David E. Smith

Sound DesignSchool of Design and Production
David E. Smith

Before immigrating to the United States, David E. Smith spent eight years as the senior sound designer/engineer at Royal National Theatre in London, England. In the United States, he has designed sound for Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass.; Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, R.I.; the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. and more recently at Triad Stage in Greensboro and the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.

Other credits include theatre sound editor for Live Sound International magazine, executive committee member with the Audio Engineering Society (Boston Section), and Commissioner for the USITT Sound Commission. 

I think of myself more as a coach and mentor rather than a traditional teacher. I am far more interested in students learning and relearning than myself teaching. Different subjects require different approaches to students learning.


  • Member of the Sound Department at the Royal National Theatre in London for eight years designing, mixing, engineering and touring.
  • Eleven year design relationship with director Preston Lane at Triad Stage in Greensboro, N.C. Designed the sound for 24 productions, eight of them world premiers.
  • One of 100 theatre designers chosen to present work at World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales, in 2013.

Career Highlights

  • Represented the United States at the International Creative Business Cup competition in Copenhagen in 2014.
  • Toured the world with RNT theatre productions: Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Egypt and Japan.
  • Invented and developed the ClipCop, the SoundPlug™, the SafeFlame (Pat) and BatteryVampire (PatPend).

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Winner - 2014 USA Creative Business Cup
  • Finalist - World Stage Design 2013 exhibition in Cardiff, Wales
  • Helen Hayes Nomination
  • Excellence in Teaching Award


  • Flywheel
  • Center for Creative Economy


B.A.University of Kent at Canterbury