Christopher Colucci

2016 Pew Fellow

1/5: Christopher Colucci, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Christopher Colucci, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/5: The Train Driver. Photo by Mark Garvin, courtesy of Christopher Colucci.
4/5: The Whale. Photo courtesy of Christopher Colucci.
5/5: Christopher Colucci. Photo by JJ Tizziou.

“Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘tell all the truth but tell it slant.’ This is what I feel I do when I use sound and music metaphorically in my capacity as a designer.”

Christopher Colucci’s (b. 1962) sound designs for theater are distinguished by their sense of musicality and, in the artist’s words, a “sensitivity to the power of sound to evoke the ineffable.” Colucci has created sound and original scores for a wide range of stage productions, including Arden Theatre Company’s Metamorphoses, Theatre Exile’s The Whale, People’s Light’s The Rainmaker, The Wilma Theater’s Angels in America, and Walnut Street Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire, among many others. His inventive methods have included creating sound collages by “playing” set pieces—tire rims, rocks, and metal fencing, for example—as musical instruments, as well as combining vocal recordings with real whale sounds to reflect a character’s intense loneliness. Colucci is the recipient of numerous Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design, as well as an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts in 2012. Colucci has also independently released a number of CDs of original compositions for guitar. He received an MA in philosophy from Western Kentucky University.


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