Why Study Sound Design?

    You are passionate about theatre. You are creative, talented, and enjoy collaborating with others. In the Sound Design concentration you will learn to think critically and create designs that support productions that address the current issues in our society. You will be actively engaged in our productions learning the practical skills needed to execute your ideas.

    Why Study Sound Design at MMC?

    You will receive strong conservatory training in a robust theatre program while getting a well-rounded college experience. You will develop a pre-professional design process that integrates disciplines from across the College. Experience everything New York City offers as the center of the entertainment industry. You will learn from faculty members who are working professional designers. Our design and technology course sequence builds a thorough design process incorporating technical skills, theatre history, and practical experience. Our inclusive and diverse student body have opportunities to study with New York theatre professionals, design mainstage productions, establish professional contacts, participate in a one-on-one mentorship, and obtain internships with some of New York’s major theatre designers, theatres, television studios, and film companies.

    What You Will Learn

    • You will learn to create and mix soundscapes for plays and working with professional sound designers learn to mix and run sound for musicals.
    • You will learn to work with the latest digital software and to plan and use the equipment needed to provide sound for a live production. For example, you will have the opportunity to design the sound for productions in our Theresa Lang Theatre and similar work designing for our other venues.
    • Through coursework and experiential participation in mounted production opportunities, you will learn aural and dramatic analysis, conceptualization, and research skills needed to plan designs and effectively present them to directors and other production team members.

    Program Highlights

    New York City
    Experience working as an intern in New York theatre, film and television. Design and Technology students have worked at Saturday Night Live art department, New York Public Theatre shops, The Lighting Syndicate, David Korins Studio and other professional designers.
    All design students take a senior seminar course where they get to collaborate on large projects and develop digital portfolios to present to potential employers or graduate school applications — giving them the edge on post-graduation career development.
    Whether you’re directing in our Bordeau Box, serving as dramaturg on a studio production, or hearing actors bring your new work to life, MMC gives you the opportunity to make it happen.



    Careers and Outcomes

    Marymount Manhattan College theatre alumni are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television, in film, at regional theaters, and everywhere in between. Many of our students also go on to graduate schools across the country and the world.

    Productions and Companies

    • Broadway
      • Hamilton
      • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
      • Kinky Boots
      • Slave Play
      • Tina! The Tina Turner Musical
    • Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters
      • The Civilians
      • Lincoln Center
      • The Public Theater
      • Repertorio Español
    • National Tours
    • Film and Television


    • Artistic Director, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
    • Arts Manager, Cooper Hewitt Museum
    • Associate Producer, Project Runway All Stars
    • Casting Director, Fox Casting
    • Creative Arts Therapist, Kings County Hospital
    • General Management Coordinator, The Public Theatre
    • Vice President of Editorial and Creative, Media Management Group
    • Working with actual industry professionals who make your dreams come alive is the reason for this schoolwork. I thankfully have found my path and have so much confidence in myself thanks to these fearless leaders.

      Alex Dash ’20

      Class of 2020, Major in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Producing and Management

      Meet Alex
    • Attending MMC was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as it opened doors such as being offered a summer job at Mouse Ceramic Studio in Brooklyn, teaching ceramics to children. The guidance I received from my professors also helped me get into Bank Street Graduate School of Education, my top choice graduate school. Marymount Manhattan is an amazing school with so many opportunities for students and I’m so happy that I now get to call myself an MMC Alum!

      Adriana Kunstenaar ’19

      Class of 2019,  Art major, Studio Art concentration, minor in Communication and Media Arts

      Meet Adriana
    • MMC, with its strong liberal arts foundation and passionate faculty, provided me with the opportunity to grow as an artist and as a human being…opening my eyes to imagine my future…with curiosity, hope and a viewpoint of limitless possibilities.

      James Cusati-Moyer ’11

      Tony Award nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Slave Play 
      Class of 2011, BFA in Acting

      Meet James
    • Majoring in philosophy and religious studies helped to broaden my perspective on the many ethical and philosophical considerations that arise when working in the hospital and improved my insight into patients from different cultures. I highly recommend this path for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the world around them and more importantly, an increased ability to analyze and describe it

      Griffin Elzey ’19

      Class of 2019, Double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Biomedical Sciences

    • During my senior year, the Graphic Design program at MMC arranged for a summer internship for me at a New York City corporate design firm. Thanks to the flexibility that MMC offers to students I was ready with the necessary tools for this job. After graduation, they offered me a junior designer full-time position!

      Rosemarie Arroliga ’16

      Class of 2016, Graphic Design and Marketing double major

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    MMC’s New York City

    The center of theatre in the United States, NYC is an amazing city in which to find your artistic voice. The College is centrally located in Manhattan and offers classes that allow students to experience the richness of the city. Our students are exposed to great theatre – on Broadway, Off-Broadway, along Theatre Row, and downtown in experimental theaters. Performance research and study is available throughout the city. Internships. Apprenticeships. Emerging media. This city is your campus.

    Envision your NYC

    Start your journey today.

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