Our Team

Rentals

Rui Alves

Rental Manager

Rui began his journey in technical theatre as a high school student and followed that path as a major in Technical Theatre at the University of Connecticut. After several years working in the New England and Mid-Atlantic Region as a Master Electrician and freelance electrician at a variety of regional and summer stock theatres, Rui moved to Boston and landed at ALPS in 1999. Here he started as part of the Rental Warehouse team and on-site for ALPS Events Department, eventually transitioning to the position of Rental Associate and into his current role as Rental Manager in 2005. Since 2006 Rui has lead ALPS involvement with Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2011, both Rui and ALPS received metals and were honored by KCACTF for their contributions. Rui continues to draw from his years of experience to assist clients in selecting the best solution for their lighting rental needs.

Michael J “Tex“ Teixeira

Warehouse Manager

Michael has been the Rental Warehouse Manager at ALPS since 2003. On a daily basis, he coordinates and oversees his staff in the handling of every piece of rental equipment on orders at ALPS.

No stranger to the theatrical lighting world, Michael has been in the industry for 27 years and worked in Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago. His vast entertainment knowledge comes from working in college , community and professional theatre, together with a design degree from Salem State College. Over the years, Michael has held positions including Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager and Master Electrician. “Tex’s” resume of production is extensive, having worked on over 300 productions all over the United States.

Steven Williams

Rental Associate

Steve received his MFA from Virginia Tech in Lighting Design, where he also served as Master Electrician for all productions and as a Teacher’s Assistant. Prior to Virginia Tech, he was an employee of The ALPS team for approximately 5 years.

Over the years, Steve’s lighting experience has included working with National Tours such as Hairspray, Tony Award winning theaters including South Coast Repertory Theatre, and award winning designers John Ambrosone and Paul Miller.


He loves designing, his family, and especially is wife, Allie, and daughter Nora.

Sales

Christopher Souza

Sales and Systems Manager

Chris became interested in entertainment lighting as a freshman in high school and has never looked back. He attended Rhode Island College for Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Design and spent a number of summers working summer theatre in Maine before starting his ALPS career in early 2000 as part of the Rental Warehouse team. In May of 2000 he transitioned into the Sales Department, handling the day to day boxed goods sales, and assumed the role of Sales Manager in 2001. In 2013 Chris was put in charge of overseeing both the Sales and Systems Departments. His focus continues to be building relationships, as well as product lines to fulfill the requests and requirements of ALPS customers.

Monica Gagliardi

Sales Associate/Office Assistant

Monica’s interest in theatre began her sophomore year in high school. That year she joined the stage crew and has been hooked ever since. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Performing Arts with a focus on Lighting Design. Monica joined ALPS in October of 2000 as part of the Rental Warehouse team. In 2005 she transitioned to Sales Associate and Office Assistant.

SeifAllah Salotto-Cristobal

Sales Associate

Seif (pronounced “Safe”) began working in the lighting industry at a college theatre in Northwest Florida in 2005. After 3 years as the House Electrician for the facility he moved to Kansas City to complete a Masters in Fine Arts in Lighting and Projection Design from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. After graduation he moved to the Boston area where he continued to design for companies around the country and eventually took a position as a Rental Warehouse Assistant at ALPS, before his move into the Sales Department.

Systems Installations

Christopher Souza

Sales and Systems Manager

Chris became interested in entertainment lighting as a freshman in high school and has never looked back. He attended Rhode Island College for Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Design and spent a number of summers working summer theatre in Maine before starting his ALPS career in early 2000 as part of the Rental Warehouse team. In May of 2000 he transitioned into the Sales Department, handling the day to day boxed goods sales, and assumed the role of Sales Manager in 2001. In 2013 Chris was put in charge of overseeing both the Sales and Systems Departments. His focus continues to be building relationships, as well as product lines to fulfill the requests and requirements of ALPS customers.

Kathleen Maynard

Service Manager / Project Manager

Kathleen holds the position of Service Manager, responsible for overseeing the staff and all Service Department operations including customer bench and field service repairs, as well as the maintenance of ALPS electronic based inventory. She is also a Project Manager for the Systems Division of ALPS. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for the administrative oversight of projects, the installation team, billing and closeouts. And on occasion, she still enjoys rolling up her sleeves and working with her team in the field.

Professionally involved in the industry for over 25 years, Kathleen began her career at VDA Productions as a Project Manager for corporate events. From there she worked as a Production Manager at the Foxboro Orpheum Theatre. After that, Kathleen worked at Barbizon New England as a Service Technician. Her responsibilities included commissioning dimming and control systems and maintaining service contracts.

Kathleen holds BA in Communication with a concentration in Technical Theatre from Bridgewater State University.

Paul DeRocher

Systems Integrator

Paul DeRocher began his lighting career at ALPS in 1995. Starting in the Rental Warehouse, he worked his way up the ranks, showing his skills in both the technical and educational areas of lighting.

After serving as Service Manager, Paul shifted his role to the fast growing Systems Division of ALPS. As Systems Integrator, he uses his vast knowledge to provide services from system design to installation and training.

Paul holds certificates from OSHA, Philips Color Kinetics, and Electronic Theater Controls.

Ethan Gilson

Rigging Specialist

Ethan started working for ALPS in the summer of 1995 while attending Emerson College, where he graduated with a BFA in performing Arts in 1998. After a brief period of freelancing, he returned to full time work at ALPS when he joined the Events Department in 2000.

In 2005 Ethan was certified in Arena & Theatre Rigging with the inaugural class of the ETCP certification program. Since then he has become an ETCP recognized trainer and teaches rigging practices through the ALPS Academy-Entertainment Rigging Sessions program.

Ethan currently serves on Plasa’s Technical Standards Program - Rigging Working Group, which is a consensus body that creates ANSI standards for the entertainment industry. He also chairs two task groups for the organization, BSR E1.39 which creates the first fall arrest standard in the entertainment industry, and BSR E1.4-2 which will standardized statically suspended (Dead Hung) rigging hardware.

Ethan has been racing sail boats for most of his life and has competed in nine class championships since 1991. He is a past Master of Norumbega Fraternity Lodge, A.F. & A. M. and currently serves as the lodge’s treasurer.

Events

Daniel Clawson

Vice President, Events

Dan began designing lighting in a community theatre in 1978. He has also worked as a production manager, stage manager, master electrician, and rigger (and stagehand, and spotlight operator, and carpenter, and shop tech, and truck driver….). His career has taken him around the world, and includes projects in theatre, music, dance, corporate meetings, and laser light shows. His credits include Lighting Director at the Warwick Musical Theatre from 1989 -1994, and Master Electrician for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company from 1998 – 2007.

Dan joined the Events Department at ALPS in 1999. In the decade since then he has developed a highly regarded sales and design team, and continues to design lighting for a wide range of events.

When he’s not working Dan indulges his passion for long distance bicycle touring, and he is still involved at the community theatre where he got his start as a teenager.

Alexander Cheng

Lighting Designer

Alex started in theater at a very young age and has been designing lights since before there were lights. He started out with sparks he made by banging rocks together. Event planners loved his sparks then, and they still do today.

Alex’s first association with ALPS was in 1988 as a freelancer. He was finally convinced to join ALPS full-time in 1997 and quickly transitioned into the Events Department. He credits his success and longevity to the many, far more talented people with whom he surrounds himself.

Though he always seems to be busy working events, Alex spends much of his spare time playing with his 3 dogs, Bailey, Sidney and Melman, and 3 cats, Mylo, Katya and Tia. He rediscovered his love for playing lacrosse and travels around the New England area, as well as up and down the Eastern Seaboard playing as much as he can. You can also find him on the golf course with other members of the company relieving stress by hitting little white balls. He intends to find time to ride his motorcycle more and perhaps develop a sport combining skiing, lacrosse, golf and dogs.

Alex fervently urges everyone to be kinder to each other and to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Christopher Flynn

Lighting Designer

Christopher Flynn graduated with a B.F.A. in lighting design from Emerson College in 1995. He joined the ALPS family in March of 1996, starting in the Rental warehouse pulling and delivering rental orders. Since then he has moved his way up to his current position, as one of the staff designers and the lead automated lighting programmer for the Events Department. Christopher’s ability to help clients complete their visions has proved to be his passion. The genuine teamwork of the Events Department is what has kept him here at ALPS all these many years.

In his spare time Christopher enjoys cooking, golf, video games, and playing house with his wife Kate, son Oliver and their two incredibly large cats Lucero and Lando.

Alex Bombard-Fitch

Lighting Designer

Originally from Burlington VT, Alex has a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont. She comes from a Broadway touring background and has worked on such notable production as The Light in the Piazza, Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and RENT. The opportunity to work on such large scale productions with incredible design talents helped Alex decide that she wanted to design on a more regular basis.

Alex joined the ALPS team in 2007, adding a welcome fifth wheel to the Events Department design wagon. She finds great joy in the organic development of lighting and production design, as well as the look on people’s faces when they see the finished product.

When she is not working, Alex enjoys all things geeky, trying new restaurants, and spending time outside with her wife Ashley and their very fat cat Frankie.

Alex is a member of IATSE A.C.T.

Michael Barczys

Lighting Designer

Michael brings over 13 years of lighting experience to ALPS from designing, installing, and programming hundreds of theatrical shows, films, national and international tours, product launches, and events. He has worked at the metropolitan opera, on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, performing arts centers, arenas, convention centers, and ballrooms. Past companies he has been involved with include BNL Design Inc, Michael Riotto Design, The Metropolitan Opera, Big Apple Circus, Tyler Perry Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and High Output.

Jenn DeSutter

Events Administrator/Labor Coordinator

Formerly known around the Boston Area Theater and Events scene as “Jenn Brown”, she has extensive experience in the community as a free-lancer, stage manager, and production manager.

She was a leader in the management of the Boston Center for the Arts for many years, including during the period of collaboration with the Huntington Theatre creating the Calderwood Pavilion and collaborating with the partners of the Beehive.

Previously Jenn worked as a PSM for several productions at the Huntington Theatre. For years she worked alongside ALPS in her many varied positions, and is extremely happy to be a part of the Events Department.

Service & Repairs

Kathleen Maynard

Service Manager / Project Manager

Kathleen holds the position of Service Manager, responsible for overseeing the staff and all Service Department operations including customer bench and field service repairs, as well as the maintenance of ALPS electronic based inventory. She is also a Project Manager for the Systems Division of ALPS. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for the administrative oversight of projects, the installation team, billing and closeouts. And on occasion, she still enjoys rolling up her sleeves and working with her team in the field.

Professionally involved in the industry for over 25 years, Kathleen began her career at VDA Productions as a Project Manager for corporate events. From there she worked as a Production Manager at the Foxboro Orpheum Theatre. After that, Kathleen worked at Barbizon New England as a Service Technician. Her responsibilities included commissioning dimming and control systems and maintaining service contracts.

Kathleen holds BA in Communication with a concentration in Technical Theatre from Bridgewater State University.

Richard Gagliardi

Service Foreman

Richard Gagliardi, a Vermont native, has been with ALPS since 1999. As the Lead Service Technician, he is responsible for the repair of ALPS rental inventory, as well as performing field and bench service repairs on customer’s equipment. Richard holds certificates from several major industry manufacturers and well over a decades experience working with countless brands. Richard draws his repair expertise from working in several trades over the years, together with a lifelong interest in electronics and theatre.

When not here or chasing problems out of the dark corners of theatres, Richard can be found being a dad, pretending to be a mad scientist, or continuously renovating his 145 year old house.

Brian Guiry

Service Associate

Brian is a bench and field technician for the Service Department since starting with ALPS in 2008. He has been involved in the industry professionally for nearly20 years. Brian specializes in chain motor maintenance and repair, but is also involved with servicing most of the brands of electronic equipment that makes its way to service. Previously, Brian worked at High Output handling rigging maintenance and inspection.

Brian has participated in Mountain Rigging School and Vari-Lite technical training.


Steven Way

President

Steven has been President since he first turned his love of lighting “hobby” into a business in 1981, then called B.W.A. Lighting, as a high school senior at age 17. His plan at the time was to provide lighting production services only. Over 33 years that plan has…evolved.

Through the years, Steven has built a strong organization with a dedicated staff that delivers quality results through communication and creative collaboration. This has allowed him to focus on relationships, strategy and leadership.

Steven has been an active member in the industry associations ISES and PLASA for many years. He has served as President of the ISES New England Chapter, Chair of its International Membership Development Committee, and currently sits on the International Finance & Audit Committee. Steven has also served on the board of PLASA North America, currently sits as Chair of its Membership Development Committee and is involved with other committees, as well as a business peer group.

Steven has spoken at numerous local, regional and international conferences and thoroughly enjoys educating Event Professionals on collaborating as partners, new trends and understanding the technical side of our industry.

Steven has been honored to receive the ISES International Volunteer of the Year Award, Spirit of ISES Award, Chapter President’s Award, Merit Scholarship Award, and the PLASA (ESTA) Frank Stewart Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition, ALPS has been recognized for outstanding performance and contributions to NETC, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (KCACTF), Citizens Bank and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In his "spare" time, Steve loves to play racquetball, build sandcastles at the beach...and sleep.

Jim deVeer

Executive Vice President / Senior Partner

Jim discovered lighting at age 14, when after a singing rehearsal for a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, it was announced that anyone who would like to help the lighting crew could stay after. Jim has been staying after ever since. After living lighting in high school, Jim got a BA in Theatre Arts from New England College and an MFA in Scenography from Purdue University. After touring rock & roll, Jim worked with Sarah Caldwell and the Opera Company of Boston, starting as an intern, then Master Electrician and ending up as Opera Company and Opera House Production Manager.

While at the Opera Company, Jim started to develop independent lighting design and Master Electrician accounts, as well as acquiring lighting equipment and building a rental inventory. Eventually it became obvious that he either had to concentrate on his Opera Company duties or on the growing pile of lighting equipment. The lure of the “freelance life” won out and deV Enterprises, (deV Ent) Boston’s newest lighting rental house was born.

The early 90’s was a busy time for deV Ent, designing or installing productions, building up the rental inventory and supplying lighting packages to theatre, dance and opera productions. This was also the time when Jim and Steve Way, (the owner of BWA Lighting Company, another lighting and production vendor in the Boston area) started cross renting equipment to each other. Somehow, the two companies did not compete against each other, yet both used the same style equipment inventories. In 1995, after lunch at a lack-luster Chinese restaurant, it was decided, that it was a no brainer … that the two companies should merge to become Advanced Lighting & Production Services. The rest, as well as the previous, is history.

Chad Winship

Company Manager

Chad's interest in theater started in high school, which lead him to pursue a Theatre major at Rhode Island College. Originally a Performance Theater major, Chad's directors were quick to inform him that as an actor, he might make a fine technician. Chad got a job working backstage at the college theater and quickly found his home.

After college, Chad worked for Boston based Image Engineering, a premier (and no longer in business) laser company providing services for large special events all over the the world.

In January of 1997 he joined ALPS as Rental Manager. Over the years, Chad has been a part of the organizations growth and success, eventually transitioning roles into his current position as the Company Manager.

In his spare time, Chad loves spending time with his wife Kim, their three amazing children, camping and goofing around on rocks.

Dona Avery-Booth

Office Manager

Dona is originally from the Midwest (a very small town in southern Wisconsin, to be precise). She attended the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Dona opted to seek employment in the area of community-based mental health. With many more opportunities in this field on the east coast, she focused her job search in the Boston area. Dona worked in the Mental Health field for several years, having moved from direct care positions into more administrative roles.

Ultimately, Dona decided to explore other employment possibilities. While exploring career options, she took a temp position in Customer Service and found she enjoyed the work and customers. Shortly thereafter, Dona’s neighbor mentioned an opening for a Receptionist at his company, ALPS. She applied and was hired in 1995. Over the years, Dona’s skills and ability have allowed her to grow with the organization, taking on new responsibilities and currently serving as the Office Manager.