Hayden Allred Portfolio Overview
Creative Themed Entertainment Design
For the Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Design Professional Internship
To the kind Disney Cast Member,
My name is Hayden Allred, and I'm a storyteller. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity I've had to design a large number of theatrical productions, and the stories I've been able to tell through a medium I yearn for.
I love to learn, and crave opportunities to stretch my understanding. I pride myself on an innovative knack to solving problems. I have gathered projects from multiple areas of design that I think help define who I am as a designer and collaborator. Please enjoy!
I’ve served as a creative director/designer on many large projects, from an eight-song album and video series of new musical arrangements I had written, management training programs, variety show programs, to behind-the-scenes videos. I’m grateful to be constantly surrounded by talented individuals, and crave collaboration with them to create something that will tell a story.
I became a core member of my college’s theater department, and have assisted in creative research and presented in many design and production meetings. My vast range of creative concentrations has helped me craft an understanding of others, and their views, that has proven vital to interpersonal relationships within projects.
I thrive in organizations practicing a Blue Sky mentality, where I’m encouraged to think well beyond the box’s boundaries. I know this helps motivates original and fresh approaches to design which differentiate content from the competition.
A medley of New York themed songs I wrote for The Playmill Playlist Sessions.
A mashup arrangement I wrote for the Variety Show preceding Annie Get Your Gun.
A slide from a presentation I created for management training.
The logo of my behind-the-scenes video series, Behind Stage Doors.
A working concept animation of the rain animation overlayed onto our stage.
Eric swimming in front of my water animation.
Triton signing Ursula's contract with projection.
An emotional peak in Once and For All from Newsies.
Production photo from my Singin' In The Rain animation.
Backdrop from Newsies.
Katherine's office from Newsies.
I love crafting subtle uses of projection to help support, and not distract from, a story. Rather than just simply replacing a traditionally painted backdrop, I focus on immersive projection techniques that help define intimate worlds and magical moments.
I created an interactive rain projection technique used in Singin’ In The Rain that I now license to theatres across the country. For a production of The Little Mermaid, I used projections to allow King Triton to sign Ursula’s contract, portray Prince Eric swimming underwater, and create electric shocks in Ursula’s lair. I also create short projection shows that I design for gingerbread houses each holiday season, as they allow me such a sandbox to experiment for upcoming projects.
In a more traditional sense, I recently designed and composited original backdrops for a production of Disney’s Newsies. While more static overall, animation was saved and used to heighten specific moments.
I love the creative potential associated with a projection design. The collaboration between departments is absolutely crucial when working with projection technology. Many of these previous projects wouldn't have been possible without clear and consistent communication between myself and the other designers.
In a recent production of The Little Mermaid, I wrote software published to an Arduino placed inside a 3d printed trident for King Triton. I then wirelessly connected to this microcontroller to seamlessly synchronize its LEDs to the production's elements.
A plethora of theatrical props in a similar manner are currently in development, and I can’t wait to share more details about them on my website.
I’m very proud to be a computer programmer, and believe this unique skill set sets me above others in a creative and collaborative environment. As a creative director, you always want to work with experts, but you need to know how to speak their language. I strive to be as diverse in my studies as possible.
King Triton's trident with some of its LEDs on.
Our 3D printed trident being tested.
Early concept animation of el wire attached to the costumes of Flotsam and Jetsam.
An early concept of Ursula's 3D printed shell with color-changing LEDs inside.
A sound sequence I wrote and orchestrated with various lines of dialogue from Big Fish.
A pre show announcement I wrote for the beginning of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Every design I do is centered around sound and music. A convincing sound design can complete the illusion of projected rain on stage, create the rules of a cartoonized universe, or guide emotions through a more complicated story.
I love every aspect of sound. I enjoy using my field recorder to create my own sound effects, such as when I recorded actual fireworks for a production of Big Fish. I also enjoy writing, anything from clever pre-show announcements to full on musical openers.
I’ve worked on a large variety of projects, from full ensemble musicals, one acts, recitals, and straight plays.
Being a composer, I find great joy in the musicality of all things, and use that to clearly steer and anchor all other design aspects around.
A section from the title number of Singin' In The Rain, performed by Jacob Squire.
I could go on and on regarding the projects I've been a part of- and if you're ever interested, you can either browse more of my site, or I'd love to tell you about them myself. I've been fortunate enough to design dozens of professional quality productions. I regularly attend meetings with other designers where I'm the only student present. Above all, I'm a storyteller in everything I do.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Songwriter of Frozen and Animal Kingdom's Finding Nemo - The Musical) told me, "You have a true artist's heart that shines through and that’s the engine that can drive everything as you move forward!"
Now I look to you, in hopes that my storyteller's heart truly does shine through, and that you are able to clearly see it in my work as I aspire towards to my ultimate goal of working for Disney.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about me. I appreciate this more than you'll ever know. Let's create something together.