Since 2008, Aloysius Fox has founded and co-founded many different successful Steampunk events and projects. For 2012 he formed a crew to open the inaugural Steampunk Symposium, and since then the convention has grown its attendance, quality, and community mission each year.
Dannyn “Dash” Qualls-Gibeau is the executive officer of the Symposium. From programming presenters to scheduling volunteers, Dash navigates much of the convention’s engineering from the ship’s bridge also known as Con-Ops. To learn about volunteering CLICK HERE for our online form.
Programming Director : M. Leigh Hood
A rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness, M. Leigh Hood spends more time typing than is strictly advised by the FDA. When she isn’t writing for work or pleasure, she can be found lurking in the stranger corners of the city with a camera or cup of tea at hand.
If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please email her at Program@SteampunkSymposium.com
Mostly harmless (Since the 2013 Symposium, Travis Fessler of the Pickled Brothers Circus has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Symposium’s main stage entertainment. Travis works throughout the year to bring the Symposium its amazing line up of performers of music, dance, sideshow, burlesque, and more.).
Writer, editor, and journalist, Emilie P. Bush is a quintessential Do-It-Yourself steampunk. Since the first Symposium in 2012, Emilie has been a special guest and became a lifetime member of the convention, but in April 2017 she also accepted the role of lead MC.
Starting in 2013, Peter has been the Symposium’s host, commentator, and MC of the Steampunk Olympiad. A man of many talents, he a founding member of the Traveling Revelers, and possesses a keen talent for sabrage . . . the technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber!
Don is tasked with the responsibility of designing, organizing, regulating, and ensuring the fairness of the Steampunk Olympiad’s various games.
Actress, playwright, artist and award-winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber writes Gothic Victorian Paranormal novels for adults and teens. Since 2012 she has been a Guest of Honor each year at the Symposium, but since then she has also become an essential member of the convention’s Literary Program.
Rob is a chap of many talents that include neuroscience, professional massage therapy, martial arts, and musician with Band of Pirates and Mayan Ruins. Skilled in the arts of diplomacy, and years of experience as a night club bouncer, he is dedicated to the safety and well being of Symposium attendees and fellow human beings.
Eccentric artist incarnate, tarot deck maker, wanna-be mermaid, and art director at The Attic Shoppe Trading Company. Bethalynne brought us Bly the Automaton Girl in 2017 as the new mascot and face of the International Steampunk Symposium and continues the series into each year’s theme.
Known by many for his grand paintings of airships, the famous of which was commissioned by the band Abney Park, creates many visions from dreamy absurdity to darkest nightmares. He is also professionally a master of website construction and maintenance!
While an attendee from the very beginning of the Symposium, 2017 marked Star stepping into the role of “Hostess with the Mostest” and overseeing all aspects of Hospitality with the Symposium. You will find her running willy-nilly through the Tea Stroll, and greeting everyone with a smile at the Devon Cream Tea. When not there, legend says follow the giggles to find her.