LumenEssence Team

David Crater, Principal & Owner

PRINCIPAL/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – Handles program management and engineering design for complex multi-disciplinary systems in entertainment venues. Addresses all aspects of Show Control, Ride Control, Audio, Video, Projection, Pyrotechnics, and Special Effects systems, from single effects to facility-wide.


BACKGROUND – Engineering and marketing professional for high technology systems and services in entertainment, industrial, scientific, electro-optic, and semiconductor markets. Particularly adept at system concept formulation, establishing new markets, capability assessing, and new product introductions.



UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA

  • Master’s in Business Administration – MBA
  • Concentrations in Finance and Strategic Planning


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Bachelor of Science – BSEE Electrical Engineering
  • Concentrations in Control Systems and Power Systems
  • Additional coursework in Mechanical Engineering and Solar Energy



License: P.E. Electrical, California

Courses in: Lasers and Optics, PLC Programming, Product Management, Unified Modeling Language, Video Processing, AMX Programming, Crestron Programming, Audio Intelligibility, Grounding, and others.

Current Position: 1993 – Present

Principal/                                                                                                    LumenEssence

Chief Executive Officer                                                                              Los Angeles, CA


Prior Positions:

Principal Show Electronic Engineer –                                             Walt Disney Imagineering
Show Controls                                                                                           Shanghai, China


Assistant VP/Director –                                                                 Resorts World at Sentosa

Engineering                                                                                                        Singapore


Manager –                                                                                                           Lumonics

Product Development                                                                                    Camarillo, CA


Senior Development Engineer –                                                                      Apollo Lasers

Electrical Design Group                                                                             Los Angeles, CA