August 20, 2019 at 3:45pm

anna alex

Anna Alex comes to Millikin University after teaching in Audio Recording and Sound Design at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and The University of Nebraska, Kearney. She previously completed her MFA in Sound Design at Minnesota State University. Alex has worked professionally for theatres across the country. Anna Alex will be teaching classes in the School of Theatre and Dance and the Arts Technology and Administration Department.

  1. What has been the most rewarding experience working in Audio Engineering?

    The best part about working as an Audio Engineer and Sound Designer is that every project is completely new and different. Every venue and production team is unique. Being able to travel and work in such a multitude of places has been so fulfilling.
     
  2. What are you looking forward to the most about teaching in Arts Technology?

    Being a part of an interdisciplinary department gives me the opportunity to work with faculty and students that I typically wouldn’t get the chance to. I am excited to work in such a collaborative program with such a broad range of specialists. Sound is used is so many different avenues, it is typically separated between the sub-genres. I am very much looking forward to having recording, film, theatre, and live event audio students all learning together.
     
  3. What do you hope to teach your students?

    In my professional career I have always had interns on my crews. They typically had just graduated undergrad or were in their final year. I noticed a trend occurring. They were all eager, bright, talented, but were at a complete loss when it came they “why” behind the craft. The practical knowledge was there but the science and artistry involved in audio engineering and sound design were not. I realized that if I wanted to change the culture of emerging audio professionals, the best place would be in the classroom. I hope my students gain the 360° view of audio design and technologies and leave my classroom feeling confident and inspired when they enter the field.
     
  4. What has been the biggest challenge of working in the industry?

    One of my mentors once told me “if you can picture yourself doing anything else besides live theatre you should do that instead.” This industry is hard. It is filled with talented people all vying for the same select positions. The work is challenging and doesn’t fit into the typical 9 to 5 lifestyle. But, if you love it, and I do, there is nothing else I could even imagine myself doing.
     
  5. What made you choose to teach at Millikin University?

    When I decided to start looking for work in higher education, I wanted to make sure that I found an institution that valued hands on learning and experiences as much as traditional classroom teaching. Millikin’s values and teaching philosophies are completely aligned with my own and I look forward to being a part of the Millikin family.