Sound Design for Theatre

June 25-29, 2018
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
George Fox University
Newberg Campus
Cost: $495

(Optional: 2 or 3 continuing education credits available for additional fee)

Geared toward high school teachers and staff, this course is designed to deepen your understanding of sound design for live theatre.

We will explore QLab, playback software used widely in the theatre industry for live control of sound, video, and lighting. While the course will focus primarily on sound, we will also explore some basics of video projection.

By the end of the course, participants will have the skills to:

  • Identify, set up, and use basic components of a sound system
  • Grasp the functions of sound design in live performance
  • Generate industry standard paperwork like sound plots, speaker plots, and system diagrams
  • Record and edit original sounds
  • Program and playback a variety of sound and video cues in QLab

Participants will also end the week with an up-to-date inventory of their own sound equipment and drawings of their stock speaker plots and system diagrams for their home theatre space.

Participants can take the five-day course for 2 continuing education credits and choose an optional third credit for work related to a production or class at a home school or theatre. Additional fee of $100 per credit hour is required.


Computers are available for participants to use during the week, however participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with QLab software installed. A free version of QLab is available at QLab operates only on Mac computers.


Look for registration for summer 2019 to open in April.



Bryan BoydBryan Boyd is a professor of theatre at George Fox University where he runs the design and technical theatre program. Bryan has also designed professionally for a variety of theatres in the Northwest including Artists Repertory Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, and Northwest Children’s Theatre. Bryan holds an MFA in Scenic Design from University of Portland.