Benjamin G. Stickels is a Senior Lecturer for the Performing Arts Services: Design & Production unit in the College of Arts + Architecture, serving as Audio Engineer and Assistant Production Manager. He develops and teaches courses for the departments of Theatre (1245 – Theatre Technology I: Sound; 2240 – Sound Design I; 3246 – Theatre Technology II: Sound; 4610 – Advanced Design, Technology, and Management; 4400 – Internship in Theatre) and Music (1403 – Audio Engineering Practicum; as well as Topics courses in mixing and production). In addition to his academic responsibilities, Mr. Stickels designs sound for productions in the Department of Theatre, engineers shows for the departments of Dance and Theatre, and records concerts for the department of Music. He also assists in the operations and scheduling of all performing arts spaces for the college, tracks budgets, and supervises student/overhire workers.
He is an active freelance designer and audio engineer, that has designed and/or engineered professional and academic theatre shows including world premieres, in Missouri (Unicorn Theatre, Actors Theatre of Kansas City, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, University of Missouri – Kansas City), Texas (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Michigan (Western Michigan University), and North Carolina (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Three Bone Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte). He is a professional member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He can often be seen at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference, presenting work and offering workshops on various topics in sound design and engineering.
Mr. Stickels holds the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan University, and the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Sound Design and Technology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. His professional work can be heard at www.BGSSoundDesign.com.