Our People

Through the years, we have gathered the most talented people in their fields to be on our team of craftspeople.

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We have strived to nurture an intimate group of experts that work extremely well together to create quality, professional products in a timely and cost effective manner, and are highly effective in problem solving and finding creative solutions.

Josh Koral

Josh Koral

Owner / Creative Director / Art Director


Josh is in complete charge of operations. He is an Emmy Award-winning Art Director who has been in the business for over 30 years, working on over 20 feature films, hundreds of television commercials and countless corporate and display projects. A former science teacher, he is singled out as a creative problem-solver and is well-respected by peers and clients alike.

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Bill Swanson

Bill Swanson

Designer / Project Manager / Partner


Bill is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has over 20 years experience working in the film, entertainment, event and theatrical industries. He is our in-house art director and project manager, specializing in all aspects of design from concept to finish. Extensive knowledge of materials and fabrication methods inform his process to bring ideas to life with creative solutions. Bill is also an accomplished fine artist and exhibits his painting nationally.

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Aaron Shores

Aaron Shores

Draftsman / Project Manager / Partner


Originally a theater technician, Aaron quickly moved up the ranks to become Assistant Technical Director at TheatreWorks, then went on to run scenery shops throughout the Bay Area, including Berkeley Rep and RODA. Eventually lured into film production, he worked as prop maker, special effects technician and construction coordinator for films and tv, including a stint as Foreman for NBC’s “Trauma.” His can-do attitude, along with his wealth of knowledge of materials and fabrication methods, provides the backbone of our team.

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Eli Koral

Lead Carpenter / Project Manager / Partner


Having worked at Acme Scenery on and off since birth, Eli is an enthusiastic craftsman who is highly skilled working in wood, metals, plastics as well as graphics and design work. He is the son of our fearless leader, Josh Koral and has literally grown up immersed in the film business and is well known for his attention to detail, his strong work ethic, and great sense of humor. 

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Letty Samonte

Master Scenic Painter


Letty received her BFA with honors in Illustration in 2001 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After completing her studies, she moved to NYC.  It was there that she worked full time as a faux finishing artist and muralist for interiors and was introduced to scenic painting for the theatre.  In 2003, she worked as a scenic artist and scenic design assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

She relocated to San Francisco in 2004 and has been working as a painter in the Bay Area  ever since.  Letty was a staff scenic artist for the American Conservatory Theatre from 2009 until their scene shop closure in 2015. She has been working as the lead scenic at Acme since January 2017.

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Matthew Stancik

Installation Supervisor / Shop Foreman


Matt is a master craftsman who has a reputation for precise and fastidious work. He was technical director for the San Francisco Opera Center before joining Acme, has a keen eye for detail and is uncompromising in the quality of his work.

 

 

 

 

 

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