Michael Finney

Director, Special Projects

As Director of Special Projects at Thinkwell, Michael oversees the development of projects from blue sky into reality, integrating the creative design process with technical, architectural, and engineering design activities.



His professional career spans more than 25 years as a project manager, lighting designer, and technical designer for the entertainment and themed architecture industries. Prior to joining Thinkwell, Michael was the Project Manager and Technical Designer for numerous touring productions, movie premieres, and special events staged in highly unusual locations ranging from the deck of an aircraft carrier to an abandoned movie palace, to the streets of Hollywood.

Select Awards & Accolades

2013 IESNA Award of Merit
2013 Lighting Design Award, Lighting For Leisure
2013 Thea Award for Outstanding Attraction
2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Museum Exhibit
2007 Thea Award for Outstanding Attraction
2006 Thea Award for Outstanding Attraction
1998 Thea Award for Outstanding Attraction
1998 IESNA Lumen West Award
1997 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement
1997 IESNA Lumen West Award
1997 IESNA Lumen West Certificate

Select Projects

Dubai Expo 2020
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, 3 West Project
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Forest Stories
Center for Puppetry Arts
Monkey Kingdom Theme Park