Award-Winning RWS Entertainment Group Taps Rochelle Wilhelm as Director of Business Development - RWS Entertainment Group

Former zoo and museum executive to run RWS’s Leased Experience Division which boasts globally recognized brands including Peanuts, Hasbro, BRICKLIVE and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; New hire part of major expansion for RWS including the addition of  more than  50 new positions

NEW YORK, NY – October 20, 2021 – RWS Entertainment Group, the world’s largest full-service live entertainment production company, has tapped Rochelle Wilhelm for the newly created Director of Business Development position. In this role, Wilhelm will be instrumental in expanding the recently launched Leased Experience Division bringing both large and small-scale branded and custom experiences to zoos, botanical gardens, museums, cultural institutions, sporting venues, municipalities, retail centers and more. Prior to joining RWS, Wilhelm held guest experience positions at leading venues including the Oklahoma City Zoo, San Antonio Zoo and the DoSeum children’s museum.

Through existing agreements with top brands, RWS’s new Leased Experiences Division has partnered with and offers access to some of the biggest names in entertainment including Peanuts, Hasbro and BRICKLIVE.  The division offers turn-key experiences including a wide array of truly immersive engagements versus traditional and static exhibits. This includes activations that are easily tailored to the client’s needs, including immersive and fun instagrammable moments surrounding education and conservation. Exclusive to RWS, these services provide on-site, live experiences that incorporate full design, fabrication and live entertainment and operations for clients.

RWS’s Leased Experience Division also provides clients direct access to activations for seasonal experiences such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  In addition, RWS works with clients to create revenue-producing opportunities including VIP meet and greets, branded merchandise and character dining events.

“With leased experiences we provide the theatrical staffing which makes the experience much better—this is where most leased experiences fail,” said RWS Entertainment Group Founder and CEO Ryan Stana.  “As RWS continues to expand our partnerships with leading entertainment brands, we can scale many of our most in-demand products and services to meet the specific needs of unique venues including zoos, museums and botanical gardens.  Rochelle’s experience planning and expanding exhibits and experiences to elevate both attendance and guest satisfaction will be invaluable to our creative teams and our clients.”

Wilhelm’s services also extend to the RWS Fun Crew: Staffing Reimagined, an RWS program that delivers staffing solutions for front of house positions by providing hospitality-minded crew members to deliver operational excellence while raising the guest experience with moments of surprise and delight. Currently, the Denver Zoo, Brookfield Zoo and the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden have all tapped RWS’s Fun Crew for staffing needs.

“Having worked with RWS while in the zoo and non-profit sector I’m excited to be joining a team that I know can innovate and deliver on truly immersive branded experiences,” said Wilhelm.  “RWS’s innovation and execution know no bounds and I’m greatly looking forward to helping expand the brand.”

Wilhelm received her B.S. in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management from Arizona State University and currently resides in Oklahoma City with her husband and two children.




Ed James
CHQ Media


About The Experience Department (ted)

Founded in 2000, The Experience Department (ted) is part of RWS Entertainment Group, the world’s largest leisure and attraction experience provider. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: guest acts, production, technical, fitness & wellbeing, merchandise and music & media. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication.

Offering a wealth of design and production expertise; a global talent pool of more than 8,000 world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios, ted ensures that for every project and every client, everything is tailor-made.

With a global client base, operations in 50 countries and offices in 4 countries, there is a ted team member delivering spectacular experiences at a resort, on a cruise ship, as part of a technical trade event, in a branded-themed retail shop or at a sunrise yoga class in every corner of the world. By delivering a 360-degree experience design, ted has delighted such clients as Bourne Leisure, TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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About RWS Entertainment Group

RWS Entertainment Group is a global, Emmy Award-winning experience company with headquarters in New York, London and Cincinnati. Together with its subsidiaries, RWS designs, fabricates, installs and operates custom entertainment, live events, exhibits, destinations, décor and branded attractions. On land, at sea, and everywhere in between, RWS produces over 500 live experiences and employs over 8,000 performers and technicians annually.

Founded in 2003, RWS operates the largest live production facility in New York City, which includes 56,000 square feet of office space, a rehearsal studio complex and performer housing. RWS properties include Binder Casting serving the stage, film and commercial markets; RWS Décor Products and RWS Leased Experiences.

In 2021, RWS acquired JRA, an award-winning creative studio providing master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction and project management. In 2022, RWS acquired ted, Europe’s largest leisure entertainment experience company. Specializing in theatre, cruise, travel, resort and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: guest acts, production, technical, merchandise, fitness & wellbeing and music & media.

RWS Entertainment Group and its subsidiaries have supplied groundbreaking productions for an impressive roster of clients that includes Warner Bros., Lionsgate, The Coca-Cola Company, Apple, Disney, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vera Wang, Azamara, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Hard Rock Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Europa-Park Resort, Paultons Park, Marella Cruises, TUI Group, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, Six Flags, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Science Centre Singapore, Space Center Houston, Original X Productions, Crayola, Hershey’s and many more.

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