Mic is an award winning sound and projection designer. He  works across the broadest spectrum of theatre production, from West End and Broadway theatres, Fringe and Off-Broadway productions, international opera, site specific work, regional productions, and community projects.

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CV

Mic Pool CV

Freelance Sound and Video Designer
Mic is an award winning sound and video designer who works across the broadest spectrum of theatre production, from the West End and Broadway, international opera, site specific work, regional productions, and community projects.

Date of Birth: 1958
Professional
Experience: 40 Years
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

1976-Present
Freelance Sound and Video Designer

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

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.

1981-1987
Sound Technician. Ballet Rambert /Rambert Dance Company
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. Sound Designs for: Wildlife, Dipping Wings, Sergeant Earlys Dream, Requiem.

1986
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.

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,

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.

Notable Productions and Projects

2018
Video
Der Ring Des Nibelungen(Royal Opera House)

Sound
Art (UK Tour)

2017
Video
Silver Lining (ETT Tour)
Winestead by Gavin Bryars (Filmed performance installed PRS New Music Biennial Hull)

Sound
Silver Lining (ETT Tour)
Abigails Party (Theatre Royal Bath and tour)
Roller Diner (Soho Theatre)
No’s Knife (Abbey Theatre, Dublin)
The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Curve and tour)
Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall London)

2016

Video
Beryl (Rose Theatre Kingston)

Sound
Gavin Bryars and Blake Morrisson:
Sonic Journey The Stopping Train (Site Specific. Train Goole to Hull)

Beryl (Rose Theatre Kingston)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Haymarket Theatre and tour)
The 39 Steps (UK tour)
Single Spies (Rose Theatre Kingston)
No’s Knife (Old Vic)
Art (Old Vic)
Deny! Deny! Deny! (Park Theatre)

2015

Video
Beryl(National and Community theatre tours)
Electric (Big House/Rio Dalston)

Sound
Underworlds (Vincent Dance Theatre Shoreditch Town Hall and tour)
Beryl (National and Community theatre tours)
The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre NYC off Broadway)
Avocado-Eve Ensler (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
Talking Heads (Theatre Royal Bath)
Gaslight (Royal Northampton)
Around The World in Eighty Days (St James Theatre)

2014

Video
Sing Something Simple 2 (Dark Horse Theatre)
BabyLon (The Big House Theatre Company , Hackney)
Beryl(WYP)

Sound
Dial M for Murder (National Tour)
Beryl (WYP)
The Dispute (HiBrow Hour at Summerhall, Edinburgh and Odeon Cinemas)
Single Spies (Rose Theatre Kingston)

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)
Neighbours (Hightide Festival/Nuffield Southampton)
Sherlock’s Last Case(Watermill)
The Night Before Christmas (Soho Theatre)
Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic)

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)
The 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

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

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

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

1980
Sound Designer .The Ice Chimney. Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.

Sound Designer. Dr Faustus. Fortune Theatre West End
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