Bennington music faculty member Scott Lehrer has received Broadway’s highest honor: a Tony Award for his recent sound design of the current Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific. This win comes of the heels of Lehrer winning a Drama Desk Award for the same show.
For the first time in Tony history, sound designers competed for awards in two categories: best sound design of a play and best sound design of a musical. “Originally we were considered technicians, not design artists,” said Lehrer in a Sunday, June 1 New York Times article. “It’s taken a long time, but now I feel like we’re really considered part of the design team.”
Lehrer has done three decades of sound design and music production work in the theater, film, music, and museum worlds. As a theatrical designer, Lehrer has worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, The Heidi Chronicles, and Sunday in the Park with George, along with over 100 other plays and musicals. He designed eleven seasons of Encores! at New York's City Center, including the current Broadway revival of Chicago and was the sound supervisor for their Fall for Dance Festival 2004–2006. In 2002, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Richard Nelson's play, Franny's Way. At his NYC studio 2nd Story Sound, Rufus Wainwright did tracking for his CD Release the Stars and Antony and the Johnsons have been recording for their new CD. Lehrer’s recent museum projects include The Griffith Observatory, Ann Hamilton’s installation at the Cabo Rojo lighthouse in Puerto Rico and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has taught at Bennington since 2002.