Gareth Fry is a multi award winning sound designer, best known for his cutting-edge work in theatre, and his collaborations with many leading UK theatre directors and companies. He has also designed events and exhibitions, from the V&A’s landmark David Bowie Is exhibition, to being asked by Danny Boyle to design the sound effects for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Awards include an Olivier Award, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; a Special Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Helpmann Award and an Evening Standard Award for The Encounter (with co-designer Pete Malkin); an Olivier Award and Helpmann Award for Black Watch; an Olivier Award for Waves. and an IRNE Award for Wild Swans.
He is a specialist in the use of binaural stereo sound, being involved in a number of theatre productions, VR, exhibitions and advertising campaigns, including for Bose, Volvo and Land Rover.
His work includes over 20 productions at the Royal National Theatre, over 20 at the Royal Court and countless more at venues such as the Old Vic, Young Vic and in the West End. He has worked extensively internationally, particularly in New York, Berlin, Cologne and Dublin.
He regularly runs workshops for directors exploring how they can use sound design in their work. These workshops have been commissioned by the National Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Complicité, the Prague Quadrennial, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, NSDF, the Brit School, the JMK Awards and the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
He is a founder of, and former chairperson, of the Association of Sound Designers, a charity that works to support people working in, and entering, the UK theatre sound industry.
Gareth is an honorary fellow of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
He is the author of Sound Design for the Stage, published in 2019 by Crowood Press.
He has contributed to BBC Radio 4’s World at One, and the World Service, to talk about the use of sound.
Gareth initially trained as a studio recording engineer and spent two years working for AMS Acoustics on speech intelligibility modeling before moving into theatre. He spent 4 years engineering the live sound component of BBC1's New Years Eve broadcast and works extensively at Somerset House on their public events including the annual ice rink and the Film4 Summer Screen open air cinema.