Meet the Team

  1. Managing Director
    Karen has an extensive background in the resort and cruise sectors of the travel industry. An accomplished Cruise Director, Karen’s flair is also in creative writing and business management. Karen is spearheading the company and overseeing all project operations. From a family of entertainers, Karen got her first acting role at the age of five starring in "Seven Golden Miles," a documentary about Blackpool alongside her mum, Marie. Her mum's mantra of "you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it" ensured that Karen always had the confidence to try new things and explore the world. With strong leadership skills, Karen has successfully worked as an Entertainment Manager and Professional MC since her early twenties and accumulated a wide range of contacts and connections worlwide.
  2. Managing Director
    Rich has been in the Events and Entertainment Industry since the "Manchester Years" became popular back in his hometown in England. He began his career as a club DJ in the UK and throughout Europe, spending time along the way cruising the seven seas and entertaining a global audience as a DJ, Nightclub Operations Manager and Entertainment Director. A decade later, the world traveling Manchester boy would finally put down some roots in his current home, Toronto, Ontario. Rich has a vast experience of corporate events and a working knowledge of the cruise industry. Working closely with our DJ team, Rich is able to provide and mix an amazing range of compilations and is available to train DJ’s and implement new music programs on board cruise ships and at your resort. Rich is one of our key people to oversee special projects and support the brands that we are associated with.
  3. Managing Director
    Dave is an accomplished musician who has a lifetime of experience in many aspects of the music industry. From managing touring rock bands on the road to hiring musicians for cruise ship showbands, Dave’s talents have led him across the country and around the world. After studying classical piano in college, he decided he would rather “hit the road” with a rock band and began his professional music career. Dave toured the northeast U.S. with a band out of New York, then toured the southeast with a band out of Florida before moving to Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years writing, recording and touring with various bands. Primarily a keyboardist and singer, he has also been the lead singer/frontman for various bands and also plays guitar and bass in many other shows. After filling in with a band on a cruise ship, Dave decided this was a great way to travel and see the world, so he put together his own band (once again) and spent the next 6 years as a band leader on various ships for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Wanting a change of pace after this, he then spent 4 years as a solo jazz pianist for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Dave now works with local bands in Florida, and does many corporate gigs as well as being the Musical Director and Musician Specialist for Maybury Webb Creative. Dave also collaborates with Karen on projects and together they created Carnival Cruise Lines show" America Rocks!"
  4. Managing Director
    Brenn Swanson has an extensive Circus background with 20 years of Circus Arts under her belt. She is a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College Graduate. Besides being an amazing performer, Brenn also created and installed circus programs and shows for many schools and venues. She has also worked as a Krooz Komic for Royal caribbean International, which was an interactive entertainment experience for guests merging circus and comedy characters throughout the ship, and was the talent and trainer behind "Big Top at Sea" for Norwegian Cruise line. ("Big Top at Sea" was an interactive circus experience for adults and children of all ages, allowing guests to try various circus arts and accumulated into a full circus show experience starring the kids at the end of the cruise.) Brenn has also been very active in bringing over 200 different variety performers to China for international festivals throughout China for the last 8 years. Karen and Brenn have known and worked together on various projects for many years and are delighted to collaborate and bring more excitement and events to both land and sea! Together they deliver fun and action packed improvisational, physical and circus-related comedy experiences, and master classes in face painting and improv.
  5. Managing Director
    Kelly Connolly is honored to be working and creating with Maybury Webb Creative Productions. Kelly recently finished choreographing American Idiot for CMT. She was also just part of the original cast of The Illusionists on Broadway, and the choreographer of The Illusionists 2.0 at the Sydney Opera House. Kelly is fresh off the set of The Walking Dead, Banshee, and feature film Mr. Right (to be released in 2016), as movement coordinator & actress on the dance floor. Kelly can be seen dancing in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), as well as in promos for FX hit series American Horror Story (2015). She recently wrapped filming several feature films including Disney's Invisible Sister (2015), Ride Along 2 (2016), NOLA Circus (2016) where she doubled for the lead actress, Mind Puppets (2016), and Devil's Brake (2016) where she acted, choreographed and performed stunts. She also plays the role of Vita in the soon to be released feature film Aztec Warrior (2016), and doubles as the lead actress in feature film Refugio (2014). Kelly has TV credits on hit shows such as the ABC Family television series Star Crossed, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI NY. Appearances in motion pictures include Rock of Ages, The Muppets, Honey 2, A Christmas Carol, and Year One. She has performed and choreographed in TV ads for brands including Degree Woman, Nikon, Chrysler and T-Mobile; can be seen acting and dancing in music videos for One Republic’s “Counting Stars“ and “All the Right Moves,” and Britney Spears’ “Three” (double); and as an instructional fitness model for Tapout, Hip-Hop Abs, Cybex, and Orbital 360. Additional credits include performing at the Teen Choice Awards (alongside Selena Gomez), Dancing with the Stars, TV Land Awards, and back-up singing for Patti LaBelle at the World Music Awards. Kelly's extensive background in musical theater includes performances in A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, Mame, Mass, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (performed at the Kodak Theater and Hollywood Bowl). With the support of family, friends, and loved ones, Kelly continues to share her passion for the arts and hopes to work professionally with CMT students in the future!
  6. Managing Director
    Jan has worked in theatre and entertainment since high school as a teacher, director, producer, company manager, stage manager, recruiter and events manager. With a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Rhode Island College and a Stage Management Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, she set off to see the world on several national and international tours. Jan then went out to sea, spending 15 years working as a Production Stage Manager and Producer for Norwegian, Celebrity, Regent and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She finally landed permanently in South Florida with her husband after they met onboard RCI. Currently, as Engagement Manager at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, Jan works on various shows and events from initial contract to conclusion, working with all departments from logistics to artist services, and doing whatever is needed to make them a success.
  7. Cody Basham
    Cody Basham is our Lighting Designer, based out of Orlando, FL and has worked all across the east coast. He has been a member of the Lighting Designer's Bench at Walt Disney World since 2015, and has worked on many private, and public, events across Disney's Hollywood Studios as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. His creative drive and amazing experience make a him a great addition to the Creative Team. He is also undeniably cute and we love his new fresh faced look!

We are Production Managers, Choreographers, Directors and Producers.
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All of our team are industry professionals who believe in the power of creativity and the importance of collaboration. Every person has extensive experience and together we unite to deliver a professional and original service to all of our clients and a dedicated and supportive service to our talent. We are a team of friends who laugh together, work together and produce at an effective and timely pace.

In fact we nearly called our agency “We Know People” because we really do. We have amazing people on our team and affiliated with us. Your venue or event requires, we can provide the talent and skill set. Perhaps you want a Production Manager for a showcase? Or a team to oversee a charter cruise? We have been there, seen it and done it!! Our amazing choreographers have worked with everyone from "Dancing with the Stars" to the "Big Apple Circus"! If you want a highflying circus act, we have them too! We are not just about clowns and red noses but work with many Circus and Aerial professionals as well.
    
Artist Representation​​​

Our company prides itself on being a boutique agency that represents just a small group of hand picked artists. All of our artists have fully produced shows endorsed by Karen and we aim to specialize in new and exciting acts. Although we are always on the lookout for new talent, it is important that all seasoned talent has fully produced shows with full arrangements, tech riders and professional lighting and sound cue sheets. That being said; we are a creative team and our goal is to find raw talent and assist with choreography, staging and directing so that we can we can help to develop an entertainer that we feel they has that “star quality."

We welcome new ideas and concepts and enjoy being surprised by artists who present something new or innovative! Our Creative Directors are an experienced group who will at this time be auditioning acts who are new to the cruise industry and have the talent and versatility to be open minded to feedback and production advice.