Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

The Magician

Andrew has been a professional magician since the age of 12 and has performed internationally on 6 continents (come on Antarctica!).  He designs and builds his own unique illusions diving deep into Magic’s past as a way to reimagine its future. When he’s not cutting people in half, Andrew is a Product Designer at IDEO where he is constantly exploring the intersection of Magic and Design. His talk on the subject—Designing Wonder—has been featured locally for Google, Medium, and Autodesk and globally for TED and AIGA. He previously worked as a high-end treehouse designer, dating-start-up co-founder, marshmallow baker, and once led the creation of an immersive theatrical production on Alcatraz Island. 

Naomi Aeva

Naomi Aeva

The Lovely Assistant

Naomi has been performing on stage in one capacity or another for the past 20 years.  Starting off as a child pianist, she moved on to become a teenage singer, a trained actor in musical theatre, and finally ran away with the circus.  While completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from Chicago College of Performing Arts, Naomi began taking classes in trapeze on the side. One thing led to another, and after graduating from theatre school, Naomi move to San Francisco to work as a professional aerialist.  She was a member of San Francisco based dance company Capacitor (capacitor.org) from 2011 to 2013.

Shara Tonn

Shara Tonn

The Stagehand

Shara is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher in the Bay Area. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Mona and Shara Do Improv, and a variety of Bay Area comedy shows. When not on stage, she teaches improv and circus to students aged 5 to 75. She is ecstatic to join the cast of the Magic Patio and hopes at least one person wears matching coveralls to every show. 

Ben Chesler

Ben Chesler

Stage Manager

Ben was born on May 9, 1992 in Newton, MA at 6:36am.  On June 17th at 2:42pm, he wrote this short bio.  In between those two events, Ben (in no particular order) made some friends, sold some ugly fruits and vegetables, graduated from elementary school, and helped other people perform magic.  He hopes to add to this bio in the coming years.

Kelly Schmutte

Kelly Schmutte

Artwork and Illustration

Kelly is a designer and lecturer at the Stanford d.school, originally from sunny Davis, CA. At the d.school, she gets to teach Product Design to undergrads and work on absurdly fun projects. Outside the d.school, Kelly also helps ballerinas dance more comfortably, confidently and joyfully with custom-fit shoe solutions. She’s been a ballet dancer and artist her whole life and can often be found watercolor painting or sketching on her Wacom.  Kelly loves: bright colors, challenging hikes to remote mountaintops, French language and culture, and getting down in hip hop class.

Daphne Mir

Daphne Mir

Lighting Design

Daphne is a lighting designer and creative director with a taste for the extraordinary. Currently living in Los Angeles, Daphne is a CalArts graduate with insatiable wanderlust. Daphne fulfills her wanderlust by creating imaginary worlds (including working at both Walt Disney Imagineering’s Creative Entertainment and Research & Development studios), and visiting real ones (including studying abroad at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ordering vegetarian ramen in Kyoto in basic Japanese, and rock climbing). She’s also a huge nerd, having worked on concepts and events for Star Wars, Marvel, Riot Games, and BlizzCon. Ask her for a comic recommendation! @daphne_mir

Rachel Tobias

Rachel Tobias

Bartender

Rachel is a SoCal girl (that’s right, go Dodgers!), who transplanted to the Bay Area a few years back to dabble in the world of human-centered design. When she’s not mixing drinks, she’s helping to shape the future of transportation and mobility through her work at IDEO, leading and building client relationships, where she often has the privilege to work alongside Andrew. In addition to sneaking sips behind the bar, Rachel enjoys admiring the redwood trees in her cabin in the woods, taking photos on cameras old and new, traveling the world as often as possible, and of course, cheering on her boys in blue come April.  @rtobias

Lindsey Evans

Lindsey Evans

Bartender

Lindsey is a tech saleswoman (shocking, I know) at LinkedIn who moonlights as a bartender and baker. Born with Wanderlust in her genes and driven by cultural immersion, she spent over a year in 6 African countries and competed in Scottish Highland dance for 14 years. If she’s not slinging software you can find her testing out a new Ina Garten recipe, exploring the great outdoors, or attending a Taylor Swift concert. @levans 

Kaitlin O'Donnell

Kaitlin O'Donnell

Bartender

Kaitlin grew up loving summers on Cape Cod and decided to follow her passion for the sea by spending 8 years traveling the world by ship.  After one too many tropical storms Kaitlin decided she wanted to become a California girl and settled into the Bay Area to pursue her interests in design thinking.  Kaitlin spends her time trying new pins, eating her way around the city and religiously rooting for all Boston sports teams. Kaitlin holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering and is currently working as a Product Design Producer at Pinterest.