Joe Pino

Professor, Sound Design

Joe Pino (he/him/his) has been designing sound since 1981 and teaching at the Carnegie Mellon University School Of Drama since 1999. He has created soundscores for hundreds of productions in resident theaters across the United States.

Noteworthy designs include “Danton’s Death” (dir. Robert Wilson), “Hydriotaphia” (dir. Michael Wilson), “American Vaudeville” (dir Anne Bogart), “Antony and Cleopatra” (dir. Vanessa Redgrave), and “After the Fall” (dir. Gregory Boyd). Pino assisted sound artist Hans Peter Kuhn on the design of Robert Wilson’s Hamlet, also mixing the show on the subsequent tours to Paris, Venice and New York City.

In the late 1980s, Pino mixed live sound for jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Sun Ra, and Michael Hedges. In 2005, he was awarded the Gold Medal in Sound Design at the World Stage Design international exposition in Toronto. He was subsequently invited to curate two exhibitions at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial: a digital exhibit representing international sound designers and a live installation/performance between sound artists in Prague, New York, San Diego, Paris, London, and San Francisco. He also curated the digital sound exhibit for Scenofest at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.

From 2013-2021 he was the head of the OISTAT (Organisation Internationale des Scénographes Techniciens et Archectes de Théâtre) Sound Design sub-commission, a working project of international sound designers dedicated to collaborating, sharing and mentoring using their shared resources and experience. As head he coordinated the sound programs for World Stage Design 2017 (Taipei) and 2022 (Calgary). In 2019 he was invited to be project leader for The Sound Spot, the sound design space at the Prague Quadrennial.

Mr. Pino is a member of ASD, TSDCA and USITT. He holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Directing from University of Virginia.