Spring 2015

Sound Design for Live Performance

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-254

Formerly listed as: THDA-46


Stephanie L. Robinson (Section 01)


What is the role of sound in live performance, and how is it designed and produced?  This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of sound design in live performance contexts from both technical and artistic perspectives.  Students will explore the fundamentals of audio production and acoustics through a series of short projects, covering a range of topics from using various sound-editing software applications, including ProTools, Logic and other DAW platforms, to live sound reinforcement principles. Special consideration will be given to software environments (QLab) dedicated to live playback and design of acoustic spaces, and we will examine strategies for developing an efficient, real-world approach to the technical rehearsal process.  Throughout the course, we will consider interpretive skills needed for imagining sound design opportunities in various script, dance, and performance-oriented collaborations.  The course will culminate in a final project that integrates technical and artistic problem-solving skills related to creating sound for a live performance.

Requisite: One prior practice-of-arts course in theater and dance, music or studio art, or equivalent experience. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Robinson.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to majors in the arts, followed by mix of disciplinary backgrounds, followed by class year.


Artistic Practice, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2018, Fall 2019