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Our Designers, Management and Team

Mark Rice - V.P. of Operations
Special Effects Designer

Mark Rice - V.P. of OperationsMark Rice is a veteran of the Entertainment Industry. With 31 years of experience encompassing all industry venues, Mark’s talents have been honed and fine tuned. His special skills and certifications give Mark an edge that few others can attest to.

As a special effects co-ordinator for Film, Television, Live Theatre, and Theme Parks, Mark has had a hand in everything from Pyrotechnics and Special Effects, Technical Production, Lighting Design and Sound Design.

Mark Rice was a member of the committee that developed the initial Pyrotechnic guideline for  the Ministry of Labours’,  “Safety Guidelines for the Live Performance Industry”

Mark’s full film credit list can be found on IMDb.com.


Nancy Benedict - President
Principal Designer

Nancy Benedict - PresidentNancy Benedict is a 35 year veteran of the entertainment industry encompassing all industry venues. Her career began as a Scenic Artist at Landesbunne, Germany.  On return to Canada, Nancy continued her theatrical pursuits as a Production Stage Manager.  Film and television drew her away in 1987 when  Nancy teamed up with Mark Rice to address a growing need for safe, controllable  pyrotechnics in live theatre with their company StageFX Special Effects.  The film and television industry became a large part of their business which grew into FX WORX and in 1998 included aerial and rooftop pyrotechnics.

Nancy has shared her  knowledge, skill and expertise with others at the University of Waterloo teaching 4th and 5th year Drama students.  Her teaching curriculum included production management, stage management, special effects and pyrotechnics.


Stephanie Benedict - PresidentStephanie Benedict
Accounting Manager

Stephanie joined FX WORX in 2005 as a pyrotechnician and fireworks supervisor. Following several years doing pyrotechnics, special effects and fireworks, Stephanie accepted the offer of the office position of Accounting Manager.  Stephanie also is heading up our Recreational Fireworks Sales department.


Our Team

The team of FX WORX  has been with the company since the beginning. Our team is comprised of Entertainment industry professionals such as Videographers, Lighting Designers, Production and Stage Management personnel, Fire Prevention Officers, and Technical Directors.  All  who have extensive background in every area  of entertainment production, special effects, pyrotechnics and fireworks productions.

Our employees have been a team for over 20 yrs and work together to insure the utmost in professionalism and attention to detail. The experience of these individuals understands and respects all facets of the production exceeding the requirements of the pyrotechnic display to working with the producers of the entire event. This ensures a confident and seamless experience for our clients.

Employees of FX Worx have ERD Certifications as Special Effects Pyrotechnicians,  Fireworks supervisors, as well as training in  fall arrest, first aid, fork lift, propane, rigging.