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

 

Costa Daros
3rd year MFA

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Costandina Daros is very thankful to be a part of the sound design program at UCI. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from Western Michigan University and made the cross country move to California during the pandemic. Now that live theatre is coming back, she is looking forward to getting back into that world as well as exploring new ways of using sound to enhance storytelling outside of theatre.

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Aerik Harbert
3rd year MFA

Aerik Harbert is a sound designer from Pasadena, Maryland, recently relocated to Southern California to pursue his MFA in Sound Design at UCI. The theatre bug bit Aerik later than most, but since earning his BA in Theatre in 2017 has worked around the Mid-Atlantic region, including stints at Totem Pole Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Hangar Theatre Company, and Towson University. He looks forward to honing his craft over the next few years at UCI, and is excited by the prospect of branching out into other areas of the entertainment industry!

 

 

Nat Houle
2nd Year MFA

Nat is an audio engineer and sound designer born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2021 with a BA in Theatre Arts: Design and Technology with a minor in Music. She designed and composed for Lauren Bone Noble's one-woman show FURY! at the Denizen Theatre as well as many mainstage productions at New Paltz such as She Kills Monsters, Romeo and Juliet, Cadillac Crew, and The Killing Fields. As an assistant sound designer, she had the opportunity to work regionally at Hartford Stage and Long Wharf Theatre. In the world of broadcast, she has been a NABET-CWA union member for five years primarily working on Good Morning America. For the 2020 and 2021 New Year's Eve broadcasts, she got to join the wireless audio and intercom team working in Times Square. Outside of sound, she enjoys a Chinese tea practice, yoga, transcendental meditation, and hiking.

 

Theresa Ramos
2nd year MFA

Theresa Ramos graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor's degree in Theater tech and design. She was born and raised in Las Vegas. A few reasons why Sound design is her passion are it can make or break a show, you get to be in the audience and watch them fall into the story and having power over a sound system. Her most memorable production, in which she was the assistant sound designer, is Bowell because she was able to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This production also gave a quote she lives by which is "Preserve any openness of the heart." Some of her hobbies include watching stand-up comedy, cooking, and watching cheesy tv shows.

 

Melanie Lopez
1st year MFA

Melanie Lopez is a sound designer and theatre maker born and raised in Pomona, California. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has worked for the Southern California Shakespeare Festival and is the head audio engineer for the podcast Trek Table. Sound is imperative to every story and a valuable piece of the puzzle that completes the picture. Melanie has an interest in new work development and telling authentic diverse stories that help amplify voices of different perspectives. When she isn’t creating a concept playlist and spontaneously field recording, she enjoys spending her time developing her skills as an amateur puppeteer, geeking out to sci-fi shows, and playing video games with interactive narratives. She is looking forward to her journey honing her craft as a designer at UCI.

 

Jeremiah Turner
1st year MFA

Jeremiah Turner is a Sound Designer/Engineer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since graduating from Louisiana State University in 2015, he has been serving as a Teacher’s Assistant and Sound Technician for LSU’s Sound Design program. Designing in the realms of theatre, and podcasting, Some of his notable works in theatre include, The Hangar Theatre’s “Stoo’s Famous Martian American Gumbo”, assistant designer for Swine Palace Theatre’s “Oil”, and LSU School of Theatre’s “Brooklyn Bridge.” Notable works in podcasting include, Dreams & Screams’ “The Somnilyte Sessions” and KB Saine’s “Black Theatre History Podcast”. When not designing, Jeremiah is a stand-up comedian. Producing and headlining shows around the state of Louisiana. He also enjoys baking and cooking.


...and our incoming MFA class of 2025!

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TBD
Class of 2025

We are currently recruiting and are looking forward to annoucing our incoming class of 2025 in the spring!

 
 
TBD
Class of 2025

We are currently recruiting and are looking forward to annoucing our incoming class of 2025 in the spring!