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School of Dance, Film, and Theater

Lowell Jacobs

Master Audio/Master Electrics , Theater

014 Kantner Hall
(740) 593-4261

Lowell Jacobs

Master Audio/Master Electrics , Theater

Lowell serves Ohio University Theater Division by heading up the Sound Design and Production program and as the staff Master Electrician. He has been a professional entertainment technician in theatre, film/television, concerts, and convention/exposition services for over a decade. Working out of Phoenix AZ, he has worked on hundreds of national commercials, dozens of features and made for TV movies, and some theatrical releases. Lowell received his MFA from Arizona State University in Intermedia, with emphasis in performance and technology. A performance artist and New Media artist, Lowell has exhibited works across the U.S.. He also operates UnionArts, a performance and exhibition space in Athens, Ohio.

The sound design program embraces concept and technology to develop enhanced theatrical experiences. Students are exposed to the production process and then are given ample design assignments to develop their conceptual and technical skills. Students are encouraged to explore curriculum in the School of Dance, Film, and Theater, as well as  related Schools such as Music, and Media arts and Studies. Completing this rigorous program prepares the graduate for a variety of design and engineering jobs related to theatrical performance, as well as time-based media, and site-specific environmental/installation work.

We work with Q-Lab and SFX playback software, as well with numerous editing and content creation packages. Video projection in scenic design has become common, and our Sound Shop has taken over engineering these systems in our productions, as well as advanced networking, and use of MIDI machine control of other equipment such as dowsers, lighting consoles, etc… We push for strong technological skills and consider part of our mission to be doing research and development.

In-house composition and creation is encouraged with emphasis on conceptual development. Field recording and Foley work brings better quality and personal connection to the production. Of course, this also helps build stronger portfolios as well. Students are required to complete a professional internship during the course of study. This builds experience and connections upon graduation.