Chris Luessmann – Bio

I am a freelance sound designer and audio engineer living in New York City. I design sound for plays and musicals around the country. I currently mix sound for the musical Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. I have an MFA in Theater with an emphasis in Sound Design from UCSD and a BA in Theatre from UCLA. I have mixed and designed extensively for: La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight Amphitheater, The Actor’s Studio, InterAct, Lambs Players, Miracle Theatre Productions, Cygnet Theatre, and North Coast Rep where I won two Patte awards for my design work.

I have also mixed concerts and corporate events: Jackson Browne, Tom Curren, Eddie Vedder, Ralph Stanley, Nickel Creek, Dan Zanes and Friends, and Switchfoot. My volunteer work includes Ronald McDonald House Charities, and enviro-friendly sound and staging to benefit StandUp For Kids.

My favorite Theatrical Sound Designs include: Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, The Darrell Hammond Project, and Alice Chan (La Jolla Playhouse.) The Third Story (MCC Theatre.) The Rocky Horror Show (Cygnet Theatre.) Invierno (PCPA Theatrefest.) Long Story Short (San Diego Rep.) Dracula and A Christmas Carol, for which I won Patte Awards; Baby, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jaques Brel is Alive and Well…, The Tempest, Educating Rita, Henry IV Part I, and Voice of the Prairie (North Coast Rep.) Das Barbecü, Too Old for the Chorus, and Forbidden Broadway SVU (Theater in Old Town.) Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz (SD Critic’s Circle Award,) Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek The Musical (Moonlight Stage Productions.) South Pacific (Lambs Players.)

Skills and Specialties:

Mixers: AVID S6L, Profile. Yamaha CL1, CL5, PM5D, M7CL, DM2000, DM1000, 01V96VCM. DiGiCo SD7T, SD8, SD9, SD10. Allen&Heath PA and GL series. MIDAS M32 Heritage, Venice. Mackie, Soundcraft, Behringer, etc.

Software: Mac OS 8 – 10, Windows 95 – 8. Microsoft: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher. Drafting: AutoCAD, Vectorworks. Audio Editing: Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo, Cakewalk Sonar. Theatre Control: Watchout. SFX, Qlab, LCS, Max MSP,  Pure Data, Studio Manager, and Smaart Live. Apple: Final Cut Pro. Adobe: After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Premiere. Sony: Vegas, Sound Forge, Acid.

General: Soldering, Canon/Sony Video Cameras. Computer Building/Maintenance, Midi Show Control, Midi Machine Control. Shure, Sennheiser, Sony, AKG Wireless Transmitters/Receivers. Clear-Com, Telex, RTS, HME Com Systems.

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Tel: 858-531-6546