With the start of a new MainStage season, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.
Someone that brings all of the sound to the stage– an actor’s lines, the ensemble or the music, etc.– is our Resident Sound Designer & Engineer Allan Branson
Here is what he has to say about his theatre experience here at The Rep:
How long have you worked at The Rep? 2 years
Education/training: Sound Technology and Live Sound Certificate at South Plains College; Advanced Sim and System Design at Meyer Sound
How’d you get into the theatre biz: A friend from high school referred me to a local (West Texas) artistic director of a theatre company. I was with them for four seasons while also working for a regional production company doing festivals and concerts. I then applied to the Rep, and here I am.
Why your job rocks: I get to mix great musicals like Because of Winn Dixie and Memphis. I believe that is the definition of rocking.
Best work day ever: Going into a show and having everything come together. The show connects with the audience, and it just seems perfect.
Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: Avenue Q– it was a wonderfully funny show every night, no matter how many times I mixed the show, I was never tired of it.
One thing people would be surprised about your job: I mix every musical, line by line. That means that I pull up a fader everytime someone says and sings a line. In some shows, I have to plan out moments to get a drink of coffee or water. I stayed very busy during Les Miserables.
Favorite seat in the house: Center seat, front row on the 1st mezzanine. No question.
Best job perk: Being able to work with so many talented designers, actors and musicians.
Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Memphis here!