Bang the Drum Productions


                                                  PRODUCTION & LIGHTING DESIGNER

Richard Taylor is an award winning designer who has been involved in lighting and production projects around the world. He most recently was the Lighting Designer for "The Elephant Man", and renewed his interest in Directing, by being both Director and Lighting Designer for the critically acclaimed musical comedy "I Love You Your're Perfect Now Change" in Los Angeles. Mr. Taylor has designed many original LED products such as LED Chandeliers, LED columns and LED drapes to compete with fiber optic drapes for the events industry. He also re-designed fiber optic drapes to use LED illuminators.  Having traveled extensively throughout his career, Mr. Taylor has completed projects in Asia, Europe, Australia, Brazil, as well as many cities within the USA.  He is currently the Resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Relevant Stage Theater Company at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, California.  



Richard Simms began working in the entertainment field as an actor like many behind the scenes professionals. As such he managed to carve out a substantial career in the world of television commercials as well as many episodic and feature parts.  Mr. Simms served as Director of Sales and Marketing for several film and commercial production companies, including Black Top Films which produced music videos and commercials, while specializing in corporate training videos. This gives Mr. Simms a unique and useful insight into the world of marketing and sales within the industry. He formerly served as a member of the advisory board for the Earl Jones Foundation, originally founded by actor Robert Earl Jones and based in Phoenix, Arizona, a non-profit organization focused on the technical training and future employment of women and minorities in the entertainment business.

Prodcer /
Duke Collister


Duke Collister brings nearly 50 years of experience in the entertainment industry. His career began as a live perforrmer and manager for rock bands. He composed original music, did voiceovers and general production work for radio and TV commercials.  Mr. Collister enjoyed a successful touring career as well. After receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree, he co-founded National Stage Productions, an event management company. Through the years,  Mr. Collister has been a tour & production manager, line-producer, stage manager, producer & consultant on a variety of productions and events. These experiences run the gamut from "The Spirit of Freedom Country Music Festival and Fair", "Woodstock' 94", "Disney Fest Asia", to the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He seved as Production Manager for the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and most recently as the General Manager of the Shrine Auditorium.

PRODUCTION TEAM: Richard T,, Dale, Duke, Kent, Richard S.; Front: Rasheed