Theatre sound

Sound for Theatre. 

A version of this portfolio that goes into detail about my process is available in PDF form here

Hedda Gabler
A CalArts School of Theatre Production

I was the Assistant Sound Designer to Gahyae Ryu on the CalArts production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, directed by Jesse Bonnell.

Hedda Gabler was performed in CalArts's Ensemble Studio Theatre II from November 2-10, 2018.

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Photo by Kial Hocker

 

Photo by Brianna Hudock

The Mousetrap
A Scotch'n'Soda Theatre Production

I was the Sound Designer for Scotch'n'Soda Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, directed by Will Walters and Kai Huizenga. I explored creating a sense of mystery through both the use of outdoor atmosphere and the use of an on-stage radio, while working in the context of the 1950s. This production provided me the opportunity to play with recording techniques, and various ways to stylize and edit recorded voices, as heard in my sample sound clip, where I edited an actor's voice to sound like it came from a radio. 

The Mousetrap went up in the Carnegie Mellon Studio Theatre on February 16-17, 2018. 

 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
A Scotch'n'Soda Theatre Production

I was the Associate Sound Designer for Scotch'n'Soda Theatre's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, directed by Mackenzie Nicholson and Alyss Weisglass. I was in charge of teaching someone new to sound design, our designer Evan Neely, all aspects of sound design, including how to choose sounds, finding sounds, editing sounds, and using QLab 3. I also created some of the more difficult sounds for the show, such as ship noises, while giving our designer the creative freedom to write underscoring. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern went up in the Carnegie Mellon Studio Theatre on February 15-16, 2017. 

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Photo by Sydney Roslin

 

Video by Ben Hecht

The Long Island Bad Girls Club
A Tisbert Sketch Comedy show

The Long Island Bad Girls Club was Tisbert's Fall 2016 show, which parodied the genre of reality tv. I was sound chief and media operator for this production. 

The Long Island Bad Girls Club went up in the Carnegie Mellon Studio Theatre in November 2016.  

 

The Addams Family
A Scotch'n'Soda Theatre production

I was sound designer for this musical, which was directed by Sydney Roslin and Mackenzie Nicholson and went up in McConomy Theatre on October 28 and 29, 2016. This production allowed me to both create several atmospheres in order to add a textural element to the setting, and allowed me to utilize the pit in live-creation of sound effects, to mimic the cartoon origins of The Addams Family

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Photo by Tina Vaz

 

Video by Ben Hecht

Love Bites
A Tisbert Sketch Comedy show

Love Bites was Tisbert Sketch Comedy's Spring 2016 show, and was themed around various expressions of love in the modern day. I was sound chief and media operator for this production. I also contributed to the writing of two sketches for this show: Phone Sex and Last Words

Love Bites went up in Carnegie Mellon's PH100 on April 1-2, 2016. 

 

The Zahra Center

The Zahra Center is a play adapted and directed by Iman Doroudi from the novel Surviving Zahra by Fatina Ally Jaffer. The show is framed around a Muslim wedding and deals with the struggles and resilience people find when faced with sexual abuse. The Zahra Center was put on in McConomy Theatre in March 2016 as the capstone project of director and playwright Iman Doroudi. 

I worked as Sound Chief on this show, and utilized Arabic prayer and hymn in order to set both the location and the religious context of the show, occasionally mixing hymn and music in order to create a jarring experience, to mirror the main character's experience when confronted with music at a strictly-religious event (where music is forbidden). 

 

The Outsiders
A Scotch'n'Soda Theatre Production

I was Assistant Sound Designer for this gender- and race-blind casting of a theatrical setting of S.E. Hilton's The Outsiders, directed by Maggie Davis. 

The sound clip plays while Ponyboy struggles with coping with his best friend's sacrificial death. During this scene, the directors wanted wind noise to play in the background, but the head sound designer, Emily Broude, and I chose to combine the wind noise with music that had been playing during intermission in order to give some more accessible insight into Ponyboy's mental state.

The Outsiders went up in McConomy Theatre in February 2016. 

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Photo by Sydney Roslin