Scoring music in the theatre for plays, musicals, dance, film is one of my great passions. I began doing it early in my creative life and have continued ever since. after I had completed a handful of such works, I began to think that I knew how to do it. After doing it more, I learned, sometime by making big mistakes, that each and every score in support of works in any discipline is the first time. It is so tempting to assume that one knows how to score a new project having done others that seem similar, and this can cause great misfortune because each production is unique. Each time is the first time.
It is a great pleasure, and indeed an honour to have the opportunity to work with wonderful actors and designers on some of the best works for theatre that exist. The greatest joy is working with the director. She or he is my most important contact with the work and the other production people affected by my work. I always feel as I read the credits in the program when finally we are sitting in the theatre with an audience, that the music/sound design credit really belong to the director as much as the composer, because without the director my work scape probably could not support the production effectively. It is an amalgam of the director, the composer and the entire company. What I do is truly a collaboration.