Below are representative samples of sound design I have completed for professional and academic theatres. Please click on a "Play" button to hear audio samples from the show.
UNC Charlotte, 2018
Director: Andrew Hartley
For Twelfth Night, we decided to set our Illyria in a more contemporary setting, with flavors of New Orleans. A live band (keys, drums, tuba, sax, and horn) provided transition music and backed Feste for her songs. Atmospheric sounds were used throughout ( wind, waves, birds, traffic, and people) to ground us in various locales. The video clip here is the beginning few minutes of the show - the shipwreck that stranded and separated Viola and Sebastian.
Music composed by Noel Freidline.
Keys - Noel Freidline; Tuba - Bryson Harding; Alto and Baritone Sax - Tori Mitchell; Trumpet and Flugelhorn - Cameron Beaver; Drums - Brandon Hawkins
The Red Badge of Courage
Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 2013
Director: Sidney Horton
The Red Badge of Courage is a hip-hop interpretation of the book, with a DJ on stage for the performances. This demo clip gives an overview of the show without the beats and music coming from the DJ booth, and showcases the atmospheres and environments created for the show.
Measure for Measure
Texas Shakespeare Festival, 2012
Director: Chuck Ney
Measure for Measure was part of the 2012 season at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Set in the early 1800's, New Orleans, the director and I tried to develop 3 distinct worlds over the course of the play: the ridged, law abiding, the loose, law/moral breaking, and the forgotten world of the jails. I used varied sounds to create these worlds (fiddle music, monks chanting, water dripping) in order to make sure we always knew where we were.
The audio playing is the beginning sequence of the show - the tail end of a party, scattering as they hear the solitary governor, arbitrator of morality, approaching.
UMKC Theatre, 2009
Director: Theodore Swetz
Killer Joe was part of the 2009 season at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. We had an incredibly realistic set installed in a small black box. Despite the small nature of the space, I employed multiple speakers to fully immerse the audience in the world of the show. In addition to the surround speakers used for rain and thunder, I used multiple spot speakers for the TV, radio, dog barking, and bathroom scene in the beginning.
The audio playing is a compressed version of the entire show.
Texas Shakespeare Festival, 2011
Director: Lee Ernst
Hamlet was part of the 2011 season at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. We used a surround sound system to allow for an immersive experience for the audience, as if they were inside the walls of the castle itself. The set was comprised of a series of columns, with sheer curtains rigged between them, allowing for rapid changes of location while keeping the action moving.
How I Learned to Drive
UNC Charlotte, 2012
Director: Lon Bumgamer
How I Learned to Drive was the season opener for the UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre's 12/13 Season. The system was basic - stereo pairs for music playback, a practical speaker for shower sounds, and a wireless speaker worn by an actress for the high school scenes.
A local actor was hired to record the 'subtitles' used throughout the show, and ambient sounds to help ground us in locations - crickets, distant traffic, crowds, and other similar sounds helped move us from place to place.
The Cure at Troy
UMKC Theatre, 2008
Director: Barry Kyle
The Cure at Troy was the season closer for the 07/08 season at UMKC. Three incoming sound design students were assigned to co-design the show, with original music composed by one of the graduating designers. Each member of the team worked individually on complex segments of the show; the best bits from each were then taken and combined into the completed segments for the show. Such segments included the massive eruption of the island at the end of the play, as well as an incoming, hovering, and departing helicopter.
The system was fairly involved, and was programmed using SFX 5.6. 16 channels from SFX were used, as well as 3 channels of microphones for various vocal effects (primarily on the chorus).
This collage showcases both the original music created by Matthew Janszen, and the sound effects.