Sound Stage: Theatre Sound Design

Arts Centre Melbourne

Live theatre performance relies on a soundscape to help build atmosphere and convey emotion.

In the theatre, sound and musical cues must be carefully prepared and executed with precision. In this session students will source and prepare sound effects and musical cues, and then learn how to trigger these elements in real time to a pre-recorded radio play. This is a unique workshop that gives students the chance to feel the tension of being a live theatre sound technician, while also creatively setting up the sound design themselves.

Student work will be available for download after the workshop.

Before the workshop
There is no prior knowledge required for this workshop.

During the workshop
  • Discuss the use of audio in film and live theatre
  • Source and prepare sound effects
  • Record new sound effects
  • Sample and trigger audio
  • Rehearse cues for performance
  • Performance of soundscape to prerecorded radio play

After the workshop
Learn more about theatre sound and lighting design software here

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Suitable for Years 7 - 12

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Media Arts, The Arts - Music, English


Workshop, Music, Theatre, Sound Design




3 hours 30 minutes (including a 30 minute lunch break)


$600 per workshop (Workshop capacity: 25 students)


The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, VIC)

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


On demand (subject to availability)

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