Thank you for visitng my site. I currently live in the NW Indiana portion of Chicagoland, and began my career in Chicago in the mid-1990s. Soon after, I began working in regional theatres around the Midwest, eventually designing nationwide and Off-Broadway. I've been fortunate enough to work in companies of all sizes, as well as some of the most respected regional theatres in the country.
Aesethecially, I've always tried to blur the lines between sound design and music in my work, whenever possible. I believe that sound design and score are an extension of the spoken text and exist to draw the audience into the performance – to support and not distract or draw attention away from it.
I have had the privilege of designing and composing for many classics, as well as on the world premieres of works by several prolific modern playwrights. Both classic works and new works are very important and exciting to me. In addition to theatre, I have enjoyed the variety of working in a broad range of audio and music-related fields across the entertainment industry, including recording engineering, new media, consulting, and corporate and live event production.
Throughout my career I have sought to mentor young people and those new to the industry, from working as a designer on shows with them, to giving lectures, seminars, or wokrshops at their schools, when I'm working at adjacent theatres. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of sound design and audio and passing along the tips and tricks I've learned along the way, as well as what I've learned about making a living as a working artist and audio engineer. I believe that a solid audio education is equal parts design aesthetics and technologial fundamentals, combined with the skills necessary to be a good collaborator. I recently taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of Sound Design and Audio Engineering & Technology at Purdue University.