TEA Summit co-Chair
Pat MacKay - a pioneering figure in entertainment communications - currently divides her time between her content consultancy Ones&ZerosMedia and her role as Editorial Director for Quite Specific Media Group.
She is currently working with select experts to focus on digital development and content projects in theatre, film, themed entertainment, costume, sets, projection, and lighting under the banner of A Pat MacKay Projects for veteran publishing company Quite Specific Media Group, Ltd.
Journalist, writer, editor and publisher, MacKay founded Entertainment Technology Communications Corporation which published Theatre Crafts International/TCI and Lighting Dimensions (now published as Live Design), and founded the entertainment technology industry trade show and seminar event, LDI.
She led the industry in creating manufacturer and product directories, summer theatre, university and college, and jobs guidebooks, the LDI awards and the TCI Awards (now the Live Design Awards) programs. A digital pioneer, she led the 1992/93 development of the industry’s first comprehensive, internet-based portal, ETEC.
Since 1996, Pat MacKay has divided her time between writing, content creation, website development, and production for a wide range of new and old media, themed attraction, entertainment and special events projects for clients that include Times Mirror Group, Fox TV Studios, Warner Bros./Six Flags, Paramount Parks/Viacom, On Track Themes, Landmark Entertainment, Universal Studios, C2C, The Hettema Group, and Quite Specific Media.
Selected projects include: Asian Games 2006 Opening Ceremony feasibility, Barcelona 2004 Opening Ceremonies, We the People, Halloween in Hollywood, and NYC 2012 for Spectak Inc., plus Hollywood Bar and Grill, Graumann’s Chinese Theatre tour, The Mask in 3D, Hershey’s Really Big 3D Chocolate Show, Hershey’s Factory Tour as well as a numerous location-based projects for China, Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.
She was elected fellow of the USITT in 1984, co-chaired the USA’s golden-Trigue-winning Prague Quadrennial Committee, is the winner of both the New England Theatre Award and the USITT Health & Safety award, and since 1996 has been a member of the Themed Entertainment Association's Thea Awards Committee. She has served on the Wally Foundation Board of Directors and is active on the USITT Fellows Make It So task force. In 2007, she was honored with LDI’s Light In Life award for her many achievements and innovations. In 2012 MacKay joined the producing team of the annual TEA Summit.
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit, April 3-5, 2014 at Disneyland Resort.
Day One (April 3) of the 2-day Summit is a limited-seating Executive Master Class.
Day Two - Thea Case Studies (April 4), is open to a larger and wider audience including students, and showcases the people and projects that will be honored the following night at the Thea Awards Gala (April 5).
Visit the official blog for more information.
Register and buy tickets at the TEA Box Office.