Graduate Programs
Sound Design

The School of Drama Sound Design Option teaches students the technical and conceptual practices necessary for designing and integrating of audio elements into a production.

The School of Drama encourage interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities for students through partnerships with other departments including Computer Science, Engineering, Music, Art, Entertainment Technology, Robotics and Design.

The Sound Design Option trains innovative and thoughtful artists to be leaders, practitioners, and theorists in the evolving discipline of sound design for the arts and entertainment industries.

Curriculum

The School of Drama’s Graduate Sound Design Option teaches students an advanced understanding of and the ability to create the theatrical sound design.

Students are immersed in workshops and full production responsibilities in order to expand their imaginative and practical experiences in sound design. Students apply their skills through individual projects and School of Drama productions, across campus interdisciplinary collaborations and internships with in the Pittsburgh arts communities.

Opportunities

The School of Drama Graduate Sound Design Program teaches students artistic, conceptual, technical and practical approach to creating and manipulating sound.

Sound Design Option students take full design responsibilities on productions directed by faculty, visiting directors, and student directors. Students have the opportunity to work on a range of production media including musicals, cabaret, theatre, television, dance, and events.



Unique Platforms


All School of Drama students have to opportunities to participate in the following:


DANCE/LIGHT
Dance/Light is a performance opportunity for students across all disciplines to collaborate in the creation of original dance and movement pieces.

PLAYGROUND
A Festival of Independent Student Work: Playground is the annual School of Drama three-day performance festival showcasing independent, student-produced work across multiple disciplines.

VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM
The Visiting Artists Program brings distinguished national and international guests on to campus to work with students across all disciplines.

SHOWCASE
The School of Drama Showcase presentations in Pittsburgh, New York, and Los Angeles are designed to give all graduating students from all disciplines the opportunity to meet with and present work to leading arts and entertainment professionals.

Graduate students in the School of Drama Sound Design program are sought after to work in the sound design and production industries across all arts media including theater, film, radio, television, concerts, opera, musical theater and events.

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Graduate Sound Design Curriculum

Faculty

Joe Pino


Sarah Pickett


Christopher Evans


News & Alumni

Notable Alumni


Graduate students in the School of Drama Sound Design program are sought after to work in the sound design and production industries across all arts media including theater, film, radio, television, concerts, opera, musical theater and events.


  • Kyle Billingsley: Foley mixer, Hollywood
  • Elizabeth Coleman: Mixer and sound designer, NYC
  • Christopher Evans: House sound designer, Benedum Theatre, Pittsburgh
  • Paul Garrity: Principal designer, Auerbach and Associates Consultants
  • Sara Huddleston: Production Manager and Resident Sound Designer at The Magic Theater, San Francisco
  • Peter Hylenski: Tony-Nominated sound designer, NYC
  • Joshua Maszell: Mixer and sound designer, NYC
  • Bridget O’Connor: Sound designer, NYC
  • Glenfield Payne: Film sound editor, NYC
  • John Milo Train: Film sound editor, Hollywood

More Graduate Programs

Video & Media Design


The John Wells Directing Fellowship


Technical Direction


Stage & Production Management


Scenic Design


Lighting Design


Dramatic Writing


Costume Production


Costume Design