The Composer (?)
by Estelle Rosen
Rob Denton is an independent theatre artist. Coming to theatre from a background in the music business as a sound engineer, he got his start in 1997 mixing the Yiddish musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He has since tried his hand in most aspects of theatre from technician, to sound, set and lighting designer, director and producer. In 2006 Denton translated, directed and produced his translation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit under the title Out There and in 2009 offered his own Tryptich, three short plays presented at the Theatre Ste. Catherine. He received a MECCA for his Sound Design for Satchmo’ Suite in 2007 and shares a MECCA with Tsultrum8 for his design contribution to Jesus Hopped the A Train in 2004.
As the son of a math professor I must first address the parentheses before attempting to solve the rest of the problem. Just for fun, let’s put the parenthetic phrase in quotes, “currently referred to as composer”. There. Now it seems a lot more important, doesn’t it? I think so and here’s why.
Second, with regards to the title Composer as it pertains to theatre, we enter a darker realm. The title Sound Designer has been monopolized by a group called APASQ who have unilaterally negotiated contracts with “professional” theatre companies in Quebec. For the privileged title of Sound Designer I must pay them and abide by their terms. This is extortion and should be illegal. The only person I will ever allow to negotiate on my behalf will be my agent or my lawyer and only under my close scrutiny. This is why some of my colleague Sound Designers have adopted the title of Composer.
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