Jim Diekhoff, Founder
My love affair with the entertainment industry began when, as a young boy in the 1960’s, my parents took me and my brother on our first trip to New York City. There I attended my first Broadway shows; “1776” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. Sitting in those theaters, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the theater and the excited anticipation of the audience, I knew this industry was where I wanted to be. I was elated and inspired and from that point in time never really considered a course other than entertainment for my life and livelihood.
Around that same time I had my first studio experience at Fullscale Recording Studios of Martinsville, Indiana. This opened my eyes to the world of technology. Since this period of time in my life, I have never been far from the stage or studio.
This love was embellished by life with my father, a choral conductor, which included “Saturdays on the Stage”; the day that we helped dad in preparing for whatever concert or production he was working on, both technically and musically. This included the building of scenery, still one of my greatest loves.
My first job was as a stagehand making $1.75/hour. Over the years I have worked as a professional stagehand in the music industry, theater and television. I have worked as a rigger, sound engineer, carpenter and electrician. In 2000 I began working as a freelance production carpenter and staging supervisor. I have also studied and worked in the field of building magic and illusion props. Most recently the study of LED display devices and lighting soultions have been of great interest.
I was raised within a family tradition of crafts persons beginning with my maternal great-grandfather, a master carpenter and craftsman. I continue this tradition while renovating my 100 year old log home in Brentwood, TN, giving special attention to honoring the original structure and style period. When I’m not working on that project or playing with my dogs, I am enjoying my newest role, grandfather. Dominick and Alizae are the other loves of my life and I enjoy spoiling them and being “papa”.
To meet a clients needs, Diekhoff Company was created in 2000 and incorporated in 2005. I have been blessed with my life and my livelihood being one in the same. I have learned to honor the traditions of the craft while being open to innovation. My partner in life and in business, Laureen Vigil, brings structure to my creative mind. In addition she brings a perspective from the other side of the fence helping us to see projects through the eyes of the performer.
Laureen Vigil, co-Founder
Laureen Vigil began her musical career in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. At an early age she became proficient at the piano and went on to accompany choirs for both her Jr. High and High School. It was during those early years that she discovered her love for singing and moved from behind the piano to center stage.
Laureen is currently a cast member in the Broadway National Tour of “The Phantom of the Opera”. She has been a swing for several years and has enjoyed the challenge of performing any one of eight different roles, including Carlotta and Madame Giry, on any given night. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and has served many elected terms as Equity Deputy and is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Equally at home with both music theater and opera, Laureen’s stage career began as Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof” at the age of 18. She went on to have leading roles in “West Side Story”, “Don Pasquale”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “Carousel” and many other productions. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East to critical acclaim. She traveled to Tel Aviv on full scholarship from Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann, to play the role of Adina in “L’Elisir D’Amore” at The Israel Vocal Arts Institute.
Laureen made her professional debut as Clorinda in “La Cenerentola” at The Connecticut Opera; playing one of the ugly stepsisters – a much loved role for which she was highly praised. In New York Laureen has been a favorite with the Metropolitan Opera Guild; she participated in readings of commissioned works and performed in many operas including the world premier of a children’s opera; “Alvin Alegretto”.
At Arizona State University, where she earned a Master of Music degree, Laureen was the recipient of the coveted “Concert of Soloists” prize for vocal performance. She received first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Arizona and was on the Dean’s List of Academic Achievement every semester during her graduate studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of New Mexico and enjoys teaching and coaching.
Making her home in both New York City and Brentwood, TN – Laureen’s hobbies include renovating her home, a 100 year old log cabin, and seeing to the health, welfare and playtime of her beloved dogs.