Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design was an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The category was created in 1980, to honor designers of both musicals and plays. It was later split in the 2010 ceremony, to honor plays and musicals separately.

Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Sound Design
Awarded forOutstanding Sound Design
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byPaul Arditti for Billy Elliot the Musical (2009)

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Designer Production
Norman L. Berman Strider
Richard Peaslee Teibele and Her Demon
Stanley Silverman Bent
John DiFusco Tracers
Nigel Hess Cyrano de Bergerac
Much Ado About Nothing
John Malkovich Balm in Gilead
Otts Munderloh The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Tom Morse Execution of Justice
The Red Clay Ramblers A Lie of the Mind


Year Designer Production
Aural Fixation Red Scare on Sunset
Olu Dara Let Me Live
John Gromada Machinal
Janet Kalas The Good Times Are Killing Me
Paul Arditti Four Baboons Adoring the Sun
Mark Bennett and Jim van Bergen Lypsinka! A Day in the Life
Stewart Werner Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Steve Canyon Kennedy The Who's Tommy
Rodrigo Bachler-Klein Les Atrides
Dan Moses Schreier Spic-O-Rama
Richard Woodbury Wings
John A. Leonard Medea
Mark Bennett The Lights
T. Richard Fitzgerald Beauty and the Beast
John Gromada Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
1995 N/A
Dan Moses Schreier Floyd Collins
David Van Tieghem The Grey Zone
John Gromada The Skriker
Dan Moses Schreier God's Heart
Marc Anthony Thompson A Huey P. Newton Story
Tony Meola The Lion King
Paul Arditti The Chairs
Mark Bennett A View from the Bridge
Thomas Cabaniss Mamba's Daughters
Rinde Eckert and Gina Leishman Thérèse Raquin
David Van Tieghem Scotland Road
Christopher Shutt Not About Nightingales
John Collins and James Johnson House/Lights
Jonathan Deans Parade
Fergus O'Hare Electra
David Van Tieghem Stop Kiss
Darron L. West Bob


Year Designer Production
Jamie Mereness Charlie Victor Romeo
Marc Gwinn Coyote on a Fence
Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen Space
Darron L. West Chesapeake
Christopher Shutt Mnemonic
Mark Bennett and Michael Creason Dogeaters
Bruce Ellman Comic Potential
Gregory Kostroff Lypsinka the Boxed Set
Mic Pool and David Bullard The Unexpected Man
Jerry Vager Up Against the Wind
Dan Moses Schreier Into the Woods
John Collins, Geoff Abbas and Jim Dawson To You, the Birdie!
Mark Huang Cressida Among the Greeks
Scott Lehrer Franny's Way
Matthew Spiro 36 Views
David Van Tieghem The Glory of Living
Acme Sound Partners La Bohème
Mark Bennett Julius Caesar
Golda's Balcony
Francois Bergeron Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Janet Kalas Take Me Out
Mel Mercier and David Meschter Medea
Dan Moses Schreier Assassins
Mark Bennett Henry IV
Scott Jennings Ramayana 2K3
Brian Ronan Bug
David Van Tieghem The Stendhal Syndrome
Paul Arditti The Pillowman
Acme Sound Partners The Light in the Piazza
Jill DuBoff Miss Julie
Spatter Pattern
Jeff Lorenz Frankenstein
Darron L. West Hot 'n' Throbbing
Steve Canyon Kennedy Jersey Boys
Acme Sound Partners See What I Wanna See
The Drowsy Chaperone
Brian Ronan Grey Gardens
The Pajama Game
Dan Moses Schreier Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Gregory Clarke Journey's End
Acme Sound Partners In the Heights
Mark Bennett The Coast of Utopia
Duncan Edwards LoveMusik
Frank Gaeta Dai (enough)
Richard Woodbury Talk Radio
Scott Lehrer South Pacific
Adam Cork Macbeth
Jorge Cousineau Opus
Joseph Fosco The Conversation
Mic Pool The 39 Steps
Tony Smolenski, IV Adding Machine
Paul Arditti Billy Elliot the Musical
Acme Sound Partners Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Gregory Clarke Equus
John Gromada Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont
André J. Pluess 33 Variations
John Shivers 9 to 5

See alsoEdit


  • "Drama Desk Award for Sound Design". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.

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