about:

Melanie Chen Cole 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.

When not designing shows, Melanie enjoys going to the beach, hiking, learning about photography, and watching TV shows with her husband Ben while cuddling with their cat Wendy.

Melanie is a proud member of USA 829.

now playing:

BLINDSPOT COLLECTIVE:
Connecting Flights
Interactive Performing Arts Residency
At San Diego International Airport

THE OLD GLOBE:
Noura
By Heather Raffo
Directed by Johanna McKeon

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE’S WOW FESTIVAL 2019:
PDA
with People of Interest
Directed & Choreographed by Jesca Prudencio

up next:

THE OLD GLOBE/USD MFA PROGRAM:
Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jesse Perez

STUDIO THEATRE:
White Pearl
By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Desdemona Chang

POMONA COLLEGE:
Red Velvet
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Kenshaka Ali

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE:
The Humans
By Steven Karam
Directed by Todd Salovey

CYGNET THEATRE:
The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Rob Lufty

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY THEATRE:
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Book, Music and Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on the novel by Grace Lin
Directed by Jennifer Chang

ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL:
Alabama Story
By Kenneth Jones
Directed by Rick Dildine