The staff at the Highlander Auditorium is dedicated to providing quality service to our guests, clients, and performing groups. We pride ourselves on delivering the outstanding service you have come to expect. Our team is comprised of working professionals in all areas of the Entertainment industry. We have a part time staff of over 20 professionals that help produce all the art that is presented at the Highlander Auditorium. Below we invite you to get to know our Management and Resident Departments a little better.
Eric Mensen – General Manager
Eric Mensen was promoted in 2014 to take over as the new Highlander Auditorium General Manager. Prior to being promoted he was the full time Production Manger. Eric has been working for the Highlander Auditorium since 2004 and enjoys being apart of the Highlander family. Eric prides himself on his professionalism, problem solving, technical and organizational skills. Eric is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre & Design. Eric also enjoys working as a freelance audio engineer and technician at many local venues here in Southern California.
Cameron Swenson – Production Manager
In 2005, Cameron Swenson arrived at the Highlander Auditorium, quickly progressing in staff ranks and in 2014 became our Production Manger. Cameron was previously our Master Electrician and later the Resident Lighting Designer. Outside of working for the Highlander, Cameron also works as a freelance technician and lighting designer. He also volunteers for the California State Thespian Festival, held yearly, teaching technical theater students how to plan and execute staged productions. Cameron has worked alongside many industry leading technicians, in all fields of staging and events, learning much from his colleagues; many of which, have found a home, or some form of partnership, with the Highlander.
Scott Peterson – Technical Director
Scott Peterson is the Technical Director for the Highlander Auditorium, where he has been lurking in the dark backstage since December of 1991. He is responsible for maintaining the technical systems in the Auditorium. Scott also coordinates physical plant improvements and new equipment.In the last 6 years Scott has survived 3 major renovation projects at The Highlander Auditorium, including Air Conditioning, Fire Alarms, Asbestos abatement, Ceiling replacement, new audio, speaker and control wiring installation, new seating, new lighting system, a new stage floor, handicapped access renovations and a lobby renovation.Scott’s real job is as a General Foreman stage technician at Disneyland. He has been there since 1995. He has literally done it all. From running a followspot on Fantasmic, controlling the audio and lighting for parades, and even catching Tinkerbell. Scott was also on the Technical Design and Installation team for the Hyperion Theater at Disney’s California Adventure from 1998 thru opening in 2001. He worked on shows there until early 2005. Scott spent most of 2005 living and working in Hong Kong, supervising the technical systems for the Parkwide Audio, Lighting and Control systems for Hong Kong Disneyland. This culminated 3 years of design work where Scott worked for Walt Disney Imagineering. Scott attended Citrus College for 2 years, and DeVry University for 1 year. Scott still enjoys working at the Highlander Auditorium because It’s become a part of me… It’s pretty much a second home.
Jamie Brown – Resident Stage Manager
Ms. Jamie Brown has been with the Highlander Auditorium since 2002. As the Resident Stage Manager, Jamie is the glue that keeps the client, technical staff and performers connected; from the first rehearsal to the last curtain fall. She is responsible for keeping everyone on task and on time. Apart from the Highlander Auditorium, Jamie is the Wardrobe Technician II at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. She also serves as the Technical Coordinator for the California State Thespian Festival for high school students. Jamie is a freelance technician and has her own costume design business. She has worked in many different theatres all over southern California such as The Pasadena Playhouse, The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, The Pasadena Civic Auditorium, The Long Beach Civic Auditorium and the Coast Playhouse.
Landon Johnson – House Sound Engineer
Landon Johnson is the House Sound Engineer for the Highlander Auditorium, where he is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and training of others on the theatre’s expansive sound installation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from USC’s prestigious School of Cinema/Television, where he excelled so quickly that by his junior year he was teaching graduate students in tandem with tenured faculty. He now teaches as adjunct faculty, instructing graduate and undergraduate students on the nuances of production and post sound. With more than 8 years experience in both theatrical and cinematic sound, Landon Johnson has experienced exponentially growth since he began working in the entertainment industry. His development at the Highlander Auditorium stands out as an example of this tenacity and desire for growth. Beginning in 2002 as a production intern, he has continued to work and develop his talents in theatrical and cinematic sound, culminating in his promotion to Head of Sound for the Auditorium in 2009. Landon currently splits his time between theatrical and cinematic pursuits, mixing live shows and recording production sound on film sets. He considers himself incredibly blessed to have found a trade he is passionate to pursue, and is proud to call his co-workers at the Auditorium colleagues and friends.
Anthony Robinson – Resident House Manager
Anthony Robinson is the Resident House Manager for the Highlander Auditorium, and has been with us in various roles and capacities since he graduated from the program in 2004. Anthony leads a team of student and staff Ushers and Head Ushers to ensure the delivery of memorable Guest Service that the Highlander has been known for season after season. As the House Manager, Anthony is responsible not only for patron satisfaction and safety, but also with exceeding client expectations in each and every event. Outside of the Highlander Auditorium Anthony has also served as the House Manager for the Annual California State Thespian’s Festival for the past 5 years and serves as on the California State Thespian State Board. In addition Anthony serves as a member of the Senior Leadership within Travel Operations for the Walt Disney Company helping to oversee and maintain the delivery of Guest Service for multiple resort destinations throughout its portfolio. A graduate of the Collins College of Hospitality Management, Anthony has developed a style of service that is uniquely catered not only to the creative arts and entertainment environment, but one that fits poignantly within the philosophies of our facility.
Jessa Orr – Resident Scenic Artist
Jessa Orr has been with the Highlander Auditorium for 14 years and has been the Resident Scenic Artist for most of that time. Jessa works as a freelance theatrical designer and scenic artist all over California and currently works for the Buena Vista Pictures Special Events Art Department and teaches Stage Technology at Claremont High School. No matter where she’s working or who she’s working with, the Highlander Auditorium will always be home, and it’s staff will always be family.