Since graduating in May, I had the amazing opportunity to spend the summer
in Cortland, New York working as the audio engineer for Cortland Repertory
Theatre. I mixed "Hair" and "Kiss Me, Kate" and sound designed "Over the
River and Through the Woods." I installed the sound system from ground
up, learned my way around the Behringer x32 console, and worked with some
truly incredible creatives. Unfortunately, my summer got cut short by a
month due to a COVID outbreak among the cast and production team, we were
two performances into "Murder on the Orient Express," and rehearsals for
"Mary Poppins" were just about to begin. With the fear of being stuck living
in my grandparent's basement, I used this new opportunity to look for work.
Although I wanted to explore the possibility of touring or free-lancing
as a sound designer/audio engineer, I also applied to regional theaters
all over the country. Over the course of two weeks and interviews and many
emails, I was offered a few different positions and ultimately chose to
move to Washington D.C. Currently, I am a sound and video technician for
Arena Stage. I was the A2 for the Atlantic Festival and I got to mic and
interact with some interesting and important people. I am also the audio
engineer for "Sanctuary City" which is getting remounted here at Arena
Stage. I'm working on a Yamaha M7CL and learning the intricacies of Dante.
More exciting things are sure to come in the future, but already I have
learned so much and I'm just getting started. Finally, I would like to
say that without the support of professors and friends from WVU, I wouldn't
be where I am today. For that, I will be forever thankful for my time at
WVU and will forever be a proud Mountaineer!