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Introduction to Sound Engineering (pt 1)

  • The Philadelphia Design Center 1313 South 33rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19146 United States (map)

Gain hands on experience and learn all about what it takes to be a highly sought after Sound Engineer in Philadelphia’s theater world!

Join a group of professional Sound Designers and Engineers for a workshop on sound engineering in Philadelphia. These two sessions will be great for anyone, especially overhire technicians in the greater Philadelphia area, who are interested in learning more about how to work with Sound Designers and manage the sound system in venues like The Drake Theater and The Wilma Theater.

Instructors: Elizabeth Atkinson, John Kolbinski, Chris Sannino 

Prices are on a sliding scale per session: $10, $25, $50. We ask for your active participation in deciding your contribution. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income per session. We acknowledge that we live in a world of differing privileges and income disparities.


Intro to Sound Engineering, part 1: Tuesday, December 11th 6pm-10pm at The Philadelphia Design Center (1313 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146)

Intro to Sound Engineering, part 2: Tuesday, December 18th 6pm-10pm at TBD

It is not required that you attend both sessions, but it is highly recommended. 

We will be covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • What is a sound system and how does it wok?

  • Troubleshooting problems with a sound system

  • Cable management

  • Understanding Job Descriptions and how they may vary

  • Tips for negotiating your contract

  • Preparing and understanding paperwork: plot and scenic/lighting draftings; flow sheets; IO lists; tech riders; etc.

  • Communication with the designer, production teams, venue & production management

  • Scheduling & budgeting time 

  • Gear Rentals

  • Network Protocol

  • Qlab and mix control

  • And much more including any questions you may have!

Please Note: While The Philadelphia Design Center is hosting this workshop, the sessions will be hosted at two different locations, the first at PDC and the at a soon to be announced location.

Contact Robin Stamey, The Philadelphia Design Center’s Programming Manager, at for more information.


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