Sound Design

Register for the LiNK Grad School Auditions & Interviews! (Hosted by USITT & SETC)

Where Master’s Candidates and Recruiters Connect SETC and USITT partner each fall to bring graduate theatre degree programs together with people considering options for interviews, auditions, and information exchange. Connect with more than 50 programs across theatre disciplines including Acting, Design, Technology, and Management. Explore your options for advanced education and find your dream grad program in one convenient, affordable location. 5th Annual LiNK When: Nov. 9-11, 2018 Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Airport  |  Atlanta, GA For Candidates Register early with your resume, portfolio, and head shot for advance review by recruiters. $50 Early Registration: Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2018 $75 Late Registration: Sept. 13 – Oct. 24, 2018 $95 Onsite Registration: Onsite...

Ding. Hiss. Chirp. Broadway’s Best Sounds (Other Than the Songs).

BY MICHAEL PAULSON via www.nytimes.com What kind of noise does a wand make? How about an angel? In 2014, Tony Awards administrators eliminated sound design as a contest category, arguing that too few voters understood the craft well enough to judge it. But an outcry ensued, and this year, the category is back, with a twist — only about half of the 841 voters, those deemed expert enough, will be allowed to vote. We asked the nominees who worked on plays, creating soundscapes for worlds first dreamed up by George Orwell and J.K. Rowling, among others, to share short audio samples and talk about their work. Have a listen. Adam Cork, ‘Travesties’ The challenge: To capture the spirit of Tom Stoppard’s zany and chaotic play, told in a series of repeating and often conflicting flashbacks that fea...

Sound designers celebrate the return of their Tony Awards categories

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news The Tony Award categories for sound design are back with a boom. Eleven sound designers of plays and musicals were nominated for Tony Awards this season, five years after the categories had been eliminated from consideration. With the return of the category comes a new voting system and a reinvigorated community supporting the designers and their work. “It’s an honor to be nominated in a category that has come back from the dead,” said Kai Harada, sound designer on “The Band’s Visit.” The Tony Awards for sound design was first awarded in 2008 and then taken away in 2014 without explanation by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. A New York Times article from that time cited two Tony voters who said voters largely did not know how to evaluate sou...

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...

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...