Shannon Scrofano and Andy Featherston: Sound/Scape / USA

In pursuit of an expanded exquisite corpse between sonic and physical landscapes, artists who work in sound/composition partnered with scenic/visual artists in a serial exchange format that explored how sound might author hypothetical architecture and how an environment might suggest sonic events.

Shannon Scrofano is a Los Angeles-based scenic and multimedia designer working in performance and time-based media.  Her practice interrogates materials, systems and landscapes - built, vernacular and social.  Her collaborations include live performances, installations and film projects throughout the US and internationally. Selected work has been seen at venues including TBA: Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, REDCAT, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, Evidence Room, the Orchard Project, Woolly Mammoth, Manual Archives, Miami Light Project, Highways, Montreal Fringe, Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Academy Awards, the Ugandan National Cultural Center in Kampala, and with Project Por Amor, El Teatro Público and the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba.  Her site work has taken place in car dealerships, state legislatures, barns, condo showrooms, plazas, libraries, warehouses, medical labs, skyscrapers, open fields, kitchens, collapsing cathedrals, parking lots, school buses, hotels, an elk farm, and rooftops in multiple cities.  She has taught or lectured at universities including Georgetown University, Northwestern, CalState Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fordham, Portland State, Pacific Northwest Film Center and at various festivals and conferences, including recently at Goldsmiths College at the University of London, and is contributing to a forthcoming book from Palgrave Macmillan.  She is a company member of Sojourn Theatre and the performance collective TENT, a graduate of Northwestern University, and holds her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. 

Richard K. Thomas, Joel Ebarb: The Intersection of Costume and Sound in Character

The workshop was intended to provide participants with a better understanding of the emotional and physical nature of characterization in a play by immersing them in a collective creation with two of the most important design disciplines related to character development: costumes and sound, especially as they intersect through movement.

Rick Thomas was awarded the USITT Founder’s Award in 2008, and simultaneously became a Fellow of the Institute. Rick’s recent projects include his computer music performance in The Ministry of Funny Noises at Purdue University, a monograph about Broadway sound pioneer Abe Jacob (The Designs of Abe Jacob), and leading a team of Visual and Performing Arts students and faculty in the creation of Labcoats on Clouds that premiered at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial in June of 2007. Rick is a certified sound designer in IATSE Local 1 (New York NY), and former chair of the OISTAT Sound Working Group and USITT Sound Commission. 

Joel Ebarb has designed costumes for a myriad of productions in a variety of venues, including Jean Cocteau Repertory (Off-Broadway), Eclipse Theatre Company and Vittum Theatre (Chicago), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and ShadowApe Theatre Company (Indianapolis), Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, Michigan), Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), and twenty-one seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Joel received a B.A. in English from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Houston. Joel is an Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Renata Gaspar, Ioana Paun, Tania El Khoury: Pop Up Your Ears

The workshop focused on the subjective perception of reality through sound, reframing everyday life details and rebooting the clichés of one's sound apparatus. Challenging the perception of urban sounds and the use of pervasive sound technologies in theatre, participants had the opportunity to dig deeper into the aural dimension of different settings and explore means of tackling this sense.
éaltympanica (Renata gaspar and Ioana Paun)
combines digital media and theatre, creating site-responsive and socially engaged art. The group has been working with sound, video and broadcast in order to extend dramaturgical possibilities and adapt cinematic principles to live art, creating cutting-edge site-specific productions that deal with social and urban issues.

Tania El Khoury creates immersive performances in sites ranging from the great hall at the British Museum to an old church in Beirut. She is interested in relational art, confessional theatre, intimate and physical encounters between herself and a small audience group, the political and the autobiographical.;;

Nicola Singh, Tess Denman-Cleaver: Soundscape and Story

Workshop participants explored the ways in which we relate and respond to our aural environment and how an understanding of this can enhance performance or even become the foundation for a piece of work.

Nicola Singh: cross art form methodology and collaboration underpin Nicolaʼs conceptually grounded,
discursive methodology of performance, curation, and arts education, integrating live performance, visual art, and  contemporary music composition. She is currently working with Wunderbar Festival, New Work Network, Battersea Arts Centre, New Territories Festival, The Freud Museum and Manchesterʼs Greenroom. 
Tess Denman-Cleaver is a theatre director, and is currently the associate director of Rough Fiction's Ensemble Laboratory and has created work for Prague Fringe, The Rose, Hampstead Theatre, Forest Fringe and has also worked with Shakespeare's Globe and the National Theatre. She is currently working with Jericho House on The Tempest and Live Theatre. 
Nicola and Tess co-direct Tender Buttons. 

Eric Powel: Sound in the Creative Context

This workshop was an aural investigation of the streets of Prague. Covering the basics of field-based sound recording, digital audio editing and manipulation, this workshop served as an introduction to the many uses of audio in a creative context.

Eric Powell
is a sound artist and composer working with a wide variety of presentation methods including stereo and multi-channel tape, live performance with integrated electronics, as well as site-specific and interactive installations. In 2008 he received his MFA in electroacoustic composition from Simon Fraser University. His work has been heard throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States with recent presentations at Toronto’s New Adventures in Sound Art, the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, and the CanAsian Dance Festival in Toronto.

Gregoire Paultre: Soundscapes

Soundscape implies a combination of sounds that form an acoustic environment in the same way scenography gives a perspective about space. Sound design then can be seen as drawing, but also as emerging from an immersive environment. Sounds are always drawn from a line of specific silence surrounded by their immediate environment.
Soundtracks as dramaturgical entities are building the right sound environment like “magmas”-cinematographic and social elements that can be acoustically modified to suit the performance space. Composition of music and sounds, the use of sound libraries -with technological tools as sculptural media-, and how to shape them organically to their kinetic environment and the reality of a stage.

Grégoire Paultre was born in Paris, and received a master's degree (2003) in French and American Literature at the University of Paris 8. He also attended jazz programs at ARPEJ and the American School of Modern Music in Paris. He spent time in 2004 at the Port of Spain, Trinidad studying English, Carribean, and African poetry at the University of West Indies, playing as a calypso musician and assisting an ethno-musicological study of Trinidadian carnival. Returning to Paris, he worked as a sound engineer (studio and radio) and as a PR representative for musicians including Ray Barretto, Yusef Lateef, Jason Moran, and Richard Bona. In 2006, he received a Master 2 in audiovisual and radio from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Since 2005, he has been published in and performed with NEW magazine in Paris and the US. He currently works as a poet, musician, and sound designer (installation, video, dance, theater) in Paris and New York.

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