Registration is now open for Envision 2014, a symposium exploring the DNA of Storytelling, Design, and Technology. Great minds gather to discuss what's next in the creation, production, design, and direction of theatre, concerts, theme parks, gaming, digital environments, and more. It's a high-octane conference that brings together the best and brightest innovators and practitioners in live entertainment, film, and media to discuss what’s happening now and to share their views on what’s next. Envision takes place September 11-13, 2014 at the Steinbeck Forum, Monterey, CA, the famed home of the early TED conferences.

This year’s Envisionaries represent an incredible cross section of practicing visionaries from an array of different artistic endeavors. These designers, technologists, writers, directors, producers, performers, and other creative thinkers are all passionate about entertainment and the role it plays in our society, and just crazy enough to think that getting together to have a series of conversations about where storytelling, design, and technology are heading in an increasingly wired world is an important and worthwhile pursuit. 

"Following the success of last year’s Envision Symposium, we’re going to do it again!" quips creative consultant Bran Ferren. "Following the success of last year’s Envision Symposium, we’re going to do it again! If you are involved in any aspect of the art & science of storytelling, please bring your ideas and passions to contribute to the exchange of ideas shaping the future of live performance.” 

Here is a quick breakdown of currently confirmed Envision 2014 speakers:

Creative Consultants

Bran Ferren, chief executive officer of Applied Minds and founder of Associates & Ferren, is a technologist, artist, architectural designer, vehicle designer, engineer, lighting and sound designer, visual effects artist, scientist, lecturer, photographer, entrepreneur, and inventor. 

Bob Bonniol is a visualist, video designer, screens producer, projection designer, pixel mapper, video content designer, interactive artist, and VJ. He creates live experiences for concerts, broadcast events, operas, musicals, and permanent architectural installations. 

2014 Envisionaries

Butch Allen has spent decades in concert touring as lighting director, lighting designer, production designer, and production manager for such varied artists as Van Halen, No Doubt, Black Keys, Nickelback, and New Kids On The Block.

Surya Buchwald, also known as Momo the Monster, is experienced in motion graphics, interactive/Realtime design, and web design and programming. Surya creates extraordinary visuals for concerts and designs interactive computer things.  

Jasmine Ellsworth, executive vice president of True Edge Pictures, has worked on projects as diverse as video game trade show and event representations for Disney, Imagi Studios, Comedy Central, and 20th Century Fox. 

E. M. Gimenez is a cutting-edge sound designer whose recent work includes the site-specific opera Invisible Cities at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Peter Guber is an American film producer and chairman/CEO of Mandalay Entertainment. He has produced or executive produced numerous hit films, from Rain Man to Batman, by way of The Color Purple. 

Sandra Tsing Loh, an LA-based writer, actress, performance-artist, pop-culture analyst, and radio commentator, is the host of the radio show The Loh Down on Science as well as a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and PRI's This American Life. 

Alex McDowell is a British production designer and film producer who has worked with, among others, directors Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, and Alex Proyas. He has won awards in production design for his work in Minority Report and The Terminal. 

Peter Schneider, the first president of Walt Disney Feature Animation for The Walt Disney Company from 1985 to 1999, is an American film and theatrical producer. He is well-known for his work in The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. 

Neal Stephenson is an American author and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, or "postcyberpunk."

Amy Tinkham is a director, producer, and writer of theater, dance, music concerts, tours, film, television, video, and art installations. She has worked on the choreography for Madonna, The Dixie Chicks, Aerosmith, and Motley Crew. 

Bora Yoon is a composer, vocalist, and sound artist who explores the connection of sound to the subliminal. To create music, she has used everyday objects such as violin, water, ancient Tibetan singing bowls, cell phones, and kitchenware. 

Register today to get the best prices on Envision 2014, with special rates for students and educators. Help unlock the code and be on the forefront of the next revolution in storytelling, design, and technology.