Tom Mardikes

Professor of Sound Design

Theatre office

Phone: (816) 235-2784
mardikest@umkc.edu

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Tom_Mardikes

Biography:

Mr. Mardikes has worked on over 250 professional productions nationwide as Sound Designer for Kansas City Repertory Theatre (formerly Missouri Rep), the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Coconut Grove, the Roundabout, Buffalo Studio Arena, the Alley Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He has directed several stage productions including Taking Sides (2008) for Kansas City Actors Theatre, Nadya (2008), Burnt by the Sun (2013) and Playboy of the Western World (2014) for UMKC Theatre. Mardikes has been head of graduate sound design training since 1986 and chair of UMKC Theatre since 2001. He has long been active in the United States Institute for Theater Technology, first as a Sound Vice Commissioner for Education and then as Sound Commissioner from 1998-2000. He was one of five professional sound designers who helped facilitate the organization of sound designers into the United Scenic Artists Local 829 that has led to the official recognition of sound design by LORT and professional theatres nationwide. He was one of two featured sound designers in the USA Exhibit for the 2003 Prague Quadrennial and served as co-Curator of Sound for the American Exhibit for PQ2007. He co-founded Kansas City Actors Theatre in 2004, an artist-led, artist-driven professional theatre company performing in Kansas City’s Union Station. In 2011, he led a group of eight member schools to create the National Design Portfolio Review where graduating M.F.A. designers are introduced to the New York theatre profession.

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