Sound Design

 

On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning

by Eric Overmyer

Poster by Hannah Lax

Poster by Hannah Lax

April 2017 - Tulane University - Directed by Mel. Cook

My thesis production for my BFA in Theatre Design from Tulane University.

The story revolves around three time-traveling Victorian-era women adventurers and their interactions with the increasingly bizarre series of events that lead them to the future world of the 1950s.

Major points of interest in the design include the use of constant background noise to imply place and disguise the theatre's natural environmental noises, the transition noises between scenes, and the placement of speakers to ensure even audibility for every audience member.

More details past the link.


Storm, Still

by Gabrielle Reisman

Poster by Ellen Bull

Poster by Ellen Bull

November 2016 - Tulane University -  Directed by Jessica Podwell

An exploration of family ties between three sisters and their recently deceased father through a decreasingly playful recreation of Shakespeare's King Lear

Design elements consist mostly of musical underscore selections to punctuate scenes, such as Miles Davis's Generique for a scene of improvised seduction, along with some environmental noises.

 


Pleading 894

by Kate Bailey

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May 2016 - University of New Orleans - Directed by Jen Davis

For Camille, her home of Louisiana is a complicated association, seemingly the same source and solution for all her present problems. She has to complete her court-mandated punishment for a DWI she received the last time she was visiting home. Camille tries to complete her punishment as issues of family alienation and deep loneliness bubble to the surface, forcing her both towards alcohol and away from it.

Two samples below. First is the opening of the play. Second is the end of the first act, in which Camille is drunk, stumbles around in her drunkenness,  and gets into an accident.


A Night of Ives

by David Ives

Poster by Melissa Martinez

Poster by Melissa Martinez

February 2016 - Tulane University - Directed by Michael Boudewyns

An abbreviated version of David Ives's All in the Timing, this collection of comedic one-acts featured, in terms of sound requirements, mostly a series of transition music between each short. Some choices include Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter to introduce "Words, Words, Words", a short about three chimpanzees attempting to write out Shakespeare on typewriters, and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, followed by a brief cityscape and wind interlude to symbolize a pan up from ground level to an elevated space, to introduce "Mere Mortals", a short about three construction workers.


Dream/Play

Based on August Strindberg's A Dream Play. Adapted by Sara Valentine.

Poster by Nicole Watts

Poster by Nicole Watts

November 2015 - Tulane University - Directed by Sara Valentine

A mostly faithful adaptation of Strindberg's A Dream Play, about Agnes, daughter of the god Indra, who falls onto the human world, and explores the depths of suffering of humans, within the framework of a dream.

This production features an extensive use of pre-recorded audio for voice overs and effects, establishing introductory sounds, background sounds to establish location, and speaker placement in the theatre to create an all-enveloping soundscape.


The Children's Hour

by Lillian Hellman

Poster by Nicole Watts

Poster by Nicole Watts

March 2015 - Tulane University - Directed by Jessica Podwell

A drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives.

The audio for this productions is a musical transition between scenes that distorts over time to reflect the deteriorating nature of the lives of the two leads, Martha and Karen, along with reflecting the distortion of truth present in the plot.

Attached is a sample of the selected song, Eileen Barton's recording of "Pretend" and a shortened version of the distortion that would become more distorted as the music returned during each subsequent scene transition.


I Hope I Someday Get to Meet You Nancy Dreaux: A Radio Play

Based on Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew series. Adapted by Sara Valentine.

Poster by Mihai Plaiasu

Poster by Mihai Plaiasu

November 2014 - Tulane University - Directed by Sara Valentine

A kind of a play within a play, this production focuses on the S.L.E.U.T.H. Society Chapter 13's staged radio play adaptation of a Nancy Drew story, The Ghost of Blackwood Hall. Story involves both the events of the radio play, and interaction between the club members.

As a radio play, the sounds were made live, on stage, with props. Music was played by actor/musician Tricia Anderson on an electric piano.


The Golden Dragon

by Roland Schimmelpfennig

Poster by Tatiana Vintu

Poster by Tatiana Vintu

April 2014 - Tulane University - Directed by Dmitri Troyanovsky

Telling several parallel stories, some of the people in a Chinese restaurant called The Golden Dragon, and another an altered version of the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, this exploration of the effects of globalization takes a simultaneously comedic and tragic tone.

The abundant amount of plots and quick pacing meant the necessity of an equally quick sound design, consisting almost entirely of a carefully selected bell tone that signals the end and beginning of scenes.


High School Sound Designs

Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

    Dracula: A Dark (Biting) Comedy, directed by Jonathan Munoz-Proulx

    Speak Truth to Power, directed by Bernard Addison

    Almost, Maine, directed by Jane Brucker

    The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, directed by Annie Simons



Other Theatre Work

Lighting

-Designer

Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance, New Orleans, LA

    Above the Oaks, Dance Performances 2015, 2016

-Follow Spot Operator

    Le Petit Théâtre Du Veaux Carré, New Orleans, LA

        Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Augustin Correro

 

 

Sound Board Operator

Young Audiences of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

    Spring Spotlight 2017, directed by Jon Cosper

Le Petit Théâtre Du Veaux Carré, New Orleans, LA

    Pippin, directed by Tom Cianfichi

Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance, New Orleans, LA

    Still Life with Iris, directed by Sara Valentine

Tulane University Campus Programming, New Orleans, LA

    This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe, lecture by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cornerstone Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA

    Lunch Lady Courage, directed by Chris Anthony