Mic Pool


SoundDesigner/Engineer/Producer

Video Designer


Date of Birth: 1958


Professional Experience: 36 Years


Biography
A Tony Award winner
Best Sound Design in a Play for the Broadway production of The 39 Steps, Mic’s involvement in theatre sound extends over thirty-six years. Mic has been resident at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, the Royal Court Theatre, Tyne Theatre Company and toured internationally with Ballet Rambert.  He has designed the sound for over 350 productions including more than 250 for West Yorkshire Playhouse where he worked for 23 years as it’s first head of sound, resident sound designer, associate director  and then from 2000 as Director of Creative Technology .  He received a TMA award in 1992 for Best Designer (Sound) for Life Is A Dream and was nominated for both the Lucille Lortel and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design 2001 for the New York production of The Unexpected Man. Mic was nominated for  eight  international awards for productions of The 39 Steps worldwide, including the  2007 Laurence Olivier Award. .


Recent theatre credits include: Sherlock The Best Kept Secret (UK Tour), The Captainof Kopenick (Olivier, National Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (WYP) , The Kings Speech (Wyndham’s), The Madness of George III, (Apollo), The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre), Bad Girls The Musical  (Garrick Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Duchess Theatre), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Playhouse Theatre); Ying Tong (New Ambassadors Theatre); The Solid Gold Cadillac (Garrick Theatre ); Brand (RSC and West End); Pretending To Be Me (West Yorkshire Playhouse/West End); Art (West End/Broadway/worldwide); Shockheaded Peter (Cultural Industry world tour/West End); The Unexpected Man (RSC/West End/New York/Los Angeles); Another Country (Arts Theatre); Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Seagull, Victoria, The Roundhouse Season of Late Shakespeare Plays (RSC); Savages (National Youth Theatre at The Royal Court); Animal Farm, Don’t You Leave Me Here, Monkey!, Fast Labour, Salonika, The Grouch, The Duchess of Malfi, Alice in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird, How Many Miles to Basra?, The Sunshine Boys, Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Homage to Catalonia (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Northern Stage/Teatre Romea).
 
Video designs for theatre includes:
Queen of the Nile (Hull Truck) Refugee Boy (WYP), His Teeth, Any Which Way (Only Connect), Bad Girls The Musical  (Garrick Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Der Ring des Nibelungen (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Three Thousand Troubled Threads (Stellar Quines, Edinburgh International Festival); The Ethics of Progress (Unlimited Theatre): The Wooden Frock (Kneehigh); The Solid Gold Cadillac (West End); Dracula (The Touring Consortium); Fast Labour, Salonika, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Don Quixote, Bollywood Jane, The Wizard of Oz, Johnson Over Jordan, Crap Dad, Scuffer (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Dangerous Corner (West Yorkshire Playhouse/West End); Singin' In The Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal National Theatre/national tour); The Turk In Italy (ENO); The Ring Cycle (New National Theatre Tokyo); Il Tabarro, Chorus! (WNO); Of Mice and Men (Mind the Gap).
 
Television includes the sound design for
How Wide is Your Sky (Real Life Productions for Channel Four); Lesley Garrett and Friends at the Movies (BBC).





Education

1968-1972
Chorister Magdalen College Oxford


1972-1975
Wanstead High School



Training


1976-1977
Mountview Theatre School London.


2 Year Stage Management Technical and Design.Specialised in sound and lighting. Final term tour of Sweden as sound and lighting designer


October 1977
Graduated with Notable 'A' Diploma



Awards and Nominations


2008

Winner Tony Award

Best Sound Design in a Play for the Broadway production of THE 39 STEPS.


2008

Nominated for Drama Desk, (New York), Helpmann, (Australia), Elliot Norton and IRNE (Boston) awards for international productions of  THE 39 Steps.


2007

Nominated for Laurence Olivier award for the West End production of  THE 39 Steps.


2001

Nominated Drama Desk Award
Nominated Lucille Lortel Award
Sound Design for the New York Production of
The Unexpected Man


1992

Winner TMA/Martini Award- Best Designer
for sound design for Life is a Dream at  West Yorkshire Playhouse




Employment


2000-2012

Director of Creative Technology,
West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds.

Sound and Video Design, Research and Development,

Education and Community Projects.


1996-2000

Associate Director (Sound.)
West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds.

Combining resposibilities as Resident Sound Designer
with project development, advisory and producing activities


1989-1996

Resident Sound Designer / Head of Sound.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds.


Responsible for sound in the largest producing theatre complex outside London.


Designed all production sound systems, specified equipment, supervised installation and commissioning and set up sound department.


Managed department of three full time staff responsible for the operation and maintenance of all production sound, communication and recording studio equipment.


Designed Sound for over 250 productions


Notable Productions


2013

Video

Queen of the Nile (Hull Truck)

Sing Something Simple (Dark Horse Theatre)

Refugee Boy (WYP)


Sound

The Captain of Kopenick (Olivier, National Theatre)

The 39 Steps (UK Tour)

Sherlock Holmes-The Best Kept Secret (WYP and tour)

Queen of the Nile (Hull Truck)

Neighbors (Hightide Festival)


2012

Video

Steptoe & Son (KneeHigh)

The Final Vision (Brothers Quay  Site Specific, Dark Arches Leeds Canvas)

The Worm Collector (WYP Schools Touring)

Der Ring Des Nibelungen(Royal Opera House)



Sound

The Wind In the Willows (WYP)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (WYP)

The Real Thing (ETT)

Giant and the Bear (Unlimited Theatre)


Underworlds & Overworlds

(Brothers Quay/Gavin Bryars  Site Specific, Dark Arches Leeds Canvas)


The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s)

The Madness of George III (Apollo)


2011

Video

The Wiz (Birmingham Rep. WYP)

His Teeth (Only Connect)


Sound

Yerma (WYP)

The Deep Blue Sea (WYP)

Tis Pity She’s a Whore (WYP)

The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath, UK Tour)

King Lear (WYP)

The Go-Between (WYP, Derby Live, Theatre Royal Northampton)

Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Rep at the Crescent)


Guest Designer (National Student Drama Festival)





2010

Video

Death of A Salesman (WYP)

Mission to Mars (Unlimited Theatre/Polka Theatre)


Sound

Rum and Coca Cola (Talawa/ETT)

The Count of Monte Cristo (WYP)

Death of A Salesman (WYP)

Hay Fever (WYP)

Billy Liar (WYP)

As You Like It (WYP)

The History Boys (UK Tour)

The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep)



2009

Video
The Worm Collector (WYP)


Sound

The 39 Steps (San Diego, Seattle, USA Tour)

Caucasian Chalk Circle (Shared Experience)

The Secret Garden (WYP)

Bedroom Farce (WYP)

When We Are Married (WYP, Liverpool Playhouse)

The Moon, The Moon (Unlimited Theatre, Curve Leicester and National Tour)

The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre National Tour)



2008

Video
Any Which Way (Only Connect Theatre)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep)

Fast Labour (WYP, Hampstead Theatre)

Salonika (WYP)





Sound
The 39 Steps ( Broadway, UK Tour, Australia, Italy. Hong Kong. Korea, Israel)

Animal Farm (WYP)

Don’t You Leave Me Here (WYP)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep)

Fast Labour (WYP, Hampstead Theatre)

Monkey (WYP)

Salonika (WYP)

Year of the Rat (WYP)

Infinite Lives (North Wall, Oxford)



2007

Video
Der Ring Des Nibelungen(Royal Opera House)

Bad Girls The Musical (West End)

How many Miles to Basra (WYP)

Bollywood Jane (WYP)

Don Quixote (Leeds and Madrid)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe WYP)


Sound
Bad Girls The Musical (West End)

Hound of the Baskervilles (Peepolykus, UK Tour West End)

How many Miles to Basra (WYP)

Bollywood Jane (WYP)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (WYP)


2006

Video
Scuffer (WYP)

Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Rep)

Bad Girls The Musical (WYP)


Sound
The 39 Steps (Tricycle Theatre, West End)

Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Rep)

Bad Girls The Musical (WYP)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Centreline Productions, National Tour)

Savages (National Youth Theatre at The Royal Court)



2005
Video

Ying Tong (West End)
Die Walkure (Royal Opera)

Dracula (UK Tour)
Three Thousand Troubled Threads (Stellar Quines, Edinburgh International Festival)

Alice in Wonderland (WYP)

Two Tracks and Text Me (WYP)



Sound
Ying Tong (West End)
The 39 steps (UK Tour)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (West End)

Alice in Wonderland (WYP)

Jerusalem (WYP)


2004
Video
Solid Gold Cadillac (West End)
Crap Dad (WYP)
Das Rheingold (Royal Opera)
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (WYP)


Sound

Vodou Nation (UK Tour)

Homage to Catalonia (World Tour)

Beauty And The Beast (RSC)
Solid Gold Cadillac (West End)

Electricity (WYP)


TV


Lesley Garrett and Friends (BBC)


2003
Video
Siegfried (New National Theatre Tokyo)

il Tabarro (WNO Max)
Wizard of Oz (WYP)


Sound

Pretending To Be Me (West End)

Brand (West End)
My Dad's Corner Shop (Derby Playhouse)

Beauty And The Beast (RSC)

Blues in the Night (WYP)


2002
Video

Die Walkure (New National Theatre Tokyo)

Singin In The Rain (UK Tour)

Johnson Over Jordan (WYP)


Sound
The Late Shakespeare Plays at The Roundhouse (RSC)
Paco Pena Voces y Ecos (Peacock Theatre)


2001

Video
Das Rheingold (New National Theatre Tokyo)
Il Travatore (ENO)

Dangerous Corner (West End)

Smoking With Lulu (Soho Theatre)


Sound
Naked Justice (UK Tour)

Hijra (Bush Theatre)
Top Girls (UK Tour)
Twelfth Night (RSC)
Dead Funny (Nottingham Playhouse)

Dangerous Corner (West End)
Smoking With Lulu (Soho Theatre)


TV

How Wide is Your Sky (Channel 4)


2000


Video

Singin in The Rain (WYP)
Singin in The Rain (Royal National Theatre)

Rinaldo (Grange Park Opera)
The Turk In Italy (ENO)


Sound

Art (UK Tour)
The Seagull (RSC)
The Rivals (RSC)
Victoria (RSC)
Romeo and Juliet (RSC)
Another Country(Arts Theatre)

Unexpected Man (New York)


1999

Art (Los Angeles)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC)

1998
Shockheaded Peter (Cultural Industry)

Afore Night Come (Theatr Clwyd)

The Unexpected Man (RSC and West End)

Our Country's Good (Out of Joint)


1997

Goliath (Sphinx Theatre Company)

Art (Broadway ).


1996

When We Are Married (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End)

Art (West End, Broadway and Buenos Aries).



1995

Road (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester)

Lecture Demonstration for ABTT North


1991

Coriolanus. National Youth Theatre Bloomsbury Theatre London


Blitz!.
Northern Stage Company Tyne Theatre and Opera House Newcastle,


1990 
Blitz!
National Youth Theatre Playhouse Theatre London


1989


Installation engineer. Autograph Sound Recording Miss Saigon.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane London


1987-1989


Sound designer /Head of Sound.
Tyne Theatre Company Newcastle

Designed sound for all productions at this regional producing theatre including:

Woman in Mind, Yesterdays Children, Peter Pan, Piaf, The American Clock,
The Wizard of Oz, Ear Nose and Throat, Private Lives.


1989


Sound Designer. National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Murder in the Cathedral. Moscow Arts Theatre USSR



Guest Lecturer Theatre Station Blyth


1988

Sound Designer. Oxford Playhouse Company. A Dolls House.
National Tour



Sound Designer. Kevin Wood Productions. Tommyboy.
Malvern Festival and National Tour



Sound Designer. Good Company.
Ear Nose and Throat. National Tour


1981-1987

Sound Technician. Ballet Rambert

Extensive touring in UK, USA, Poland, Greece, Germany, France, Cyprus, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Finland, Jordan and Canada to theatres, tents and amphitheatres of capacities up to four thousand. Specified operated and maintained the company's' touring sound system and West London recording facility.


Major sound designs include:

Wildlife, Dipping Wings, Sergeant Earlys Dream, Requiem.


1987


Chief of Sound. Assembly Productions. Music Hall Edinburgh.



Sound Engineer. Edinburgh International Television Festival


1986

Recording supervisor. RM Arts. Television production of Voices and Light Footsteps performed by The Danish Ballet


Chief of Sound Assembly Productions. Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

Responsible for sound in five auditoria presenting an average of 25 performances daily for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival. Supervised team of four full time engineers and casual staff.


Chief of Sound. Commonwealth Arts Festival. Assembly Rooms Edinburgh.


Sound Engineer. Edinburgh International Television Festival


Sound operator. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. Angry Housewives


1985


Recording supervisor. RM Arts. Television productions of Wildlife
and Sergeant Earlys Dream



Sound consultant. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. The Alchemist


1984


Second sound engineer. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. The Wiz



Head of Sound. Bloomsbury Festival. Bloomsbury Theatre


1983

Second sound engineer. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. Abbacadabra


1982

Sound designer. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. Nightingale


1981


Head of Sound. Royal Court Theatre London

Productions for main house and Theatre Upstairs include:

Touched, Tibetan Inroads, Faith Healer, Glasshouses, Restoration.


1979-1980

Head of Sound.
Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
.

Established sound department at newly rebuilt theatre. Designed and operated sound for a full programme of theatrical productions , concerts and foyer events.

Sound Designs included:

You Never Can Tell, Travelling North, The Wild Duck, Dr Faustus, The Ice Chimney, Summer with Monika,


1980

Sound Designer .The Ice Chimney. Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.



Sound Designer. Dr Faustus. Fortune Theatre West End


1978-1979


Stage Electrician. Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Operating and maintaining sound and lighting equipment in the schools Barbican premises. Instructing students in the correct use of equipment.


1977-1978

Sound Engineer. Night Out Theatre Restaurant Birmingham

Operating sound in 1300 seat cabaret venue for major cabaret artists including:

The Three Degrees, Gene Pitney, Des O'Connor, Danny LaRue

Sound for industrial presentations including:

Massey-Ferguson, Eaton Yale, British Midland Airways.