Sound Design

The 2018 USITT Young Designers, Managers & Technicians Awards

via www.stage-directions.com Eleven young technical theatre artists will receive Young Designers, Managers & Technicians (YDMT) Awards at USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 15, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The YDMT Awards bring recognition and support to early career designers, managers, and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors. YDMT winners receive free Conference registration to the four-day USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, plus cash prizes and an impressive addition to their resumes. Listed below are the winners. Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award Courtney Foxworthy – Indiana University The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making, sponsored by Judy Ada...

Hangar Theatre Design Fellowship & Apprentice Program – Apply Today!

 HANGAR THEATRE Approximately 15 years ago a dream was hatched to aid in the development of the next generation of theatre designers, providing an opportunity for intensive hands-on training equivalent to that of the Summer Drama League Directors’ Project.  This program is designed to help bridge the gap between the educational and professional worlds.  Our goal became to create an experience like no other. Giving early career designers the chance to learn, grow, think, collaborate, network, design, stretch, and most importantly – FAIL.  Will every idea be a home run?  Will every method work out?  Of course not, but you’ll never know unless you try. Thus, the Design Fellowship Program was born. Design opportunities are in the following fields: Scenery, Lighting, Sound, & Costumes.  Ple...

One Week Left to Register for 2018 StrawHat Auditions

Only 1 week left to register for the 2018 StrawHat Auditions! APPLICATION DEADLINE : February 1, 2018 at NOON. Audition Dates: March 16-18, 2018 Audition Location: Pace University – New York City Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline date is given consideration for an appointment (see CRITERIA). Auditions: All three days of auditions are open to Musical Theatre and non-singing performers. Friday appointments are reserved for those who are available for immediate year-round ...

Theatre Professor to be Sound Designer for the 2018 Winter Olympics

via SUNY New Paltz Online News Sun Hee Kil, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, will serve as assistant sound designer for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. For Kil it will be a return to the nation where her career as a sound designer and audio engineer began. She started working on sound for musical theatre in 2001, and in 2006 she came to the United States for further schooling and to pursue opportunities to work on different kinds of theatre performances. Kil joined the faculty of SUNY New Paltz in 2014 to share her deep knowledge and experience with students of stagecraft, but has continued taking design and direction jobs both regionally and internationally. “Last summer I had two gigs in South Korea – ...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

Theatre for the Ears: Sound Designer Melanie Chen Cole

BY: JAMES HERBERT via www.sandiegouniontribune.com It sounds as if it could be some kind of mystical mantra for a theatrical sound designer: Listen to the crickets. In fact, it is literally what Melanie Chen Cole found herself doing late one night not long ago at the lip of a canyon in Mira Mesa, as she was working up ideas for the soundscape of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere work “At the Old Place.” Some scenes in the Rachel Bonds play take place past sundown in a Virginia back yard, and Cole had learned in research that East Coast crickets tend to be bigger than their West Coast counterparts, giving them a deeper sound — “as opposed to the crickets here, which are more chirpy,” Cole says. So she had ventured to the edge of her own back yard to tune into the local crickets and try to...

The Silence and Noise of “Small Mouth Sounds”

BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS www.americantheatre.org The Silence and Noise of “Small Mouth Sounds” How sound designer Stowe Nelson filled the silence in a play that had almost no dialogue. This month Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl begins its national tour at New Haven, Conn.’s Long Wharf Theatre (Aug. 30-Sept. 24). It will also touch down in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Dallas, Miami, and Philadelphia. The Obie-winning play, directed by Rachel Chavkin, began at Ars Nova’s Off-Broadway space. In it, six strangers go on a silent retreat. And true to the premise, there’s almost no speaking for the entire play, save for a few key monologues by an offstage guru. So the job of sound designer Stowe Nelson was to fill that wordless space. Small Mouth Sounds opens with “a giant rainstorm,” he expla...