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.

Random selections from our portfolio.

  • Amazon Campaign

    This series of spots showed two guys traveling the world looking for places big enough to store all of the stuff they could buy from Amazon.com. […]
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  • Bud Island

    Sometimes, you just need inflatable islands at parties. These were great activations for Budweiser. Photo opportunities make for great social media presence. Lightweight and portable, these are […]
    Bud Island
  • Steel Magnolias

    Scenic and Lighting Designs at the Surflight Theatre.
    Steel Magnolias
  • Samsung

    Concept art and logo created for a charitable event.
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  • 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 […]
    Lysistrata

The KLAD Team

Kevin Lee Allen

Artist, Designer, Producer, Author

01 (201) 280-3841


Kevin Lee Allen is a Production Designer, Art Director, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer, Author and Producer for film, television and theatre; specialty/themed interiors; special events; museum exhibitions and spectacular signage. His work spans architecture, graphic design and sculpture. He has designed across the United States, and on three continents. KLAD has been his nickname since university.

He is the author of Entertainment Design published by Nemetschek Vectorworks. It is currently in its fourth edition. Vectorworks for Entertainment Design is published by Focal Press, currently in its first edition. Theatrical Design: An Introduction will be Published by Focal Press in the Spring of 2016. He has lectured and taught on the university level and at the Broadway Lighting Master Classes.

He is noted for his extraordinary service to his community. An arts advocate as well as an artist, Kevin has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations and theatre companies. Recently, he has been a judge and a reader for NYMF (The New York Musical Theatre Festival); musical theatre is a passion. Supporting emerging voices is important in fostering development.

His fine art can be seen at kevinleeallen.com. He member of the IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829, and has received awards from the NATAS, the BDA and PROMAX.

Kathleen McDonough

Producer & Director of Design

01 (973) 477-7973


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...

  • hbo logo
  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • BudLight
  • cbs logo
  • cnbc-logo
  • CNN
  • Discovery Channel
  • Mattel
  • MTV_logo
  • NBA_logo
  • exposure.logo.ai
  • Budweiser
  • Sony Pictures
  • Toyota
  • UN Logo
  • VANITY_FAIR_logo
  • Warner_Brothers_logo

When can we add you?

June 24, 2016
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Required Weekend Reading

This will be short and sweet. This is required weekend reading. Read this blog post. Then get this book. I suggest really buying the book from […]
June 10, 2016
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Everybody needs an almost personal Lagoon

Although we can’t endorse building in Miami, a city that sits on limestone, lagoons are legendary. Miami is going to be particularly hard hit by the […]
June 8, 2016
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Swoopy Architecture is Sexy

Especially in Paris, cause everything about Paris is sexy, architecture is no exception. This planned residential building in Paris evokes the work of Oscar Niemeyer. Regular […]
June 6, 2016
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Is the Venice Biennale Credible?

I always thought the Venice Biennale was credible until I heard Eva Franch i Gilbert speak. There does not seem to be much this architect can take […]
May 13, 2016
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Glamour Shots Before Photoshop

Photo retouching in the early part of the 20th century happened, but it wasn’t easy. From Petapixel, here is a great example of photographer Greg Hurrell‘s […]
May 9, 2016
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Finally, Design that Soars!

Until we can get there and take some our own pix, here are a few uplifting images of the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower […]