Mason's start in the theater was as an actor before finding his love of all facets of scenic design and technical theatre work. He received his BA in Scenic Design and Acting from Humboldt State University, and his MFA in Scenic Design for Theatre and Film from San Diego State University. During this time he took as many backstage jobs as he could learning what it takes to make a production work from the ground up.
Mason comes to Charcoalblue from Walt Disney Imagineering where he held multiple rolls including, Special Effects Designer, Projection Designer, Production Designer, Creative Lead, and Concept Technical Director. Mason's largest project delivered during this time was Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in Orlando, Florida.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it?
…and how what would happen there?
It would be a dinner theatre with everything you need for a great night out: Food, drink, music, dramatic interludes, and escape from everyday worries!
What qualities should a 'great storytelling or collaboration space’ have?
A great sense of place and immersiveness that pull in the guests as if they have always belonged there, and are just now coming home. A place where the world outside would cease to exist until the show ends, and they walk away changed.
What first sparked your love of performing arts, shared experiences or technology?
Playing Officer O'Hara in 'Arsenic and Old Lace' was the first time I ever acted on stage when I was 11 or so. I will never forget getting my first laugh from an full house on opening night, and that unforgettable rush that came with it!