Associate Director of the School of Theater Assistant Professor of Sound Design | School of Theater Teaching Artist, Saxophone | School of Music
Dr. Steven Leffue (DMA, MFA, MM, DEM, BM) is a sound designer and musician whose mission is to create new and relevant work for live performance. His work is a blend of avant-garde aesthetics and classical formalism, variably manifesting as points on the spectrum between composition and improvisation. His work has been seen across America and in Europe.
Steven is a co-founder and board member of the Brooklyn-based performance venue, JACK. Among many others, he has collaborated with Kjell Nordesen, Jooklo Duo, Tatsuya Nakatani, Stanley Zappa, Mimi Lien, Mike Pride, The Great Noise Ensemble, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Inscape Music Ensemble, Tantrum Theater Company, Hoi Polloi, and the Cygnet Theater Company. He has created pieces performed at the Public Theater, Dixon Place, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Without Walls Festival, and the International Conference of Computer Music to name a few.
His areas of research include the implementation of artificial intelligence and neural networks in the creation of improvised music. He has three albums of work describing this process Tandava (2013), Futures (2016), and A Theory of Harmony (2017).
Before joining Ohio University, Steven served as a lecturer of sound design in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California San Diego. He also served as an instructor with the UC Academic Connections program, providing college credit to first generation students. His teachers include Shahrokh Yadegari, Roger Reynolds, Gabor Tompa, Thomas DeLio, Jean-Michel Goury, John Sampen, and Dale Underwood.