Today’s guest is sound designer, Tony winner, and all around awesome dude Darron West. See if you can figure out how Darron manages to work on all the coolest projects…cause we can’t! He and Cory discuss ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’, ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Kung Fu’, and an upcoming production of ‘The Tempest’ that sounds so crazy he might have made it up. Learn how companies like Actors Theatre of Louisville and SITI company have shaped his career and what it was like when he decided to sit in the director’s chair. And if that’s not enough, Darron regales us with stories of the original production of ‘Rent’ and how his Broadway debut led to partying it up with Quinten Tarentino!
Darron West is a Tony and OBIE award winning sound designer whose work for theater and dance has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally on Broadway and off. His Broadway credits include Grace, Peter and the Starcatcher, Chinglish, Time Stands Still, The American Plan, To Be or Not to Be, Top Girls and Wait Until Dark. His numerous Off-Broadway credits include Kung Fu, The Explorers Club, Cock, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Seven Guitars, The Seven, Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, The Changeling, Rent, Cloud 9 and many others.
He is the former Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Regionally his work has been heard at The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse, The Kirk Douglas Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, the Magic Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Rep, McCarter Theater Center, the Guthrie Lab, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theater Company, American Repertory Theater, the Arden, Arena Stage, Philadelphia Theater Company, American Music Theater Festival, Trinity Rep, the Alliance, the Goodman, Walker Arts Center, and the Wexner Center for the Arts among many others.
His other accolades for sound design include the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel the AUDELCO and he is a two time Henry Hewes Design Award winner and a proud recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award Statue.