CMC Speaker Bio: Bob Bonniol


Bob Bonniol is a production designer who specializes in the use of scenic video systems and content, as well as interactive video installations.

His breakthrough-interactive LED installations serve as the centerpiece in four new atriums anchoring the newly constructed Microsoft E & D Campus, in Redmond, Washington.

He currently serves as Blue Man Groups resident design/consultant for implementing interactivity and specialized video phenomena in all of their productions world wide.

Recent credits include the video design for America’s Got Talent Live at Caesars Palace; video content design for Reba’s 2011/2012 tour (with Steve Cohen); projection mapping and content design for NBC’s Education Nation broadcasts on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Meet The Press, and MSNBC; video content design for Walmart’s 2011 Shareholder’s Conference (with Patrick Dierson); video content design for Avril Lavigne’s Black Star World Tour 2011/2012; video backdrop design for the TED 2011 conference; video content design for P. Diddy on Jimmy Kimmel and in his BET broadcast recording; video system and interactive system design for the current Blue Man Group National Tour; video design for the Broadway-bound musical, Catch Me If You Can; video design for America’s Got Talent Live 2010; video design for Creed’s 2009/2010 World Tour; video design for Nickelback’s enormous Dark Horse Tour 2009/2010; production, direction, and production design for Journey’s 30th Anniversary Live DVD, Revelations (certified platinum); production design (set, video, and lighting) for Handel’s Messiah Rocks for PBS with the Boston Pops (Emmy nominated); projection design for the world premiere of the opera, Frobisher, at Calgary Opera; video content design for R. Kelly’s Double Up World Tour 2007/2008, production design and direction for LeAnn Rimes’ 2007 tour in support of her new album, Family; video and production designs for Nickelback’s All The Right Reasons World Tour with Puddle of Mudd, Daughtry, and Staind, in arenas and stadiums; multimedia design for Sinatra Live at the London Palladium; scenic video design for Grammy-winning rockers 3 Doors Down’s 2005/2006 World Tour; video content design for Barry Manilow’s Emmy Award-winning show, Music & Passion, at the Las Vegas Hilton; production/video/lighting design for the new breakout band, Cartel, in their Live DVD release. His design of the 10 minute spectacular, Power Up, served as the premiere piece for the epic new LED roof screen at The Place in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Additional credits include the Godspell National Tour (directed by Scott Schwartz, scenery by Scott Pask),(video Design); The Vivian Girls with Pat Graney Dance, featuring the works of outsider artist Henry Darger (projection design); Victor/Victoria National Tour (lighting design, also at Papermill Playhouse & The 5th Avenue Theatre); Footloose national tour (projection design); The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert (production/video/lighting design) (2003 Triangle Award); War & Peace at the Spoleto Festival, Italy (projection design); Parsifal at the Seattle Opera (projection design) (Projection Designers of the Year Award 2003); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express Las Vegas (lighting direction).

Bob developed and chaired the Media Design for Live Performance MFA program in the Theatre Department at The California Institute for the Arts. He has lectured on projection and digital lighting at numerous LDI trade shows; at INFOCOMM; in Master Classes at The Banff Centre; at Western Washington University; and in The Projection Design Master Classes sponsored by Live Design Magazine.

He is currently on the Industry Advisory Board for BARCO, as well as serving as Industry Consultants for ETC, PRG, TMB, and Green Hippo. He is a frequent collaborator with Disney Imagineering in Blue Sky projects.

Bob was named, in 2010, to Live Design’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in Entertainment Design and Technology.

His production company, MODE Studios, is headquartered in Seattle Washington. MODE Studios has provided equipment integration, production, and programming expertise for projection and media design to Young Frankenstein (Broadway), No Doubt’s 2010 World Tour, Nine Inch Nail’s 2008/2009 tour, Blue Man Group (Vegas, Orlando, NY, world tour), Disney’s World of Color, The James Nachtway “Wish” for the TED Foundation, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Tim McGraw, George Michael, and American Idol on Tour among others.

Suggested Articles:

Here is the final installment of this exclusive session with Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting and Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs, who cite specific case…

Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting and Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs continue the discussion of collaboration in EDM, citing case studies of nightclubs and…

"Collaboration In The World Of EDM: Clubs To Festivals," a session at the Electronic Dance Music Master Classes for Lighting + Projection at LDI 2014…