“The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited.”
- Hamlet, Act II, sc.ii

During this milestone 50th anniversary season, we will celebrate many achievements, past and present, and honor many of the people and organizations who have helped us reach this landmark in our history; but no group of people deserves a warmer spotlight than our extraordinary family of artists, who over the years, have been the primary purveyors of the great works of literature that we bring to life each season.  Each day of this year, from this first day of rehearsal for the first show of the season, to the last day of our final show, we will highlight one of our company artists and their specific achievements here at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  As they accumulate, you can go to the special calendar link and revisit any of the profiles in the large array of incredible artists who grace the “wooden O’s” of our amazing institution.

May 24th, 2012

Artist of the Day: Steve Beckel

Sound Designer & Sound and Light Coordinator

Steve Beckel

Many people are unaware of the fact that many of our staff members are artists in their own right as well as full-time administrators and technicians.  Steve Beckel, who has been with the company for ten years now, leads just such a double life!  Not only is Steve responsible for overseeing all aspects of our productions that involve sound and light, but he collaborates closely with all the other production personnel and designers to ensure that all systems and design solutions are working together in the best possible way.  He oversees both large and small crews as well as a seasonal staff and he keeps abreast of all new technologies in the area of sound, lighting design, projections and special effects.  He consults about and interfaces with professional electricians regarding the electrical needs in all of our facilities.  Each season, several of our Main Stage, Outdoor Stage and/or Shakespeare Live! productions have the fortune to have Steve as their sound designer. Not only is he a brilliant technician, but he has Sherlockian skill in unearthing sounds and music from across the globe that can appropriately underscore or highlight a production. He is a wizard at creating recorded sound for our shows, and his willingness to experiment until a sound achieves just the right quality is deeply appreciated by all of the directors with whom he works.  Steve has designed sound for many companies, but has focused on work for The Shakespeare Theatre in the past decade, designing To Kill A Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, Noises Off, Private Lives, Of Mice and Men, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Illyria, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Rivals, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Servant of Two Masters, That Scoundrel Scapin, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings and numerous Shakespeare Live! tours. Often, Steve is supervising the hang and focus of a lighting designer’s plot at the same time that he is running back and forth between the grid and his sound equipment on which he is designing sound simultaneously. We are certain he has discovered the secret of teleportation.  Steve has a degree in electrical engineering from Penn State and he attended The Sheffeld Institute in Maryland for audio production.  Best of all, Steve has a fair degree of MacGyver in him, and he has created innumerable solutions for difficult technical conundrums over the years with great success and inventiveness.  He claims to have been struck by lightning twice and seems to have survived with no evident damage.

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