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Performance Production


Core Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Dave Tosti-Lane

Department Chair

Advanced Sound Design, Basic Sound Engineering, Intermediate Studio, Production Practicum, Professional Internship, Final Project

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Dave is a sound designer, technical director, lighting designer and technical consultant, whose recent lighting designs include Ladders on the Pearblossom Highway at the Ned and Kayla Skinner Theater, and a stage production of The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury at the Broadway Performance Hall. His most recent sound designs include productions of Intimate Apparel, Stop Kiss, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Bald Soprano/American Dream at the Poncho Concert Hall; Swan Lake, Remix, at the Ned & Kayla Skinner Theater; Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, a festival of Thornton Wilder One act plays, and the initial presentation of Jose Rivera’s The Giants Have Us in Their Books  at the Broadway Performance Hall. Dave was the Technical Manager of the Seattle Repertory Theater in 1981 and is one of the original founders of the Performance Production department at Cornish College. An early adopter of computer technology, Dave’s use of computer-aided design (CAD) in theatrical applications is noted in the textbook AutoCAD Drafting. He has published numerous reviews of high-tech audio software and hardware in MIX Magazine, and several extended discussions of education for sound designers and the nature of sound design for LiveSound! Magazine. His articles about computer-aided drafting and design have appeared in CADENCE, and Lighting Dimensions magazines, and he has authored several instruction manuals for computer-based digital audio workstations. He has an international reputation as an authority on digital audio engineering and on theatrical sound design. He is active in professional organizations such as the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), where he is a Vice Commissioner for the Sound Commission, and the Associate Editor for Sound for TD&T, the Journal of the USITT; The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), where he is a member of the Sound Design Working Group; and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), where he serves on standards committees, and has served as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Audio Engineering Society. Dave holds a BS in Management and an MFA in Technical Theater/Lighting Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Performance Production