Our Team

Tinker Dust Productions is often asked to mount a show around a celebrity. We are prepared with entertainers and producers to round your event! For a close-up on our staff, read below to see who we are.

Mary Bruegel is Tinker Dust Production’s (TDP) Producer and Business Manager. She’s been concentrating on this profession for most of her working life. She was eighteen years when doing this work at Catholic High School in Stockton. Mary controls budgets and pay-outs, and handles the technical line producer’s assignment of arranging travel and accommodations for the celebrities, (and cast, if needed) and support crew. She is also on TDP’s “New Business” team.

Film director and producer Jeff Hathcock poses with TDP’s Mary and Ron Bruegel and the world premiere of Three Bad Men.

Ron Bruegel is TDP’s Executive Director. He was the top of the line sale insurance executive for forty-five years. Upon retirement he found he had a passion to offer exciting entertainment to the public combined with helping to promote businesses and agencies around the Delta. He had an idea. Using his executive skills he began Tinker Dust Productions for presenting wholesome entertainment by bringing celebrities, in person, to actually meet, greet and chat with fans. The celebrity hero returns! Presenting this celebrity opportunity promotion throughout his beloved Central Valley is second nature to a sales exec like Ron so it is no surprise that he his the head of our “New Business” team.

Film director and producer Jeff Hathcock poses with TDP’s Mary and Ron Bruegel at the world premiere of Three Bad Men.

Henry Brown is TDP’s Line Producer. With his background in musicals, Brown has a director’s eye for staging celebrity appearances. He assesses and supplies a support cast and works with the client and celebrities to make a smooth running, professional event. He is on Tinker Dust’s creative team.

Alice Sutherland is Co-Producer, Manager and Videographer. She has been working with scores of celebrities and seeting up interviews for the TV show Jeff’s Star Talk. Also acting as a videographer for the show she travels extensively for this on-location interview program. The show airs weekly in Central California.

Jeff Sutherland is TDP’s Special Projects Producer. He produces and hosts his own celebrity interview TV program Jeff’s Star Talk seen weekly by a quarter of a million people. He has interviewed over 1,500 stars. Sutherland is a celebrity in his own right and is well known for his work as a look-alike John Wayne and Zorro. He is also a co-anchor on KAZV-TV News in Modesto, California. He brings special projects to TDP and performs with celebrities on-call.

Animation & Design Director David Molina is highly respected in the entertainment industry as a Director, Designer and Animator. His extraordinary skill in character development, world building, and keen design sense is instrumental in the studios’ stellar reputation. David began his career working side-by-side Don Bluth in his garage on BANJO THE WOODPILE CAT, which was a historical moment in the animation industry. He quickly excelled in animation and storyboarding, and became one of Bluth’s most respected animators. This culminated in creating of one of the most memorable animated moments in film – Fievel singing “Somewhere Out There” in AN AMERICAN TAIL. David has designed characters for many noteworthy entertainment franchises including Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST and MULAN, MR. MAGOO, THE PINK PANTHER, and The Simpsons. He has also adapted characters from the “Fine Art” world into animated personalities, one famous example being Michael Bedard’s Sitting Ducks. Widely considered one of the industry’s leading character designers and art directors, David has created starring characters and mascots for many advertising campaigns, animated films, marketing initiatives and theme parks around the world. Mastering an ability to adapt to any design style and infuse every performance with heart and soul, David’s characters stand a cut above the rest. He truly brings them to life!

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President/Producer Sue Shakespeare is a true mastermind of budgets and schedules, and gifted at designing unique production processes for all styles of animation. One of the most respected animation producers in the industry today, she is a member of many prestigious entertainment organizations, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Combining her education in marketing and advertising with her artistic talent, Sue has the perfect understanding of how to integrate money and art. Artists love working with Sue, and her creative network contains most of the top animators, directors, and art directors in the industry today. Her drive, integrity, and innate ability to nurture talent has been crucial in Creative Capers’ years of success. Ultimately, Sue has managed over $150 million of animation production and guided Creative Capers to consistently deliver superior quality work on time and under budget.

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Director/Art Director Terry Shakespeare is one of the most imaginative and innovative directors working in animation today. Renowned for his exceptional vision and strong leadership, Terry began his career in animation at the Don Bluth Studio where he was fortunate to be trained as an animator and storyboard artist by Don Bluth himself. During the Bluth years, Terry worked on the animated films: THE SECRET OF NIMH, AN AMERICAN TAIL, and THE LAND BEFORE TIME, as well as, the groundbreaking animated games: Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. During this time Terry met his creative partner, David Molina, and the two began their successful working collaboration. Recognized for their innovative thinking, they were hired as Supervising Art Directors to head up blue sky design at Walt Disney Studios’ Consumer Products Division, where they provided the creative vision for prominent installations such as: The Disney Stores, Mickey’s ToonTown, Splash Mountain and Disney’s MGM Studios Tour. After forming Creative Capers Entertainment, Terry’s pioneering spirit led him to experiment in the cutting edge arena of computer graphics. The studio quickly signed a multi-year exclusive production and development contract with the Walt Disney Company spanning the feature film, television and interactive divisions. After directing over 55 interactive game titles, Terry ventured into long-form CGI animation, which landed the studio production contracts for TV shows (Sitting Ducks) and movies like the LEGO/MIRAMAX BIONICLE TRILOGY, whose monumental success launched the Lego Entertainment Division.

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