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A brief look at our current UCI Grad Students...

 

Andrea 'Slim' Allmond
3rd year MFA

Andrea is ecstatic to be studying and collaborating with the UCI sound design family.  Recently, 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 pieced 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.

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Ben Scheff
3rd year MFA

Ben Scheff is incredibly excited to be a part of the UCI sound department. 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.
 

Jordan Tani
2nd Year MFA

Jordan Tani is excited to join the MFA program here at UCI. He is a sound designer, projection designer, musician, performer, foley artist, and composer with experience in recording and mixing sound/music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Literature and Technology from the University of California, San Diego focusing in Ethnomusicology of traditional folk music of Japan in his free time. During his final year of undergrad he found a creative outlet through sound design and theatre and designed many of the UCSD undergraduate plays and festivals including the 24-hour Play Festival, Strange Huntings, Morgan the Fish, Let’s Talk About You Next Time, Gruesome Playground Injuries and the musicals Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Legally Blonde, and Annie.
He approaches his designs by combining naturalism with a strong musical background to create a stylized sound that affects the experiences of both performer and listener. He is most interested in creating realistic and natural soundscapes that transport the listener into the unique world of the story, whether that be through theatre, animation, or purely sound itself. In his free time, he is a composer and performer of taiko. He practices various other instruments (specifically cello) and tries to find the time to relax, practice, and eventually become the next best Super Smash Bros. Melee player.

 

Ningru Guo
1st year MFA

Ning comes to us from Singapore, where she turned a childhood love of musical theatre into a passion for both musicals and straight plays. She has extensive credits in both fields, and she's coming to UCI to build on her foundation in both aspects of sound design.

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Andrew Tarr
1st year MFA

Andrew recently graduated from Purdue University, and he has started building his career with productions in NYC, Indiana, Texas, and points in between. He has a strong foundation in design and composition, and he's coming to UCI to develop both more fully.

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

 
Jacques Zwielich
Class of 2017
Jacques Zwielich is a transfer student from Mira Costa Community College. 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 and is excited to take in everything the Honors program has to offer. 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.
 
 
 

...and our incoming MFA class of 2020

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Hunter Moody
Class of 2020
Hunter Moody is incredibly honored to join the sound design program at UCI! A native Arkansan, he first discovered the fascinating world of sound design in his undergraduate years. After graduation, he set out for eastern Kentucky to join the 2013 summer season of Jenny Wiley Theatre as the A2. With the advent of potential full-time work in 2015, he was promoted to resident sound and graphic media designer. He has since designed the sound for and engineered over thirty productions between JWT and the budding University of Pikeville Theatre program. Hunter has developed extensive experience in educational theatre, working with the Jenny Wiley Footlights Theatre, a pre-professional TFYA program, and guest lecturing at the University of Pikeville. Outside of theatre, he has designed sound for dance, voice-over, and competition, with experience in audio engineering for concert venues, church events, and live comedy. His research interests include the historical contexts of music, the psychoanalytic effects of sound upon memory and mood, and innovations in audio production technology. In his free time, Hunter is an avid video gamer and loves (trying) to bake. BFA Theatrical Design/Technology, Arkansas State University.
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Jack Bueermann
Class of 2020
Jack is thrilled to be joining the UCI Sound Design program. He recently graduated from the University of Redlands where he designed multiple major productions. Since graduating, Jack has worked professionally as an assistant sound designer in the Los Angeles area. More recently, he has been working as the A1 at the San Diego Repertory Theatre where he mixed the world premier of Hershey Felder's Our Great Tchaikovsky. Jack is passionate about theater and story-telling through sound, and is excited to collaborate with the talented faculty and students at UCI.
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