view portfolio


Carey W. Thornton- Owner/Senior Designer

Carey is a highly motivated professional and entrepreneur with over 25 years of management and creative experience in multitask, deadline-driven environments.  Carey is an excellent communicator and motivator and has the skill set and drive needed to lead complex creative efforts and accomplish challenging design, production, and commissioning goals.  

 Qualification Highlights

  • Over 25 years experience in technical and design elements of live theatre, scenic and display fabrication.
  • Retail, amusement and hospitality industry design experience and credit.
  • Management and organizational skills developed through years of experience.
  • Demonstrated design techniques and experience with small to large scale projects.
  • Cultural design and technical experiences at local, national and international levels. 
  • Exceptional knowledge and creativity in design, resource/manpower utilization, and problem solving.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project management                              
  • Research and development
  • Financial, operations and facilities management
  • Store planning and layout
  • Logistical planning
  • Contract negotiation
  • Sales
  • Purchasing
  • Quality control
  • Expense control
  • Design drafting
  • Customer service

Professional Experience

  • Founder, President, Senior Designer - Art-Tech Productions, Inc.
  • Resident Property Manager - The Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN
  • Technical Director - Circa ’21 Dinner Theatre, Rock Island, IL

International Experience

  • Traveled to Shanghai, China as Special Effects Designer and Production Coordinator for the Children’s Theatre production of the “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.”
  • Traveled to Moscow, USSR with the Children’s Theatre production of “Rembrandt Takes a Walk” as Properties/Special Effects Master.


  • The Minneapolis – St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute for Regional Craftsman Award for Outstanding Work on the Martin Williams Climbing Wall.
  • The North Central Region of Construction Specifications Institute for Regional Craftsmanship Award for Superior Craftsmanship in the construction of the Martin Williams Climbing Wall.
  • VM+SD Magazines (Visual; Merchandising and Store Design) International Visual Image and Identity Competition Design Award; Creative Kidstuff Display Fixture Series.