David Stark Design and Production is a full service event design, planning and production company that elevates ordinary events to extra extraordinary experiences.

Led by renowned event producer David Stark, our talented designers and managers create the most celebrated events worldwide for a broad range of international clientele in the entertainment, fashion, publishing, arts, media, and consumer product industries.

Stark and team bring over 18 years of creative innovation to custom decor and flowers as well as every other aspect of event production including venue selection, invitations, catering, entertainment and integrated branding.


David Stark

Chief Creative Officer

David has always had a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Growing up, he was obsessed with making puppets from anything he could find, including gum wrappers, old pieces of tin foil, and cereal boxes.


Alyson Walder

Studio Production Director

A production maven, Alyson has produced over 3,575 potato pancakes for her annual Wine and Latke Party.


Arielle Guitar

Event Coordinator


Asabea Ayres

Design Coordinator

Asabea can't refuse an offer to karaoke. Her go-to karaoke song is Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes.


Audrey Pondek

Senior Designer, Floral & Styling

Audrey's love affair with design began as a child speed skater when she designed her own body suit!


Avery Feldman

Associate Producer


Caitlin Quinn

Studio Production Manager


Camille Watson

Associate Producer

A huge *NSYNC fan, Camille had look a likes perform at her 10th birthday party. She still hopes to meet the real band members and secretly prays for another album.


Cara Pruyn

Associate Business Development Manager

Always with a flair for the theatrical, as a  young child, Cara used to perform dramatic interpretations of her favorite children’s book “Caps For Sale” for anyone who visited her family’s home.


Catherine Strauser

Event Coordinator

With an insatiable sweet tooth and love of travel, Catherine’s favorite chocolate chip cookie comes from a homemade bakery in Madrid, Spain.


Christopher Clark

Executive Assistant to David Stark

Christopher spent his early years attempting to ignore constant Clark Kent/Christopher Reeve/Superman jokes and gibes. In recent years, he has learned to embrace and celebrate his Kryptonian heritage.


Corrie Hogg

Art & Craft Director

An aspiring crafter at age 11, Corrie was making rag dolls and selling them around the neighborhood.


Daniel Kopp

Studio Shop Manager


Daria Semenova



Eileen O’Leary

Senior Creative Producer

No stranger to crafting, as a child Eileen, spent Sunday evenings religiously watching 60 minutes and cutting craft patterns for her mother’s nursery school, Sunshine Meadows, the former of which she continues to this day!


Ellie Engstrom

Technical Design Coordinator

Innately intuitive, constantly curious, and theatrical through and through, she’s always been interested in figuring out how things work and can make just about anything out of anything.


Emily Edelman

Senior Designer

Despite being a lifetime local, Emily really loves learning about and experiencing the New York Transit System – past, present, and future. Honk! Screech.


Emily Schroder

People, Culture and Operations Manager

A lifelong pop culture addict, Emily loves New York's cultural opportunities. Two of her favorites intersected when she found herself riding the subway home from an Erykah Badu concert with Tim Riggins (from Friday Night Lights!).


Erin Kim

Event Coordinator

Erin is always down for some Taco Bell, any time of the day.


Esteban Salgado

Graphic Designer


Jessica Giacchino

Floral and Styling Coordinator


Felicity Sparrow

Senior Creative Producer

A foodie today, Felicity started out as a less than adventurous eater, refusing to try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until she was a freshman in high school.


Jacquelyn Rawlings

Event Producer


Jess Brett

Graphic Designer

Jess’s love of hand lettering and architecture was sparked as a rebellious macabre teen while exploring (and tagging) an abandoned psych hospital in her hometown.


Jessica McCarthy

Director of Creative Services

A poetry lover and closet romantic, Jessica's favorite book is a selection of Lord Byron's love poems she has owned for 20 years.


Kate Kennedy-Lynch

Director of Client Services

In junior high school, Kate had an illustrious career as a pole vaulter where she earned sixth place out of seven!


Kristen Henriksen

Senior Designer

Kristen first discovered her fascination with geometry and love for design after crafting a Christmas decoration from paper tetrahedrons in her high school math class. Her favorite shape? The triangle, of course!


Lauren Merkin

Chief Operating Officer

A masterful strategist, Lauren spends her free time playing Monopoly with her two kids.


Leslie Grisdale

Staffing and Logistics Manager

Prior to organizing the creative chaos at David Stark Design, Leslie organized the creative chaos of various Broadway and Off-Broadway shows (and maybe an opera or two)!


Lesley McTague

Senior Technical Designer

Ostensibly a serious graduate student of architecture, Lesley was ever eager for the birthday or celebratory occasion at school to laser-cut something silly then glitter it!


Liz Holden

Head of Business Development and Strategy

In 2007, while on her honeymoon, Liz scored an impressive upset at the Southeast Alaska State Fair by taking second place in the women's axe-throwing competition.


Lucy Russo

Creative Producer

Growing up, Lucy watched in awe as her grandmother, a seamstress, hand-created beautiful dresses. Together they upgraded Lucy's Barbie doll collection by hand-sewing and embellishing their clothing!


Luke Shryock

Associate Technical Designer


Marco Mendez

Production Assistant

So much more than your average PA, Marco can fix literally anything, from a client's car to a leaking building and EVERYTHING in between!


Mary Kate Kelly


Mary Kate once hitch-hiked to a Beach Boys concert.


Maryelys Martinez


When not crunching numbers at the office, Maryelys and her family are at the little league baseball field all year round.


Matt Glove

Creative Producer

Having hosted year-long foreign exchange students while growing up, Matt now has a global family in Sweden, Iceland, Germany, England, Chile, France, Australia, and Ethiopia.


Meghan O'Hara

Event Producer

A lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, Meghan makes sure to catch every show when he comes to town!


Michelle Rollery

Event Producer

As a child, Michelle once waited hours just to wave to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Though her Olsen twin obsession has come and gone, she can still appreciate a "full house" when it comes to amazing events!


Michael Greenberg

Studio Production Coordinator

A former Division I swimmer, Michael hung up his Speedo years ago in exchange for a wet suit and Scuba tank. He’s found coral reefs to be much more interesting than the straight black line of a pool.


Michael Kuhn

Director of Production Services

Events have always been in Michael’s blood.  As a child, he decorated his bedroom for every holiday, even St. Patrick’s Day (with lots of green shamrocks)!


Natividad Gutierrez

Studio Supervisor

A jack of all trades, Naty often functions as the office nurse having been formally trained in Mexico.


Nicholas Kennedy


Kennedy has always been a huge fan of attaining the impossible. In his first letter to Santa he asked for a 10 legged dog!


Olivia Kane

Graphic Design Coordinator

Olivia's favorite hideout in NYC is the visible storage gallery at The Met. A little spooky, but not a tourist in sight!


Patricia Ruiz



Ralph Perfetto

Associate Technical Designer

Ralph’s pride and joy craft project was an LED-wired Iron Man gauntlet. It was “invincible” enough to survive a college Halloween party - but couldn’t handle Ralph waving goodbye to a friend.


Sarah Bacharach

Associate Designer, Floral & Styling

Sarah comes to event design from a background in performing arts where she developed, among other things, a spot-on Britney Spears impression.


Sarose Klein

Event Coordinator

For Sarose, everyone has always been a potential friend. At age 3, she snuck out while her parents unpacked their new home and was found knocking on doors asking neighbors to play. She is still close with those neighbors today!


Scott Sanders

Technical Director

Scott's childhood dream was to become an astronaut until he surpassed the maximum height restriction at age 13.


Sophie Bennett

Event Coordinator


Soomin Lee

Associate Designer

Love winter sports, but hates winter and strives towards making the impossible, possible. Like a warm, frozen lake for ice-skating.


Stephanie Johnson

Associate Producer


Susie Montagna

Floral & Creative Styling Director

A creative mastermind down to every detail, Susie is known for styling stunning vignettes, capturing the most exquisite photographs, and creating the most beautiful salads at the lunch table.


Tom Houston

Technical Designer

Tom once had to collect chunks of mud and straw which fell off an Anselm Kiefer painting that he helped install. The Artist's Assistant assured him, "Oh, this happens all the time."