Brandon Reed (He/Him/His) is a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer based in Chicago.
Music and sound has always been how Brandon communicates his thoughts and emotions. For most of his childhood he collected records and attended many concerts in his hometown of Indianapolis. From punk/metal shows to arena rock and roll and pop stars, he has always loved how sound always managed to inspire him. It was thanks to many field trips in high school to local theatres that gave him his love for live performance, but it wasn't until he took his first sound design class that he discovered how he could use his love for music and sound to tell stories in a impactful way. Later he developed a fascination for animation, video games, podcasting, and other forms of media. Regardless of the form, sound played a huge role in telling the story. Now he uses this passion to explore how sound design can impact stories in all kinds of media.
He has spent close to ten years working in live theatre. Working on Broadway and with theatres across the United States including productions with PlayMakers Repertory Company, American Players Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Constellation Stage & Screen, Chautauqua Theater Company, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Bristol Valley Theater, Northwestern, and many others.
In 2019, he was the winner of the prestigious USITT Robert Cohen Sound Achievement Award. He has also received several nominations for his design work such as a BroadwayWorld Nomination for his work on No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone, which helped raised money to preserve Nina's home. He was also nominated for a Joesph Jefferson Award in 2016 for his work on Congo Square Theatre's A Small Oak Tree Runs Red.
He holds an MFA in Sound Design & Technology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS from Ball State University.
He is an active member of TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association). He is also a member of United Scenic Artists, USA Local 829.