about me


Ranil Sonnadara is a theatrical sound designer and composer who has worked extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. He has won several awards for his work on musicals and plays. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ranil moved to Canada in 1998 to pursue research in psychoacoustics. He has designed sound and music at several producing and touring venues in the UK. Highlights include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, the Manchester Apollo Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, the Assembly Rooms, the Epsom Playhouse, South Hill Park Arts Centre, as well as venues in and around London's West End including a resident spell at the Royal National Theatre. He has also worked at several venues across North and South America.

Ranil has over 250 production credits. Highlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Barnum,  Beauty and the Beast, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Jesus Christ Superstar, King Lear, Little Shop of Horrors, Never, Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance, Red, Rent, Singing in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, The Nether, The Sound of Music, True West, Wicked, Wind in the Willows,  and most recently The Invisible Hand for Theatre Aquarius. 

An experienced educator and researcher, Ranil has taught courses on psychoacoustics, composition, lighting and sound design at the University of Leeds, the Leeds College of Music, University College Bretton Hall, Liverpool Hope University and at McMaster University. In his "spare time", Ranil is the Creative Director for the LIVELab at McMaster University.



Some recent projects

The Invisible Hand, Theatre Aquarius, 2018

The Invisible Hand, Theatre Aquarius, 2018

Laila Biali, LIVELAB, 2017

Orphyx, LIVELab, 2016

The Nether, Theatre Aquarius, 2016

Illitry, LIVELab, 2017

CCMC, LIVELab, 2016

CCMC, LIVELab, 2016

Red, Theatre Aquarius, 2016

Leslie Newman, LIVELab, 2016

Grand Opening, LIVELab, 2014

Audio & Lighting System Design, The Spice Factory, 2016

Laila Biali, LIVELab, 2014

Laila Biali, LIVELab, 2014

Afiara Quartet, LIVELab, 2015

Performance Systems Design, LIVELab (McMaster University), 2014


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