Greg Mackender

Greg Mackender
Assistant Teaching Professor, Sound Design

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Greg Mackender has composed extensively for theater in the Kansas City area.  A founding member of the Kansas City Actors Theatre, he has composed for over 15 plays in their ten year history, including Talley’s Folly, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Picnic, and The Mousetrap.   He was the resident composer for the Missouri Repertory Theatre (now Kansas City Repertory Theatre) from 1995-2000, where he composed music for The Deputy, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Treasure Island, Emperor Jones, Whispers of the Mind, The Road to Mecca and The Imaginary Invalid, to name a few.  He is currently beginning his twenty-fourth season for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, performing his music live with a small ensemble.  Contemporary and new work includes My Name is Asher Lev and Grounded at the Unicorn Theatre. His most recent award was for his work in the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis production of Antony and Cleopatra, receiving ‘Outstanding Sound Design in a Play’ at the St. Louis Theatre Circle awards.  He was an early adaptor to digital audio and use of the computer as a tool for sound designers and composers, and since 1994 has shared his learning and expertise with the MFA students in the UMKC Theatre department.