Who We Are

Rebecca Thomson Foley
Associate Vice President of Entertainment
 
Our Director of Entertainment, Becky Thomson Foley has a long history with both
Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. However, her Entertainment
and performance experience goes far beyond the cruise industry.
She proudly hails from Coventry, England and completed her studies at the
prestigious London Studio Centre for the Performing Arts and training with Matt Mattox
himself followed by years performing in various shows all over the world.
Amidst all of her training and theatre experience, Becky and her family also
performed continuously for many charities, being from a theatre background.
Becky eventually pursued her passion for the cruise industry as a Dancer
and moved into the role of Dance Captain with Celebrity Cruises. She then
moved to Royal Caribbean Cruises where she quickly moved through the
ranks to Cruise Director.
 
Working with both the shipboard and shoreside teams on new initiatives and
programming, it was a natural progression to join the Celebrity Team in Miami as
Manager of Entertainment and Cruise Programs, launching new Entertainment
and Activities throughout the growing fleet including the launch of
Solstice class and earning Employee of the Year. Becky continued to work closely
with Celebrity’s entertainment team as an entertainment and programming
consultant offering her expert review and analysis of onboard programming
and as a creative producer for Folson Creative, an entertainment and video
production company. As Producer, Director, Script Writer, and Project
Manager, she would conceptualize, produce and host events including
entertainment, corporate events, video and staging. It was during this period that
Becky and her Husband Dave became the proud Parents of
Lincoln Christopher Thomson Foley.
 
As the head of Entertainment for Celebrity Cruises, the vision is to continuously
innovate and create entertainment experiences that, not just our one million plus
guests can enjoy every year, but also that our team can perform with passion,
enthusiasm and pride. To break the pre-conceived notion of 'cruise ship'
       entertainment by designing entertainment that is not just the best at sea but
       the best that can be seen.



Leigh-Ann Givens

Manager, Productions & Technical Operations

Leigh-Ann was born and raised in Connecticut. Her love of dance began at the early age 2 where she danced in the aisles while her big sisters were on stage! From the moment she was old enough to put on her first pair of ballet shoes, dancing has always been a big part of her life.   In 1991, she combined her love of travelling with her passion for dance and joined Royal Caribbean International as a Dancer, eventually moving to the role of Dance Captain. After many years of performing, and loving every minute of being on stage, she eventually transitioned to the role of Production Manger where she fell in love with the craziness known as the backstage show.  

After 12 years onboard ships, she made the move to spending her days on land, when she was selected to be a part of Celebrity Cruises Entertainment Department. Now, as the Manager of Production & Technical Operations, she is responsible for all creative & technical aspects of the produced entertainment onboard Celebrity Vessels. She also oversees all Cast Members, Specialty Acts, Atmospheric Performers, Stage Managers & Technical Staff. In early 2015, Celebrity Cruises will open the doors to its new Production Studio, “The Studio” where Celebrity will rehearse and train cast members to perform in new, innovative & creative shows and experiences showcased on our beautiful vessels around the world. Leigh-Ann is very proud to be a part of this amazing & talented team and feels incredibly lucky to be able to do what she loves every day at work and loves sharing her life with her adoring husband and best friend Jonathan.



Allan Brooks
Manager, Guest Activities, TV & Family Strategy Development

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where he spent most of his days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started making trouble in his neighborhood
He got in one little fight and his mom got scared
She said 'You're movin' to Miami'

Allan then joined the Royal Caribbean team in 1999 we he worked onboard as Cruise Staff, Assistant Cruise Director and Cruise Director. Allan is thrilled to take his 15 years of experience in entertainment and the cruise industry to the Celebrity brand.

 * Allan was not born in Philadelphia. He was born in Montreal, Canada. Allan has never been in a fight. Allan’s mother fears nothing. Allan is in fact thrilled in his role as manager at Celebrity Cruises.


Michelle Arrazola
Manager, Guest Entertainers & Live Music

Michelle is a native South Floridian who attended Florida International University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance Major. She started her career with Royal Caribbean over 15 years ago working in various departments such as Revenue Management, Sales and Royal Caribbean Entertainment before recently joining the Celebrity Entertainment team. She brings her vast experience and knowledge to her current role as the Manager of Entertainment, where she is responsible for managing the Guest Entertainer and Live Music programs.


Clint Wells
Lead, Cruise Programs

Clint is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Commercial Recreation. Clint began his life at sea in 1994 as Youth Staff at Norwegian Cruise Line. He then went through the ranks as Youth Program Manager, Activity Manager, and Cruise Director.

After 14 years of shipboard operational experience Clint joined the Celebrity Cruises shoreside team in 2008 as Specialist, Guest Activities and Youth Program and was later promoted to Lead Specialist, Cruise Programs.

Clint directly supports our shipboard Activity Managers, Activity Hosts, and Disc Jockeys. The Lead Specialist, Cruise Programs is responsible for guest activity programming including some of our amazing partnership programs such as Xbox, Top Chef, Corning Museum of Glass, Art Studio of South Florida, and Breast Cancer Research Fund. Clint works collaboratively with his colleagues in the Youth Program and The Studio to ensure a Modern Luxury experience for Celebrity guests.



Cody B. Hann
Lead, Production & Studio Operations

Cody's love of the arts and the theater started at a young age. At 7 years old, he made his first, and only, appearance onstage flying around the theater as a Flying Monkey in The Wizard of Oz. That passion continued to build eventually leading him to a performing arts high school where he focused on stage management and technical theater. Upon completion of high school and throughout college, Cody worked at various theatrical venues throughout the US, including the famous TEXAS Musical Drama as Production Stage Manager. After his time at the University of Alabama studying Stage Management and Technical Theater Production, Cody began working for a non-profit organization, providing arts education for children with special needs, and producing full scale productions in a state-of-the-art theater.

In 2012, the salty sea air started calling Cody towards it and he soon began working for Celebrity Cruises as Production Manager in the fleet. Cody transitioned to the shoreside entertainment team in 2014 as Specialist, Entertainment Productions and was recently promoted to Lead, Productions & Studio Operations. In his new role, Cody and his team will oversee the Stars of Celebrity Cruises, production managers and entertainment staff as well as overseeing the operation of The Studio located in Miami, FL.


Jake McDaniel
Specialist, Broadcast Media

Jake started his career in broadcast at the age of 16, operating cameras for KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He eventually became a director of local newscasts and remained in that capacity for 6 years.  After graduating from Midwestern State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, he decided it was time to give cruise ships a try.  Jake became a Head Broadcast Technician in the Royal Caribbean fleet in May 2012, and remained on the Allure of the Seas for 2 years.  He then proudly supported the startup of both Quantum and Anthem of the Seas.

 Jake then joined the shoreside Entertainment team for Celebrity Cruises as Broadcast Media Specialist in November 2015.  He directly supports all shipboard broadcast teams and systems, and procures content from all over the world for our Celebrity fleet.   


Mike Shay
Specialist, Technical Operations

Michael Shay is overall responsible for the Entertainment light, sound, video and rigging equipment onboard Celebrity's 10 ship fleet.

Mike has been with Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises since January of 1998. Prior to Joining Celebrity Century as the Lighting Operator in 1998 Mike worked for Disney on Ice and for Opryland theme park repairing and supporting the lighting equipment for the park.

It was through Opryland Productions, who produced shows for Celebrity Cruises, that got Mike to Celebrity Mercury during the new build and theater setup. After sea trials Mike decided that the technology in the theaters and the variety and challenge of ships was a great opportunity.

After roughly seven years at sea holding various positions in Entertainment and Hotel Operations Mike came shoreside as part of a large IT project.

After working on the Royal Caribbean side of Hotel Operations Mike returned to Celebrity Entertainment in mid 2013.


Cody Phillips
Specialist, Youth Program and Guest Activities

Representing the West Coast, CP brings a passion for the ocean, recreation and activity management. It’s safe to assume that it all began when he was 9 years old and captained his first sailboat in Channel Islands, California. Even though it was only 7 feet long, CP was granted a pair of sea legs that would eventually steer him towards a career in the cruise industry. During CP’s high school and college summers, you could find him coaching as a youth sailing instructor and managing various recreation programs.

Following university the sea was calling and CP decided to take a different plunge. In 2010 he began working onboard with Royal Caribbean, entertaining children from 6 months to 17 years of age. Nicknamed, “Penguin,” he focused on his love for youth programs and waddled his way around the fleet as an Adventure Ocean Manager. Eventually he settled on the world’s largest cruise ship, which saw up to 2,200 children per week. In March 2014, he was summoned by Celebrity to join their shoreside entertainment team. CP currently oversees fleet wide Youth, Family and Teen operations, as well as assists with Guest Activities and our Enrichment Program.   He strives to deliver an amazing product to guests of all ages and granting junior cruisers memories that will last a lifetime.



Auri Marcus
Specialist, Vocal Casting 

Auri Marcus first found her passion for singing when she was 9 years old, after a happy accident of taking her first voice lesson at her sister's recommendation. From there, she landed her first manager and performed in the Pre-Broadway musical Josephine, based on the life of Josephine Baker. 

Auri honed her craft at the prestigious French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts while pursuing her education, culminating in a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. While in undergraduate school, Auri interned alongside casting directors Jamibeth Margolis and Gayle Seay, now of Jamibeth Margolis, CSA and Wojcik-Seay Casting, respectively. She always knew that she would return to the world behind the table but craved travel and performing.

After a national tour and performing throughout New York and developing new work in various cabaret and Off-Broadway venues, Auri found a love for the sea as she traveled Alaska and the Panama Canal on Holland America's ms Statendam, where she also met her husband. Shortly thereafter, Auri toured the UK with Madagascar Live! produced by DreamWorks and Stage Entertainment. It was then that Auri found and fell in love with Celebrity Cruises, performing on the Silhouette and Eclipse throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic and Caribbean. She is excited for the opportunity to work in a different capacity for Celebrity and return to her original dream of working behind the table. In her new position as the Casting Specialist for Vocalists, Auri gets to give other singers the chance to travel the world and perform just the way she had.



Stephanie Jansen
Specialist, Dance/Act Casting

Stephanie Jansen has been passionately involved with entertainment since a young age. She initially trained full time in Latin-American Dancing in her home country Germany, later in the United States and successfully represented both counties in international competitions. Throughout her career Stephanie continuously broadened her repertoire in different dance styles and starred in many Broadway, Cirque, and Cabaret style production shows including the inaugural cast of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's “Encore! Mr. Producer!”

Working for various cruise lines with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Stephanie was not only a featured dancer and aerialist but also acted in management roles such as Dance Captain, Company Manager, and Install Director.

After retiring from working on board, Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Science in Education, Physical Education, and English at the University of Cologne, Germany. In 2010, Stephanie moved to Miami and joined Royal Caribbean Productions as Rehearsal Director and Ballroom Specialist. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching, directing, installing, choreographing and creating production shows for international casts of singers and dancers.

Four years later, Stephanie was given the opportunity to transition to Celebrity Cruises to be part of the exciting startup of Celebrity Productions at the brand new production facilities. In Stephanie’s current role as Dance Casting Specialist she is responsible for casting and hiring high level dance talent (Dancers, Aerialists, Adagio/Aerial Teams, Specialty Acts, and Atmospheric Performers) as well as recruiting and assigning rehearsal directors. Stephanie is thrilled to be part of such an innovative and creative team.


Melissa Mullen
Specialist, Productions & Special Events


Regina Kavvathakis
Coordinator, Entertainment Production Scheduling

Being raised between the suburbs of New York City and Southern Greece, Regina was always fascinated by the abundance of tourism in the cities she called home. Her passion for the tourism industry stems from her extensive appreciation of various cultures and world travel.

After studying Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Florida and obtaining a certificate in Strategic Leadership for the Hospitality Professional, Regina found that all her envisioned requirements of a truly diverse vacation experience were embodied in the cruise industry. That’s when she decided to take her talents to Miami, FL.

Eager to learn the industry from the bottom up, Regina participated in the Emerging Leaders Internship Program with Royal Caribbean Human Resources, learning about Shipboard Compensation and extended her stay to work on various HR projects. Regina is currently blending her HR background and creativity skills as the Production Scheduling Coordinator. She loves every minute of the fast paced industry and is enjoying being a part of a reputable team that has made her transition seamless.


Melissa Palomino
Coordinator, Costuming