Jason McManus

Principal

As Principal, Jason serves in a key leadership role for Thinkwell’s teams, guiding the creative and production leadership, strengthening company culture, and growing strategic relationships globally.

 

With over 20 years of experience in the themed entertainment industry, Jason McManus has developed a proven track record of creativity, innovation, and strong creative leadership on a multitude of projects ranging from theme parks to live shows, hotels, cruise ships, and entertainment destinations. With a background in animation and theatrical set design, Jason guides projects with a narrative-based focus, leading teams to develop successful concepts with an emphasis on originality and a spectacular guest experience.

Prior to Thinkwell, Jason worked in creative leadership roles for Walt Disney Imagineering, The Hettema Group, Wyatt Design Group, and Lightning in a Bottle Design & Production. Jason also teaches themed entertainment design at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).


Education

BFA, Experimental Animation & Theatrical Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)


Memberships & Affiliations

Themed Entertainment Association – Board Member, Vice President, Western Division (Two Terms)

Instructor – Experience Design – California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)


Awards & Accolades

  • Eight THEA Award-Winning Projects
  • Blooloop 50 Theme Park Influencer 2020
  • Clio Award (Bronze) – Halloween Marathon of Mayhem (Universal Orlando)
  • MUSE Creative Award (Gold) – Halloween Marathon of Mayhem (Universal Orlando)
  • Public Speaking Engagements at IAAPA, SATE, KidScreen, CES, and PLAY