The Sound Designer is responsible for managing all sound equipment used in the production. They will work closely with the Director and Music Team (if applicable) to be certain all aspects of the show are audible. They will train the cast on how to use the mics and share mic location during the show. They will check equipment prior to each show to be certain everything is working properly. They manage hearing impaired equipment as needed. They will work with the Director to provide all sound effects as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Read the script and work with the Director to gain the artistic concept of the show.
- Hang stage mics and set up monitors where needed.
- Create any special effects sounds that are needed in the show. These may be played through the sound board or rigged to be triggered backstage by Stage Manager or crew.
- Write the sound cues, program the sound board, and attend the show Paper Tech, Dry Tech and Tech Week.
- Set up and teach the use of body mics. Mics should be dispensed to the cast before the show and collected after each performance.
- Will consult the Sound Chair for any repair to equipment or purchases of needed equipment.
- Set up speakers and/or monitors for the orchestra for musicals.
- Run the sound for the show, or by agreement with the production team, select a Sound Operator to run the show. Generally sound cues are not called by the Stage Manager.
- Be available by call, when any changes, repairs or adjustments to the sound plot are needed.
- Strike all cable, mics, speaker, and monitors, at the end of the run, and return them to their storage place as needed.