Undergraduate 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 encourages 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.


The School of Drama Sound Design Option teaches students the process of theatrical sound design, including conceptualization, theory and technology.

An understanding of text, world building and storytelling, as well as understanding the physics of sound and the technologies utilized are essential components of the sound design curriculum.

Students apply their skills though class work, productions, internships and interdisciplinary collaborations across campus.


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, theater, television, dance and events.

Unique Platforms

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

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

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.

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

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.

Sound Design Option students take full design responsibilities on productions directed by faculty, visiting directors, and student directors.


Undergraduate Sound Design Curriculum


Joe Pino

Sartje Pickett

Christopher Evans

News & Alumni

Notable Alumni

Students in the School of Drama Sound Design Option 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
  • Maggie Burke: Mixer and system engineer, NYC
  • 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
  • Ellen Julhin: Product engineer, Orion Labs, San Franscisco
  • Erik T. Lawson: Sound designer and composer, NYC
  • Daniel Lundberg: Mixer and system designer, NYC
  • Joshua Maszell: Mixer and sound designer, NYC
  • Hidenori Nakajo: Mixer, composer, designer, NYC
  • Bridget O’Connor: Sound designer, NYC
  • Glenfield Payne: Film sound editor, NYC
  • Chris Rummel: Music editor, Hollywood
  • Becca Stoll: Mixer, NYC and regional
  • AJ Surasky: Sound designer, NYC
  • John Milo Train: Film sound editor, Hollywood

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