PHIL ALFIERI, Technical Director
Phil is a member of the International alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) and has worked on all types of events including the Inauguration of the President of the United States, television programs, arena concerts, movie openings, political and charitable events, Fortune 500 company meetings and corporate product launches. Due to his well known work history, Phil is also the president of the technical production company, Designatronix Industries. Phil has a special expertise needed to deal with public events that are high profile. His company has the certified skills, personnel, and equipment to uniquely deal with a variety of events and productions. Phil provides audio engineers who maintain the audio system for the City Parks Foundation's "Summerstage Concert series in Central Park" for the past seven years as well as the ABC "Good Morning America Summer Concert Series" for the past four years.
Credits Include: Armani VH-1 fashion Show; Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown’s Wedding; Dream Halloween Pediatric Aids Event; Port Washington Harbor Fest; Post Grammy Party At MOMA; Time Magazine’s 75th Anniversary Gala at the Radio City Music Hall; Costume Ball At the Metropolitan Museum of Art
MATTHEW PELZER, Director Of Operations
Matthew Pelzer has always pursued a creative lifestyle, beginning with architectural design and drafting, which lead to a graphic design degree from Southern CT State University. Matt has had his hands in building and designing environments for over 20 years. Prior to The Glow, Matt oversaw set design and story/cast development for The Haunted Mansion in Poughkeepsie, NY, while also building set pieces for Imaginart Studios, as well as set design and special effects for various film projects. Today, Matt enjoys the challenge of bringing his most creative ideas to life, preserving the magic of Halloween and creating an unforgettable experience. We encourage each of our artists to take a special interest in one area of the trail – giving them plenty of room to flex their creative muscles. To see what made Matt tick this year, be sure to check out our Pirate Ship, The Revenge, and the floating skeleton heads in our finale area.
WILLIAM BYWATER, Art Director
Born into a large family, Bill Bywater learned early on that he could set himself apart by honing his skills in carpentry and fine arts. Over the past 30 years, Bill carved, drew and sculpted his way into a variety of projects, from art shows to live productions – and everything in between. His vision and creativity have led to beautifully designed sets, custom concrete sculptures, ice carving masterpieces and – most recently - unbelievable jack o’lantern displays. His eye for detail and ability to see a final product even before the first cut has put The Glow in a class of its own. In addition, Bill also helps recruit and train the artists that produce our intricate over-sized jacks, while illustrating and carving a few of his own. Bill pushes the boundaries of what is possible with a little innovation and a lot of elbow grease, just ask Jack and his glowing skeleton band!
And some of our Production Team:
ALEX WER, THE PUMPKIN GEEK (click for more info)
DEBBI KATZ, Owner | Executive Producer
Debbi Katz is an accomplished Executive Director/Producer working in the for-profit and nonprofit industries. Her knowledgeable production experience relating to large events, covers productions at Madison Square Garden as well as highly successful pumpkin extravaganzas. Debbi knows how to build all-star teams that include some of the best Broadway actors, musicians, technical and production crew members. She designs and manages impactful, efficient productions with proven revenue expansions of 200-300%, by using ongoing market analysis to capitalize on new and emerging trends. As a catalyst for new program development, Debbi can often be found creating cutting edge entertainment. Debbi has built trusted relationships with top Broadway Producers who endorse her successful strategies for increased return on investments.
As a Director/Producer, Debbi has directed key functional areas including sales, marketing, public relations, social media, finance/budgets, human resources, vendor management, program development, strategic planning, and client relationship management. Her wealth of production experience and ease of creating strategic solutions are evident in Debbi’s motivational style.
CORI GARDNER, Business Manager
Cori Gardner has over 20 years of experience in the commercial and non-profit arts world including general and business and talent managing, producing, event planning, casting, and contract negotiation. She is the Co-Founder of The PATH Fund and Executive Producer its annual of ROCKERS ON BROADWAY concert. This non-profit organization that gives artists in many fields an avenue to share their unique talents while helping raise money for charities that benefit arts and entertainment organizations. Cori served a Talent Manager for Whole Artist Management (2012-16), the General Manager for Gingold Theatrical Group (2011-15) and Managing Director for Wingspan Arts, Inc (2004-08). Prior to 2004, Cori was the House Manager for the Ford Center of the Performing Arts, and served as the Senior Contracts Manager for SFX Entertainment, working with the major touring productions. Stage Management - Broadway: TRIUMPH OF LOVE (ASM) and Off-Broadway: I DO! I DO! and NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, Tour: DAVID COPPERFIELD: DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES (US & Asia). Cori was a Managing Partner in RIOT Entertainment, which was a lead producer on the smash Off-Broadway hit BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL, which won both the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
ALLY MUELLER, Associate Producer
Ally Mueller is highly focused on the details of a production, while keeping in mind the overall scope of an ever expanding project has led her to success. Ally’s energetic work ethic creates an atmosphere of cooperation, allowing her to find creative and strategic solutions to concerns as they present. During previous productions , Ally handled an attendance of more than 110,000 guests with revenue of $2.5 million, while seamlessly managing staff, venue representatives, Village Trustees and vendors. Ally played an integral role in streamlining the invoice approval process, reducing vendor costs, managing vendor payments and reconciling invoices while noting discrepancies.
Ally has applied her successful event planning skills to produce a variety of events located at the Webster Bank Arena, Rockland Boulders Stadium, SUNY Purchase and the Alice + Olivia Showroom.
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