This page lists the staff and collaborators, both current and former, of WayForward.

Adam Tierney

Artist, animator, designer and director at WayForward Technologies since 2004. After graduating from the University of California, Riverside, in 2000, Tierney worked as a freelance artist before joining WayForward, where he was notably involved in the direction of Sigma Star Saga, LIT and Silent Hill: Book of Memories.

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Austin Ivansmith

Artist, designer and director at WayForward Technologies since 2009. Ivansmith graduated from the Cogswell Polytechnical College in 2005, and worked as a designer for several companies before joining WayForward. He was a designer and director for several WayForward titles, including the Mighty! series or DuckTales: Remastered.

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Chris Watson

Producer and occasional director and designer at WayForward Technologies since 2004. Watson graduated from the University of New Hampshire and started working as a producer in video gaming in 1996. He has executive produced many WayForward titles, including the later Shantae titles, the Mighty! series, DuckTales: Remastered, Contra 4 and A Boy and His Blob.

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Jake Kaufman

Also known as Virt, video game music composer since the early 2000s, and lead audio guy at WayForward Technologies since 2010. Kaufman dropped out of high school and became a professional video game music composer in 2000. Kaufman has composed the music for almost every WayForward titles since 2002, including for the Shantae series, the Mighty series, Contra 4 or Silent Hill: Book of Memories.

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James Montagna

Artist, designer and director. Montagna studied at the College of the Canyons in video game animation, but joined WayForward Technologies as a director in 2006 while also working simultaneously as a freelance artist. Montagna worked as an artist, designer and director (or assistant director) on several WayForward Technologies titles, including from the Mighty! and Shantae series, Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob or Silent Hill: Book of Memories.

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John Beck

CEO/"Consigliere" of WayForward Technologies since 1995. Holder of degrees from the Universities of Ohio and Southern California, Beck became the CEO of WayForward in 1995 and has also worked as producer on several WayForward Technologies titles, including Shantae or Sigma Star Saga.

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Matt Bozon

Director, artist and designer, and founding member of WayForward Technologies. Bozon holds several degrees in arts and animation from the Northwestern College in Minnesota and the California Institute of the Arts. He was the co-creator of the Shantae series (alongside his wife Erin Bozon) and is credited as the creative director of many WayForward titles, including the Shantae series, the Mighty Switch Force! subseries, Sigma Star Saga, DuckTales: Remastered and many others.

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Voldi Way

Entrepreneur and founder of WayForward Technologies. Way first founded a software company in 1984, and later created WayForward in 1990 using the money he made from selling his parts to his former associates. Although he is credited as providing some programming and production to early WayForward titles, he is mostly a businessman and official "Tyrannical Overlord" of the company.

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Aaron Thornton

Former video game reviewer, and community manager at WayForward since 2010.

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Adam Rademacher

Programmer at WayForward Technologies since 2012.

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Arvind Kumar

Technical artist at WayForward Technologies since 2013.

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Chris Anderson

Producer, artist and quality assurance tester at WayForward Technologies since 2007.

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Chris Kerlegon

Animator at WayForward Technologies since 2004.

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Chris Schroeder

Designer, quality assurance tester and project manager at WayForward Technologies since 2008.

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Jeremy Pryer

Quality assurance tester and manager at WayForward Technologies since 2012.

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Jesse Lopez

Artist, animator and designer at WayForward Technologies since 2009.

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Jessie Seely

Artist, animation manager, designer and singer-songwriter at WayForward Technologies since around 2009.

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Larry Holdaway

Programmer and occasional artist and designer at WayForward Technologies since 1999.

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Michael Flores

Quality assurance tester at WayForward Technologies since 2009.

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Paul Castillo

Illustrator and artist at WayForward Technologies since 2009.

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Tim Curry

Technical artist at WayForward Technologies since 2012.

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Abby Goldsmith

Artist and animator at WayForward Technologies from 2000 to 2008.

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Adam Kasper

Programmer at WayForward Technologies between 2009 and 2010.

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Adam Lutz

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2009 to 2013.

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Aric Dorschner

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2008 to 2011.

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Armando Soto

Artist, designer and director at WayForward Technologies from 2001 to 2005, and then from 2011 to 2015.

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Brandis Hulett

Customer relations specialist at WayForward Technologies between 2014 and 2015.

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Chris Losorelli

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2005 to 2015.

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Christopher Shanley

Project manager and producer at WayForward Technologies from 2013 to 2015.

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Cole Phillips

Artist and designer at WayForward Technologies from 2000 to 2008.

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David Pabers

Programmer at WayForward Technologies between 2013 and 2014.

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Diego Paz

Artist and animator at WayForward Technologies from 2012 to 2014.

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Eunhi Oh

Artist and animator at WayForward Technologies from 2005 to 2010.

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Georgeina Schaller

Quality assurance tester at WayForward Technologies between 2014 and 2015.

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James Chan

Director and programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2002 to 2015.

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Jeff Luke

Level designer and director at WayForward Technologies from 2012 to 2014.

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Jeff Pomegranate

Producer and manager at WayForward Technologies from 2002 to 2013.

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Jimmy Huey

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 1999 to 2006.

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Jonathan Rucker

Programmer and software engineer at WayForward Technologies from 2005 to 2011, and between 2014 and 2015.

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Kyle Bardiau

Level designer at WayForward Technologies from 2012 to 2014.

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Marc Gomez

Director, designer, artist and animator at WayForward Technologies from 2002 to 2012.

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Mark Bozon

On-off designer and quality assurance tester at WayForward Technologies from 1997 to 2011.

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Mark McDole

Animator at WayForward Technologies from 2008 to 2014.

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Matthew Hull

Sound designer and quality assurance tester at WayForward Technologies from 2011 to 2014.

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Michael Clasgens

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2009 to 2012.

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Michael Stragey

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2000 to 2006.

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Nick Malouf

Quality assurance tester, artist and animator at WayForward Technologies from 2010 to 2014.

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Nick Wozniak

Artist at WayForward Technologies from 2008 to 2013.

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Paul Kite

Designer, quality assurance tester and programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2000 to 2004.

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Ranko Prozo

Artist at WayForward Technologies from 2010 to 2015.

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Rob Buchanan

Director, designer and animator at WayForward Technologies from 1993 to 2012.

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Sean Velasco

Director and designer at WayForward Technologies from 2006 to 2013.

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Shane Calimlim

Programmer at WayForward Technologies from 2007 to 2014.

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Shannon Hatakeda

Production assistant and project manager at WayForward Technologies from 2009 to 2015.

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Shereef Morse

Producer at WayForward Technologies in the early 2000s.

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Stephane Hockenhull

Programmer at WayForward Technologies between 2011 and 2012.

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Stephen Foot

Programmer and software engineer at WayForward Technologies from 2006 to 2010.

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Steven Kitzes

Quality assurance tester and occasional programmer and level designer at WayForward Technologies from 2010 to 2013.

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Alex Ahad

Artist, designer and director. Illustrator on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Andrew Bado

Artist, quality assurance and programmer. Pixel artist and animator on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Brook Chalmers

Voice actor and production specialist. Tester on the first Shantae game.

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Cristina Vee

Voice actress, singer and show host. Voice actress and singer for the Shantae series, notably as the official voice actress for Shantae.

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Damon DuBois

Artist and animator, notably for WayForward Technologies on several titles.

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Erin Bozon

Artist and animator who has worked on several WayForward Technologies titles. Original creator of Shantae.

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Gigi D.G.

Artist. Concept artist on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Gustav Kilman

Designer, artist and animator. Contributed to several WayForward Technologies, notably as a pixel and sprite artist.

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Henk Nieborg

Artist and animator. Contributed to several WayForward Technologies, notably as a background artist.

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Jason Robinson

Artist. Contributed to several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Jeff Clark

Artist and animator. Story editor on the first Shantae game.

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Jeremy Dower

Visual artist and musician. Contributed mostly background art to several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Joakim Sandberg

Indie game developer. Animator on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Kristina Kaufman

Radio host. Provided unspecified contributions to Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

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Kyle Sellers

Business specialist. Tester on the first Shantae game.

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Makoto Yabe/KOU (矢部誠)

Artist and designer. Artworks provider for the Shantae series.

Mariel Cartwright

Artist, animator and director. Illustrator and animator on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Matthew Zitterman

Producer and quality assurance tester. Provided unspecified contributions to Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

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Meagan Glaser

Voice actress. Provided Shantae's voice for Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

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Nate Trost

Programmer. Provided ports for WayForward Technologies titles between platforms.

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Paul Bragiel

Producer and business. Music producer on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Robb Alvey

Producer and roller coaster enthusiast. Producer on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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Robbie Altschuler

Recording engineer and producer. Frequent collaborator of Jake Kaufman, including on his work for WayForward Technologies.

Sven Ruthner

Pixel artist. Provided background and pixel art on several WayForward Technologies titles.

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