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TLC Panel of Sound Designers

  • 21 May 2016
  • 2:00 PM
  • North 4th Art Center, 4904 4th St. NW, Albuquerque


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Theatre Lovers Community (TLC) has arranged a special presentation on sound design with four of Albuquerque’s most talented sound designers.   Josh Bien, Shannon Flynn, Casey Mraz and Chris Walsh, who have designed sound for performances at the Adobe, Albuquerque Little Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center, North 4th Art Center and the Vortex.  Along with our moderator, Josh Bien, Production Manager of Blackout Theatre Company and Technical Director of North 4th Art Center, these multi-talented artists have also ventured into lighting, composing, singing, acting, and playwriting. 

Our panelists will talk about their experiences working on various productions to give you a new perspective on all that goes on behind the scenes to make productions come to life for your ears! Does the sound of a squeaky door alert you to impending danger? Can you tell by the sound whether the cowboy is a hero or a villain? Does a loud bang from a door at stage right capture your attention and turn your head to that direction, anticipating that something is about to happen there? Does a lilting tune as the young woman enters tell you something about her character? None of these sounds occur by themselves; the sound designer has developed these effects to enhance and enrich your theatre experience.

Join us with any questions you may have and get a hands-on demo to see the technology behind the magic of sound.

This is the sixth in a series of panels on theatre by theatre practitioners. Previously we have presented theatre reviewers, costumers, stage managers, music directors, and legal and business challenges that our local theatre groups must face. The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session and an informal reception with light refreshments.


Josh Bien (moderator) graduated from UNM with a BA in Design for Performance.  He is a Singer/Songwriter, actor, improviser and technician who has worked consistently around New Mexico as a Lighting, Scenic, and Sound designer as well as a technical director. Along with co-founding and serving as Production Manager of Blackout Theatre, Josh also works as Technical Director of North 4th Arts Center.

Shannon Flynn is a designer, technical director, and actor in Albuquerque.  He earned a BA in Theatre at the University of New Mexico and is an artistic core member of Blackout Theatre Company.  He currently serves as Technical Director for both The Adobe and Blackout Theatre. Most of his sound experience comes from being an audio engineer at Albuquerque Little Theatre for musicals and at North 4th VSA for Global Dance Fest and other touring shows. He has also designed sound for small venues like the Vortex, and the Adobe.

Casey Mráz is a sound designer, composer, musician, music director, playwright, teaching artist and father. He holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Dramatic Writing. He has designed sound and composed music for many theatre productions, films, radio plays and dance performances in Albuquerque and in the U.S. His most recent credits in sound design and musical composition for theatre include The Linnell Festival (UNM, April 2016), Trotsky & Frida (N4th, October 2015), Aye No! (National Hispanic Cultural Center, July 2015), Mammoth (The Brick, New York, NY, May 2015), Our Town (UNM, May 2015), and The Glass Menagerie (The Vortex Theatre, March 2015). His sound design for radio theatre credits includes The Chronicles of Odisia Sanchez (KUNM, September 2015).

Chris Walsh is the Media Director of Blackout Theatre. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in film and television and upon his return to NM in 2007 he co-founded Blackout Theatre and became Blackout’s Media Arts Director. With Blackout he created several award winning shorts, such as the “Integricorps Job Interview” and “The Real Pinnochio” which won the Independent Film Channel Sketch Competition.  Chris is guitarist of the band Red Light Cameras.  He has designed sound for several Blackout shows including Quarantine, Christmas Carol, and The Poe Project. Christopher is devoted to film education, and teaches film production and acting through UNM.


DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME: 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30 and program begins promptly at 2:00. If you come early, you’ll be put to work)

PLACE: North 4th Art Center, 4904 Fourth Street NW


TLC members no cost (a perk of membership).

All others (general public welcome) - $8.00 in advance ($10.00 at the door). Reserve and pay online at with PayPal or your favorite credit card. If paying by check, first reserve online, then mail check (made out to the Albuquerque Theatre Guild) to: TLC (panel), P. O. Box 20307, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0307.  Check must arrive by 5/18. Provide your name, telephone number, and e-mail address for confirmation.

TLC thanks TLC member Yolanda Day and Ninette Mordaunt for organizing this special program.

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