After spending many years working at some of the industry’s premier scenery shops, Gary founded Cigar Box Studios, Inc. as a specialty shop for props, furniture and one-of-a-kind set elements. His vision was two fold: establish a company that would provide the highest quality product at competitive prices and, at the same time, provide comprehensive service to clients through every phase of the project from concept development to end-of-event storage. Gary’s goal is not to be biggest but to be the best.
While still in school Gary began his career at Feller Scenery Studios, Inc. where his father, Ed, was one of the shop foremen. Later, he moved on to PRG Scenic Technologies where he moved up through the ranks from Shop-man to Layout man to Foreman to Senior Bid Estimator in charge of Project Development. With Cigar Box Studios, Inc. Gary took the knowledge he had acquired over the nearly 40 years of working in scenery shops as well as backstage on Broadway at shows such as "The Act", "Barnum", "Pacific Overtures", "42nd Street", "Nine" and "Eubie!", to name a few.
Gary maps the strategic direction and development for Cigar Box Studios, Inc. and serves as the primary contact for clients while working closely with his shop staff to ensure the finest product quality and service. Additionally, he has developed a respected working relationship with some of the entertainment industry’s finest designers and producers and he has a reputation for working in partnership with the clients to ensure that the designer’s vision as well as the producer’s budget are both satisfied.
Gary is proud of the ongoing working relationship that he has with the other larger shops in the industry, often working in tandem with them on projects. Cigar Box Studios, Inc. has participated in several joint ventures with other companies that have resulted in the creation of highly successful new products.
In his down time, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife Kay and the rest of their ever-growing family and time near the ocean.
Scott is the Vice President in charge of new business development and sales.
Scott is one of the original Cigar Box Studios, Inc employees going back to the garage days in Meadow Hill.
As a young man Scott always possessed a strong work ethic. This drive and determination was evident when he achieved his Eagle Scout status in 1996. After high school, Scott realized that he wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry representing the 4th generation in his family to do so.
Scott attended college at SUNY Brockport where he graduated with a BS in Technical Theatre in 2002. Upon graduation, he immediately began his tenure at Cigar Box Studios, Inc. where he made every effort to learn the business from the bottom up. Scott has worked in every department in the company from warehouse manager, shop carpenter to project manager. He has also spent countless hours as the lead onsite representative for Cigar Box Studios, Inc for shows including
The Heisman Trophy Awards, Glamour Women of the Year & Women in the World to name a few. Scott even had the opportunity in 2003, to travel overseas with a crew of stage hands, lead by Tony Menditto, for a four week load in on a cruise ship in dry-dock in Venice, Italy.
Over the years, Scott has worked closely with Gary Rausenberger, Tony Menditto, Mike Girman & Bill McGrath to learn his craft. Each mentor has helped Scott to hone his craft and learn the ins and outs of the theatre industry.
Scott has a great deal of energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of his life. He is a very supportive family man and when Scott is not working he enjoys spending time with his three sons, Tyler, Parker & Cooper raising them at their home in Newburgh.
**BIO COMING SOON**
Rob MacDonald has joined the Cigar Box Studios, Inc. team bringing with him his broad expertise in materials procurement and logistics. Rob has a varied background that includes stints in both purchasing and sales.
After graduating from college with a degree in interdisciplinary engineering and management, Rob returned to the Newburgh area, where he grew up and has remained, and started working in sales for an industrial parts supply company. One of his largest and most challenging customers was a local scenery shop. After developing a relationship with the shop’s engineering department, he accepted a position there and was eventually promoted to purchasing manager. It was there that Rob got his first experience with projects for the entertainment industry and his first opportunity to work side by side with Gary Rausenberger, Mike Girman and Mike Rutski. Since then, he has spent time working on the supply side of the business acting as a buyer for a lumber cooperative and then working in sales at a commercial lumber yard. Rob’s experience provides him with a broad knowledge of products including metals, metal fabrication, automation equipment, and specialty lumber and plywood. He uses this experience and his strong negotiating skills to make sure the products and services we provide for our clients are the best. Round this out with a reputation for honesty and integrity, his addition to the Cigar Box Studios, Inc. organization will help us continue to be a leader in the entertainment industry.
In his free time, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and son, landscaping and cooking.
Office & Insurance Manager
Being the first born of the fourth generation in the theatrical world, it was never a surprise that Jen would someday be a part of the family business in some capacity. How was the only question?
When the need for an additional office employee for the ever growing business arose, Jen eagerly accepted without hesitation to join her family. Her role as Office and insurance manager is not one she takes lightly. The hard work and dedication that make up Cigar Box Studios, Inc.’s ** Service ** Quality ** Commitment are the foundation on which she was raised and what Jenni strives to uphold every day.