In 2011 Subplot Studio introduced the concept of customizable poster designs for plays and musicals. Our poster designs can be found promoting performances all over the world.

Mission

By streamlining the design process, Subplot Studio empowers drama teachers and community theatre directors to promote plays and musicals with professionally designed, customizable artwork, while saving significant time and money.


Vision

Impact the performing arts by making exceptional design attainable. Empower performers, visual artists, teachers, directors and patrons through collaboration and the use of thoughtful and meaningful technology.

A passion for good design and a love for the performing arts drive the team at Subplot Studio.

James apRoberts

James apRoberts

Founder & CEO

Forget LinkedIn, Jimmy is the networking master of California’s Central Coast. He knows just about everyone you would ever want to meet, have a conversation with, go surfing with or start a business with. He’s a high-functioning, former-glassblowing, sleep-deprived, guitar-playing, logo-making machine. In the rare moments when he’s not working, he’s most likely trying to save an injured animal, while watching Mission Impossible and dreaming about getting a job at Patagonia, just before hiking Poly Canyon with his wife, Casey and Rottweiler, Kayla. Jimmy is also cursed with the inability to say “No”, which makes him one of the most generous people you’ll ever meet. Just ask him to go to lunch (or even a concert) and see who pays!

James’ favorite musician: Ben Harper


Brian Christopher

Brian Christopher

Founder & Creative Director

It’s impossible to describe Brian. He’s the kind of person that you pretty much have to experience in person. Funny, smart and creative. He makes everyone laugh. He’s enthusiastic about life and everything that comes along with it. At the very top of that list is his longtime girlfriend, Laureen and her grandson, Jaiden. Following close behind is eating any food that is so spicy that it makes most human beings run away in fear. To say that Brian is obsessed with peppers and making his eyes water is a huge understatement. Currently, Brian’s main topics of conversation include bounce houses, Allen Iverson, Interstellar and making paper masks for Jaiden’s preschool class. Of course, being from Miami, he knows every single word to Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby. Yo, VIP, let’s kick it!

Brian’s favorite band: Tenacious D

Kurt Schulz

Kurt Schulz

Director of Digital Strategy

This isn’t going to make much sense but we never really know where Kurt is. He’s a real person and an amazing web developer and technology guy. He also happens to be on a two year long adventure with his wife, Heather and daughter, Natalie. They’re on the road, living in an Airstream named Violet, seeing the sights and making memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. We can’t wait for Kurt to get back to the office but while he’s gone, we’ll just keep stalking his Instagram account.

Kurt’s favorite musical: Wicked


Sarah Riley

Sarah Riley

Copywriter

When we met Sarah, she was studying communications at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and she was looking for an internship. As we’ve gotten to know her, we’ve learned that Sarah is a huge fan of hip hop, rap and electronic dance music. She’s also enamored with the NBA. Her dream is to be a team writer for an NBA franchise, so if you happen to know anyone, shoot us an email and let us know. In the meantime, she’ll be working on her jump shot.

Sarah’s favorite band: Atmosphere


Cory Karpin

Cory Karpin

Corporate Partnerships

Cory recently spent six months living on his wife, Michelle’s family farm in Iowa. He learned to drive a tractor, he bought a horse, he transported goats in a minivan, remodeled a bathroom and developed a taste for Coors Light. None of these experiences have anything to do with what Cory does in real life but he sure had a lot of fun. We can guarantee that if you’re ever lucky enough to have a conversation with Cory, you’ll enjoy it because he’s just that kind of guy.

Cory’s favorite band: The Lumineers


Emilee Rudd

Emilee Rudd

Graphic Designer

Whether it's a hand lettered poster design, an illustration of Big Sur or a story about a recent adventure, Emilee never ceases to impress us. She loves all things related to letters and it shows in her work. We're pretty sure her hero is Jessica Hische. If you ever find Emilee without a pencil in her hand, you'll most likely find her hiking, exploring a foreign country or enjoying a glass of wine on California's Central Coast. But, she almost always has the pencil.

Emilee’s favorite musical: The Lion King


Kristin Ericksmoen

Kristin Ericksmoen

Web Developer

Three things come to mind when thinking about Kristin - Blu, her long-haired dachshund, live music and yoga. Well, maybe it’s really six - Nick, her fiancé, her love of craft beer and her ability to turn code into something beautiful and functional. Kristin is a trained yoga instructor and by the end of this year, she will know more about weddings that anyone else on the planet, because like all of her closest friends, she’s getting married in 2016.

Kristin’s favorite musician: Neil Young

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