The 21/22 Design Lab provides hands-on experience and mentorship in Sound Design for live performance. This digital-hybrid program is for emerging designers looking to develop their craft and collaborate with other emerging artists. Participants receive mentorship, experiment in workshops with professional theatre designers, collaborate with emerging playwrights and creators, and have their work shared at the festival. Workshops and labs are designed around the participants’ interests, and include time for experimentation with new equipment, design approaches, and processes in digital and physical space.
Deanna H. Choi (she/her) is a composer and sound designer based in Toronto/T’karonto. She writes original music for film, TV, plays, dance, and multimedia installations. Through her company, SPLIT BRAIN SOUND, she designs soundscapes and audio systems for theatrical productions. She collaborates with artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, premieres new works and revisits classics, and is equally at home in intimate black box studios and 1000-seat auditoriums. She has been featured in conversation twice in the journal Canadian Theatre Review, and is the second sound designer to win the prestigious Pauline McGibbon Award for Theatrical Design in the award’s history. In 2021, Deanna was selected as one of six composers-in-residence to attend the prestigious Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre chaired by Lesley Barber and Marc Jordan.