Professor, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
Rick Thomas is a composer, sound designer, author, playmaker, and educator. He is a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, where he was honored with the Founder’s Award in 2008, and an elected member of the National Theatre Conference.
As a certified sound designer in United Scenic Artists Local 829, Rick has composed scores and designed sound for over 100 productions including the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and ESPN television among many others, and exhibited his work in the Czech Republic, Israel, Cuba, Korea, the Philippines, Finland, Poland and across the US and Canada.
Rick has written about the art and practice of theatre sound extensively for Theatre Design and Technology Journal (winning the 2002 Herbert Greggs Award for Outstanding Journal Article), has published the first monograph on sound design, The Designs of Abe Jacob, and contributed to Ross Brown’s book, Theatre and Sound.
Rick has lectured extensively, including the Broadway Sound Master Classes, the International Theatre Instituate in Fujairah, UAE, the film institute at Babelsburg, Germany, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, the Prague Quadrennial, World Stage Design in Korea, Synergetic Audio Concepts, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Acoustical Society of America, American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and many universities in the US and abroad.
He is a professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in the United States, where he heads graduate and undergraduate programs in sound design and engineering.