Theme Fusion is a creative theming company full of technical thinkers, writers, artists, painters, planners, and dreamers who observe and are constantly inspired by the world around us.


​Our combined expertise and varied experiences give us an added edge as we approach each new project with enthusiasm. Decades have been spent working every aspect of creative design for healthcare, family entertainment, churches, hospitality and more. If it is a magical themed environment, a custom prop fabrication, an interactive display, or anything that allows us to enter into the realm of the imagination, we do it.


Joe McCullough, owner

Joe McCullough grew up in East Tennessee as an aspiring artist.  He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and began his career in advertising. He's now settled back in his hometown of Cleveland with his wife and three kids, giving back to local schools and city planning in his spare time.

Joe grew Theme Fusion out of his desire to approach spatial design in an innovative way and to create amazing experiences for both the young and young-at-heart.

George Ettenheim, lead sculptor

George Ettenheim moved to East Tennessee  from Southern California to "experience seasons", and enjoy a simpler lifestyle.  He holds a Bachelors of Design Science from Arizona State University as well as a Masters of Studio Art from CSU Sacramento. While in California, George worked primarily in the film industry with a neon/prop-making company.

His spare time is spent print-making, sketching, gardening and personalizing his home with Appalachian folk art.

Rodney Payton, lead designer

Rodney Payton grew up in Indiana. His career spans several decades in printing and production art.  Rodney moved to East Tennessee in 2009 after working on the creative team for Veggietales in Chicago and Nashville. He joined the team at Theme Fusion in 2018 as lead technical production artist.

Rodney enjoys hiking and playing board games with his wife and eight kids.  

Randy Cantrell, shop supervisor

Randy Cantrell joined the Theme Fusion team in 2016 as a fabricator, and is now lead production manager. 
After earning his bachelors in music education, he spent eight years as a band director, then decided to develop his talent for sculpting, painting, and prop-building. 

In his spare time, Randy writes and records music, and shops for antiques with his fiance.
He is an avid carnivore and life-long sci-fi fan.

Laura Trew, administrator

Laura Trew has a varied background in church administration, art instruction, and landscape design. Her bachelor's degree is in landscape architecture which she practiced in Memphis and Northern Virginia until it was time to be a full-time mom.
Laura runs administrative tasks for Theme Fusion from her home on a 450-acre beef cattle farm she shares with her husband, three kids, and two dogs.