My name is Tingying Dong (董汀滢), 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 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.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I co-founded Out of the Blue Theatre Company from an international online collaboration, in the aim of creating vibrant, bold, and accessible performing art. I helped to devise and sound designed our debut production IMAGINARIUM, an experimental immersive audio show created for the audience to experience in their own bedrooms. It premiered in 2020 and has now been adapted into Mandarin Chinese, French, and German, and toured digitally.
I'm on a journey of realising my own and collective artistic visions. I'm trying to establish what's hope to be long-term collaborations with theatre practitioners in different disciplines, and have been developing our own projects.
I enjoy the feeling of navigating through a busy back stage so I sometimes work as a mic tech. I have depped on large-scale shows including Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre), 9 to 5 (Savoy Theatre) and Stranger Things (Secret Cinema).
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 change career and dig into 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.”
"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"
"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 moments underscored by music (Tingying Dong) are heartfelt and apt"
"medical-drama-meets-Royal-Court sound design by sound designer Tingying Dong"
"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"