“Being recognized by your own community with an award nomination is an honor,” says Deans. “Having been in theatre sound for over 30 years has mainly been a journey of attempted invisibility. If the sound design fits the production, it becomes invisible, giving us the indication that the design is part of the collaboration with its creative layering and support. With the recent addition of the Tony sound award, it has drawn more attention to the sound designer’s finished product, which, generally speaking, is not a bad thing for us all to sharpen our listening skills as sound without focus is just noise.”
Deans has done astounding work for Cirque du Soleil since the 1990s, including the current tour of OVO and the latest resident show in Las Vegas, Viva Elvis! His Broadway credits include the upcoming Spider-Man, as well as Young Frankenstein, The Pirate Queen, Lestat, Brooklyn, Taboo, and Follies, to name a few.
In his session at the BSMC, Jonathan Deans: A British Idiot (Saturday May 22, 11:15am-12:30pm),he shares his sound design process for projects from Viva Elvis! to La Cage Aux Folles.