Gareth Fry is an award winning sound designer best known for creating work for leading UK theatre directors such as John Tiffany, Complicite's Simon McBurney, Sacha Wares and Katie Mitchell. He has also designed a number of 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 a Special Tony Award for the sound design of The Encounter, for which he (and co-designer Pete Malkin) also received an Evening Standard Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Helpmann Award; and three Olivier Awards for best sound design, for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Black Watch and Waves. He has also received a Helpmann Award for Black Watch and an IRNE award for Wild Swans.
He is a specialist in the use of binaural sound, being involved in a number of theatre productions, VR, exhibitions and advertising campaigns.
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 Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Young Vic and in the West End. He has worked extensively internationally, including 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 chairman 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.
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.