Hello again to Jeffrey Salerno, Sound Engineer from Orlando, Florida! Back for a third season at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Jeffrey shares a bit about himself as he answers a few questions below. Read on to get to know him!
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
Sound Designer / Engineer- I’m responsible for creating sound effects to serve the shows, designing any special audio effects, maintenance of all audio equipment and running the microphones and sound during shows.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my third season. I keep coming back because Bigfork is home. Every time I come back I learn more and more and grow as a technician and an artist in an environment that is fun and safe to explore.
Please share your personal history with theatre.
When I was in third grade, my “friend” told me that he wouldn’t speak to me ever again if I did not audition for the school play, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Peer pressure dictated that I listen to him. I was cast as Snug the Joiner and fell in love with the stage. I continued performing in school, community theaters and eventually professional theatre in Central Florida.
When it came time for me to go to college, I decided to pursue a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Catawba College. Once I arrived I was required to do technical theatre work for my degree. I was thrown into doing a sound design for my college’s spring musical. From that point on, my performances dwindled and my designing and backstage work increased. I became “the sound guy” at my college by my Junior year, when my sound design for As I Lay Dying was nominated for an award with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and several other regional awards.
During my senior year I went to UPTAS where Bigfork interviewed me and later offered me a job. Since graduation I have travelled the country freelancing. Currently I live in Orlando Florida working with local theaters including The Orlando Repertory Theatre and The Wekiva River Players.
What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
I can’t wait to to head up to Glacier National Park and Jewel Basin to do some hiking. For now I take walks down the Swan River Trail. I love any excuse to be outside in this beautiful part of the country. Even if it’s just sitting out on the porch writing.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I’ll be returning to Orlando to continue working as a freelance Sound Designer/Engineer and director.
What else would you like to add to your feature that has not been asked?
For samples of my work or a way to contact me, please visit my website: www.jeffreysalerno.com. In addition to theatre, I’m currently working on several writing projects including a poetry collection and a series of short stories.