Elisabeth Weidner - Sound Director

PCPA (since 2009): Sound Designer: Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Whipping Man, In The Heights, Shrek the Musical, Cinderella, The Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady; Christmas Is Here Again, The Penelopiad, Oklahoma!; Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, Always...Patsy Cline, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Legally Blonde, Three Sisters, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, The 39 Steps, Hairspray, Caroline, or Change, Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, Breaking Through (Outreach); Sound Designer & Compopser:The Whipping Man, Composer: The Penelopiad, 36 Views, The Tempest, Invierno, 12th Night (Conservatory Repertory)

Other Theatres: The Great American Melodrama, Ensemble Theatre, Star Theatre, The Lawrence Welk Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, among others.

Teaches: Sound

Training: BA, Florida State University

Teaching Philosophy

The theatre technician is a very special breed. Theatre technicians love, live, eat, sleep, and breathe theatre just like actors. The difference is that their path has led them backstage, to the booth, or to the shops. They thrive on the ability to bring the magical elements to the stage: the fairy dust that Peter Pan sprinkles to make children fly, the trick dress that magically transforms into a ball gown on stage before our eyes, the whirlwind of lights and sound that make a tornado plow through the theatre, or the dungeon fully equiped with working drawbridge, traps, and endless nooks and crannies. This is what we teach our students, and we get to do it by actually having them build these elements with us. Our technical theatre students not only get the classroom/lecture style approach to learning, but they also get to work alongside industry professionals, and that is my favorite part of our conservatory. I learn by doing. So, it makes sense for me to teach that way. I want our students to be equipped with practical tools for the future. I want them to learn, try, fail, and succeed -- all of these things -- here, at PCPA, so that they know what works and, (sometimes) more importantly, what doesn't work. My philosophy on teaching is just that simple. Give students the tools and let them try the job. If it works, great. If it doesn't, find out why and try again. If the passion and the drive and the will to learn is there, the rest tends to fall into place.