A.E. Santana is a Southern California native who grew up in a farming community surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. A lover of horror and fantasy, her works can be found in Latinx Screams, Demonic Carnival III, and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp Books, the paranormal/true horror editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's Voice to Books. She is also the moderator for The Thing in the Labyrinth, a horror book club hosted by The Last Bookstore. A.E. Santana is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a founding playwright for East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Riverside's low-residency program. Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.
Alex, a 10-year veteran of Six Flags, is the new publicist and looking forward to her 9th Fright Fest. Overseeing the year-round communications for the park is fun and exciting, but she is quick to admit her favorite time of year is Fright Fest.
Andi is an actor, stunt, and creature performer. She was raised in Napa Valley, but cut her chops jet hopping between Seattle and New Orleans, before settling in Los Angeles.By the time she reached 4th grade, she was notorious for devising productions at recess, bullying her friends into joining her, and convincing her teachers to let her perform for the class. They were always the story of the villain.As soon as she was able to audition, she was performing non-stop in high school productions, at the local junior college, and eventually graduating with a BFA in Acting from Chapman University. You’d think it would be a hop, skip, and a jump to LA from there, but never one to take the straight path, Andi moved across the county several times, dabbling in a few other careers to support her acting addiction. By the time she reached LA, she had several film and television credits under her belt, amongst a wide variety of live theater credits.She quickly fell in love with the world of motion capture and her work there can be seen in more than a dozen video games, VR experiences, and tv shows – primarily playing the treasured role of the monster or villain.Andi is also the managing director and performance conditioning coach at Mind’s Eye Tribe: Action Actor’s Academy where she is able to share her love of motion capture and creature performance with other up and coming performers.She is Team Red Vines.
Barry is a monster that lives under your bed, but not the scary kind. He's here to get to know what makes humans tick, what makes them laugh, and share all his spooky experiences with you.
Bekka Prewitt is a professionally-trained SAG-AFTRA actor performing for more than two decades. She’s appeared on award-winning television series such as Nashville (ABC), The Middle (ABC), Impress Me (Amazon), General Hospital (ABC).She has also acted as lead in numerous award-winning films such as Marie Claire, Mediterranean CANNES winner. In her film work, she is often quoted about as stealing the show & everyone's favorite character.Bekka is an accomplished voice actor & performance capture actor. She does the voice & performance capture for Bela Dimitrescu in the newly released Resident Evil VIII – Village. She’s also had roles in The Descendants video game, mocap for XBox Gears of War 4 - The Nightmare Reborn Trailer, etc.She voices Kitty Cheshire in Ever After High (Nickelodeon & Netflix), video games characters such as those in Evil Within 2.Bekka has a plethora of commercial VO spots including national Marshall's, Lean Cuisine, US Bank, Target, etc.She is also a model and host. Some of her clients include ABC, FOX, NBC, CW, Disney, CoverGirl, Nike, Footlocker, Macy's, Toyota, BlackBerry, Crest, Max Factor, Nationwide Insurance, KeyBank, YMCA, Lexus, Keybank, Time Warner Cable, Lenscrafters, Target, Arbonne Cosmetics, Mattel, the list goes on…Bekka is a multi-faceted performer who works in films, television, commercials, theatre, industrials, spokesperson work, print, and runway. Bekka is a former music video show host, TV & radio news reporter, and disc jockey. She was trained in theatrical arts at Miami University and has studied under LA & New York based acting coaches.
The last living team member of the Original Disney Imagineers, Mr. Bob Gurr is responsiblefor shaping and creating much of the fantastical playland loved by millions. His numerouscreations gave Disneyland the timeless yet futuristic character admired by aspiring designersand kids-at-heart everywhere. His creations are immediately recognizable as Classic Disney including the Monorail, Autopia, Submarine Voyage, Matterhorn, Peoplemover, Haunted Mansion Doombuggies an many more. His positive contributions to and deep influence upon the cultural and economic direction of the entire State of California are inestimable. Bob is a vanguard of the risk-taking spirit which shaped California’s reputation for creative excellence globally; he is one of the original Dreamers who developed the ethos which continues to this day.
Brandi C Creason
For over 27 years, Brandi Creason has solidified herself as a valued member of the art department team, striving to put her passion and her work ethic at the forefront of her career, she has had the privilege of working on some of the most amazing and experiential projects in the industry. She has held varied positions throughout her tenure within art departments in all genres of the entertainment industry: film, TV, commercials, theatre, theme parks, restaurant design, live exhibits and even more. Most of those years, Brandi has worked freelance and more permanently, by the side of Universal’s HHN Production Designer, Chris Williams. She has become an integral part of the HHN Design Team, helping to lead and guide the process that takes Chris’ designs, from the initial pen-to-paper, all the way through on-site and installations. She is always happy to extend her knowledge about her job and the art department and its process. She leads with passion, focus and drive, which she hopes to instill in others.
Brian Asman is a writer, editor, producer and actor from San Diego, CA. He’s the author of I'm Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today from Eraserhead Press and Nunchuck City and Jailbroke from Mutated Media. He’s recently published short stories in the anthologies Breaking Bizarro, Welcome to the Splatter Club and Lost Films, and comics in Tales of Horrorgasm. An anthology he co-edited with Danger Slater, Boinking Bizarro, was recently released by Death's Head Press. He holds an MFA from UCR-Palm Desert. He’s represented by Dunham Literary, Inc. Max Booth III is his hype man.
Charity is an award-winning live-event producer, experience architect and dream weaver of immersive activations. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Epic Entertainment Group, LLC. - A collective of producers, experiential marketers, creative designers and technical builders focused on developing, producing and operating live events and immersive entertainment experiences. From creative direction to strategic execution, Charity’s live engagement experience spans two decades including the mediums of film, television, theater, location-based entertainment, festivals, themed attractions, haunts, award ceremonies, concerts, fashion shows, launches, sporting events, and publicity stunts. Known for producing some of the largest annual seasonal attractions in California including Dark Harbor and Chill at the Queen Mary, Holiday by the Bay at San Diego Hilton Bayfront, and the Taste of Downtown series for the City of Long Beach, Charity’s versatility encompasses Strategic Operations seen at Miami’s newest phenomenon NightGarden, a dynamic light show at the world renown Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens as well as creating and producing Dark Horizon in Orlando, Florida. Her professional experience on stage and in front of the camera in both feature films and television, affords her a unique perspective into the theatrics needed to translate live attractions into fully immersive experiences. At the helm of one of the few shops in the country, capable of creating, building, producing, and operating large-scale productions in-house, Charity’s passion for cutting-edge entertainment fuels her drive to stay at the forefront of immersive engagement.
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner. Chris has been producing live-entertainment events for the past 17 years and is CEO & Founding Partner of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the largest producer of themed Halloween events in the nation. In 2010, he ended his 12-year career with one of the nation’s largest banks and began dedicating all his efforts to his true passion. Since then, Thirteenth Floor has grown rapidly and currently operates 15 attractions in 11 cities, as well as a touring shows and off-season events, selling hundreds of thousands of tickets each year. Thirteenth Floor has become widely recognized as a leader in the industry by such publications as USA Today, Huffington Post and Forbes. Chris lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Carla and their two teenage children.
Beware the Dark Realm is a free non profit Home Haunt that helps raise funds for Family Promise of Santa Clarita. The Sivley Family have been building home and professional haunts since 1971. Beware the Dark Realm haunted house is a high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects, and incredible sets, making this one of the premiere home haunts in California.
Cody Chavez is captain of the Nostalgic Nebula. NN produces immersive fan events including classic film screenings, music performances, filmmaker Q&A's and a series of cast/crew commentary watch parties broadcast live on YouTube.
Haunt nut and carnivorous plant grower with a background in software development and design. David takes a tech-forward approach to haunting, focusing on effects that are both scalable and blow guests socks off. He’s taking Prism Haunted House commercial next year and is currently building a team to push things to the next level.
David Wally is key player in the world of immersive experiences, film, theatre, brand activation and live events - including Halloween. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Mycotoo – The Entertainment Development Company recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc 500. David’s key credits include: Films (Scent of a Woman, Hostage, Meet Joe Black); Theatre Six Degrees of Fornication, In & Out: The USofAlienation); Activations (HBO #SXSWestworld, Bleed #ForTheThrone, Blade Runner 2049, The Inkhole, The Irishman Little Italy Takeover, CES Westworld); Live Events (The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Dark Horizon, Six Flags Aftermath 2 and Warner Bros. Horror Made Here). David’s life and career have been distinguished by an ever-present dedication to inclusion and diversity. He leads and mentors diverse talent teams of disparate ages, genders, ethnicities, experience, specialization when hiring Actors, Experience Designers, Writers, Dialect Coaches, Managers and more. His management style is grounded in the motto of ‘One Team One Dream’ which greatly cultivates a collaborative and inclusive environment that allows all individuals working within the team to thrive.
Diane has been designing and running Rotten Apple 907 Haunt for 30 years. The haunt, has developed into an iconic Burbank event that draws people from all over Southern California. Diane’s love for decorative painting started when her daughter was young which turned into a career with teaching all over the states and publishing over 13 books. Her love for both Halloween and decorative painting collided to help make Rotten Apple 907 Haunt one of the highly rated haunts for quality of set design and props.
"Founder and Co-CEO of The Producers Group, a premier provider of production and design services for destination attractions worldwide. TPG specializes in turnkey attractions, production management, technical design, and content development for everything from small projects to entire theme parks. Edward has a distinguished haunt pedigree having designed and produced literally hundreds of haunted attractions all over the world. To many, he is known for bringing the first Western-style haunted attraction to Japan in 1995 (The Hollywood House of Horrors). He also served as Show Producer and Creative Director for 1997 and 1998's Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights. He worked directly with writer/director Clive Barker on Clive's first attraction - Freakz. Edward was also a Ghost Town Street performer at Knotts Scary Farm - 1989 to 1994. Edward was also a founding board member of the International Association of Haunted Attractions (now The Haunted Attraction Association)."
Elric Kane is a co-host of the Fangoria podcast ‘Colors of the Dark’ as well as the New Beverly Cinemas ‘Pure Cinema’ podcast. Prior to this he hosted the podcasts Shock Waves, Killer POV and was the producer of the live streaming video show ‘Inside Horror’. In addition to the podcasts Kane is an Independent filmmaker, the Chair of Film at Hussian College Los Angeles and former owner of the cult movie hang out the ‘Jumpcut Cafe’. He also played Lizardman in the straight to video film Lizardman but that’s a long story…
Erik Olsen is a film producer. His credits include Thirteen Ghosts (2001), Orphan (2009), and The Book of Eli (2010).
In 2008, Galen joined the Rotten Apple Team. Before joining Rotten Apple Galen was active at local church haunted house which helped him fit right in with our haunt. Galen has been a great benefit to the the team because of his knowledge of construction and set development due to his day time job. He is also a great dumpster diver. Galen's hard work and knowledge has helped bring Rotten Apple to where it is today.
George The Giant
George The Giant is a larger than life side show performer. Standing at 7 feet, 3 inches he is the worlds tallest sword swallower. His TV show appearances include The Tonight Show, Touch By An Angel, The Guardian, The Strip and According To Jim. Not to mention his appearances on CNN, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The Travel Channel. He also appeared as Colossus in Tim Burton's film Big Fish.