Jay Withee has had an interesting and multifaceted 17-year career in the entertainment and theater industry working with companies such as Cirque Du Soleil and Dragone. Jay is the Show Manager with Dragone at The House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams Resort in Macau. Prior to that Jay held the roles of automation operator, lead automation operator, assistant head of automation, head of automation and deputy technical director.
Jay has been involved with The House of Dancing Water since its installation and creation, enjoying all of the complexities that were involved in bringing this large scale production to life and operating it on a day-to-day basis. He has been involved with other creations of similar scale including Cirque du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Jay started his technical career working for the cruise industry, spending almost five years on the ships. In this time, he was working as an automation technician, field service engineer and rigging specialist, while getting the opportunity to assist on some of the largest theatrical installations sailing the high seas today, including Royal Caribbean’s Liberty and Independence of the Seas.
A graduate of ECPI University, Jay earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering with a major in Mechatronics. Jay is the Chairman of the Entertainment Technology division of the Professional Advisory Board for St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Jay has also had the recent opportunity of being part of the TheatreArtLife startup team.
Jay lives in Macau, China with his wife Anna and two kids, Tyler and India.