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Michael Hooker

Michael Hooker was sound designer on the Colony production of Beautiful in the Extreme. He is Senior Media Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering where he produces sound and music for Disney theme parks worldwide. His most recent designs have been for the two newest Disney parks - Tokyo Disney Sea and Walt Disney Studios, Paris. 

Prior to joining Disney, he was Associate Professor of Theatre Design and Production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he created and served as head of their sound design program. Prior to CCM, he headed the sound design program at California Institute of the Arts. He also serves as Sound Commissioner for USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Michael is happily returning home to the Colony, having previously designed A Shayna Maidel at the former Riverside Drive theatre and consulting on the audio systems for the wonderful new Burbank space. He was also the original sound designer for the workshop production of Beautiful in the Extreme at the A.S.K. Common Ground Theatre Festival. 

Altogether he has designed sound for more than 100 productions, most recently Molly's Delicious at the Group at Strasberg - Marilyn Monroe Theatre; Drive My Coche and Conjunto at the Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival/Taper-Too; and A Doll's House at the Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park. 

Michael received his BFA from the University of Arizona, and his MFA in Sound Design from CalArts.
 

11/2002