Meet the team
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.
Vice President, Audioworks Film & Theatre
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.
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/66275616
Lead Producer & Vice President of Audioworks Tour Content
Veronica is an acclaimed, trilingual (Spanish, French and English) video producer. Her career includes producing features, series, documentaries, and commercials, from New York and Paris to Caracas and Cannes. A proud Venezuelan with a strong connection to France, she completed high school at a French Lycee in Caracas and University in Paris, graduating La Sorbonne with a bachelor's degree in Film. She has proven herself from concept to completion, whether managing film crews of over 150 people, as part of the distribution team at the Cannes Film Festival, or working with some of the world's largest brands, including Cartoon Network, Amazon Prime, Dove, Gillette, Samsung, Garnier, Turner, and Netflix. Veronica has also worked on dozens of projects, ranging from Editor, Distribution, Assistant Director, Script Supervisor, Casting Coordinator, and Researcher.
Senior Sound Engineer & Mixer
Ben Dotson, a New York City native, began his career in music as a
producer and A&R. Producing remixes for the likes of WuTang Clan and
Brand Nubian. With five years of professional audio post production
experience he has sound designed and mixed short films, commercial
spots, features and television shows, working with clients like MTV,
CSI Sports and Bilal World Entertainment.
Associate Sound Designer/Engineer
Scott MacDonald is a sound designer and engineer based in New York City specializing in theatre, concerts, and events. After completing a BFA at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Scott was a Featured Designer representing the United States in the Emerging/Student Exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. He currently produces Break A Leg!, a podcast about disabilities in the arts. Scott is also an advocate for sustainable practices in the arts and beyond.
Special Projects Producer
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.