Leadership Team

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Michael Atkins
General Manager

Mike is a well-rounded member of the live event industry with over 15 years of professional experience working in nearly every role.  He has spent time with Cirque du Soleil's production of La Nouba, several Broadway touring shows, and countless corporate theatre productions.  Mike's prior experiences give him the ability to develop creative solutions for Studio Gear and its customers.   He is best known for his customer first mentality and will not hesitate to go out of his way to ensure client satisfaction.  He feels there is no better lineup of talent than the crew assembled at Studio Gear, and Mike enjoys working with the team to implement a plan that will best fulfill each customers' objectives for a successful event.


Collin Donohue
Senior Project Manager

Collin has worked for the UW-Milwaukee Dance and Theatre Department in various positions including technical director, sound engineer, master electrician, and carpenter.  He also worked at the Dallas Theatre Center as their sound engineer.  Collin enjoys the unique challenges that each event presents.  No two jobs are ever the same and require their own approach to best suit the needs of the client.  He also enjoys working in an industry that is constantly evolving and growing with new technologies and applications.

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Liam O'Callaghan
Senior Project Manager

Liam has been supporting live productions since 2001 when he started at Marquette University.  While there, he was an intricate member of nearly every mainstage production -- and plenty of student projects in between -- as either a sound or lighting designer or technical director. Before graduating from Marquette, he was able to spend 2 years with ACME Production Services as the lead event technician.  The last 10 years have been spent at Studio Gear, where he has been able to support every aspect of live production. Liam loves that every week involves a different client, in a different venue, with a different list of challenges. For him, it is exciting to consistently succeed despite the inconsistent environment.


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Derek Wadina
Operations Manager

Derek has been with Studio Gear since 1994, when slide projector blends were the thing.  Technology has come a long way since then and he has worked with it all.  With 24 years of experience, he has a vast knowledge and understanding of the production industry and live events.

By speaking with clients throughout the production process, no matter their level of understanding of the technology, Derek brings ideas and concepts to reality and helps deliver their message.

Over the years, Derek has discovered that while everyone can have the right equipment, it's having the right people that allows Studio Gear to deliver exceptional results.  He feels there is no greater team of talented co-workers than those at Studio Gear.