Preston Goodson

Freelance Sound Designer

2005 Alumni


Theater Studies, 2005
Atlanta, GA
Freelance Sound Designer and MA Candidate 

Since Emory

I've been involved in Atlanta theater in some form or another since I've left, but started doing sound design and live mix for theater at the end of the 2006-07 Internship at Actor's Express. Loved it, been doing it ever since.  

Current activities

Finishing my Master's in Sound Design at SCAD, and, since returning from Savannah, have been working steadily in Atlanta theater as a sound designer and engineer. Recent credits include "Murder Ballad" and "Rent" at Actor's Express, and am currently working on "Stupid F***ing Bird" for the Express and "Celles d'en Haut" for Theatre du Reve. I will be returning as an engineer and designer for Theater Emory for two productions during the 2015-2016 season.

Highlights at Emory

I was a prison guard/police officer, dressed in full plate mail (and golf cleats), for the 2004 TE production of "Roberto Zucco," which was performed in the Michael Street Parking garage. I also was Schroeder in Ad Hoc's 2003 production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown," and was musical director for their 2004 production of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum."

Reflecting on your experience with Theater at Emory, what would you recommend to current or future students?

1) Classes are not requirements, they are opportunities—even the ones that are requirements. Treat them as such.

2) Theater Emory, as a working professional theater company, gave me a professional work ethic that has served me well over the years, and it's been that, more than anything, that's helped me succeed in my career. Meeting deadlines, being available, and being kind and patient are more important than talent, beauty, or skill. You can gain those qualities here.

3) Theater Emory is not the be-all/end-all of Theater at Emory. The student theaters at Emory were where I did some of my best work.

4) Keep in touch with your teachers and classmates, because these will be the working professionals (especially in the Atlanta area) who will keep you working through the years.