Our Staff

The staff at the Highlander Auditorium is dedicated to providing quality service to our guests, clients, and performing groups. We pride ourselves on delivering the outstanding service you have come to expect. Our team is comprised of working professionals in all areas of the Entertainment industry. We have a part-time staff of over 20 professionals that help produce all the art that is presented at the Highlander Auditorium. Below we invite you to get to know our Management and Resident Departments a little better.

 

 

Eric Mensen – General Manager

Eric Mensen was promoted in 2014 to take over as the new Highlander Auditorium General Manager. Prior to being promoted, he was the full-time Production Manager. Eric has been working for the Highlander Auditorium since 2004 and enjoys being apart of the Highlander family. Eric prides himself on his professionalism, problem-solving, technical and organizational skills. Eric is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre & Design. Eric also enjoys working as a freelance audio engineer and technician at many local venues here in Southern California.

 

Cameron Swenson – Production Manager

Cameron Swenson has been working at the Highlander Auditorium, since 2005. In 2009, he became the venue’s Lighting Designer. At present-day, he holds the position of Production Manager at the Highlander Auditorium. Cameron also enjoys doing lighting, video, audio, and graphic design, for small productions, concerts, and art installations, around the Southern California area. He has had the pleasure of doing the lighting design for the opening number of the International Thespian Festival, in previous years. Cameron is certified in many lighting and audio consoles and is proficient in a large number of computer languages. When he is not doing technical theatre and design work, Cameron heads Crafted Studios recording studio, as the company’s main producer, mixer, and recording engineer.

 

River ClarkResident Sound Engineer

Having practiced Audio system management, as well as FOH mixing since 2013, River Clark is the current Resident Sound Engineer at the Highlander. River found his interest in all things sound, early in his life through music. River manages all of the audio technology in the facility, as well as trains and works alongside several students, and paid technicians. With certificate from Yamaha commercial audio, Audinate, and Shure; River aims to bring an extensive experience-based approach to the education role he plays for the Baldy View ROP program hosted at the Highlander Auditorium. In his time with us, River has overseen the upgrading of both the Network Infrastructure and the Integrated Distributed Audio System within the facility. Along with his role at the Highlander, River also has a thriving freelance technical career working with professional clients and production companies such as; Mastermind Production Group, Live Event Pros, Pixel Density Design, and several local performance venues. River is an essential cog in the clockwork we call show business and the Highlander is glad to have him on the team.

 

Spencer SaccomanResident Stage Manager

Spencer Saccoman is a stage manager and production manager in Los Angeles and has been a stage manager for the Highlander Auditorium since 2016. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Technical Theatre. He has worked with companies such as The Southern California Shakespeare Festival, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Ammunition Theatre Company, Barak Marshall Dance Theater, as well as at the Joyce Theater in New York City. He is the Production Manager and Technical Director for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and is proud to work with the up-and-coming technicians of the Highlander Auditorium. For more information, visit www.spencersaccoman.com.
 
 

Guillermo Cornejo – Resident House Manager

House managing since late 2013, Guillermo Cornejo is excited to be the most recent Resident House Manager at The Highlander Auditorium. Overseeing a dynamic group of student ushers as well as paid head ushers and house managers. Guillermo and his house staff provide customer service levels unmatched by other facilities. He plans to bring an approachable yet enjoyable guest experience to The Highlander and ensure that every guest is safe, entertained and happy. Guillermo has house managed in many venues throughout Southern California including The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, The University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and had the honor of house managing both the Southern California Shakespeare Festival and California State Thespian Festival. He looks forward to working at The Highlander and inspiring students to pursue a career in entertainment and Theater like others have for him.