UA-92306954-1 Design to Communicate - KLAD – We create experiences. We tell stories

KLAD is an award winning design firm. We are collaborative; we work with and listen to our clients. We are visual, experiential storytellers; we educate, inform and entertain.

We create environments and experiences for Brand Communication, Live Entertainment, Film, Television, and Live Events.

We bring your vision to life…

Our clients come to us because they want a team that can deliver the exceptional – whether it is a theatrical set for a stage production, an experiential environment for a concert series or a set for a television show – KLAD provides the creative direction, powerful concepts and stylistic designs.

We set the bar high…

The KLAD team prides itself on the ability to provide on time solutions to any design problem, complex or not. From conceptualization to implementation, KLAD is focused on delivering the highest level of proficiency, creative direction, development, design and visual execution.

Our passion is in the work…

What we do at KLAD is not a job, it is our life. We love the creative process and it comes through in everything we do. We aim to surprise, thrill and excite our clients. Our experience has taught us to be flexible, to reach beyond the obvious, to explore new ways to bring ideas to life. We have a mastery of new technology that has simplified the process of transferring the creative thought into the visual concept.

Production Design and Creative Direction with award-winning work, we craft resonant storytelling environments working in theatre, film, television, live performance, events, activations, immersive restaurant and retail, fashions shows, and experiential marketing. Our focus has always been on how to communicate stories, ideas, practices and messages to different audiences in a way that is meaningful, believable, and where required, actionable.

We design to communicate ideas, whether they be in a script or in a brand strategy. We are Architects of Dreams in that we create what hasn’t been created before in order to activate unique audience experiences.

Random selections from our portfolio.

  • Isaac Mizrahi

    This production for Isaac Mizrahi and Target was designed and installed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City and featured model Agyness Deyn both live and […]
  • Haley Swindal – Play to Win

    We’ve had the pleasure to light the beautiful and talented Haley Swindal on many occasions, Here are a few of her cabaret act Play to Win at […]
  • Lysistrata

    This design for a production of Lysistrata on a Broadway stage was created to illustrate Kevin Lee Allen’s book Vectorworks for Entertainment Design. The narrative of […]
  • The Little Mermaid Broadway Marquee

    This new marquee for the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was created for the Disney Organization, and Nederlander Theatres.
  • The many sets of CNN

    We’ve done some award winning work for CNN over time. From the iconic look of Larry King Live! to CNN International, to Moneyline. Good work, and […]
    Larry King Live!
  • Exposure

    Exposure. A SyFy Film Anthology, hosted by Lisa Marie, and more critically, designed by Kathleen McDonough.
  • Gene Me

    The Gene Me skin care product line is adjusted for each customer based on a genetic analysis.

The KLAD Team

Kevin Lee Allen

Designer, Producer, Author, Artist

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Kevin Lee Allen is an Emmy award winning Entertainment Designer, Artist, Writer, and Producer. He creates for film, theatre, television, exhibits, events, fashion, corporate activations, and experiences. He has worked across the United States and on three continents.
He is a storyteller, a conceptual thinker, a leader and a communicator who translates visions and ideas into physical realities. He has been called an architect of dreams.
As an author, Kevin has written 12 books on Entertainment Design. Vectorworks for Entertainment Design, Entertainment Design: Scenery, Lighting and Sound with Vectorworks Spotlight, and Theatrical Design: An Introduction are currently in in print.
As an educator, Kevin has taught or lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University and the Broadway Lighting Master Classes.
Kevin Lee Allen studied at Montclair State University where he obtained a degree in Theatre and Lester Polakov’s Studio & Forum of Stage Design in New York City.
He is noted also for his extraordinary service to his community as a board member or leader serving the arts and business communities.
In addition to the Emmy Award, Kevin Lee Allen’s designs have been honored with BDA and PROMAX Awards for television design. His design sketches are held in private collections, and in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
Kevin Lee Allen is a member of the IATSE/United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Kathleen McDonough

Producer & Director of Design

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Kathleen McDonough has been a designer and producer working in film, theatre, and live events for twenty years. As president of KLAD she has been responsible for wrangling projects such as Ben Franklin’s Ghost (an interactive experience), The Budweiser Beechwood House (a touring bar experience), a communications hub for the Transportation Security Administration, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival Times Square Pop-up Store.

Other projects she has helmed include the look for the numbers 1 through 10 as seen on Sesame Street, work for HBO, the Sci-Fi Channel Anthology series Exposure starring Lisa Marie and The Forensics of Terror for the Discovery Channel.

Other clients include General Motors, PBS, HBO, Sesame Street, SyFy, the Discovery Channel and The Department of Defense.

An avid yoga practitioner and teacher, Kathleen is registered with the National Yoga Alliance and specializes in therapeutic and restorative yoga.

As an active member of her community, Ms McDonough was instrumental in coordinating the goals of the Historic Preservation Commission with the Montclair Center Business Improvement District.

Here are just some of our clients...

  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • CNN
  • Discovery Channel
  • Mattel
  • Budweiser
  • Sony Pictures
  • Toyota

When can we add you?

April 6, 2017

Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers in NYC

The Production Designers Collective is hosting Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers on Saturday, April 22nd, 11am-5pm at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of NYC located […]
April 5, 2017

Vectorworks 2018, I can almost taste it!

Vectorworks 2018 is coming, we knew that, but now we can see into he future. Of course, that’s just because our many fine friends at Vectorworks have decided […]
February 13, 2017

Zoom Zoom Design

Public transportation structures should employ Zoom Zoom Design. They should also create a sense of drama, excitement and motion. This design does all of that. The London-based […]
February 1, 2017

The dark side of Budweiser

Our work for Budweiser and their brands is has always been very upbeat. For this year’s super bowl, the iconic brand is going to the dark side to […]
January 26, 2017

A Better Restaurant Design

So this post is about a better restaurant design than this one was, These designers clearly had a concept and a post of view. We might, and […]
January 24, 2017

When a Design Concept goes South

We strongly promote the need for a Design Concept, especially when expressed as a metaphor. This is certainly true in entertainment, but it’s generally true in all […]


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