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, activations, and experiences for Brand Communication, Live Entertainment, Film, Television, and Events.

We produce and manage our work when desired by clients to ensure quality control and budget management. We are creators.

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.

The KLAD Team

Kevin Lee Allen

Designer, Producer, Author, Artist

01 (201) 280-3841


Kevin Lee Allen is an Emmy award winning Entertainment Designer, Experiential Architect, Artist, Writer, Educator, and Producer. He creates film, theatre, television, exhibits, events, fashion, activations, and experiences across the United States and on three continents.
A storyteller, a conceptual thinker, a leader and a communicator, he translates visions and ideas into physical realities. He has been called an architect of dreams.
Kevin Lee Allen is a member of the IATSE/United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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...

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

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