About Us and testimonials

Richard Phillips Owner / Designer

 Richard has designed and installed Lighting and AV systems for over 20 years. His projects have included Nightclubs, Houses of Worship, Bowling Centers, Skating Rinks, Sports Bars, Corporate and Retail in the US and Mexico. He is well known for his innovative designs the ability to get it done! In 2007 he shifted IES towards the live event industry and now does more than 60% of his business bringing special events to life! 

"I love my work and especially like the live events industry. It's very exciting creating the atmosphere, then bringing it all together and watching it come to life.” 

"I like to develop a personal relationship with the client and oversee the installations myself to make sure it is exactly what the client and I envisioned." 

On Richards creative side he is a light artist. Some of his work has been exhibited at Austins New Years Eve 2013, First Night Austin 2009 & 2010 & South x South West 2010.  He is also the creator / producer of Light Wizards which is an interactive musical stage experience for all ages. 

Additionally, Richard is the developer of Synth-A-Beams® which is an interactive system that triggers sound and lighting effects as beams of light are interrupted.  These systems have been used by performers and installed in entertainment and science centers all over the world.


Bryan Haggman

Bryan has a Bachelor Degree in Music and Sound Recording with a minor in business from The University of New Haven. He has been mixing and working with live sound for over 10 years. Bryan also works with Lighting and AV has been working part time with IES for over a year now. Recently he started doing  installations and even some bench work.

Eric Griffin

Eric has been working part time with IES for over a year. He is a recent graduate of  The Recording Conservatory of Austin and very talented Rapper. Eric helps as an A2 with sound and can set up just about any gear that IES has.

Collin Haig

Colin has worked part time with IES for over a year. He has years of experience with lighting and truss and is great with installations. He is also a Pastor and we appreciate his words of wisdom and encouragement.


Marianna Dydek

I want to recommend Richard Phillips, owner, producer, and engineering technician of (IES) 'Interactive Entertainment Systems'. He did an amazing job creating just what we wanted and then some for our recent wedding at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, TX. He is an established and preferred lighting specialist that I have worked with for several years with Barton Creek Country Club's woman's group's semiannual fashion shows.We choose him over other companies because I knew he would deliver and is easy to communicate with and fun to collaborate making this part of our wedding planning something meaningful and stress free. 

Thanks Richard. I highly recommend you and your company for weddings, fashion shows, and I look forward to working with you again in October for our fall fashion show at Barton Creek Country Club for The 8212 Club.

Matt Warren

Our web video company recently had the pleasure of working with Richard and his Interactive Entertainment Systems team for a live screening event we hosted in East Austin during SXSW. The event included video projection, stage lighting, and audio for both the videos being screened and an on-stage portion.   We mainly deal in video production for the web, so I was a little nervous about staging a live event with an A/V component, but Richard & Co. made the event a great success, and worked extra-hard to alleviate my nervousness and pull everything off in a way that made our clients happy -- and, more importantly, my bosses ;-)    Prior to the event, Richard was prompt in getting back to me with quotes and was extremely knowledgeable about the technical requirements of the event and the best way to design and execute the event. His prices were extremely reasonable and kept us well within our budget.  

During the event, Richard and his team were very easy-going and did a great job setting everything up so that our screening room was aesthetically pleasing. Had we had enough time for a technical rehearsal things would've run perfectly. As it was, it was still about 99% perfect, and I applaud Interactive's ability to troubleshoot and make adjustments on the fly without getting flustered.  

The event was such a success, we're hoping to do it again next year. If we do, we'll be sure to call Interactive Entertainment Systems. I would highly recommend them if you're doing a similar event in Austin, or anywhere nearby. They were great.

Amber Ross

 Richard Phillips, owner of Interactive Entertainment Systems, and his staff are incredible to work with!  I’ve planned many large events and these guys really know what they are doing.  Richard was super easy to communicate with from beginning to end!  He and his crew showed up on time to set up and take down all the equipment.  I was so happy to see what started as a fun and simple “glow-in-the-dark” party idea turn into an amazing event experience for the families at our church to experience.  He really knows his stuff and everything was perfect!  He did a great job of letting me know exactly what we needed and how we should set things up to make the event a success.  Everyone really enjoyed the Interactive Light Display.  It was a fantastic addition to our event.  People played in it all night long!  If you are looking for special effect lighting for an upcoming event, I highly recommend using IES!  You won’t be disappointed.   

Colleen LeBourgeois Whatley

  In one of my more stubborn moments of planning my wedding, I decided that I was going to do the lighting myself. I reluctantly met up with Richard Phillips of Interactive Entertainment Systems, who turned out to be the sweetest, kindest, and most creative lighting guy I could have asked for. One of those people who could actually interpret the hand gestures that I apparently consider to be communication. He completely transformed our reception from a basic creekside backyard wedding to a rustic, enchanting, all night dance party. With the flip of a switch, Richard made our wedding reception a night that neither our guests nor we will ever forget. He deserves more than 5 stars...I would recommend him to anyone and everyone in need of lighting!

Maggie Duval

 I have worked with Richard for a number of years now, and he has been exemplary in his work with us on Plutopia events, Cyberpunk 2014: A Retrofest (All EFF-Austin events) and STEAM3: The Future of Experiential Learning, and more. Maybe it was something about the fact that we encouraged and collaborated with him to go full throttle on his vision once he fully grokked ours, but his lighting work has proved to be beyond the pale, and he always goes the extra mile. And his team is always great to work with. I recommend him highly, with no reservations. 

Gina Pence

 IES did a fantastic job at Harker Heights Food, Wine & Brew Fest. Richard and his crew are professional. The staff did some creative work with lighting during the show. I highly recommend IES for a small or large event. 

Joni Stoughton

   Richard and the crew from IES are outstanding! He helped create one of the most important events in my 25 years of catering and it was a huge success. Couldn't have done it without the help of IES. Highly recommend this wonderful company!!! 

Crystal Hampton

I ordered lights last minute for a school play.  Richard was so helpful.  He saved our play and the day.  He helped set everything up and even taught my students about lighting.

Julie Mack

  Richard and his team will be doing the Fall Fashion Show for the Barton Creek Country Club again in Oct. This will be the 5th show he has done for us! We love his enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to go the extra mile to make the show the very best it can be on our tight budget. I highly recommend him!   

Jayme Clark

 We used I.E.S. for one of our fundraisers and had the best experience.  They were great to work with, very professional, reliable and reasonably priced.  I highly recommend them. 

Tammy Austin

Richard did an outstanding job putting in our sound system. Professional friendly service! Definitely will recommend IES.


Rami Alatrach

We've been doing business with Richard for the past 20+ years, always on time, very professional. Keep up the great work.

Keith Underwood

Always professional, always courteous, and always better than expected!!! Absolutely the best out there. I use this company exclusively for all my professional boxing promotions 

Simon Guevara

IESLAV walked us through designing and installing new lighting for our sanctuary at Restoration Covenant Church in Round Rock. Richard was able to deliver a great system that kept within our budget. From hand shake to install and training; the process was through and quick!

Suzanne Vanover

   Richard and IES totally gave our outdoor pavilion wedding the extra kick it needed. I had spent so much time doing DIY this and DIY that - the wedding was already going to be very well put together, but the lighting was truly what gave it that magical ambiance and truly made it a part-ay!! We had a live band, and the lighting around them and the rest of the venue and trees really made it special. Richard was super easy to work with, and worked with us on our budget to give us what we really wanted. Many other corporate/large lighting companies aren't as easy to work with and tend to charge (I think) much more than what you are getting. I would go back to IES for any future events I have for sure!!  

Terri Stermer

 Richard has done lighting and sound for the Harker Heights Chamber Banquet for several years and always does an excellent job!