Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association



June 24th – 26th


This year….in Philadelphia!


Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA) is thrilled to announce its eighth annual membership meeting, with free events being held in-person & online for both members as well as the general public.

From June 24th- 26th, the TSDCA will hold public panels and discussions regarding sound design and composition in theatre. 

All events at the Mandell Theater – Drexel University –  3220 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


If you would like to attend in person – please use these links to Register. 

If you are only able to attend remotely – please register for each event in our Events calendar and you will be sent the zoom link.


TSDCA Corporate Members – CLICK HERE!

Non-Members – all are welcome! – CLICK HERE!


This year’s programming includes a mentorship meetup, a microphone ‘shoot-out’, a discussion on sound effects with leading members in the field (!), and a workshop by beat-box maestro Chesney Snow. Guest speakers will include Jeremy Lee, Rob Kaplowitz, Katherine Gonzalez, Elizabeth Atkinson, Mikaal Suleiman, John Leonard, Thomas Rex Beverly, and many others.

Click on the links for each session for more information.


All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule of events for the eighth annual TSDCA membership meeting is as follows:

Sessions are available via video for members a few days after the session is completed.


Saturday, June 24th

4 pm – 4:50 pm – Session #1 Tuning with the M1/P1 – Craig Kaufmann will give an informal, but experience-based and informative talk about the P1 processor and M1 software.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Session #2 – “Mentorship Meetup” – Welcome!  Musical chairs style meet and greet where participants can meet folks from Philadelphia and out of town, freelancers, sound system manufacturers, and other members of our greater sound community.


Sunday, June 25th 

10:00 am – 11:30 am- Session #3 – “State of the Industry”. A look at how we are all doing in 2023 – from challenges in the supply chain to labor shortages. We will address our changing expectations with regard to work, art, and life, with Graham Johnson, Mikaal Sulaiman, Sharath Patel, Elizabeth Atkinson, and more guests to be announced. Moderated by Meghan Roche.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm- Session #4 – “Sound Effects Libraries”John Leonard and Thomas Rex Beverly in a discussion about everything from recording techniques to gear.

2:30 pm – 4pm – Session #5 – “SHOP TALK!”SHOP TALK!  with Nick Kourtides, Brian Naab, and Graham Johnson.

4:30 pm – 6pm  – Session #6 – “Beat Making Intensive” with Chesney Snow and AJ Khaw. SPECIAL EVENT WITH LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!

7:00 pm: -8:00 pm    THE ANNUAL MEETING Jessica Paz and Lindsay Jones presiding over this TSDCA member-only event.


Monday, June 26th

10:00 am – 11:55 am – Session #7 – “Piano&Drums Microphone Shoot-out” – hosted by Scott Lehrer.

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm – Session #8 – “Sound Systems for Art Installation – from Chaos to Order” – A conversation with Jeremy Lee, Rob Kaplowitz, and Katherine Gonzalez.

2:30pm – 4:00 pm – Session #9 – “Member Feedback”. Mediator: Katharine Horowitz.


TSDCA is a professional membership organization of sound designers and composers for the performing arts working in the United States. TSDCA Corporate Members include: d&b audiotechnik, Clear-Com, Sennheiser, DPA Microphones, Shure Inc., Figure 53, Holoplot, Meyer Sound, L-Acoustics, Autograph A2D, Innovate Audio Ltd, Digico, Spatial, Yamaha, Avid, Røde, PRG, Lectrosonics, Wavetool, Rational Acoustics, Point Source Audio, Five OHM, TiMax/1602 Group and Lighting & Sound America Magazine.


Some information to relay to guests looking for parking at the Annual Meeting…

The Main Drexel Garage on Market Street will NOT be open to the general public or visitors this summer.  After June 19, it will only be open to Drexel parking permit holders, due to construction of half of the levels.

Alternative garage: Penn Garage:  Garage 34 located at 34th Street and Chestnut.  For more information on Penn Parking options:



During his career, Robert Kaplowitz was passionate about the intersection of story, society and deliberately curated sound. He spent 29 years creating work as a sound designer and composer for
theater, opera, art installations and film, and was honored with an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design, and both a Tony and an Audelco for Fela! He developed his dramaturgically driven approach to design during his years with James Houghton at the O’Neill Playwrights Center and spent his career collaborating with visionary artists including Mr. Houghton, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Luqman Brown, Lisa Peterson, Michael John Garces, Regina Taylor, Bill T. Jones, Skip Mercier, Jane Cox and many others. He served on the faculty at Princeton, is a proud spouse and parent, co-founded We Embrace Fatherhood (, and is currently enrolled at Drexel University’s Thomas Kline School of Law (Class of 2026).



Chris Sannino is a Philadelphia based sound designer, composer, and engineer. Recent highlights include Hymn (Inis Nua) and Lifespan of a Fact (Die-Cast). His design work and music have been featured in part with Wilma Theater, Theater Exile, BalletX, EgoPo, Lantern Theater, Hedgerow Theatre, New Georges, Curio Theatre, BRAT Productions, Orbiter 3, Team Sunshine Performance Corp, and 1812 Productions amongst many others. Proud member of TSDCA and IATSE USA829. Check out for more!