Sound Design for Theatre

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Production Arts students working at a sound desk

Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 25–Fri 29 July 2022
Course times:
10am–5pm, BST (UTC+1)
Art form:
Production Arts
Fees with accommodation:
9am, Friday 8 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course info

Book now for Sound Design for Theatre 

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Friday 8 July 2022.

Ages 16+

Course Dates & Times

Monday 25–Friday 29 July 2022
10am–5pm daily, BST (UTC+1)

About Sound Design for Theatre

This one-week in-person hands-on course will introduce you to the practical, creative and technological aspects of sound design and management for the stage.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an interest in sound, its manipulation and use in a theatrical or narrative context.

What can I expect?

The course covers the purpose of sound within theatre and roles within this (e.g. Sound Designer, Principal Sound Engineer and Sound Operator), as well as an introduction to relevant software and equipment:

  • Software: QLab and Pro Tools
  • Equipment: mics, cables, desks, speakers, computers and interfaces
  • FX recording and editing
  • Aspects of Sound Design: atmospheres, spot FX and reinforcement
"I enjoyed recording my own sounds from around the Barbican and incorporating them into my sound design- the transformation from what I recorded to what I eventually made was really cool!"

– participant on Sound Design for Theatre, 2019

Course Fee

Course fee: £525
Course fee + Bed, Breakfast & Dinner: £1035

Participation Bursaries are available for this course (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 13 June 2022).

Book now for Sound Design for Theatre

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Friday 8 July 2022.



Check-in: 4-6pm, Sunday 24 July 2022
Check-out: 10am, Saturday 30 July 2022

Accommodation is located in Sundial Court, the School's student halls of residence. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should we not be able to facilitate your booking, you will be notified via email and a full refund will be issued.

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Guildhall School Production Arts Lecturer Grant Shalks.

Grant began his career as a recording engineer and composer in 1999 and has composed soundtracks for theatre and video games. Clients include IBM, Stagecoach and Clockwork Games.

He has been lecturing in all aspects of sound including recording, composing and sound design since 2004. In addition to his role at Guildhall School, he has also lectured on the University of West London courses Creative Sound and Audio Post Production.

He is currently working on developing composition and sound design for a comedy / horror podcast.

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