Joe Payne Sound Design - Composition - Projection Design
Short Bio:Joe is Assistant Professor of Sound and Digital Media for the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, home of The Clarence Brown Theatre. Favorites at CBT include: sound, projections, and/or composed music for The Crucible, The 39 Steps, The Threepenny Opera, Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, and The Who’s Tommy. Joe has designed more than 200 productions in theatres throughout the country, including 18 seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD), Pioneer Theatre Company (SLC, UT), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera and Symphony, The Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA), Syracuse Stage, and others. Joe is an executive board member of TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association), Commissioner for the USITT Digital Media Commission, and a member of United Scenic Artists local 829.
Photos at mixer by Chris Detrick for In This Week Magazine (Scene in SLC feature article 9/23/09) Headshot by Kelli Guinn-Olsen
Long Bio:Joe Payne is currently Assistant Professor of Sound and Media at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, after ten years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company, teaching sound design for The University of Utah Department of Theatre, and a short stint as Assistant Professor at Illinois State University.
Selected original music credits include: The Crucible, and Trip to Bountiful for The Clarence Brown Theatre, Composition of the rock musical, The Bakkhai, presented by U Theatre's Classical Greek Theatre Festival, Measure for Measure for Illinois State University, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Yellow Leaf, The Vertical Hour, Othello, Julius Caesar (included in the Prague Quadrennial design exhibition 2007 and USITT states tour 2008), Humble Boy, Steel Magnolias, Ten Little Indians, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Communicating Doors for PTC, Helen, Iphigenia, The Birdcatcher In Hell, Monster Spider, Agamemnon and Oedipus the King for the U of U, Hand to God for Berkeley Rep, King Lear, The Henry Trilogy, Mary Stuart, The Glass Menagerie, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Hamlet for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Death of a Salesman for The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, I Am My Own Wife, and Humble Boy for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Measure for Measure and Henry V for Salt Lake Shakespeare, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Village Fable for The Egyptian Theatre Company, Ten Little Indians for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Macbeth for Weber State University where Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Scenic and Sound Design.
Other design credits include: 18 seasons as Sound Designer for The Utah Shakespeare Festival, 4 years as Resident Sound Designer for The Virginia Stage Company, Pride and Prejudice for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Ladies Man for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Noises Off for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, A Little Night Music and H.M.S. Pinafore for Utah Opera, Macbeth for The Egyptian Theatre Company, Having Our Say for The Fulton Opera House, and a season with Utah Musical Theatre.
Projection / Media credits include: Performing Tonight: Liza Minnelli’s Daughter for the Neo-Futurists in Chicago, Threepenny Opera, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol, The Who's Tommy and Fuddy Meers for The Clarence Brown Theatre, Miss Saigon, The Light In The Piazza, The Ladies Man, Julius Caesar, Chicago, Paint Your Wagon, and Disney's Beauty and The Beast for Pioneer Theatre Company, Measure for Measure for Salt Lake Shakespeare, and many clips of video web advertising for The University of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company, and The Clarence Brown Theatre.
Audio engineering credits include: The Park City Arts Festival for Mountain Town Stages, The Virginia Symphony, The Virginia Beach Arts Festival and the boardwalk summer concert series for Onyx Engineering, many local Utah bands and conventions for Performance Audio, Babymoon Recording Studio in Alpine, UT, and his own recording studio which follows him in a suitcase around the country.
Joe is an executive board member of TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association), Commissioner for the USITT Digital Media Commission, and a member of United Scenic Artists local 829.
Joe is proud to be the bass player for Marvin Payne and the Gifted Seed, a band comprised of his father and brothers, playing music primarily written by his father in the 1970s and 80s. Until Joe's move to Tennessee, this band had been performing regularly throughout northern Utah. You may still have a chance to hear them live during the Christmas season, and at a variety of summer festivals.