The podcast is back for some new Spring episodes starting with today’s guest, Sound Designer Stowe Nelson. Cory and Stowe chat about the true meaning of ‘silence’ in theatre, how to create the perfect aural landscape for a play, and how designers work together to create that perfect ‘walk-in’ look that an audience will soak in for 30 minutes prior to the start of a play. They chat about how Stowe is preparing his upcoming designs for ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘The 39 Steps’, how his designs evolve out of the rehearsal room and his least favorite kinds of sound cues to make. And prepare yourself for a riveting conversation about theatre HVAC systems!
Stowe Nelson is a Brooklyn-based sound designer who specializes in new and devised work. Recent and upcoming New York credits include: Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage); The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); Verite (LCT3); Buyer & Cellar (Barrow St. Theatre); 16 Words or Less, Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb); Our New Girl (Atlantic). His work has been seen regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, Center Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Shakespeare & Company, Geva Theatre Center, Everyman Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Welfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and Totem Pole Playhouse.
As a company member of the Mad Ones, he has designed sound for Samuel & Alasdair, The Tremendous Tremendous and The Essential Straight & Narrow. His design for Samuel & Alasdair won the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2012.
Stowe collaborates often with choreographer Cassie Meador and Dance Exchange and is currently developing From the Desk of Rachel Carson with the company. He has previously designed How to Lose a Mountain, Language from the Land and Bricks & Bones with DX. As an engineer and technician, he has worked in the sound departments of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Totem Pole Playhouse and New York Stage & Film. Stowe is a proud graduate and long-suffering fan of Wake Forest University.