JRA Announces Search for Global Creative Director, Promotes Long-Time Employee Mark Amos to Vice President - RWS Entertainment Group

Marketing and Business Development promotions pave the way for expansion following the launch of the company’s biggest year ever.

New York, NY – February 21, 2022 — JRA – Part of RWS Entertainment Group and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has announced a global search for a Creative Director to help lead their design team in Cincinnati. As the international design company embarks on its biggest year to date with more than a dozen openings around the world scheduled for 2022, JRA is committed to staying at the forefront of innovative design. JRA has also announced the promotion of senior employee Mark Amos to the role of Vice President where he will help guide the overall strategic and creative direction of the firm and support rapid growth in all markets.

JRA’s Creative Director will lead a dynamic team of design professionals in Cincinnati and around the world with oversight of all guest experiences on land and at sea. The Creative Director will also ensure innovative and consistent delivery of all design work and inspire the team to push boundaries in both traditional and emerging media.

Mark Amos has been with JRA for nearly two decades, working on, and leading projects such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Angry Birds Activity Park in St. Petersburg, Russia. His experience in the industry is results-driven and brings a creative approach based on his thorough understanding of creative development and design processes, master planning, project and construction management. In his new role Amos will focus on managing the design staff, fostering collaborative efforts within the industry and providing overall support to the design development of the various JRA projects.

“Promoting Mark to Vice President is both smart and strategic,” said Keith James, President of JRA. “Mark will have a key role in moving JRA forward into expansion and growth. He brings precision and creativity to JRA’s designs and will lead the design team into the future for bigger, bolder and more exciting attractions.”

“JRA has delivered groundbreaking creativity for clients on six of the world’s seven continents,” said Ryan Stana, Founder and CEO of RWS Entertainment Group. “Enhancing the team by hiring a Creative Director will allow us to deliver uncompromising experiences for our current and new clients, big or small, no matter where they are located.”

A full position description and qualifications for the Creative Director role are available here. In a period of unprecedented growth, JRA and parent company RWS Entertainment Group are looking for a variety of diverse, creative and talented people to join their team. From marketing professionals and accountants to technical directors and photographers, new opportunities can be found on the RWS website.

JRA’s recent promotions also include Shawn McCoy, Executive Vice President; Ron Bunt Executive Vice President; Chloe Hausfeld, Vice President and Clara Rice, Global Director, Marketing and Communications.

  • Shawn McCoy to Executive Vice President: For 28 years, Shawn has transitioned JRA’s clients from kick-off through the initial planning and design phase, ensuring that they enjoy a smooth working relationship with the company’s designers, writers and producers. He provides overall strategy and concept development for a number of projects and is instrumental in assembling outside specialists and vendors for JRA’s large-scale design efforts. Clients include National Comedy Center, Science Centre Singapore and Hasbro. In 2020, Shawn was named to the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List, which recognizes and celebrates 50 of the most influential people in the museum sector.
  • Ron Bunt to Executive Vice President: With over 40 years of diversified experience as a lighting designer, technical director, and project manager, Bunt brings a wealth of expertise to JRA. His practical business orientation, combined with a unique theatrical flair, have allowed him to successfully undertake a wide variety of attraction and cultural projects, including Heartsong Theater at Dollywood, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and World of Coca-Cola. In his 30 years at JRA, Bunt has served as a strong leader for JRA’s project management team and a master at coordination and negotiation of all phases of a project.
  • Chloe Hausfeld to Vice President: Hausfeld brings a unique and dynamic set of skills that have served her well in her 11 years at JRA. She provides sales and relationship management support for current and future clients, solidifying client and prospect relationships at industry tradeshows, events and symposiums around the world. Hausfeld will lead JRA’s tradeshow programming and industry relations efforts as well as business development globally, specifically in Asia and the Middle East. She is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Board of Directors and in 2017 was named IAAPA Young Professional of the Year.
  • Clara Rice to Global Director, Marketing and Communications: Rice has been with JRA for 14 years. In her new role she will oversee global marketing for RWS Entertainment Group, JRA and Binder Casting. She specializes in digital marketing, branding, SEO/SMO management, strategic planning, writing and content creation. Rice previously served as the Associate Executive Director of the two-time Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. She is currently serving her second term on the Themed Entertainment Association’s International Board of Directors.

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About RWS Entertainment Group


RWS Entertainment Group is a global, Emmy Award-winning entertainment company with headquarters in New York, London and Cincinnati. Together with its subsidiaries, RWS designs, fabricates, installs and operates custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences delivering over 500 live performances and providing more than 6,500 career opportunities each year. With projects on six of the world’s seven continents and all the oceans in between, RWS provides services for theme parks, attractions, cruise ships, zoos, aquariums, museums, theater venues, casinos, hotels and resorts, botanical gardens, visitor centers, port of call destinations, retail and real estate, municipalities, airports, corporate and branded experiences.

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 a Theatrical and Ticketed Experiences division; Binder Casting serving the stage, film and commercial markets; the innovative RWS Fun Crew™: Staffing Reimagined; RWS Décor Products and RWS Leased Experiences.

RWS has supplied ground-breaking productions and custom brand experiences for an impressive roster of clients that includes Warner Bros., Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Hasbro, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vera Wang, Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Lines, Azamara, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Hard Rock Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Europa-Park Resort, Paultons Park, Six Flags, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, The Denver Zoo and many more.

In 2021, RWS acquired JRA, an award-winning creative studio with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. JRA plans, designs and delivers exceptional visitor experiences for theme parks, museums, brand experiences, children’s experiences, attractions, theater venues, visitor centers, cruise ships and port of call destinations. Services include master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction and project management.

For more than thirty years, a diverse group of clients has trusted JRA to turn their dreams into successful realities. Clients include Lionsgate, The Coca-Cola Company, Universal Studios Florida, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, National Comedy Center, Science Centre Singapore, Space Center Houston, The FRIENDS™ Experience by Superfly X, Toyota and more.

In 2022, RWS acquired ted, Europe’s largest leisure entertainment experience company. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort, and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: talent, production, audio visual, studio, retail and fitness. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication.

A deep understanding of design and production; world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios ensure that for every project, for every client, everything is tailor made. By delivering a 360-degree experience design, ted has served clients such as TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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