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Michael C. Rasbury

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
208B Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Michael Rasbury is an Associate Professor in Sound Design within the Department of Drama and the Director of Miller Arts Scholars at the University of Virginia. His original musical script titled Max premiered in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center in April 2015. In 2009, Max Understood was produced Off-Broadway for the New York Musical Theatre Festival and in 2008 was selected for development in a staged reading workshop by the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. Michael created an EarthRecordings.org website showcasing original environmental recordings. He is a sound designer for Off-Broadway’s Transport Group, having provided designs for And Away We Go, The Patsy, Bury The Dead, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Hello Again (Drama Desk nominee,) and Marcy in the Galaxy. In 2011, he was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for his Henry VIII design for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has composed music and sound for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Colorado Shakespeare, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. He has served as sound designer for The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama since 2006. Michael has composed music/sound for the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and for The Public in New York City.

CASS 1010: College Art Scholars Seminar
Credits: 1
CASS 1010 is a required seminar class for first-year Art Scholars. Faculty from Music, Studio Art, Drama, and Dance, second through fourth-year Art Scholars, and others will share aspects of their personal research, thoughts about Arts at the University, practical applications of an Art Major after college, etc. Our cohort will also visit the Science Scholar cohort at least once during the semester to exchange ideas. Requisite: Instructor Permission
CASS 1011: College Arts Scholars Discussion
Credits: 1
CASS 1011 is a discussion course for programmatic development, sharing ideas, and mentoring for first through fourth year Arts Scholars Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
DRAM 2620: Sound Design
Credits: 3
Students will explore the sonic qualities of sound and music through discussion, construction, critical listening, and demonstration.
DRAM 2630: Production Laboratory: Sound
Credits: 1
Application of sound technology in laboratory production projects. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
DRAM 7620: Mentored Study in Sound Design
Credits: 3
Faculty-guided study in an area of sound design or technology not covered in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program and instructor permission.
DRAM 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission