Bio

Brian MacQueen

 

MFA Theatrical Sound Design, Yale School of Drama: 2000

 

•Theatrical sound designer/engineer/composer, radio theater creator, sound design instructor, live show audio mixer: 30 years

 

•Sound Supervisor, Theatrical Sound Design Instructor: Yale School of Drama: 2002-2009

(one of the highest rated teachers at Yale School of Drama for 7 years - averaged 4.8 on a scale of 5.0)

(built custom barcode inventory system for 3,000 items, created in-air electronically graphed speaker tests, created and ran a system of designer-engineer meetings, linked sound department schematics to other departments with Vectorworks, introduced SFX, Qlab, loudspeaker management systems, digital consoles, etc, administered/oversaw over 350 separate productions, etc.)

 

•Head of the Sound Department, Sound & Theater Design Instructor: Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea: 2010-2012

(Taught theater design and sound design classes, MIDI recording & studio recording of music to be used in performances, real-time audio computer program for helicopter "landing" on stage, etc.)

 

•Resident Sound Designer & Head of the Sound Department, Cleveland Playhouse: 2001-2002

(Interconnected 4 control booths by installing data cabling through ceiling, created flexible main stage sound system for more show control, sound insulated systems onstage, etc)

 

•Resident Sound Designer, Head of the Sound Department, Sound Design Instructor, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts: 2000-2001

(Created central cluster system that eliminated audio dead zones and irregularities, welded cable rack to organize and hold all power and signal cable, inventoried system and created "a place for everything" eye-sight based inventory, etc)

 

•Multiple productions "resident designer" for Seoul Shakespeare Theater Korea; ATC Theater Wilmette, IL; Circle in the Square, Coralville, IA: Yale Summer Cabaret, New Haven CT; etc

 

•Independent Radio Theater Producer: 1987-1995 

(nationally distributed by NPR Playhouse x4 and UNet x3, creator of 6 radio theater series totaling 36 half hours -  The Everywhere Men; The Voice of the Island; Games&Numbers; Mystery of the Other Man; My Adventures of Life Among the Quaint Customs and Useless People of Foreign Lands by Sir Percival Lionel Badgerburrough IV; Chip the Squirrel )

 

•Winner of The International Radio Festival of New York Award Silver Medal for Experimental Drama, and first place from the MRTF National Radio Script Writing Competition: 1990 & 1992

 

•Technical Director at the Sondheim Theater in Fairfield, Iowa: 2015-2017

(Built and installed front fills, delay zone, digital network patch system for lights, digital drawing of theater, monitor microphones for hearing assist and lobby, cable rack, made videos of shows for lobby, upgrade to Qlab and Ion, mobile-easy-install rack for events, etc., all while hiring and running crews as large as 55, and staging 65 shows a year)

 

•Audio Manager, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Arkansas 2019-2020  

(Reorganized department, simplified audio and video, solved problem events from previous year, trained 4 people to operate system (there had been only 1 before), created detailed digital plan that became orchestral storage, began work on digital/phone/computer based interactive how-to manual, and star grounding audio power until COVID, all while running 300 shows a year)

 

•Creator of Spatial Sound : ongoing.

(Adjustable, real-time steerable, 3D sound. Sound beyond stereo)

 

(stopped everything and took care of my mom until she died: 2012-2015)

 

(paramedic Davis County Hospital 1995-1997)