Mike Ritchey
Production Sound Supervisor

Mike is thrilled to be joining the UCI Sound family after working with so many alumni over the years! After graduating from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, Mike has worked throughout Southern California, including time as Laguna Playhouse’s Resident Sound Designer and South Coast Repertory’s Sound and Video Supervisor. Mike is looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and other members of the production department, to help provide a fun and efficient learning environment! 



In memoriam...

BC Keller


We are heartbroken to share that BC Keller, UCI’s longtime Sound Supervisor, passed away on the morning of 4 May, 2017 due to complications from cancer. He was a hell of a guy, a prince among men, and his death has left a big hole in all of our hearts.

BC was super-smart. He knew how to tackle complex concepts and gear. He was our resident expert on some of the equipment that we all occasionally struggled with. He taught our CueStation & D-Mitri modules, and the students knew that he was the go-to person with questions when they were furstrated with programming.

BC was kind and generous. He came in early and stayed late. He responded to text messages and phone calls from his students even on his (rare) days off, and he maintained just as active a relationship with our alumni as Mike and I do. We often thought of him as our third faculty member in the sound design program. He didn’t formally teach, but he understood that in his work with the sound department, he was mentoring and teaching students. He took that responsibility seriously.

BC had a love for life that was inspiring. Even when he was at his most exhausted and frustrated, he was full of corny jokes and a mischievous sense of humor. All of us at UCI are devastated by his passing.

On behalf of our MFA family: Cory, Joe, Palmer, Tim, Todd, Noelle, Stephen, Patricia, Beth, Jeff, Mark, Matt, Josh, Brian, Kelsi, Matt, Ben, Andrea, Jordan, Ning, and Andrew, and our undergrad family: Sinan, Karli, Elliot, Kate, Cinthia, Ryan, and Jacques, we want to thank BC for spending so much of his short time on Earth with us.

We’ll never forget you.

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