Darron L West

(Sound Designer)

Darron L WestDarron L West

Began his professional career in 1989 as Resident Sound Designer for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His three summer residencies with WTF yielded his first Off-Broadway work with NYC productions of David Steven’s The Sum of Us and Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever. During that time, he also held a Resident Designer position at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. In 1990 he became Resident Sound Designer at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.   

Since moving to New York in 1993, his designs have been heard at The Public/New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Circle Rep, Classic Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard, The Atlantic, The Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons and PS 122. His Broadway design credits include Wait Until Dark, Top Girls, To Be Or Not To Be, The American Plan, The Royal Family, Time Stands Still, Chinglish, Peter and the Starcatcher, Grace and Velocity of Autumn.

As a SITI company member and sound designer his work has been heard in productions all over the world and throughout the United States. With the company’s ongoing commitment to train young artists in the theatre, he has participated in a wide variety of symposiums, master classes and workshops with members of the company.  

Darron has collaborated in the dance world with Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Nancy Bannon, Liz Lerman, Val Caniparoli and members of the San Francisco Ballet. In 1997, Darron received a Princess Grace Award for his work with the SITI Company followed by a 1998 OBIE Award for the New York Theater Workshop production of BOB. In 2000, he became a TCG Artist-in-Residence at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis and that same year was the recipient of an Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY Award. He was awarded the Henry Hewes Design Award in 2004 and 2005 for bobrauschenbergamerica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Hot and Throbbing at the Signature Theater in New York. In 2006 he received the Lucille Lortel Award for the New York Theater Workshop production of Will Power’s The Seven and in 2010 the Bay Area Critic’s Award for the American Conservatory Theater production of Tosca Café.

Most recently, Darron was awarded the 2012 TONY Award for the sound design of Peter and the Starcatcher as well as the 2012 Princess Grace Statue. 

As a director, his credits include the Actors Theater of Louisville 2004 Humana Festival production of Jordan Harrison’s Kid Simple the Rude Mechs production of Charles L Mee’s Big Love (which garnered the 2001 Austin Critics Table Award for Best Director) Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at The Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis and the SITI Company’s War of the Worlds (Radio Play) and Radio Macbeth National Tours. 

Darron is a native of Kentucky and currently resides in Manhattan. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and Founding Company Member/Resident Designer for SITI Company.