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.

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    Conceptual designs for the museum itself and the interior exhibits as executed from the interpretive plan. KLAD was a partner in the creation of the interpretive […]
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  • Perfecter Styling

    The Perfecter Styling devices are a product for folks with long hair on the go. A series of demos and interviews explains the products and showcases […]
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  • and the Giants win the SuperBowl!

    KLAD was commissioned by the Durst Organization to create this motion graphic/animation for the screen at the top of 4 Times Square. This huge LED screen was an odd […]
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  • Bud Light – Maxim Touring Parties

    Bud Light and Maxim partnered for many years producing a series of touring parties that played many college towns. KLAD was happy to provide support. Each […]
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  • WXIA News Wing

    KLAD collaborated with the television journalists, architects, and engineers to create a dynamic news wing with edit suites, studio, sets (of course), and news room.
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  • Sneaky Pete Pilot

    Studies done for Concept Art used for the pilot for the Amazon/CBS/Sony Pictures production Sneaky Pete. This set was built and filmed in a studio located in Yonkers, […]
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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...

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  • 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?

August 10, 2016
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NYMF Award Design

For the 2016 season, NYMF (The New York Musical Festival) Board Member Hugh Hayes commissioned us to work with him, Executive Director & Producer Dan Markley, and Director of […]
August 8, 2016
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Habitat ’67 revisited

Just last week we wrote about Expo ’67 and one of the featured works there: Habitat ’67. Canada is on the minds of many this summer, […]
August 4, 2016
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Why are there no proper Tiki Bars on the Jersey Shore?

Sure there are lots of so called Tiki Bars, but they all seem to be Tiki in name only. The original Don The Beachcomber places were the real […]
August 1, 2016
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Olympic Architecture and Design

Well, it is that time again/ Time for Olympic Architecture and Design. This could provide subject matter for the whole month. So much bad. Here’s a dose […]
July 27, 2016
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The Watergate is back and it’s all good

Although now mainly known for its name in biggest political scandal in US history (as well as any that have followed), The Watergate Hotel is looking to remake […]
July 25, 2016
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Last Call for Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow

My webinar Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow will be broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July at 2PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Register now whether you can attend then […]