Celebrating 10 Years!



Principals


In this business experience matters. OnCue Staging is a company with leaders who have spent their lives producing and managing stage events. They’ve taken on big shows and small, worked with seasoned planners and first-timers and every time, the results speak for themselves. You’ll be at ease with OnCue.

Jim Tzitzura

It’s not often that you find a professional in the corporate AV and staging business with a background as extensive as Jim’s. He was first introduced to the business by his cousin who was a production manager on Broadway and for national tours. He spent his early years behind the scenes at “DreamGirls,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Miss Saigon.” After that he was hooked on production. And he’s still hooked today. Jim is fanatical about the show. He and the teams that he leads go above and well-beyond the call of duty on every show to make sure that opening moment and every moment after are flawless. He was trained by the best. His primary responsibilities include client services, production, and new business development.

His early experience was in theatre learning the audiovisual techniques that can transform an ordinary stage into another world and a theatre into a full sensory experience. Later he served as the convention services manager at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago where he gained experience managing events for clients from start to finish.  His true love was in production, so Jim worked with Sound & Stagecraft in Dallas, which later became AVHQ; where he worked as an audio engineer, project manager, stage manager, and technology director, perfecting his talents and adding to his extensive knowledge base. Little did he know that all his diverse experience was setting him up perfectly to launch his own company with his partners, Alex and Brandon.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design, Management and Technology from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.

Brandon Steele

Industry veteran, Brandon Steele, has been in the audiovisual and staging business since 1991 working his way up from entry level positions to now leading a company with his partners. It’s the classic entrepreneurial success story of humble beginnings, continual learning, and leaps of faith. After graduating from the Art Institute of Dallas and receiving his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Music & Video Business, he worked as the master controller for the Christian Television Network, formerly DayStar Television.  Brandon and Corporate Staging met in 1994. He started out as a warehouse technician and driver and quickly moved up to video engineer/projectionist, traveling all over the country.  But it wasn’t until he was serving as the head of the video department at  Sound & Stagecraft in Dallas that he met his partners, Alex and Jim. By the time AVHQ acquired Sound & Stagecraft, Brandon was one of the lead project managers in Dallas where he oversaw show pre-production and on-site management.

With years of experience behind him and his entrepreneurial spirit pushing him forward, Brandon took the leap, and along with Jim and Alex, started OnCue on May 5th, 2003.  Today he serves as managing partner and is responsible for pre-production and event management.

Alex DeSantis

An audiovisual/staging company is only as good as its operations and how fortunate OnCue Staging principal, Alex DeSantis has decades of Operations experience on his side. Like his other partners, he grew up in the business taking on entry level positions like driver/technician to begin learning the business. Success brought more responsibility and after a few years, he left the rental department and began working for Sound & Stagecraft’s Hotel Audiovisual Division at the Hyatt Woodfield Hotel. Later he was named director of audiovisual services at the Embassy Suites in Rosemont, Illinois.  Within a few short years, while Alex was learning the ropes in Operations, he was asked to move back to Dallas to open the Sound & Stagecraft branch. He took the opportunity and handled all day-to-day operations of the office including staffing, scheduling, inventory control, purchasing, vendor relations, logistics, and trade-show operations. Also, traveled and managed exhibit floor audiovisual set-up for trade show association meetings. After Sound & Stagecraft was acquired by AVHQ (PSAV currently) Alex  continued in some capacity managing more and more employees until eventually he was put in charge of the entire  Staging and Rental Divisions of AVHQ’s Dallas branch. In 2003, he joined forces with Brandon and Jim and turned his experience and talent to create and grow his own company.

Today this graduate from Northern Illinois University counts himself as a true entrepreneur and a real success story. He handles all the logistics for OnCue Staging’s two warehouses and countless productions. It’s a big job, but one he prepared all his life to do. And when it’s for your own company, its all the more special.