Sound Design & Technology Commission

The Sound Commission provides a center for intercommunication, information exchange, and project activity for people who are interested in the use of sound as a part of dramatic, theatrical, and entertainment presentations. The Commission works actively with other USITT Commissions as well as with members of the profession throughout the entertainment industry.

Commissioner Leadership  
Commissioner Christopher Plummer
Vice-Commissioner for Programming Davin Huston
Vice-Commissioner for Leadership Erik Alberg
Vice-Commissioner of History David Budries
Vice-Commissioner for Education Michael Hooker
Vice-Commissioner for Awards Jason Romney
   

The Commission also works to promote the professional stature of sound designers and engineers in many ways, including recognizing outstanding careers through Distinguished Achievement Awards. Among those honored have been John Bracewell, David Collison, Don and Carolyn Davis, Jonathan Deans, Dan Dugan, Abe Jacob, Jack Mann, Tony Meola, John & Helen Meyer and Charlie Richmond.

Projects
Student sound portfolio guidelines

Sound Graphics Project
The USITT Sound Graphics Guidelines are intended to serve as a common starting point for students studying sound design.

The Sound Graphics Guidelines have been developed by a subcommittee of the Sound Commission. The subcommittee members are:
Jonathan Darling, Chair Kirkegaard Associates
Curtis Craig The Penn Stage University
Jason Romney North Carolina School of the Arts

Examples of sound system block diagrams prepared according to the proposed standards:

The OISTAT Sound Working Group works with the Scenography Commission to include sound design into that Commission’s, and OISTAT’s, membership and activities.

The Commission is very active in the Prague Quadrennial Scenofest.

The Sound Software Wiki is a resource for sound designers to find free and cheap software useful to the field.

The Sound Commission provides Student Portfolio Reviews at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

The Commission presents awards to those who have had outstanding careers in Sound (Harold Burris-Meyer Distinguished Career in Sound Award) and for outstanding achievement (Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award).

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