Stephen Christensen is a sound designer and engineer, focused on the rigorous investigation of sound design and emerging technologies in contemporary performance. He believes live engineering is integral to the success of a design and his work explores the intersection of the two disciplines. Stephen specializes in developing interactive and generative tools for performance that explore this intersection by building collaborative partnerships between artists, designers, engineers, and scientists.

Education

BA in Theatre, Arizona State University 2010

Teaching+Mentorship

Spring 2019

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THP301 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | THP401 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | Sound and Media Systems Design Mentor | good friday (dir. Alexis Green) Zane Petiford, BA
Arizona State University | Sound and Media Systems Design Mentor | Tigers Be Still (dir. Brian Foley) Gina Xu, BA
Arizona State University | Sound and Media Systems Design Mentor | Ajax (dir. Kristen Hunt) Esteban Armenta, BA

Fall 2018
Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project: Sound Design 

Arizona State University | THP301 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | THP401 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | Sound and Media Systems Design Mentor | Trade Trade Love (dir. Katie Farrell) Neaco Fox, BA °
Arizona State University | Sound and Media Systems Design Mentor | This is Modern Art (dir. Ricky Araiza) Garrett Unterreiner, BA

Spring 2018

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | THP301 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | THP401 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Six Stories Tall (dir. Chris Weise, Melissa Britt) Esteban Armenta, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The Flick (dir. Katie Farrell) Neaco Fox, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (dir. Charles St Clair) Daniel Nishimura, BA

Fall 2017
Arizona State University | THP350 - Sound Design

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | THP301 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | THP401 - Theatre Practicum: Lighting, Sound, and Media

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The Nether (dir. Bill Partlan) Garrett Unterreiner, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The Compass (dir. Michael Rohd) Daniel Nishimura, BA

Spring 2017

Arizona State University | HDA394 - Live Mixing *
Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Men on Boats (dir. Tracy Liz Miller) Esteban Armenta/Daniel Nishimura, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Haboob (dir. Xanthia Walker) Garrett Unterreiner, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Titus Andronicus (dir. Kristen Hunt) Esteban Armenta, BA

Fall 2016
Scottsdale Community College | THP201 - Topic: Show Networks and Control System *

Arizona State University | THP350 - Sound Design

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Out of Many (dir. Wyatt Kent, Phil Weaver-Stoesz) °
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Feathers & Teeth (dir. Ricky Araiza)
Arizona State University | Systems Designer and Live Mixing Mentor | 600 Highway Men’s The Fever° (Music: Brandon Wolcott, Emil Abramyan)

Spring 2016

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design 

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | On Display (dir. Phil Weaver-Stoesz) Ryan Kirkpatrick, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The America Play (dir. Nia Witherspoon) Esteban Armenta, BA

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Lasso of Truth (dir. Pamela Fields) Ryan Kirkpatrick, BA

Fall 2015
Arizona State University | THP350 - Sound Design

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | THF497 - Senior Project

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | A Streetcar Named Desire (dir. Wyatt Kent) Katerina Noori, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Dry Land (dir. Bill Partlan) Nathaniel Harder, BA

Arizona State University | Live Mixing Mentor | Brooklyn Bridge (dir. Ricky Araiza)

Spring 2015
Arizona State University | THP494/598 - Engineering for Live Performance*

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Our Kiki (dir. Jake Hylton) Ryan Kirkpatrick, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (dir. Phil Soltanoff) Eric Lambert, BA

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Germs and Viruses (dir. Dwayne Hartford) Katerina Noori, BA °
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (dir. Erika Hughes) Noel Nichols, BA

Fall 2014
Arizona State University | THP350 - Sound Design

Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Shallow Grave (dir. Bill Partlan) Claudia Sharma, BA
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | The Hungry Woman (dir. Dora Arreola) Eric Lambert, BA

Spring 2014
Arizona State University | THP498 - Pro Seminar: Sound Design

Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Nation (dir. Megan Weaver) Noel Nichols, BA

Fall 2013
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Dog Act (dir. Brian Foley) Canyon Stewart, BA

Spring 2013
Arizona State University | Sound Design Mentor | Fatboy (dir. Brian Foley) Celeste Brown, BA


* indicates new course developed

° indicates new work


Production Experience

2018
DAUGHTER OF THE DEER
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Composer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Imagine This!
| Sound Designer. Great Arizona Puppet Theater (dir. Aubrey Watkins)°
MAPS III
| Sound Designer, Composer. Orange Theatre, thingNY (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Luna City
| Sound Designer, Integrated Systems Designer, Live Engineer. ASU’s Interplanetary Initiative (dir. Jake Pinholster)°

2017
Imagine This!
| Sound Designer. Great Arizona Puppet Theater (dir. Aubrey Watkins)°
Frankenstein
| Sound Designer, Media Designer, Integrated Systems Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
MAPS II | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Composer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre, thingNY (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
With Each Other
| Sound Designer. Arizona State University (dir. Nik Zaleski)°

2016
Beneath II
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer. St. Bird Labs (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)°
IDA
| Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Scottsdale Community College and Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
The Grumpiest Boy in the World
| Sound Designer. Childsplay (dir. Jon Gentry)
She Kills Monsters | Sound Designer. Arizona State University (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)
Fire Horse | Sound Designer. University of Hawaii at Manoa (dir. Aubrey Watkins)°
MAPS I
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Composer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre, thingNY (dir. Matthew Watkins)°

2015
Beneath I
| Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, TouchDesigner Programmer. St. Bird Labs (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)°
HERAKLES II
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
ELEKTRANOSTOP
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Digital Performance Lab II
| Technical Director, Max/MSP Programmer. Orange Theatre
HERAKLES I | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
arsRobotica: The Mirror
| Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. EMERGE FESTIVAL - St. Bird Labs (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)°

2014
romeoandjuliet/VOID
| Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer. Arizona State University (dir. Stephen Wrentmore)°
Blood Wedding NY Tour
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Digital Performance Lab I
| Technical Director, Max/MSP Programmer. Orange Theatre
Blood Wedding III | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
WonderDome
| Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Arizona State University (dir. Dan Fine)°
arsRobotica: You n.0 |
Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer. EMERGE FESTIVAL - St. Bird Labs (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)°
Before You Ruin It
| Sound Designer. Arizona State University (dir. Hal Brooks)

2013
Asylum
| Sound Designer. Vessel (dir. Rachel Bowditch)°
Blood Wedding II
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Brief Anniversary of Time
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. St. Bird Labs (dir. Dr. Lance Gharavi)°
Fall of the House of Escher
| Sound Designer. Arizona State University (dir. Megan Weaver, Brian Foley)°
Blood Wedding I
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
You You Shouldn’t Come Back
| Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Musical of Musicals
| Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Steve Hilderbrand)
Little Women | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Arizona State University (dir. Toby Yatso)
Avenue Q | Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
Burning in the Night | Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Daniel Schay)
The Tenement | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Arizona State University (dir. Matthew Keuter)°

2012
The Velveteen Rabbit
| Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
A Christmas Carol | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Robyn Allen)
Solaris | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Little Shop of Horrors
| Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
Music Man | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Mark Stoddard)
Boćon! | Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer. Arizona State University (dir. Megan Weaver)
A Little Night Music | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. David Vining)
Desiring Flight II | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°

2011
A Christmas Carol
| Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Robyn Allen)
Wind in Empty Houses I | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Alice in Wonderland
| Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
The King and I | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Athena Hunting)
Romeo and Juliet | Sound Designer, Max/MSP Programmer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Robyn Allen)
Eating Raoul | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Nearly Naked Theatre (dir. Damon Dearing)
Diving the Estate | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Daniel Schay)
Kassandra | Technical Director, Sound Designer. Theatre in my Basement (dir. Chris Danowski)°
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
| Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Robyn Allen)
HamletMachine | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)
The Desperate Hours | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Jerry Morrison)

2010
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
| Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
A Revengers Tragedy | Technical Director, Sound Designer. Arizona State University (dir. Joya Scott)°
James and the Giant Peach
| Sound Designer. TheaterWorks (dir. Chris Hamby)
Eclypse | Technical Director, Sound Designer. Theatre in my Basement (dir. Chris Danowski)°
Tom Sawyer
| Sound Designer, Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Athena Hunting)
The Last 5 Years | Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Class 6 Theatre (dir. Eric Schoen)
Desiring Flight I | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)°
Into the Woods
| Live Engineer. TheaterWorks (dir. Robyn Allen)
Troilus and Cressida | Technical Director, Sound Designer, Live Engineer. Orange Theatre (dir. Matthew Watkins)

° indicates new work

Grants+Awards

[nueBOX] Studio/Lab Residency | 2018


The Studio/Lab Residency is for interdisciplinary projects with a strong center in physical, movement-based practice.

Arizona Commission on the Arts Arizona Art Tank Grant | $10,000

Orange Theatre | 2015


The Arizona Commission on the Arts Art Tank Grant is a funding initiative designed to make strategic investments in Arizona’s most exciting arts-based ventures. At regional events in four Arizona communities, top applicants were given six minutes each to pitch innovative arts-based ventures to a live audience and a panel of experts for a shot at up to $10,000 in seed-funding. Matthew Watkins and Stephen Christensen, representing Orange Theatre, won funding for their project Digital Performance Lab: A Phoenix-based laboratory for digital artists and performers to experiment and prototype new, cutting-edge technologies and expand the boundaries of what is possible in the performing arts. This long-term residency will bring professional digital/media artists and performers to their downtown Phoenix warehouse performance facility to collaborate on the development of interactive systems for the stage.

North American Cultural Laboratory | Deep Space Residency

Orange Theatre | 2014


NACL’s Deep Space Residency is a performance residency program for artists and groups who make devised, original, or ensemble performance.

Phoenix New Times Big Brain Award | $500

Orange Theatre | 2014


The Phoenix New Times honors its artistic community with the Big Brain Awards by presenting winners with a $500 prize. Winners are chosen by a group of adjudicators from the greater Phoenix area.

Arizona Commission on the Arts Arizona Art Tank Grant | $500

Orange Theatre | 2014


The Arizona Commission on the Arts Art Tank Grant is a funding initiative designed to make strategic investments in Arizona’s most exciting arts-based ventures.

Phoenix New Times Top Ten Plays | Blood Wedding II
Orange Theatre | 2013

Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix Award

Orange Theatre | 2012

Phoenix New Times Top Ten Plays | hair&fingernails
Orange Theatre | 2012

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Sound Design

Fall of the House of Escher (dir. Megan Weaver, Brian Foley)

Arizona State University | 2013

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Sound Design for Youth Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors (dir. Chris Hamby)

TheaterWorks | 2012

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Sound Design

Romeo and Juliet (dir. Robyn Allen)

TheaterWorks | 2012

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Original Composition

Romeo and Juliet (dir. Robyn Allen)

TheaterWorks | 2012

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Sound Design

Alice in Wonderland (dir. Chris Hamby)

TheaterWorks | 2011

ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence | Sound Design for Youth Theatre

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (dir. Chris Hamby)

TheaterWorks | 2011


The ariZoni Theatre Awards are chosen by a group of adjudicators in the greater Phoenix area.

Skills

Logic, Pro Tools, Qlab, Ableton Live, Mainstage, Max/MSP, TouchDesigner, Pd, WWISE, SMAART, Waves Rack(Studio, Native, Live), 5.1 and 7.1 mixing, in-ear monitor mixing, ambisonic mixing, Dante Level 3 Certified, musical composition, plays saxophone, piano, and bass guitar

Yamaha CL series, Avid Venue series, Midas Digital series, DigiCo SD9, Allen&Heath D-Live series

Watchout, Isadora, multi-display video systems for live events, Arduino, Particle IO, RasberryPI, JavaScript, Python, advanced IP networking, Cisco CLI, interactive hardware and software design and implementation, diagnosing and repairing electronic equipment, soldering, wood and metal construction, MIG welding, rigging systems, basic Master Electrician skills, 3-phase power, Vectorworks, AutoCAD

Employment

Technical Director Sr.
Sound and Media Supervisor
School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University | 2017-Current

• Manages Sound and Media Departments for The School of Film, Dance and Theatre.
• Provides logistic, material, and personnel support to student, faculty, and guest artists within Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
• Plans, implements, and manages show networks for production lighting, sound, video, and automation systems.
• Supervises student crews and participates in the installation of production sound and video equipment.
• Provides training in the skills needed for professional careers in technical theatre.
• Estimates cost of materials and labor. Procures materials to execute the production sound and video systems.
• Maintains a detailed and regularly updated inventory of all sound and video equipment and its current status.
• Responsible for Sound Department and Media Department budget adherence.
• Performs safety checks on equipment and facilities.


Staff Specialist

Sound Technician
School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University | 2014-2017

• Leads the installation, focus, and maintenance of sound and video systems.
• Trains students and crew in operation sound equipment and video equipment.
• Manages show networks for lighting, sound, and media.
• Recommends purchase of new or replacement equipment.
• Assists with safety checks on equipment and facilities.
• Assists in the maintenance of theatre facilities, including rigging, soft goods, tools and equipment.

Faculty Associate

School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University | 2013-Current

• Teaches courses in Sound Design, Live Engineering, and Show Control.
• Mentors student sound designers
• Mentors sound and media systems engineers
• Creates courses in Sound Design, Live Engineering, Show Control, Sound and Media Systems Design
• Member: Design and Production Concentration Area Committee, fall 2014 - current
Assisted in the creation of Design and Production concentration curriculum, workshop development, application selection, and portfolio reviews
• Member: Film Sound Faculty Search Committee, fall 2017, spring 2018 • Member: Props and Paint Supervisor Search Committee, spring 2017
• Member: Lighting Supervisor Search Committee, spring 2018
• Member: Live Production Sound Faculty Search Committee, fall 2018

Co-Founder 

Technical Director and Resident Sound Designer
Orange Theatre | 2010-Current

Orange Theatre is a group of artists who make contemporary performance, video, sound, and music. Orange takes a structured approach to creating work, so that the work itself can be risky. Orange engages critically with pop and digital culture to create shows that are charged, unpredictable, and challenging.

Since 2010, Orange has produced eleven shows, including six completely original works. Orange has won the Phoenix New Times’ Big Brain Award as well as their Best of Phoenix Award, and shows have twice been named to their Top 10 Plays of the Year. From 2014 to 2018, Orange ran a two-thousand square foot performance venue where they produced most of their work.