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Richard Ingraham brings over 25 years of experience as a Sound Designer and Technician, Audiovisual Systems Designer, Consultant and educator to his projects. His experience includes work for regional theatres, higher education, cruise ship and themed entertainment venues and product development and support for software and hardware products tailored to the needs of the entertainment industry. Richard began his professional career after attending Cleveland State University at The Cleveland Play House, where he worked his way up after completing his internship in sound to eventually become their Resident Sound Designer and Engineer. In that position he oversaw the audio needs for all of the company’s productions as well as all the audio system infrastructure and equipment. Not long after starting at CPH, Richard was offered the position of Resident Sound Designer at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland Michigan, a seasonal position he held from the 1996 through 2012 season. Richard left his position at The Cleveland Play House in 2001 and began working as a freelance Sound Designer at several venues within the Cleveland area as well as around the country, which he continues to do to this day. Shortly after starting his freelance work Richard was asked to work with Stage Research where helped with the development of SFX, which was the predominant software used for audio playback and show control in theatre venues at the time. He also worked on product development and customer support training for Richmond Sound Design which primarily created audio and show control products for theme parks, attractions and cruise ship entertainment venues. In the spring of 2012, Richard designed the sound for Sondheim on Sondheim in the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. Sondheim on Sondheim was a co-production between Great Lakes Theater and Playhouse Square. Working on this production eventually lead to Richard becoming the audio supervisor for Great Lake Theater as well as their sister company Idaho Shakespeare Festival, located in Boise ID, a position he held through the fall of 2014. This experience with a wide variety of venue types and organizational structures allows Richard to bring vast amounts of industry knowledge and common practices to all his projects. Richard began his system design work as part of his work as a freelance sound designer, overseeing the design and installation of new systems at several of the venues that he worked for as sound designer on a regular basis, including Shanklin Theatre at the University of Evansville. He began his formal work as a consultant in 2014 as an Audiovisual Systems Designer at Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) in Cleveland. In 2017 Richard moved to New York City to work in the North American offices of Charcoalblue, a UK based theatre and acoustics design and consulting firm as an Audiovisual Systems designer. While at Charcoalblue Richard has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of theatre venues from those with modest budgets to very large projects. Richard has taught sound design, show control and related course work at Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Evansville and Cleveland State University. He is a long-time member of the United State Institute of Theatre Technology’s Sound Commission (USITT) and has participated in leading several seminars at USITT regional and national conventions.