Behind the Curtain Q&A: Sound Designer & Engineer Allan Branson

Allan Branson, our Resident Sound Designer & Engineer, is responsible for all of the sound in production-- from actor's lines to music and singing.

Allan Branson, our Resident Sound Designer & Engineer, is responsible for all of the sound you hear in every production– from the actor’s lines to the music to the singing. Les Miserables, shown here, was one of his busiest productions.

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!