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Cory Carrillo
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Cory Carrillo is the very first graduate of the UCI Sound Design Program. She has a number of notable design credits, and she is constantly in demand. In fact, she’s so in demand that she couldn’t find the time to update her bio. So, if you run into her (at the tech table for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, or any number of west coast companies), you can ask her what she’s been up to. And if you do, please let us know, because she won’t return our emails.

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Palmer Jankens
Class of 2010

Palmer's journey through the UCI Sound Design program included nine fully produced designs, one of which, The Green Knight, took him all the way to Romania for the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. While at UCI he co-designed with Mike Hooker for Transversal Theatre Company. He was also assistant sound designer at South Coast Repertory Theatre and Cornerstone Theatre Company. After UCI, Palmer moved to Chicago where he has been very active in the theater sound community. He has designed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Light Opera Works, and for Ruckus Theater Co. Palmer has been associate sound designer for recent productions of Les Miserables at the Dallas Theater Center and the Broadway In Chicago production of Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale. He has worked as assistant sound designer at Goodman Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Drury Lane Theater. As an engineer, he has worked for Blue Man Group, Million Dollar Quartet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, and the Royal George Theater. Palmer is also the sound designer and engineer for the concerts Here To Stay: The Gershwin Experience and Play It Again, Marvin: A Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch playing with symphonies across North America. He has also designed regionally at Utah Shakespeare Festival and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. pjankens.com

 
Joe Wilbur
Class of 2010

Joe came to UC Irvine after receiving a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatrical Design/Production and Theater Management from Central Washington University. His work as a sound designer and engineer has been heard throughout Washington State at various and sundry community and professional theaters. His favorite designs while at UCI include The Bacchae Trilogy and Measure For Measure. Joe has designed sound at The Laguna Playhouse and The Theater at Boston Court, and assisted sound designers at South Coast Repertory and the Pasadena Playhouse. His scoring and sound design work can also be heard on several video spots for fashion eyewear manufacturer LA Eyeworks. Since graduating with his MFA, Joe has been working as a design engineer at TechMD, Inc. in Burbank, CA. There, he designs, tunes, and programs sound, video, and show control systems for expansive themed-entertainment attractions. You can email him at wilcosound@gmail.com.

 
Tim Brown
Class of 2011
Tim Brown did a lot of work and rode a lot of bikes. These days, he works in themed environment design on many unnamed projects. Some of those projects are unnamed because Tim had to sign non-disclosure agreements, but some of those projects are unnamed because Tim couldn’t bother to update his bio on our website. If you see him, ask him what he’s been up to. It’s probably been interesting. We hope it’s not illegal.
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Noelle Hoffman
Class of 2011
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After graduating with a BA in German and Theater from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Noelle took two years off to intern at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria/Solvang, CA and Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. In the summer of 2010, Noelle lived the dream of interning at the Jim Henson Company where she was able to archive rare film clips and edit content for their YouTube page. With her MFA behind her, Noelle is currently working at Kaiser Permanente in their Educational Theatre Department. She is a member of Rogue Artists Ensemble and freelances with companies such as USC, Diablo Sound, and Unbound Production where she earned her first Ovation nomination for the 2013 production of Wicked Lit.
 
 
Todd Hendricks
Class of 2011
Todd received a BA in Music from Southwestern University and started his career in theater literally working at the bottom, playing cello and bass in pit orchestras. He performed on upright bass for the 25th Anniversary national tour of Ain't Misbehavin and continued touring the United States as Sound Supervisor and Technical Director for several seasons with the Kennedy Center's Educational Theater Programs. Todd has worked as a sound designer, composer, and musician from regional theaters in California to summer theaters in New England, as well as Off-Broadway. He currently holds the Master Audio Technician position at Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the Arts and is co-owner of the company Wireless Mic Belts.
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Beth Lake
Class of 2012
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Beth Lake is a freelance Sound Designer based in NYC. She has a blossoming career as a designer and theater practitioner. Working on a wide variety of projects she has discovered a particular fondness for creating new, text-based works. This is due, in part, to projects stemming from her time at UCI (Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre). Since moving to NYC she has created a solid network of collaborators and creators. She also is often behind the tech table as an Associate designer for the likes of Darron West (Tony winner 2012), John Gromada (Tony nom. 2013) and Jane Shaw (Lortel nom. 2013, 2009). Upcoming productions include productions of Light in the Piazza, Peer Gynt, and an experimental, multi-media experience based on the Mars One mission. Recent projects include: Broadway: Velocity of Autumn Off Broadway: Freud's Last Session (NYC, L.A., Chicago, Regional); The Oldest Boy,Bronx Bombers, Grounded, The Killer, Appropriate Other NYC: Strictly Dishonorable, The Fabulous Lipitones (NYC Premiere), Tough Titty (NYC Premiere), Some Girls, Blue Window, Eurydice, Sakaram Binder; Bring a Weasel and A Pint of Your Own Blood; By Rights We Should Be Giants (Lunar Energy); Resident Designer: Lunar Energy Productions. Regional: Alley Theater, Houston; McCarter Theater; Long Wharf Theater; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Bucks County Playhouse; TheaterWorks; South Coast Repertory; Geffen Playhouse; St. Louis Repertory; St. Louis Opera.
 
 
Jeff Polunas
Class of 2012
Jeff Polunas received his M.F.A. in Sound Design at UC-Irvine and is currently the Production Sound Engineer at CSU-Fullerton. Jeff has designed over 100 productions in theatre and dance during his career. Selected credits include: Venus in Fur, Ivy & Bean, Anastasia Krupnik, Between Us Chickens (South Coast Repertory), Passion Play (The Chance), The Full Monty, Peter Pan, The Wedding Singer, The Producers, (Summer Repertory Theatre), Company, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest (PCPA Theaterfest), Route 66, You Never Can Tell, Pump Boys and Dinettes (Moonlight Stage). Jeff also designed at the following universities: UC- Irvine, USC, UC- Riveside, CSU- Northridge, San Diego State, CSU- Long Beach, Saddleback College, Pomona College and MiraCosta College. He was part of the design team that received the Scenie for Best Production Design (Larger Theater) for his work on Passion Play at The Chance and has been nominated four times for the KC/ACTF Sound Design Award. He would like to thank his wife, Valerie, and his son, Gavin, for their love and support.
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Patricia Cardona
Class of 2013
Patricia received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in sound design at Penn State University and was honored to receive the 2009 KCACTF National Sound Design Award. After graduating she moved to Chicago where she served as the assistant sound designer for The Brother/Sister Plays at the Steppenwolf and The Fall of Heaven at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, associate sound designer for Medea with Child at Sideshow Theatre Company, and engineer for Girls vs. Boys at The House Theatre. She frequently works locally since moving back to Los Angeles and completing her MFA and has designed primarily for themed entertainment at Thinkwell Group since 2013. She recently served as LCS programmer for Franco Dragone’s The Han Show in Wuhan, China.
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Stephen Swift
Class of 2013
Stephen is a Technical Associate at Thinkwell Group, Inc. where he designgineers audio, video, interactive, and control systems for theme parks, museums, and other installations. http://swiftstudios.net.
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Josh Fehrmann
Class of 2015
Josh graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where he received his B.F.A in theatre with an emphasis on acting and directing. At UCI, he designed The Merchant of Venice (co-design), Annie Loui’s: Lost Estate, The Rose Tattoo, Dance Visions, Spring Awakening, Annie Loui’s: A Christmas Carol (composer), and designing the U.S. premiere of The Trial of Dedan Kimathi. Josh recently helped Ryan Lott a.k.a. Son Lux to create instruments for the major motion picture The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. He recently served as an engineer for Shakespeare LA’s Romeo and Juliet and designed the One Act Play Festival at Echo Theatre Company. He reently served as an audio engineer on Marvel Universe Live, a large-scale arena show touring throughout the United States and world. He now resides in the Bay Area working for Meyer Sound.
 
Matt Glenn
Class of 2014
Matt began to study music and theater starting at the age of nine. Around the age of 14, Matt began experimenting with audio editing. He purchased a Pro Tools system and began writing music and designing sound for a friend's amateur film projects. Matt was accepted into the Performing Arts Technology department at the University of Michigan School of Music, where he discovered theatrical sound design. Matt designed more than 10 theatrical productions of various scales, as well as 6 film projects. Matt was also active as a recording engineer and had the opportunity to produce and record the cast album of an original musical Me and My Dick, which was released on iTunes and reached #11 on the Billboard Charts in the musical theater category in 2010. Matt graduated and immediately began studying at UCI, where he had the opportunity to collaborate on amazing projects like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Orlando, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, A Midsummer Nights Dream (part of the the New Swan Shakespeare Festival), and many other productions in the departments of drama and dance. Matt now works as a sound designer at the Thinkwell Group, an entertainment design firm. Take a listen: http://www.mgsounddesign.com.
 
Mark Caspary
Class of 2015
Mark Caspary is a sound designer and composer with a diverse background in a variety of the arts. He is currently working as a Southern California-based freelance designer and composer. Recently, Mark has been heard at Hollywood Fringe Festival, South Cost Repertory Theater and the Lincoln Presidential museum in Illinois. Mark has spent time with the Thinkwell Group helping to design sound for themed installations across the country and abroad. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in percussion, piano, and guitar. He most enjoys creating content, designing, and composition for many purposes including theater, the studio, and themed entertainment. Utilizing his passion for collaboration, music, and design, Mark has been fortunate to design and assist for professional theaters as well as in the world of academia. Mark’s first love is bringing a creative spark, which can be effectively integrated with other design elements of a project. Mark lives for enjoyable and productive team interactions which fuel superior creative results. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.markcaspary.com
 
Kelsi Halverson
Class of 2016
A native Las Vegan, Kelsi has been involved in the theatre since her days at her performing arts middle and high school. She has spent three summers in summer stocks across the country, two of which were at the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival. Last summer, Kelsi spent 6 weeks shadowing designers in New York, including Jon Weston (An American in Paris, The Bridges of Madison County) and Leon Rothenberg (Tony Award winner in 2012 for The Nance). In summer 2015, Kelsi will be an A2 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). In her (limited) free time, she loves going to rock shows, movies, and playing with her pups. She's always looking to have intense conversations about her first love, Harry Potter. Fight On!
 
Matt Eckstein
Class of 2016
Matthew Eckstein came to UCI by way of Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and honors in Technical Theater and Design. At UCI, Matthew was part of several outstanding design teams, including Metamorphoses, Sweet Smell of Success, and others. Matthew has also worked in various other venues in the midwest and around the United States, including South Coast Repertory, Cain Park, Dobama Theatre, The Beck Center for the Arts, The Cleveland Play House, and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. His work can be found online at www.mecksteindesign.com.
 
Brian Svoboda
Class of 2016
Brian is a sound designer with a BA from Penn State, a background in music, a resume of designing or mixing for a dozen musicals, and 5 years experience managing sound for the Gallo Center for the Arts, where he oversaw sound for hundreds or shows and mixed sound for hundreds more. Brian’s UC Irvine credits include assisting for 6 productions and designing Nickel Mines, a new musical, and Shakespeare’s As You Like It. During graduate school, Brian has been busy working on local productions, designing a new musical, Higher Education (with director Tim Kashani, producer of the Tony award-winning Memphis), assisting professor Mike Hooker for South Coast Rep’s The Light in the Piazza, and mixing South Coast Rep’s The Tempest (with Tony award-winning sound designer Darron West). He has also designed musicals for Cal State Long Beach and Saddleback College. He's in the Bay Area now workng for Meyer Sound
 
Andrea Allmond
Class of 2017
Prior to UCI, Andrea was the A1 at the Dallas Theater Center where she mixed Les Miserables, as well as many other productions.  Prior to working at the DTC, Andrea graduated with a BS in Mass Communications and a minor in Theatre From Texas Wesleyan University.  Andrea has designed over 50 straight plays including, most recently, an experimental movement piece titled Sleep Walker Man Walk Through Wall.  Andrea is very passionate about new works and experimental theatre.  Andrea is a music addict who is a lover of all genres but has a special place in her heart for EDM music.
  Ben Scheff
Class of 2017
Ben began his career in sound design and reinforcement with Rhode Island Youth Theater (formerly FantasyWorks inc,) mixing over one-hundred children’s musicals in his time with them. After graduating from Rhode Island College with a degree in Theater (Tech/Design Concentration,) Ben has enjoyed a wide and varied freelance career spanning a number of performing arts disciplines. Associations include Circus Smirkus, The Boston Conservatory,  Trinity Repertory Company, The O’Neill Theater Center, and Festival Ballet Providence. He has designed sound for several New England area theaters, including the former Perishable Theater, Providence Black Rep,and most recently designed and composed for a Company One/ Central Square Theater co-production entitled No Room for Wishing, a one-man docudrama about the Occupy movement in Boston. He has an intense passion for social, political, and guerrilla theater, unique and found venues, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. In his spare time, he can usually be found composing weird electronic music or playing the guitar.

...and an honorable mention to our Undergraduate Honors Alumni

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Sinan Zafar
Class of 2013
Sinan Refik Zafar is a sound designer, aural collagist, composer, and clown. He first discovered his passion for sound while studying at UC Irvine, leading him to become the first student to graduate with Honors in Sound Design. He went on to earn an MFA in Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama. His recent work includes Coriolanus (Yale School of Drama); The Master and Margarita (Yale School of Drama); The Zero Scenario (Yale Cabaret); and This Flat Earth (by Lindsey Ferrentino). Past work includes O, Fallen One (Curly Cue & Co.); Blood Knot (Lounge Theatre); Woyzeck (Illyrian Players); Julius Caesar (Griot Theatre of the West Valley); Hello, Again; The Misanthrope (d. Keith Fowler), and Jane Eyre (d. Annie Loui). His current interests have extended into the world of gesture-based technology, electronic music, and the intriguing world of ASMR.
 
Cinthia Palmer
Class of 2013
Cinthia completed her B.A. in Drama in December 2013, and is the second person ever to have earned Honors in Sound Design at UC Irvine. In her two and a half years here she worked on over 13 theatrical productions, co-devised an original ensemble piece, and completed the Minor in Anthropology. She designed and composed for The Dwarf, Of Sound Mind, and the world premiere of The Last Lifeboat by Luke Yankee, to name a few. When not in the theatre space, she teaches yoga and ESL/TEFL. She enjoys dance, the outdoors, and taking naps with her cat. Follow her adventures at www.cinthiapalmer.com.
 
Karli Blalock
Class of 2014
Karli Blalock graduated from UCI in June of 2014, earning a BA in Drama with Honors in Sound Design. She spent the summer with Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season before making the move to Chicago. Karli immediately plunged into the Chicago theatre scene. She works as Resident Sound Designer at Redtwist Theatre, Sound Designer and mentor at New Trier High School, and freelances around the city for multiple developing theatre companies. Karli has a passion for collaborating with fellow artists to create impactful, memorable theatre. Favorite projects at UCI included The 39 Steps and Elysian Roux. Since moving to Chicago, she has designed six shows, including a production of Red, for which Karli received a Jeff Award nomination for Best Sound Design of a Play (non-equity).
 
Ryan Schwalm
Class of 2016
Ryan Schwalm, grew up in Nevada City, Northern California, went to undergrad for three years at University of Nevada, Reno as a physics major and with a minor in recording arts. He transferred to UCI in Fall 2013. Ryan started playing guitar at age 12, and has since picked up 15 additional instruments. He played in and composed for four metal bands, a gypsy swing brass band, and a bluegrass band. He also directs and writes profusely. He likse long, long walks on the beach and the silence of the wilderness at night. He is currently the head of sound at Laguna Playhouse.
 

Jacques Zwieilich
Class of 2017

Originally from San Diego, Jacques has been involved in theater since high school and rediscovered his passion in community college. Jacques pursued sound design immediately after transferring to UCI as part of the Honors program. Jacques has assisted on shows such as Blood Wedding and Boeing Boeing, as well as having designed Directing Class Projects on campus like The Shape of Things and Real Women Have Curves. A hardcore Hip Hop head Jacques is heavily involved in the university radio station, KUCI with his show The 6th Pillar featuring Hip Hop from around the world and is an audio engineer for their live performances. In his spare time Jacques enjoys mountain biking and building models for his powerful Warhammer 40K army. He is currently interning at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, CA.
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