Hayat Dominguez comes to Millikin University after recently graduating with their MFA in Theatrical Sound Design and Technology. Hayat has worked in such fields as theatre, opera, dance, festivals, classical and alternative concerts, and comedians. Hayat will be teaching courses in the School for Theatre and Dance and the Arts Technology and Administration department.
What has been the most rewarding experience working in Audio Engineering?
Working with different people of varying cultures and backgrounds. I really enjoy getting to know and relate to performers and technical staff when working on a production or event. Every group has a different experience or style of working and I learn something new from every encounter.
What are you looking forward to the most about teaching in Arts Technology?
Working with students and staff in a medium other than theatre or a live event. Sound is a multifaceted discipline and techniques in one facet can be used in new and exciting ways in another facet. The possibilities are really endless.
What do you hope to teach your students?
To not be afraid to make mistakes and play or experiment. There is more than one way to do something, there might be a faster route but that doesn’t make another route any less valid. To quote one of my advisors, “If it sounds good, it is good.”
What has been the biggest challenge of working in the industry?
Staying abreast of all the new technology and techniques as the industry evolves. I pride myself on being a forever student, and I recognize that I don’t have all the answers. Just as my students are learning, I’m learning and growing as an artist and a technician with them.
What made you choose to teach at Millikin University?
I was impressed with the focus towards hands-on learning and the amount of student-run ventures available at Millikin. With a medium such as sound, it can be sometimes hard to convey something that’s not tangible, but when you can work in a tactile manner and allow students the opportunity to make the sounds and functionality of a system themselves it helps make an intangible thing tangible.