About R.J. and Suzanne Ogren
      R.J. Ogren



  Walt Disney World artist 

​  Actor, Director and Producer

  Over 40 years experience in the arts.

  A BEd from the University of Miami in Art Education               with an emphasis on paintings, and a minor in                             Architecture

  Illustrator with two published books

  ​Guest Speaker
  Paintings and murals across the USA, and from England       to Australia, the artwork covers a myriad of  subjects in           realistic and impressionistic styles, often combining the             two. 
  Scenic Designer / Scenic Artist

​  DirectorParade and Float Designer

      Suzanne Ogren

​  Author

​  Actress, Dancer, Theatre Director and Producer

  Guest Speaker

  Cast member at Walt Disney World -
  1976 to 1978: first as a monorail pilot, then costume character   entertainer.
  1983 to 1994: entertainment management, including special       events and conventions.

  Suzanne has been a published writer of articles and essays           since 1995, but she's been writing ever since she learned to             read at age four. She has written numerous magazine and           newspaper articles, focusing on personality profiles and               travel articles.

  With husband, R.J. she wrote "Together in the Dream: The           Unique Careers of a Husband and Wife in the Early                       Decades of Walt Disney World". They are currently working       on a sequel entitled, "Remembering the Magic".

  Suzanne's first novel, "Ribbons" will be published in the                 summer of 2016.

  From a young age, she always wanted to have a career in             the arts. She studied dance with the hope of being a                           professional dancer, and, by the age of twelve, was in a ballet     company. She persued acting as well, won her first award for     performance at 16, and directed her first play at 17. She and         R.J. met working on a play together in high school. Her acting   and theatre credits span more than 50 years.

  Her dance experience helped her realize her dream to work for   Walt Disney World, when she auditioned and was chosen to     play Sleepy the Dwarf in shows, sets, commercial shoots, and     parades (including Mickey's 50th Birthday Parade, and the       Main Street Electrical Light Parade). She also appeared as Mr.   Smee, Bianca and Bernard (The Rescuers mice), Robin Hood,     White Rabbit, Cinderella's mice, and all Seven Dwarfs (at one   time or another) while a Zoo Crew member.

  During her years in Entertainment Management at Walt           Disney World, she frequently had the opportunity of working     with well-known celebrities, including The Smothers                       Brothers,   George Kennedy, Paula Zahn, and Dean Jones.

​  Suzanne is available for guest speaking engagements. Her           topics include her entertainment career at Walt Disney                  World and in theare and  her published works.     

 RJ was one of the original four management artists at Walt Disney World in the 1970's, in charge of creative control at the Magic Kingdom. He worked with, and under the guidance of  such Disney legends as Marc Davis, Wathel Rodgers and Leota Toombs.

 RJ and the other three artists painted, created and refurbished audio-animatronic figures, sets, props and murals in the theme park. His work was seen by guests in such attractions as The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Country Bear Jamboree, 20,000Leagues Under the Sea, Peter Pan's Flight, The Carousel of Progress, The Hall of Presidents and The Jungle Cruise.
Over the years he has painted portraits, paintings and murals for clients that include Liza Minnelli, Gloria Swanson, John Davidson, Dolly Parton, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson(Fl), The Queen Mary, Del Mar Racetrack Fairgrounds, the city of Wheaton, Illinois, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry  and D23. 

RJ has designed over 60 sets for theatres in Florida, Connecticut, California, Colorado and Illinois, for such productions as  "Spamalot", "Full Circle", "Barefoot in the Park"," 1776", "The Sound of Music", "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", "Hamlet", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Into the Woods" and "Music Man".

 He is co-author, with Suzanne, of  "Together in the  Dream" and "Remembering the Magic"  about their unique careers in the early decades of Walt Disney World.
He also wrote "The Design of Fear" about his work in Disney's Haunted Mansion and in haunted houses around the U.S., often coming into contact with real and imagined ghosts.
He is available for guest speaking engagements. His topics include his art and entertainment career, his published works and several motivational topics.

Contact R.J. and Suzanne at:
                        RJ Ogren the Artist
Facebook Groups:
                        RJ Ogren and Disney

Twitter: Randy Jack Ogren@DisneyRJogren
LinkedIn: RJ Ogren

Twi tter:  Suzanne Rowe Ogren@WriterSRO

Suzanne as Sleepy in Mickey's 50th Parade - 1978 video


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