Director - Composer
Kip Kaplan began his professional career as a performing singer/songwriter, which culminated in performing in the National Touring Company of "Hair" from 1974 to 1975. In 1979, he became the studio manager for Right Track Recording in New York. He subsequently created and operated Time Capsule Brokerage, an international audio production coordination company from 1981 to 1996. He chose to combine his years of experience in the theater, music, and post-production worlds, by founding Audioworks Producers Group in 1996.
Lona Benney Kaplan
Executive Vice-President - Account Services
Lona Benney Kaplan has been a media professional for her entire career. She learned the advertising industry at some of the top agencies in the U.S., located in NYC. Her advertising career culminated in her appointment as Director of Advertising for the prestigious Christie's Auction House, in NYC. After moving to Rockland County, NY, Lona became the Executive Director of the Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble, and Managing Director of Coupé Theatre Studio. She held those positions for more than 20 years. Though having always been a partner in Audioworks Producers Group since its' inception in 1996, Lona has recently joined the team in NYC to provide the highest possible level of client services.
Mariana Trevino-Stafford is Mexican filmmaker, and marketing strategist currently based in New York City. Starting her career in Mexico, in 2009 she traveled overseas to get a Master Degree, which led her to work in Spain, South Africa, and the United States giving her a multicultural background. Her marketing experience includes brands such as IKEA, Kellogg’s, Jose Cuervo, and FIFA, receiving a Cannes Lions Award in 2011. In 2014, Mariana was the Co-director and main editor of the magazine Fauna MX. Recently, she co-wrote a feature film produced by James Franco and has been working as a producer and co-director in short films and comedy sketches.
Senior Sound Designer & Mixer
Julian Evans has come to chew bubblegum and design sound - and he’s all out of bubblegum. In his nascent career of just under a decade, he has provided sound design and mixing services on over a hundred independent shorts and features for the likes of Syfy, Refinery29, and Columbia University, and ads for clients including Hillary Clinton, Pepsi, Dropbox, and Instagram. His mixes have screened worldwide, including winners at renowned festivals such as Austin Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Urbanworld, Slamdance, and Clermont-Ferrand. In lieu of any free-time, he also pursues a career as an off-Broadway sound designer with dozens of credits at houses such as Theatre Row, The York, 59e59, and La Mama.
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Eben Mannes has been involved in professional audio production since graduating in 2012 from Michigan Technological University with a BA in sound design. Before joining Audioworks he was a freelance audio engineer in New York for two years and prior to that spent time working in Tampa, FL and Detroit, MI. He is passionate about the creation of high quality sound design for film and theater and everything in between.
Senior Dubbing Director
Head Writer - Producer
David Wills began his voice acting career in 1998 with MTV Animation, where he provided celebrity impersonations for the program "MTV Celebrity Deathmatch". He has since lent his voice to numerous television and feature film projects, including "YuGiOh GX", "Viva Pinata", "GI Joe: Sigma Six" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". As a disc jockey, he has also hosted several music shows for SiriusXM radio, and has produced several pieces heard on NPR. Wills began writing for Audioworks in 2009 and became Head Writer the following year. He began directing sessions in 2012.