My name is Tingying Dong (Ting for short), I'm a sound designer/composer and sound technician trained at LAMDA (2016-2019). I was nominated for Off West End Theatre Awards for Best Sound Design in 2019 (Jerker, King's Head Theatre) and 2021 (The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars, Theatre Royal Stratford East). I'm also a theatre maker and co-founded Out of the Blue Theatre. I'm especially interested in works that focus on political and social issues, sound-led work, physical theatre, and a devising process of theatre making. I'm from Beijing and currently based in London.
Sound Design / Composing
Having been drawn to arts and performance since an early age, I like to learn from different forms of art work and channeling and reflecting on them to build my aesthetics. Having practised piano, singing, and ballet, I have a good understanding in music and movement. I love exploring to support, convey, and connect the physical and psychological worlds with sound. I compose soundscape and music as part of my sound design, as well as composing music for radio and film.
Having had placements with Lyric Hammersmith and Autograph during training, I stayed and work for them on a casual basis. I also work as a mic tech and have depped on large-scale shows including 9 to 5 (Savoy Theatre) and Stranger Things (Secret Cinema). I enjoy the feeling of navigating through a busy back stage.
Theatre-Making & Out of the Blue Theatre
During the Covid-19 pandemic I'm practising new ways of making and presenting theatre. I co-founded Out of the Blue Theatre Company from an international online collaboration, in the aim of creating vibrant, bold, and accessible performance art that meets the challenges of the information age. I sound designed our debut production IMAGINARIUM, an experimental immersive audio show created for the audience to experience in their own bedrooms. It premiered in October 2020 at Dazed New World Festival, and has now been adapted into Mandarin Chinese, French, and German, and toured digitally.
I grew up in Beijing. Before pursuing a career in theatre, I was studying for an MSc in Behavioural Economics in Rotterdam. Intimidated by the thought of living with equations by an office desk for the rest of my life (now we know it's called 'quarter-life crisis'), I decided to find a profession that I actually love and care, so I went after my long-time hobby, theatre-making. I moved to London and trained at the Production and Technical Arts course at LAMDA. There I found my interest in sound, and the rest is history.
On my previous work:
"In tandem with the listener’s experiences at the hands of their creativity, Imaginarium relies heavily on Tingying Dong’s sound design and composition, quintessentially the production’s principal strength outside of Dean’s voice-over. Sharp, Dong’s audio tracks and quirks cause the brain to utilise its keen ability to construct a world around it, particularly whenever the production asks us to close our eyes and embrace our less visual senses. From cafes and rustles to sudden storms and bombastic crescendos, Imaginarium’s audio design complements the minimal composition of music it uses to accentuate the listener’s mood, rather than lead."
“Tingying Dong’s amazing soundscape, electronics effects and natural ambience leads you into new and fantastic possibilities.”
"it is Tingying Dong’s beautifully complex sound design which completely elevates this production."
"We create a new world from our everyday to the deft musical accompaniment of sound-designer Tingying Dong."
"Tingying Dong’s sound design is extremely detailed and immersive in a wholly naturalistic way. This works well as a crutch in illustrative support of a complex script that takes its listener’s imagination from space battles to gushing rivers and mountain tops."
"... a variety of journeys through time, space and imagination, aided always by confident and apt sound design of Tingying Dong"
"the piece is supported wonderfully by Tingying Dong’s sound design, adding to the enclosed, aquatic feel"
"Tingying Dong’s soundscape is laced with the incessant hum of the spacecraft that so annoys its passengers, all of which combines to create the pressure cooker like environment so essential for this production."
"the claustrophobic interior of the spacecraft is embodied on stage ... with effective sound design by Tingying Dong"
"the moments underscored by music (Tingying Dong) are heartfelt and apt"
"... and sound design from Tingying Dong transform a small room under the railway arches at Waterloo Station"
"...wafting along the slim stage to a soundtrack of spacey beeps and boops from Tingying Dong"
"Throughout the piece ... sound (Tingying Dong) prove highly effective. Everything from sounds of the hustle and bustle of a busy Oxford Circus to ... means we can engage well with the story."
"medical-drama-meets-Royal-Court sound design by sound designer Tingying Dong"
"an immaculate ... sound – by Tingying Dong, design"
"the sound design is effective in helping to show the passage of time and feelings of change"
"all set to a pulsating disco beat that adds to the magnificence and urgency of the play"
"As for the accompanying soundtrack, compiled by Tingying Dong, it will want you to get up and dance the night away."