Our Staff

Our Staff

Tracy Nunnally (President)

Tracy is the owner and president of Hall Associates Flying Effects, the president of the North American Association of Flying Effects Directors (NAAFED), and an active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Tracy is also a member of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and a lifetime member of the Illinois Theatre Association, and frequently donates his time and resources to provide workshops for instructors and young people at theatre festivals across the nation.

Tracy was one of the first 45 professional riggers to be certified by the ESTA’s Entertainment Technician Certification Program in both theatrical and arena rigging. He is an ETCP Recognized Trainer and an ETCP Recognized Employer. He is a specialist in all aspects of rigging, motion control, pyrotechnics, special effects, and scenery construction.

In addition, Tracy is a tenured professor and head of the graduate theatre technology program at the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance, where he trains the next generation of leaders and instructors in the entertainment industry. Standing firmly in both the educational world and the professional world, he believes in using his professional talents to enhance the educational experience of his students, and using his skills as a professional educator to create an effective collaborative environment with his professional clients.

Gabe Nunnally (Vice President)

Gabe is the Vice President of Hall Associates Flying Effects. As one of the company’s leaders who has been in the entertainment industry for more than a decade, Gabe ensures Hall Associates is moving in the right direction and travels to ensure the company’s name is brought to its brightest light.

Katy Tollefson (Head Flight Attendant)

Katy specializes in customer relations and logistics at Hall Associates Flying Effects. Prior to joining the Hall Associates team in April 2007, she studied technical theatre and stage management for four years at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Webster University. She then worked as a freelance stage manager in Chicago, IL, and also gained the valuable retail experience necessary to provide you with the best possible customer service.

Kat Hemmeter (Media Coordinator)

After receiving a B.A. in Theatre Studies, Kat moved to New York City where she devoted three years to stage managing. She has worked at several Off-Broadway venues, including multiple productions at the renowned Ensemble Studio Theatre, and has also worked on a short film and at the New York International Fringe Festival. Kat’s combined experience in stage management, retail, and office management has prepared her to be a fundamental member of the Hall Associates team. She is currently pursuing an MA in Communication Studies. Kat is happy to be back home in Chicagoland, and delighted to have a backyard for her dog, Roxy.

Christopher Kurszewski (Lead Automation Technician)

Chris is the Lead Automation Technician for Hall Associates Flying Effects. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology and received his MFA in Theatre Technology at Northern Illinois University. In addition to his studies and exceptional contributions to the Hall Associates team, Chris is also the staff master electrician at NIU. His previous theatre experience includes completing sound and lighting designs for Utah Musical Theatre, Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, and Northern Michigan University. Prior to pursuing a career in theatre, Chris dedicated eight years of his life to serving his country as a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves, which included a tour in Iraq.

John Paul Moore (Rentals Manager/Flying Director)

John has worked with Hall Associates Flying Effects since 2005. He has served the theatre industry in various capacities over the years, including holding the positions of Assistant Prop Manager for the Glimmerglass Opera Company and Technical Director for the Timber Lake Playhouse. With his MFA in Theatre Technology from Northern Illinois University, John has discovered a rewarding career path at Hall Associates where he enjoys flying performers and developing special effects for theatre, movies, and special events.

William Courson (Flying Director)

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Originally from southwest Ohio, William joined the Hall team at their home in Illinois in 2013. While working in Ohio, he worked as an over-hire stagehand for I.A.T.S.E. 66. He is a skilled scenic carpenter and painter who also designed sets and built costumes for local theatre companies. Additionally, William is a classically trained stage actor with a passion for Shakespeare. He received several Daytony awards for his performances in Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn and The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort. William was also represented by Katalyst in Cincinnati for film and his first short film, Sunshine, debuted at the Dayton film festival in 2011. He continues to work behind the camera, directing short films and commercials. Being a Flying Director allows William the rare opportunity to marry his passion for performance and his strengths as a technician to safely create another dimension of theatre.

William Ian Auld (Flying Director)

William (Bill) is an ETCP Certified Rigger – Arena & Theatre as well as an ETCP Recognized Trainer. He has been employed as a flying director for Hall Associates since 2004.

Professionally, he has worked all over the world flying performers in Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. He has served as the Technical Director for the Lookingglass Theater Company and the Venue Technician for the La Jolla Playhouse Forum Theater. Bill earned his MFA in Theatre: Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in conjunction with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the United Kingdom.

Prior to all this work in theatre, however, Bill spent several happy years of his life jumping out of perfectly good airplanes in the United States Army, Special Operations; Airborne, Corps.

Troy Trinkle (Flying Director)

Troy has dedicated himself to theatrical pursuits since graduating Indiana University in 1991. He began in theater as a performer, but was always sought for his abilities as a technician. As a flying director and ETCP Certified Rigger – Theatre, Troy realizes the balance between working as a technician and artist where the disciplines of physics and art come together in performer flying. He is presently the Technical Director for the Indianapolis Civic Theater and sits as President of the board for Interaction Theater Company, INC.

These days, in addition to a hectic schedule that frequently takes him out of town, he has been busy assisting his two daughters with schoolwork. Fourth grader Claire is confident that her school project employing simple machines will catch a real Leprechaun, and second grader Sophia, after reading each Harry Potter book, insists that her Dad watch the corresponding movie with her in case she gets scared. “Thanks to Catherine for not getting mad at me for working all the time. I’ll make it up to you when we’re retired.”

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