USITT Forum@Four: What is a Sound Associate?

What is an associate designer? What is an assistant? Learn the difference and tricks of the trade.

Presented by the Sound Design & Technology Commission.


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Go Live Date:
April 28, 2020
Speaker Information

Brad Berridge is a sound artist, designer, and educator. His theatrical sound designs and original compositions have been heard in theaters across the USA. His work as Creative Director for the sound art collective, Push The Button, has been heard across the USA and Eastern Europe. He has taught at Indiana University, Williams College, and the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Brad is a member of USA 829, TSDCA and an Associate Artist for WAM Theatre. Currently, Brad is the Director of Sound Operations for Feld Entertainment.


Beth Lake - Beth works on a wide variety of projects, though she has discovered a particular fondness for creating new, text-based works. Since moving to NYC, she has created a solid network of collaborators and creators. Beth is also often behind the tech table as an Associate designer for many of Broadway's best designers.


Joanna Lynne Staub (Sound Designer) Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, WP Theatre, 59E59 and NY Theatre Workshop. Regional: ACT of CT, Alliance Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, Kansas City Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Nashville Children’s Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Rep. Classical: St. Louis and New Jersey Symphonies. Television: NBC – Live! The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz. Ms. Staub has extensive credits associate designing and engineering Broadway and national touring companies.


Brad Ward is an award-winning theatrical sound designer and Broadway associate with more than 25 years of professional theatre and consulting experience. Brad is a Senior Associate at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, a leading theatrical consulting firm. He was Associate Sound Designer for CHOIR BOY which received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design for a Play. Formerly, Brad served as lead audio-technician for The Beatles, LOVE by Cirque du Soleil and Assistant Professor of Audio Engineering Technology and Belmont University in Nashville. He is a Vice Commissioner of sound for USITT and is the curator for OISTAT’s Sound Kitchen 2021 at World Stage Design. Brad holds an MFA in Sound Design from Yale School of Drama. Please visit

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