Electronic and Time-Based Art
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue University

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Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Rick’s recent projects include a biography about Broadway sound pioneer Abe Jacob (The Designs of Abe Jacob), and leading a team of Visual and Performing Arts students and faculty in the creation of Labcoats on Clouds that premiered at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial in June of 2007. Rick also organized and led a group of artists from Purdue, Germany, Paris, and San Francisco in the performance art piece, Laptop Connections at the Marysakovo Railway Station during the “PQ.” Having composed music and soundscores for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival and ESPN among many others, Rick’s most recent theatre compositions include An Unkindness of Ravens at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 2007 and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at Purdue in 2006. Rick won the Murphy Award for outstanding teaching at Purdue University in 2007 and the USITT Herbert D. Greggs Award for outstanding journal article in 2002. Rick is a certified sound designer in IATSE Local 1 (New York NY), and chair of the OISTAT Sound Working Group. Research interests include playmaking, music composition and sound design for live theatre, and sound system design and engineering.