Vertigo has been providing exceptional flying effects around the world since 1991. Our team members share a passion for aerial creativity. They work to tailor our services to each client's needs, ensuring that the flying effects support the director's overall vision.
Our primary goal is to provide safe and reliable special effects rigging in a calm and collaborative environment.
Kate TollefsonLead Flight Attendant
Kate began working for Vertigo in 2007 and has been providing high-quality customer service ever since. Her introduction to theatre was in pursuit of an easy A–a theatre arts class. Instead, that class became the catalyst for her continued love of theatre.
Tara FugateFlight Attendant
Tara (they/them/he/she) relocated from Ohio to join the Vertigo team in 2014. Their love of theatre started from a young age and has only grown and morphed as they have grown as a person. Tara is always happy to collaborate with clients on fresh new takes on the classics of theatre.
John MooreGeneral Manager, Flying Director
John is a Midwestern guy who taught himself technical theatre skills as a kid, sometimes by accident, like when he landed the counterweight of his first pulley system on the hood of the family car. Now, he holds ETCP Certifications in both arena and theatrical rigging. John studied scenic and lighting design for his B.F.A. and began working for Vertigo in 2005 while earning his M.F.A. in Technical Direction.
Lewie LongFlying Director
Lewie has been with Vertigo since 2014. Originally from Sandusky, OH, he trained as both a technician and an actor and is an ETCP Certified Rigger - Theatre. He provides the background music for the heart of Vertigo: the shop. Show tunes can be heard all over the building, resonating from the dulcet tenor that is Lewie's voice.
Jamie NicklasFlying Director
Jamie is the daughter of two theatre technicians. She received numerous awards in school and has experience in props, scenic design, carpentry, and stage management. She completed the CM-ET hoist technician program and is now an ETCP Certified Rigger - Theatre. Vertigo welcomed Jamie to the team in 2016.
Christine Walker GueldeBusiness Manager
Christine has been working in the accounting field since 1998 and enjoys helping businesses achieve their financial goals. She was introduced to theatre at the age of 10 and has been involved in one way or another ever since. Christine was welcomed to the Vertigo team in 2015.
Chris KurszewskiHead of Automation
Chris has been a pillar of the Vertigo team since 2008, and his talents are shared with Northern Illinois University School of Theatre & Dance, where he is the resident Master Electrician and Sound Technician. Chris holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology and an M.F.A. Theatre Arts - Design & Technology. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, which included a tour in Iraq during OIF1.
Tracy NunnallyOwner, President
Tracy has worked in professional theatre since the 1980s. His contributions include all aspects of theatre automation, motion control, rigging, pyrotechnics, special effects, scenery construction, and technical design.
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As one of the company’s leaders who has been in the entertainment industry for more than a decade, Gabe ensures Vertigo is moving in the right direction and travels to ensure the company’s name is brought to its brightest light.