*Photo by Ssirus Pakzad
Sound designer and musician Frederick Kennedy is an artist fascinated by the ways in which improvisation informs design. A lifelong practitioner of both theater and jazz music, he has spent more than a decade in New York City playing alongside some of the most accomplished figures in contemporary improvised music, while also creating content for theater, video, commercials, and dance. Recent projects include designs for The River at Hartford TheatreWorks, directed by Rob Ruggiero; Every Brilliant Thing at TheatreSquared, directed by Dan Foster; Flyin' West at Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Seret Scott; and Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3 at American Conservatory Theater, directed by Liz Diamond. Upcoming projects include Twelfth Night at Yale Repertory Theater, directed by Carl Cofield; and Native Son for the Acting Company, directed by Seret Scott. As a musician, Frederick has appeared on dozens of recordings and toured throughout North America and Europe, as well as to parts of South America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. He is on the faculty of the City University of New York and of Connecticut College, where he teaches classes in theatrical sound design, and he has been a guest artist and taught workshops in composition for sound design, improvisation, and music performance at numerous schools, including Temple University, Brown, Texas A&M, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), Université de Montréal (Quebec, Canada), University of Wisconsin, Madison, and others. Frederick holds an MFA in sound design from Yale School of Drama, and a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. In 2018, he was an invited design fellow at The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was the recipient of the 2018 Burry Fredrik Fellowship in Design. He is represented by Bret Adams Artists, Ltd., in New York City.