Benjamin G. Stickels is a Senior Lecturer, Audio Engineer, and Assistant Production Manager with Performing Arts Services, Design and Production for the College of Arts + Architecture. In addition, he is also an active freelance designer and engineer, having designed and/or engineered professional and academic theatre shows, including world premieres, in Missouri (Unicorn Theatre, Actors Theatre of Kansas City, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, University of Missouri - Kansas City), Texas (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Michigan (Western Michigan University), and North Carolina (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Children's Theatre of Charlotte). He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with emphasis in Design and Technical Production, from Western Michigan University and the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Sound Design and Technology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
For the College of Arts + Architecture, Mr. Stickels serves as a resident sound designer, typically designing sound for productions by the Departments of Theatre and Dance, and as the house engineer, designing and implementing systems for those events. He also serves as the recording engineer for the Department of Music, recording all regularly scheduled concerts and other events on campus. He is also involved as a media and projections technologist, designing and installing cueable systems for theatre and dance events as needed. As Assistant Production Manager, he assists in the operations of the performance spaces in Robinson Hall and Rowe Fine Arts, tracks budgets and schedules, and supervises student workers and crews. Academically, he teaches courses for the Department of Music (Music 1403, Audio Engineering Practicum) and the Department of Theatre (Theatre 1260, Lighting and Sound Technology I; Theatre 4236, Audio Engineering, Theatre 4610, Advanced Design, Technology, and Management; and Theatre 4400, Internship in Theatre).
Mr. Stickels holds professional memberships in the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. His professional work can be heard at www.BGSSoundDesign.com.