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Democratic National Convention: PoliticalFest

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July 22 – 27, 2016


7 Participating Locations in Philadelphia, PA - The National Constitution Center, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, The National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Library Company of Philadelphia, Historical Society of Philadelphia and Heritage Center at the Union League of Philadelphia


Design, Custom Fabrication, Budget Management, On-Site Logistics, Install/Event/Strike, Vendor Coordination, Technology, A/V/L Components, Engineering Documents, Programming, Run of Show, Graphics & Branding, Signage, Rentals, Handling of Museum Quality Pieces,  Site Survey, Volunteer Coordination, On-Site Labor, Staffing, Security, Ticketing   


LeapStarr was selected by the 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention to serve, exclusively, as the official event producer of PoliticalFest.  This, “one-of-a-kind festival celebrating American political history, government and the road to the White House,” featured a series of themed exhibits, attractions and live entertainment options that were open to the public.  Event highlights included an Oval Office replica, Air Force One Fuselage replica, an exhibit featuring dresses worn by First Ladies dating back to Martha Washington, important historical documents on display and celebrity guest appearances.

At A Glance

  • Hailed as the "hallmark event" of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

  • Managed a large-scale + comprehensive budget that spanned the entire event including all elements and activations

  • Supervised 6,000+ local volunteers

  • Hosted 25,000+ guests including delegates, tourists, locals and both national/international media

  • Cultivated substantial media coverage of the PoliticalTrivia tournament which was featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and more…

  • Featured celebrity interviews with “Scandal” television star Tony Goldwyn and movie star/political activist Debra Messing

  • Presented "West Wing Trivia” featuring the cast of the hit television show



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At The DNC

- Philadelphia DNC Press Release

"In order to fulfill the scope of work required of the PoliticalFest event producer, LeapStarr will dedicate a portion of its team to the project. This work includes:"

  • Developing detailed plans and layouts for the exhibition spaces;

  • Production design;

  • Working with potential exhibitors and providers to determine needs;

  • Custom fabrication of different parts of the exhibit as needed;

  • Assigning spaces, providing setup and handling logistics for exhibits;

  • Subcontract for maintenance, security and ushering services;

  • Manage volunteer guides and assistants of PoliticalFest and individual exhibits;

  • Staff and operate ticketing operation;

  • Subcontract for other needed staging, lighting, sound, production effects, audiovisual and other facilities and services as needed;

  • Develop and manage schedule of special events and appearances, and oversee run of show;

  • Coordinate and oversee removal of exhibits and load out.

National Constitution Center

"The company, which has 30 employees, won the contract to put on PoliticalFest, the largest convention-related event open to the public. They had their bid ready as soon as the committee started accepting proposals, says Jenkins Santana. . . . LeapStarr staff are currently designing the layout and exhibits for the six-day festival, which will highlight American political history and presidential campaigns. It’s the largest contract Leap Starr has secured for a one-time event."

"It's a six-day affair that features seven exhibits at the city's most historical and cultural sites.

Kristyn Aldrich and her team created each theme. "They can expect to see all types of political memorabilia, all types of history," said Kristyn Aldrich, Leapstarr Productions."It is beyond exciting. A lot of us are Philadelphia locals, and so it is incredibly special to us to be able to represent our hometown in this way," said Aldrich.

“The goal was to come up with a bunch of different exhibits that highlighted the different parts of the presidency that aren’t normally focused on,” said Aldrich. “….we have seven different venues, each with their own particular theme.”

Christopher Haines, Leapstarr’s Senior Technical Designer, laid out the blueprints for the project. He’s incorporated as much technology into the exhibit as he could — including photo ops at Air Force One and the Oval Office. "

"Woman-owned events company to handle 2016 DNC fest at Convention Center"

Philadelphia Convention Center

"Based in Moorestown, N.J., LeapStarr is a design and production company that has worked with companies like Lavazza, 3M and Pepsi. In producing PoliticalFest, the host committee said the company will focus on production design, staffing and working with exhibitors for the event amongst other things."

"LeapStarr’s experience producing unique events make it a good fit to help ensure PoliticalFest is a success"

"The host committee has contracted LeapStarr Productions to produce PoliticalFest. The company, organizers said, has been integral in the collection and design of the diverse, historical assets included in PoliticalFest."


“LeapStarr is both honored and humbled to be selected as the official event producer of PoliticalFest.  When Joel and I founded the company, we had big dreams, but having the opportunity to be part of such a historic political event in our hometown is certainly a privilege beyond our wildest expectations,” said Elizabeth Jenkins-Santana, CEO of LeapStarr Productions.  “Together with our team, we look forward to representing Philadelphia on a national platform by providing attendees with innovative and memorable experiences.”


LeapStarr Productions offers in-house design and fabrication services and has produced events of various scales and budgets, including a number of experiential marketing activations. The company is made up of a team of results-driven artists, creatives and visionaries with an in- house staff of over 30 employees. Their clients include nonprofits, large-scale events, and corporate companies."

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