Clear Story's work spans the disciplines of architecture, design, fine art, and theatre. As a team, we value collaboration, open-minded idea generation, and experimentation and believe that memorable experiences are created when different points of view are explored and brought together to make something unexpected yet contextual.  

The diverse expertise of Clear Story’s ten full-time staff brings a deep range of capabilities to the project team, including A/V systems design and integration, custom programming, video projection and pixel mapping, content creation, and more. Individually, or as members of a collaborative team, their ability to develop artistic concepts and understand complex technical demands and then translate both into an actionable process is a key asset for any project.

 

Rob Long, Principal & Creative Director

Rob is a professional artist whose varied practice includes lighting and exhibit design, photography, theatrical production design, architectural projection, and collaborative project development. He is the Owner and Creative Director of Clear Story. Rob’s work and that of his firm spans the disciplines of architecture, exhibition design, lighting, photography, fine art, and theatre.

Having studied architecture and technical theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and worked for ten years as a professional photographer, Rob possesses a varied repertoire of conceptual development, creative approaches, and technical skill. Rob’s ability to understand artistic concepts and complex technical demands and then translate both into an actionable process for the team is a key asset of Clear Story’s ongoing project success.  Email Rob 

Douglas McDermott, Managing Director

Doug has been working as a production manager, fabricator and design specialist for more than 15 years with experience throughout the arts, architecture, theater, A/V and exhibits industries. His advanced proficiency in an array of disciplines blur the lines between traditional design and production techniques. Doug’s competencies include project management and logistics, CAD design/rendering, A/V and electronic systems integration, industrial design, theatrical and industrial fabrication, digital media technologies, video projection and mapping.  Email Doug

Chris Craychee, Projects Manager

Chris has been working in the field of fine art preparation, installation, and exhibition for the last fifteen years, with seven years of supervisory experience at the museum level.  He has an in depth understanding of the intricacies of dealing with paintings, drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, architectural models and drawings, large scale and interactive installations, and audio visual displays.  With a degree in art from Carnegie Mellon University and an exhibiting artist himself, Chris has worked with artists, collectors, curators, and administrators on project development and exhibitions ranging in size and scope from one day personal projects to the 2004 and 2008 Carnegie Internationals.  Email Chris

Peter Milo, Designer & Technologist

Peter's diverse areas of expertise include computer programming, theatrical lighting, 3D drafting and design, digital control systems, and system integration. His skill set was honed during years in the A/V rental and production business working with everything from decrepit analog dimming systems to advanced video control hardware. From this, Peter developed the ability to craft elegant, goal driven technical solutions for customers in any situation. As part of Clear Story's D3 Studio, he is ready to help lead the way to the next generation of entertainment production.  Email Pete

Charles McDermott, Production Shop Foreman

Charles has been working in artistic production in and around the Pittsburgh area for more than ten years. In that time he has had a hand in the design and production of countless theatrical performances, events, and artistic and museum installations. He is proud to have his problem solving skills and production abilities utilized and nurtured at Clear Story. Email Charles

Chris Michaels, Lead Lighting Technician

A theatrical lighting technician for the past twelve years, Chris has broadened his skills considerably while working on the vast and often surprising variety of projects Clear Story undertakes.  He is comfortable with a wide range of entertainment and display lighting fixtures, from traditional incandescent lamps to cutting edge LEDs, as well as being proficient with a healthy sampling of video and projection technologies.  Email Chris

Jen Dillon-Michaels, Sales & Marketing Associate

Jen is the newest addition to the Clear Story team.  A stage manager by trade, she spent many years working in the entertainment industry productions of various sizes.  Favorite productions include touring Europe with Gershwin's Porgy & Bess and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Several years ago she decided to hang up her headset and settle down in her hometown of  Pittsburgh.  She has spent the last two years working for the local ETC Rep, before transitioning into her role as Sales & Marketing Associate here at Clear Story. Email Jen 

Tanya Ciriello, Company Manager

Tanya graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Film Studies and Art History. She has over 15 years of experience as archivist, curator, teacher, and administrator of the arts in Pittsburgh. Tanya's work for Clear Story is her first foray into the for-profit creative community.  In her personal life, Tanya is nearly recovered from taking sentimental journeys, but still ponders the inevitable resurgence of analogue darkrooms and manual transmissions. Email Tanya 

Eric Papineau, Production Technician

Eric has worked on variety of different artistic productions over the last ten years. He has worked in theaters, schools, rivers and on movie sets. Eric's skills include theatrical construction & painting, to animating 3d projection mapped visuals,  and even art direction for a feature film. Personal projects include mixed media canvas paintings, puppetry, music videos, and organizing and contributing to a graphic anthology. Email Eric

Sara Dixon, Studio Events Coordinator

Sara’s background includes art, non-profit governance, event planning and execution, exhibition installation, as well several positions in the hospitality industry including, catering, food and drink preparation, and management.  Adaptive and resourceful Sara uses her knowledge and experience to anticipate the needs of Clear Story Studio’s clients, and their chosen vendors, while focusing on customer service and client experience. Email Sara

Jeffery L Cole MFA, BFA, Electric Shop Foreman

Jeff received his Masters of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013. His focus was in lighting design, but also studied sound design and Show control systems over my time their. He was privileged enough to design the lights for the Penn State productions of Altar Boys, and Gray Gardens under the direction of Stephen Brotebeck. As well as Three Ways Home, and A Bombity of Errors, under the direction of Professor Stephan Broadnax. He also a lighting designer for the School of Dances concert in 2012 & 2013. Having received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University in 1995, while their he was a scenic and lighting design student under professor Robert Schweitzer. He designed both lights and Sets for many shows during my undergraduate studies including, Arsenic and Old Lace, Beckett, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and several student written productions for the Pennsylvania Showcase of Plays. After graduation, he worked as the Technical Director for Edinboro University’s School of Theater. After moving to Pittsburgh he worked as a Lighting and Sound Engineer for J.V. Chujko inc. a Pittsburgh based production company. During that time he worked with bands such as Gallic Storm, The Oakridge Boys, and the Contonements as well as politicians, for which he apologizes. Email Jeff