for it’s easy access to the outdoors. Therefore, I am a skier, mountain biker, climber, Bluegrass Festivarian, and a whole bunch of other things that keep me outside.
James has been hailed as the “James Clark of his generation”. Twice voted the third funniest member of the Clark family, James is a writer and filmmaker residing in Denver, Colorado. His work has been featured on television, online and at film festivals throughout the world.
James is excited to be a part of the Sympoz/Craftsy family where he gets to foster his love of learning and explore new creative pursuits on a daily basis.
On the side, James performs improv and sketch comedy. Don’t get him started talking about it though, you’ll never get him to shut up.
His career began as an animator for the nickelodeon shows KABLAM, and the Emmy award winning Little Bill from 1997 to 2002. Utilizing the skills he aquired using After effects working with character animation, composting, and VFX, JP transitioned into the world of motion graphics, working at various studios in New York City, including Curious Pictures, Edgeworx, Chelsea Pictures/Digital, In8 Skils, Nick Digital, and others.
In 2004 JP began working as an in house animator at MTV promos, and quickly earned the position of lead animator and Post Supervisor for MTV promos motion graphics department. Heading up the “52 Weeks” project, his motion graphics team worked with different artists/bands every week for a year, including animation direction, compositing and VFX for Aesop Rock, Usher, Janet Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Dr. Cornell West, Panic at the disco, Mariah Carey, Kate Nash, Beastie Boys, and many more.
In 2008 JP left MTV to start up his own design/animation venture, Betty’s Wig Shoppe, where he’s currently working with clients such as Mercedes Benz, Nickelodeon Creative Advertising, MTV, Bloomberg TV, V Magazine, and Robert Deniro’s AGO.
Starting in Dec. 2009 JP joined the Advertising Agency Organic. Where as a Senior Motion Designer and VFX Supervisor, He worked on various campaigns for Bank of America. Including work for Bank of America’s Time Square digital Billboards and in bank video screens. Also Creating a Video for the in house iPAD app, Broadfeed, and various online campaigns.
Most recently, JP has worked on several Verizon and spots with the NYC studio Refinery and work on chevron with Mcgary Bowen.
JonPaul has just started as a Motion Graphics Artist at Craftsy.com in Denver.
Adam is a proud nerd who loves all things movies, music, and entertainment. Originally hailing from the Atlanta area, he loves the University of Georgia Bulldogs (who he also played rugby for) and will debate anyone on how awesome the school and sports programs are. Before joining Sympoz, Adam lived in LA and worked on independent features, tv shows, and web series. If he could go back in time, he’d try his hardest to get on the Nickelodeon shows Guts, Legends of the Hidden Temple, or Wild N Crazy Kids.
Andrew is a writer/director hailing from a small city near Cleveland, Ohio. Still loyal fan to his hometown sports teams, his way has been ever burdened. As a lover of camping and all things outdoors, he has lived happily in Colorado for many years now. While not necessarily much of a crafter, Andrew has always enjoyed other creative arts like guitar and film. Without question, music and movies are two of the biggest influences in his life. At his core, he is a storyteller looking for someone to listen. And despite occasional sarcasm, he’s only serious 10-20% of the time. (apply at own discretion to this bio)
In the summer of 2012, Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from the Regis University Colorado Film School. He recently joined the team at Sympoz as a Video Editor. He loves the great content along with the educational platform for those who might not have access to it otherwise. The opportunity to work in video production since finishing college is an amazing thing!
Lead Production Editor
Growing up in a small town in upstate New York didn’t provide much along the lines of entertainment as a young lass for Nicole. In fact, it turns out that her favorite (and maybe only) thing to do was rent videos from the only video rental shop within a good 50 mile radius dubbed Mr. Video. Movies slowly became an obsession as she sneakily watched horror movies her sister and friends had rented that she knew she “shouldn’t be watching,” saw Good Will Hunting in theatres at the ripe age of ten, and eventually went on to earn her BFA from The School of Visual Arts in Film/Video Editing.
New York City became tiresome and Nicole traveled the country a bit. She fell upon Colorado after attending and receiving an award at a film festival in Boulder, and it was an immediate love affair. She is now lucky enough to be a part of the Sympoz team where having the chance to learn new things daily and aid in the process of teaching those things is one of her most enriching adventures thus far. It’s even better then when she taught Video Game Design and Robotics to younger kids, because at Sympoz she doesn’t get Legos thrown at her in excitement . . . at least not yet anyway.
I grew up in a small city in Southern Italy on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. I spent my days next to the beach until I moved to Dallas, Texas in 2000 to study journalism. Initially working in newspapers, I was quickly drawn to video. I got a master’s degree in Documentary Production at the University of North Texas. My last documentary, titled Campania In-Felix (Unhappy Country), explores the rise in health issues in Southern Italy from illegal waste disposal. In 2011, I left Texas and moved to Colorado, where I am continuing to explore my passion for video. I miss the sea but love the mountains in Colorado, my new home. I enjoy spending time outdoors, biking around Denver and cooking Sicilian food.
An inveterate bookworm, Katherine has been passionate about good writing since an early age. After extended forays into French and Chinese, she found her calling as an editor. A multimedia, educational startup lured her from a newspaper in South Dakota to Colorado, where the abundant sunshine has nurtured her love of gardening and hence, cooking.
Now a veteran of The Denver Post news desk, Katherine is thrilled to be at Craftsy, helping to polish and perfect Craftsy’s amazing and varied courses. She’s also brushing up her knitting and bread-making, and contemplating the purchase of a band saw.
Katherine shares a restored Victorian home and lush garden with her husband, two standard poodles, two cats and about 50,000 bees. Yes, she’s a beekeeper, too.
A Wisconsin native, Katherine would like to see more cheese classes in the Craftsy catalog.
Raised by a writer and an avid gardener, Jane’s childhood suggested a promising future in the arts, crafts, & culinary fields. She created her first recipe, “Soggy Baloney,” at the tender age of 4, and by the third grade, she had sewn a custom-fit vest with ladybug buttons, mastered the art of painting Ukranian eggs, and could perform Charlie Chaplin’s entire dinner roll dance by heart.
As an adult, Jane can barely manage to darn a sock, and her cooking experiments range from delicious to downright pernicious (she recently forgot to add sweet potatoes to a batch of sweet potato stew…) but the arts still play a vital role in her daily life through film, literature, comedy, and playing the cello and ukulele. She studied comparative literature at Hamilton College and documentary filmmaking at the Maine Media Workshops, and has worked as a researcher, writer, and producer in the educational and promotional video fields ever since.
Jane feels fortunate to have found the perfect place to spin a good yarn with the crafting community, and is thrilled to be part of the Craftsy team!
Growing up, Carolyn was exposed to a wide variety of fine arts, since her mother found a new creative passion annually. Nothing was off-limits, and the yearly picks ranged from popular interests like needlepoint and watercolor to the niche worlds of spirit collage and advanced dreamcatcher techniques. While Carolyn’s artistic interests have traditionally been writing and filmmaking, she should have guessed that those spirit collages would eventually guide her back to the land of crafts. After graduating from Barnard College, with a BA in film studies, she worked at Interweave Press as a producer, where she directed, shot and edited many craft videos. Now, she is thrilled to be at Craftsy, working with a great team and creating amazing content (she’s currently lobbying for a gluten free cake class). Like mother, like daughter, Carolyn has tried her hand at many crafts, including knitting and crochet, and would love to take on sewing next.
When she’s not working, she enjoys watching her favorite movies for the umpteenth time, cooking, reading, remodeling her 19th century home and fostering puppies for the local animal shelter (that’s one of her favorite fosters, Bandit, in the photo).
Natalie comes to Craftsy from the corny state of Indiana. Early on in life, she became addicted to crafting thanks to her mother’s talents in sewing, embroidery, and other arts. Knitting, collage, and fiber arts can keep her occupied for hours, and she may or may not be a craft supply hoarder.
She was bitten by the video bug in college and ended up with a B.A. in Film/Media studies and a constant craving to make and discuss documentaries. She got her Master’s in Documentary Production amidst the swampy climate of central Florida, and her thesis film, Better Bones and Gardens has since screened at festivals nationwide. Most recently, she worked for Indiana University creating educational and promotional videos, freelanced on a wide variety of projects, and ran an Etsy shop with her handmade accessories.
When not crafting and making videos, Natalie can be found scurrying up Denver’s nearby mountains, catering to her insatiable sweet tooth by baking homemade goodies, and enjoying the company of her musical husband, Nick, and her floppy-eared dog, Gretel. She couldn’t be happier about joining the creative brains at Craftsy/Sympoz!
Dan Ito was born on the wrong side of the tracks. Well, deer tracks. A Denver native, he grew up idolizing professional wrestlers and filmmakers, in that order. Realizing he had three bad knees, he shelved his wrestling career shortly after his scheduled bout with Ted Dibiase for the Intercontinental belt in 1987. (Joke’s on you Million Dollar Man!) After studying at Colorado Film School, Dan made creative inroads all over town (all without antibiotics!) before landing at Sympoz. He’s working hard at being a creative storyteller because he likes how that sounds.
After surviving 10 years of advertising production in Los Angeles, I’m happy to return home to beautiful Colorado. I’m a major film/tv buff and my brain is full of tons of ridiculous celebrity facts.
Matt Smith is writer/director based out of Denver, Colorado. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film, & Video Production from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011. He is thrilled that he gets to work amongst such passionate enthusiasts. Matt also enjoys illustration.
Digital Media Manager
Kate is mixing her two loves in her role with Craftsy, digital media and knitting! She has worked in several different video production and media management roles throughout her career, both in Chicago and Denver. She can’t ever forgot her time in Iowa though, she will always be a Hawkeye! Outside of work she enjoys watching reruns of The Golden Girls and doing puzzles.
A treasured childhood memory of Jon’s is of very early mornings, making apple butter with his entire family – aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, mother and father, and his grandfather overseeing it all, usually by adding more sugar to the open fire kettles. Jon was shown how to tend the fire, stir using the huge ladles, and sing the family’s tongue in cheek instructional song, “Twice around the side and once through the middle” (repeat, and repeat, and repeat…). It turns out those first DIY beginnings were a prelude to his future career in non-fiction and instructional production.
Jon’s work has aired on HGTV, PBS, DIY, Hallmark and other national television networks. He’s shown audiences how to spin wool, rock climb, create a water garden, cook for Thanksgiving, and fly fish. He’s been recognized with numerous awards, including an Emmy, the Cine Golden Eagle, and a New York Festivals World Gold. Jon is also known for his expertise in production for corporate training and e-learning. A particular passion of his is producing for non-profit organizations to assist them in their important efforts.
Jon loves to travel with his family, especially close to home in Colorado. He’s a fanatic for home improvement projects, evangelizes for public transport, risks life and limb vicariously through adventure films, and just can’t stay away from March Madness. Still on his bucket list is a production where he can show how to make apple butter.
“Oh the places you’ll go!” Pattie has had many adventures and incarnations in her video career. She began as a TV reporter (and weathergal!) working out of a trailer on a bluff in Farmington, N.M. She moved up to actual buildings at 9News in Denver and CNN/TBS, where she covered environmental issues. She spent many years as a freelance producer/writer for various networks and organizations, including Starz!, Travel Channel, HGTV, VH1 and National Park Service. She still can’t believe that people have paid her to travel all over the world to make TV! Some of her most memorable moments include a bluff charge from a silverback gorilla in Rwanda, rescuing injured sea lions in California (Can you tell she loves animals?) and interviewing regular folk and famous folk, who all have a tale to tell. She is fortunate to have won three regional Emmy Awards and other statues for her work.
Pattie has been shepherding the next generation of broadcast journalists as a part-time instructor at the University of Colorado, where she is an alumnus and sports fan. She gets misty eyed every time Ralphie thunders onto the field! She has an M.A. from the University of New Mexico in American Studies, focusing on the land, culture and history of the West.
Pattie enjoys creative writing, photography, dream exploration, hiking and being with her two legged and four legged family. She has a lifelong obsession with horses and does equine massage. (No humans…sorry!)
Max Benitez is a filmmaker and media educator. He has led post-production on series projects for many exciting groups including Technology for Obama, Dell Office of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and SXSW Interactive. His editing and producing work have exposed him to innovative ideas in the world of Internet startups and inspired him to deepen his understanding of the Web as a platform for the arts and business.
In addition to media production, Max has led film workshops for young people and been a projectionist at an art house cinema. When he’s not on set or at the edit bay, you can find him at the movies, music festivals and sporting events. A native Chicagoan, Max roots for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox.
Motion Graphic Artist
Mike grew up in Washington State and Fort Collins, CO. He accidentally took a video production class in high school where he discovered a love for working with a camera. That led to a degree in animation and digital art from Chapman University in Orange County, California. After moving back to Colorado in 2010, Mike started doing motion graphics and 3D rendering work for OtterBox in Fort Collins. He is incredibly excited to be able to make the move down to Denver and join the killer design team at Craftsy. Outside of work Mike trains for events like the tough mudder, reads as many trashy fantasy novels as possible, and cooks a lot of curry.
Lily has been involved in the Denver film community for the past two years. She has participated as a screener and volunteer for Festivus Film Festival and Laugh Track Film Festival, and she also had the honor to work as the Marketing Assistant for the 2013 Festivus Film Festival. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Lily grew up loving film from an early age by watching the Star Wars series and creating home videos with her friends and sister, which later led to getting her B.A. in Communications with a Concentration in Film from Elon University. Variety is the best word to describe her. She makes a point to work on an array of different projects that engage and broaden her knowledge and experience. Her other interests include cooking, tennis, photography, travel, and catching up on her favorite shows and movies.
Although he spent the majority of his formative years in a small German town in central Texas (the cultural clash is beyond words), and in Santa Fe, NM, Marshall is originally from Colorado and couldn’t be happier to once again call the Mile High City his home. He earned his BFA in Film and Video Production from Regis University and spends much of his time making use of it by both working at Craftsy and crafting independent film projects of his own. When he’s not behind the camera, Marshall is either on stage “playing pretend” at a local improvisational comedy theater, or on his couch studying the films of Tom Cruise.
Marshall is grateful to be working at Craftsy with such a passionate and fun group of people to help create educational material for enthusiastic and equally passionate crafters. The majority of his hands on project work has been limited to designing and building filmmaking equipment… however since joining Craftsy, Marshall has started shopping for a sewing machine.
Jared has been a reporter and editor for publications such as Westword, Adbusters Magazine and the Chicago Reader. He’s worked as a producer for Free Speech TV, New Hope Natural Media and, most recently, was the Creative Producer for Gaiam TV. Jared has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado and was a fellow at the Academy for Alternative Journalism at the Medill School of Journalism. He has received awards for investigative reporting and, in 2010, won the James Beard Award for feature-length food writing. He believes that multimedia and streaming video are the future of journalism, education and storytelling. He lives in Denver with his wife, his toddler, his teenager and a very furry dog.
Kristin Benitez is a filmmaker and award-winning listener (thanks to Sr. Judy, 3rd grade!). She’s been sweating the details since she was 8 years old, when she took over all research, planning, and logistics for her family’s summer vacations. Since then, Kristin has produced several noted documentaries with premieres at festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and Galway Film Fleadh.
Kristin has also served as a project manager in a variety of settings, producing for film, television, and the Web, coordinating social media outreach, national events, websites, and nonprofit programs. Her work mentoring young people in the media arts in New York and Chicago reflects her dedication to empowerment through technology and community storytelling.
Kristin holds a BFA in film and television production from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MA in mass communication from The Documentary Institute at the University of Florida. She loves to read, travel, and cook, when not making or watching films. She is also a proud member of the Who Dat Nation. Geaux Saints!
Katie has been working in television and media production for the past seven years. She got her start working as an NBC Page in Los Angeles, which if you’ve ever seen “30 Rock”, you know what this is. “Yes, I had to wear the little suite with the peacock pin, that’s right Kenneth style!” During her time in LA she worked on various television productions, from the evening news to The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Team coco all the way!
Being a Colorado native, she realized just how much she loves the mountains and moved back two years ago where she’s been working in television production right here in Denver. She spends her free time hitting the slopes as much as possible, babysitting her adorable nieces or playing with her very spoiled little terrier. “It’s cliche, but I’m a Colorado girl through and through. Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, that’s why I live here!”
She considers herself a dabbler in all things crafty, with photography being her “craft” of choice. Working as an Instructional Producer at Craftsy combines her love of producing with inspiring people to create.
Kristin ran her first newspaper, the Fogler Family News, out of the basement of her parents’ Michigan home and dreamed of the day she would get her first “real” byline. After graduating from the University of Kansas, she became a “real” newspaper reporter and quickly discovered the true fun was in editing. Kristin worked for award-winning newspapers across the country before joining Craftsy to continue the work she loves in a new medium. A veteran editor, Kristin is never happier than when she is properly using a semicolon, correcting noun-verb agreements or general nitpicking.
Kristin wishes to edit the above statement to say: Kristin is rarely happier than when she is properly using a semicolon, correcting noun-verb agreements or general nitpicking. She correctly points out that she is indeed happier when she is spending time with her husband, the two coolest kids on the planet (who just happen to be hers!) and her very needy Goldendoodle.
After a decade in New York City, Chris decided to pack up his camera and head out west in search of some fresh air and wide open spaces.
Chris received his BFA in Film & Video Cinematography from the School of Visual Arts. After graduating, he started a commercial video production company in Brooklyn with a specialization in tabletop food, jewelry, and luxury products. Some
career highlights so far include ﬁlming Elizabeth Taylor’s multi-million dollar jewelry collection for Christie’s Auction House, working with NASA engineers to produce an educational documentary on the Constellation Program, and learning how to take a punch from non other than Smokin Joe Frazier during ﬁlming of his biographical documentary. He is proud to call Colorado his new home, and happy to be part of the Craftsy team.
Chris is an avid cyclist, amateur astronomer, and fan of all things outdoors
Director Production Operations
Born and raised in a London, Kate Swift has spent most of her career in television. As a Producer at MTV Europe, some of her most notable credits include Bjork Unplugged, European Music Awards in Paris, Berlin & London, plus a 7 part snowboarding series. After 10 years at MTV, her passion shifted from television to a pro snowboarder and Vail local who inspired her to escape to the mountains and hone her skills on the slopes. After a few years of snow and sun, London called and Kate returned home to head up the creative department of Virgin Media TV. However, the mountains ultimately won her back and Kate returned to Colorado in 2009 to free-lance for Impossible Pictures and CP&B.
Senior Creative Director
Brent brings nearly 20 years experience in creating effective, award-winning content for an array of global and national brands including National Geographic, DIRECTV, Ogilvy, IBM, QVC, and Starz Entertainment.
After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Brent went on to produce programs in every state in America and several parts of Europe. One of his career highlights was developing and directing a series of web spots with Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) from Spinal Tap —an experience that “definitely went to 11.”
After living on both U.S. coasts and traveling extensively, Brent – along with his wife and two boys – are thrilled to call Colorado home for good. When not in the office, you’ll find him laughing with his boys, exploring and listening to new music, enjoying the amazing weather and scenery of Colorado, and putting paint to canvas.
As a student and lifelong fan of the “hand-driven” arts, Brent shares a passion for all things crafty.
Marshall began his illustrious career in the arts when he landed the role of a lifetime as George Washington in the kindergarten hit, “Every Season has a Reason”. He would later take the craft to new heights as he studied day and night to perfect his role as Frog in an untitled performance in the late 80’s. This was the only the beginning for this young actor.
Disillusioned with the art scene in his small Oklahoma farm town, Marshall hit the road to seek adventure in the mountains of Utah in the late 90’s. It was here he discovered his love for deep fresh powder and adventure.
His creative mind and good old Okie work ethic helped him move quickly in the Utah film scene. By his 19th birthday, Marshall moved from acting to working behind the camera full time. He worked on films for Disney, Miramax, CBS and other indie films as an Extras Casting Director and Casting Assistant. Marshall has produced a multi-award winning documentary, played chicken with a very angry water buffalo in the wilds of Kenya, and braved the streets of Baghdad, all in the pursuit of telling great stories.
Now making Colorado his home, Marshall spends quality family time with his wife and two sons by geocaching, playing Settlers of Catan and laughing.
Karen spent over 15 years working as a producer in broadcast TV and corporate video in her native UK. She helped establish the network ITV show ‘Countrywise’, worked with fitness guru Rosemary Conley on ITV Central’s series ‘Slim to Win’ and got behind the scenes of the ballet world in Channel 4’s ‘Ballet Changed My Life’. On the corporate and specialist side, Karen produced numerous educational programs for Teachers’ TV and has worked alongside marketing agencies and directly with corporate clients in legal, government and commercial sectors on internal and external video and web content.
In her spare time Karen co-founded Chatback Productions; the UK’s first film production company run by and for teenagers in the Foster Care System. Karen moved to Colorado with her husband in late 2010 and worked in corporate, youth and broadcast content production before casting-on to the wonderful world of Craftsy.
Instructional Producer and Media Coach
From an early age, Maria knew performance was her thing. She spent much of her childhood trying to talk her sister and friends into putting on plays. That usually involved a bargain in which the friends got to be the pretty princesses while Maria took the role of the evil troll for which the costume, strangely, always involved a plastic white purse on her head with the fringe hanging down in her face. Maria went on to earn a B.A. from Colorado College and a masters degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in areas of performance and art. She rounds out her days and her foodie-focused home of three kids and a husband with her current passion, whatever it is – knitting, sewing, jewelry making, hiking, dog raising, directing musicals at the high school, and generally making the most of every spectacular Colorado day.
Colleen is a Midwest girl (Mostly Ohio, a bit of Michigan and a dash of Wisconsin) who studied Communications and Psychology at the University of Dayton. After college Colleen joined Teach for America. She was lucky enough to be placed in Colorado Springs where she taught 8th grade Science for two years. The combination of the view of Pikes Peak from her classroom window, getting to rock climb on real rocks, whitewater rafting, hiking, and an abundance of craft beer festivals created a beautiful love affair with the state of Colorado. After leaving the classroom to plunge into the world of reality TV production, Colleen moved to New York City. Since she made it there she realized she could make it anywhere, so she came back to Denver to continue the love story.
Colleen is also known for her obsessive crafting, love of power tools, tendency to give handmade gifts and genuine excitement about the words “some assembly required.” She loves that Craftsy combines her love for crafting, teaching and video production.
Born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC., Bob moved to Denver at age 19. He’s had over 30 years experience in Film Production, working his way up from Production Assistant to Assistant Director. Bob’s list of credits includes Feature Films, TV Movies of the Week, Episodic Television, Corporate Films, Music Videos and countless commercials.
Bob considers Denver to be his home and Colorado is where he grew up. Having worked all over the United States he believes that there is not a more desirable place to be. Living here allows him to enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and 4-wheeling. HIs other interests include film, reading (as a long time member of the James Joyce Society), music and the spoken word.
This position represents a new chapter in Bob’s life and he’s looking forward to all that entails. An added benefit for him would be learning how to sew.
Please join me in welcoming Jeff Gustafson to the Production Editor team! Jeff has been helping out Production as a freelancer for some time now, and decided to make us happy Care Bears and join the team full time. As with all Production folk, we can be hard to find since we spend half our days in Winterfell (aka the studios), but please feel free to give him a wave. He dwells in the pod of Production Editors near the mail room and that thing we call Justin. Jeff was born and raised here in Colorado. Jeff went to Metropolitan State University of Denver, getting a degree in Technical Communications specializing in Digital Media. After college, Jeff began his career freelancing for a myriad of companies around Denver and Boulder areas. Jeff is a huge nerd and am passionate about many things, including, film and video, cars, skiing, photography, and anything related to computers. Jeff loves making short films and you can usually find Jeff at the 48 hour film festivals held throughout Colorado.