Don is an associate professor of sound design for the B.F.A. in Theatrical Production Arts program in the Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts. He teaches courses that include Theatrical Design I: Sound, Theatrical Design II: Sound, Theatre Technology II: Sound, and Computer Aided Drafting for the Theatre. He also mentors student sound designers and sound engineers in departmental productions, capstone projects and internships.
Don is also a professional, freelance sound designer. He has designed sound for the Denver Center Theatre Company, Working Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Cornell University, Riverside Opera Ensemble (NYC), Kitchen Theatre and others. His world premiere productions include The Quick Change Room by Nagle Jackson, Thunder Knocking on the Door by Keith Glover, A Lesson Before Dying by Romulus Linney, The Venus de Milo is Armed by Kia Corthron, Disguises by Craig Warner, Call Me Waldo by Rob Ackerman, as well as Strangerhorse, The Two of You, and Selling Out by Brian Dykstra. Before coming to Ithaca College he was the resident sound designer and sound department head for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1996-2005), where he designed nearly seventy plays, musicals, and new works from the Southern Writer’s Project play festival. He also designs and consults on theatrical audio systems, composes music and works on studio projects.
Don is currently the USITT Vice-Commissioner for Sound Health and Safety and was the sound design curator for the USA Scenography exhibit at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He received his B. A. from Central College in Pella, Iowa and his M.F.A. from Purdue University.