Guy Gsell, President and Chief Executive Producer
Heading up the team at Field Station: Dinosaurs is Guy Gsell. An adventurer, teacher and life- long dinosaur lover, Guy has produced educationally themed theater, live events, and exhibits in a career that spans thirty years and three continents. As the Founding Director of Discovery Times Square in Manhattan, Guy created sold-out workshops and ancillary programming for the famous “King Tut” exhibit as well as “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and “daVinci’s Workshop”. He was a Producer at the 2011 World Science Festival and, for six years, Managing Director of the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey where he launched one of the State’s top theater education programs. He spent twelve seasons touring the world’s theaters and classrooms with the renowned Paper Bag Players, America’s foremost theater company for children. He has taught at the high school and college level, acted off-Broadway, written two plays, appeared on Jeopardy!, and appeared at some of New Jersey’s legendary music venues as a singer-songwriter. At the Field Station, Guy is finally able to combine his serious dinosaur obsession with his love for family entertainment, hands-on teaching and working with children.
Jayme Powers, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jayme comes to the Field Station from Discovery Times Square where she was the museum’s Director of Operations for two years. Prior to that, she led the marketing, sales, and public relations efforts as the Communications Director for Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and served as the Marketing Director for ACT Theatre in Seattle. Jayme never dreamed she would open a dinosaur park. In fact, she would have bet against it. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jayme lives in Philadelphia.
David Waggett, Chief Financial Officer
Before joining Field Station: Dinosaurs, David Waggett was General Manager for the World Science Festival, a celebration and exploration of science taking place annually throughout NYC, where he presided over an expansion of programming including Science on Site: Explorations on Governors Island, the exhibition of the James Webb Space Telescope in Battery Park, an exhibition partnership between WSF, Science Gallery Dublin and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the commission of Icarus at the Edge of Time, a multimedia orchestral theater piece composed by Philip Glass.
Before WSF, David was General Manager for Running Subway, a theatrical and exhibit production company based in NYC. At Running Subway, David was the General Manager for Bodies: The Exhibition at South Street Seaport, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical on Broadway and on tour, and Discovery Times Square and associate producer of Sinatra at the London Palladium in the West End.
Before joining Running Subway, David was General Manager at Radio City Entertainment for their production of Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way. While at Radio City, David was part of the producing team for the annual presentation of A Christmas Carol at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Broadway and National Touring productions of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Carnivale, a new spectacular entertainment developed for Radio City Music Hall and the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz, for which he also managed the merchandising operation.
Prior to Radio City, David was Business Manager for Playwrights Theater of New Jersey.
His production company, Counterpane Productions, has produced Off-Broadway and Workshop productions and has provided general management, producing and financial consulting services to the theatrical and live entertainment industries. Some of Waggett’s clients have included New York Musical Theatre Festival, Kardana Productions, Two River Theater Company, NJ Theater Alliance, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, American Stage Company, Karin Bacon Productions, Mary Burns, Inc.
"Big Jeff" DeSmedt, Dinosaur Troubadour
"Big Jeff" DeSmedt is not quite as big as Field Station's T-Rexes, but he's close! He's six-feet and eight inches tall, if you count the hat. (Don't worry kids, he's mostly a plant-eater.) Fifteen years ago, Jeff was inspired by his young daughters to write a song about a "Big Pterodactyl in the Sky." That was the beginning of a career of traveling from preschool to library to family event across the NY Metro area, getting children singing, clapping, dancing, laughing and learning wherever he goes. Along the way, he’s toured up and down New England and California, sold over 10,000 CDs and DVDs, and has grown a large and loyal family fan base. As an amateur dinosaur enthusiast, Big Jeff thoroughly enjoys his time as Field Station's "Dinosaur Troubadour," singing about fossils, herbivores, carnivores and more!
Jane E. Gordon, Associate Producer
Jane is excited to be a part of Field Station: Dinosaurs. She has experience in the food industry and musical theater. She has also been a stage manager for a national touring theater company. Jane holds a B.S. degree in leadership and administration from Nyack College in Nyack New York.
Andy Hall, Scenic Design and Art Direction
From his work with Broadway directors such as Maria Aitken and Michael Mayer, to his recent work on the Leonardo's Workshop show at Discovery Times Square, Andy has had a varied and active lifer as a designer. Currently he runs the scenic design department at SUNY Purchase where he teaches Design and Rendering. Andy has an MFA from NYU. A New Jersey local, he is thrilled to be involved in this exciting new project: Field Station: Dinosaurs!
Lynne Schreur, Director of Marketing
Lynne joins Field Station: Dinosaurs from Cirque du Soleil where most recently she worked on the launch of Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall. Over the course of her time with Cirque in both New York and Las Vegas, she managed the marketing strategy for Banana Shpeel, Wintuk, Mystère, KÀ, The Beatles LOVE, “O” and her favorite, La Nouba. Prior to that, Lynne worked with the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series at the historic Academy of Music in Philadelphia and Disney Theatrical Group in New York. Lynne is a graduate of Montclair State University and President of the New York Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Her favorite dinosaur is the triceratops. Follow her on twitter @alexdrovna.
"Jumpin' Jamie" Theurich, Dinosaur Troubadour
Jamie has been playing high energy family friendly music for twelve years with local band The O>MATICS (where he earned the nickname Jumpin' Jamie!). With the band he has been featured on The Price Is Right and is one of the stars of a comic book based on the band's adventures. As a kid's music artist he has brought his original "kindie rock" to festivals, libraries, museums, schools, and parties in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for people of all ages to enjoy! Before joining Field Station: Dinosaurs he worked in the music business for eight years with indie show promoter and label Jersey Shows and Danimal Records producing over a thousand shows and music festivals throughout NJ, PA, NY, and DE.
Scott Wright, Puppeteer
Scott Wright is the co-founder and director of the Australian Theatre company Erth. (Environmentally Recycled Theatre). Having been influenced by puppetry at a very early age Scott has made a career out of creating innovative and unique shows and performances for over the past 21 years.
Scott is very excited about working with Field Station: Dinosaurs, because this pioneering project satisfies his desire to be challenged while at the same time taking an active part in perpetuating the public’s shared knowledge of dinosaurs.
Scott's work he has worked with an array of extraordinary people including paleobotantist Mary E. White and paleontologist Luis Chiappe (feathered dinosaur expert) both have had a great influence of Scott and his feelings of how dinosaur-related information is shared, especially children.