Theatre Department

Faculty & Staff

Sharath Patel

Sharath PatelSound design, design history and practice.

B.F.A. 2003, Ohio University
M.F.A. 2006, Yale University
Reed College 2016-.

Sharath grew up splitting his time between Appalachia and India while spending the following years studying across Europe and New England. Before finding a new home in Portland in 2010, he spent nearly a decade as a lead sound designer in New York City. He has travelled extensively and designed throughout the United States and Globally. Areas of focus include diversity in the arts, advocating the recognition of Sound Design as a critical design department, aural history research, and collaborative, immersive arts experiences.

He has professionally designed 116 productions worldwide as of June 2016, 60 of which in the Portland Metro Region. Portland design highlights include Tribes, Grand Concourse, The Price, The Mother F**ker with the Hat (Artists Repertory Theatre); Dead Man’s Cell Phone, True West, Buried Child, Eyes for Consuela, The Road to Mecca, Blood Knot (Profile Theatre); The Brother/Sister Plays, The Piano Lesson, Jitney, King Hedley II, After the Revolution, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Angels in America (Portland Playhouse); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Portland Shakespeare Project); Waiting for Godot, Mary Stuart, Wait Until Dark (Northwest Classical); Oedipus el Rey, American Night (Miracle Theatre); A Pigeon and A Boy (Jewish Theater Collaborative); A Christmas Survival Guide (Broadway Rose); Our New Girl, Hen Night Epiphany (Corrib); Bullshot Crummond (Lakewood Center for the Arts); Macbeth (Bag & Baggage); 13: A New Musical (Staged!); Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Third Rail). New York and regional credits include designs at ACT Seattle, The Westside Theatre NYC, La MaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Row, PS 122, HereArts Center, Mint Theater Company, Sidney Harmon Hall, Virginia Stage Company, Aspen Conference of Ideas, Berkshires Theatre Group, New York Stage and Film, and Contemporary American Theater Festival. International and academic professional credits include designs in India, France, England, Germany, Romania, Yale Rep, Yale Dramat, Harvard, Reed, Fordham, Columbia, Willamette, Ohio, and Butler University.

Sharath was awarded the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement award in Sound Design (2014) for Far Away in conjunction with Portland State University and New York’s Independent Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production (2010) for Binding presented at PS122 in the SoloNOVA Arts Festival. His productions are frequently awarded in the Best/Outstanding production category at both the Drammy and PAMTA Award ceremonies held in Portland each June. He has previously sat on the Board of Studio 42 in New York City and the Yale Cabaret in New Haven Connecticut. Sharath is a Professional Member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and is a Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.