Melanie Chen is a sound designer who has experience recording and mastering voiceovers, working with body microphones, mixing musicals, and creating sound designs for live theatre and dance productions. She is most interested in creating soundscapes that highlight and support the story being told on stage. She also plays the piano and flute.
Melanie began her undergraduate journey as a Physiology and Neuroscience major at UC San Diego and a minor in music. Upon completing an introduction to theatre design course in her third year, she was determined to be involved in this creative community. She assisted La Jolla Playhouse Sound Supervisor and Finest City Improv artist Joe Huppert in a school production. Soon after that, she became a theatre minor. Melanie has a Bachelor degree from University of California, San Diego in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts program in the Music and Visual Arts.
She received a MFA degree for sound design in 2014 from the department of Theatre & Dance at the same university, studying under composer and sound designer Shahrokh Yadegari. She teaches Intro to Sound Design at UC San Diego.
Most notably, she has assisted Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominated sound designer Cricket Myers and award-winning composer Michael Roth on La Jolla Playhouse's production of Sideway, written by Oscar winner Rex Pickett and directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. She then continued on to assist Roth at South Coast Repertory Theatre for Samuel D. Hunter's new play Rest, directed by Martin Benson.
When not designing shows, Melanie enjoys going to the beach, hiking, learning about photography, and watching TV shows with her fiancee Ben while cuddling with their cat Wendy.
BROADWAY ASIA IN BEIJING, CHINA:
Large scale immersive installation production with Randy Weiner
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER
THE ROUSTABOUTS THEATRE COMPANY:
Margin of Error
by Will Cooper
NEW VILLAGE ARTS:
Having Our Say:
The Delaney Sister's First 100 Years
by Emily Mann
Based on the book by
Sarah L. & A. Elizabeth Delaney
SOUND & PROJECTION DESIGNER
THE OLD GLOBE:
The Imaginary Invalid
Adapted by Fiasco Theater
Contact Melanie at
melanie . sound @ gmail . com