Presenter Profile

Zackery Klassen

Guest Artist, Rythm EFX LLC

Rythm EFX is a local, family owned company, owned by 2 Fort Collins Natives and founded in 2010. Rythm EFX was founded on a passion for Music, Production, Theatre and the passion of the people behind it all. We are based out of Fort Collins, 4 generations here in the local community and understand keeping sources and services local is important to most. Doing so, we are able to better communicate design concepts & processes as well as having a personal connection to the Colorado area and people we are working with. We have over 20 years in experience in Special Effects, Lighting and Event Production as well as Professional Lighting Design. We have a passion for Event Lighting, Special Effects, Custom Prop Building & Entertainment Events as well as working in the local community. When we began in 2010, our goal was to bring to the stage, a live production that was new, unique and cohesive to the event that the client was promoting. We were tired of seeing random lighting and thoughtless stage design that seemed pieced together to make things easy. We wanted to make a stage look and feel ALIVE and present that to the audience or guests so that that they could have the experience that they came for! We put thought into every single event, no matter what the budget is! We have found ways to make smaller budgets work with less expensive materials and we have ways to make events even greater with budgets that are larger. We are all about making your daydreams come true! What you pictured your event to look like, we can make that happen! Our designers and team members can fulfill the visions and goals you are looking for in bringing the event a great event, every single time.

Zackery's Workshops


    Advanced Special Effects: Introducing SPFX to Theatre

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Special Effects can be the talk of the show! Your audience will remember that blast of CO2 from a cannon or the Bubbles from The Little Mermaid or the Snow in The Nutcracker. I could go on forever. In this workshop we will go over how to integrate the many different special effects available into the stage. We will discuss new Cold Spark Technology, Sparkular Units, a non-pyrotechnic alternative as well as older, traditional effects such as Ground Fog and how they have changed in recent years to operate more efficiently. We will teach how to use the different effects as well as discuss safety and techniques.

    Zack Klassen is the owner and Lead Designer of Rythm EFX in Fort Collins, CO. Zack has over 18 years experience in Lighting Design and Theatre and began working in Theatre as a teen and has since has taken it to whole new level. He has become well rounded in all aspects of Theatre and Production and has worked in all types of the Event Business. Zack is also the mastermind behind Rythm EFX’s Scenic Prop Shop working on some of the most custom pieces for our clients. Zack has the creative eye to turn something great into something amazing with just a few small tweaks.
    Come meet Zack and the rest of the RFX Crew!