Tim Labor, Professor
Department of Media & Cultural Studies
Tim Labor, Professor for the Department of Media & Cultural Studies, is a composer and sound designer specializing in music composition and sound design for theater and film. He holds a Bmus from Queens University (1987), where his principal teachers included Istvan Anhalt, Bruce Pennycook, and Clifford Crawley, and graduate work at the University of California, San Diego, where his teachers included Roger Reynolds, F. Richard Moore, Rand Steiger, Brian Ferneyhough, and Joji Yuasa. Tim’s awards include the Maurice Dubin Award in Composition (1987); the Queen’s Medal in Music (1987), a PROcan Award (1989); the Rodolphe Mathieu Award (CAPAC, 1990), a SOCAN Award (1995), grants from the Canada Council, and both LAWeekly and Ovation Award nominations for theatrical sound design and music composition.
As a film and media composer, Labor has collaborated in composition or sound design for a variety of projects, including computer games (Everquest, Re-Elect JFK), video, dance, and theatre. Tim is a regular participant at Idyllwild Arts, providing music direction, original composition and sound design for recent Childrens’ Center’s programs in youth musical theatre and Shakespeare and has also collaborated with Mira Costa High School (Twelfth Night: Xtreme Sports Tourney, Tommy, and I have a friend who…, amongst others) and the University of Southern California (Trois Soeurs). Recent Los Angeles Productions include Eden (Elephant Theatre), Sex and Imagining, The Swine Show, Serial Killers, and 365 Days (Sacred Fools), Beautiful City, Travesties, Macbeth (Open Fist Theatre Company) and remounts of the Ovation-nominated Open Fist production of John DeGroot’s Papa at the Open Fist, and in San Francisco, and Florida. His film music has been featured in Gold Cap Productions’ short film Fartman: Caught in a Tight Ass for Howard Stern’s “Howard.TV,” and Never Say Macbeth, a feature film recently shown at the prestigious “Dances with Films” festival. Upcoming projects include music and sound design for The Flu Season (Circle-X Theatre Company), sound design for the world premier of Michael Franco’s The Room (Open Fist), Spring Comes, a short animation by Yoko Koizumi, amongst others.