Gareth Owen (sound designer)

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Gareth Owen
Born Gareth John Owen
(1977-08-21) 21 August 1977 (age 40)
Sheffield, England
Occupation Theatrical Sound Designer
Years active 1998–present
Children 2

Gareth Owen is a six-time Tony & Olivier Award-winning/nominated sound designer specialising in musical theatre in London's West End, on Broadway and internationally.

Owen was nominated for his first Tony Award in 2010 for his Broadway production of Trevor Nunn's musical, A Little Night Music starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury.[1]

He was then nominated for an Olivier Award for his West End production of Terry Johnson's musical, End of the Rainbow starring multi-award-winning Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland.[2] The show later transferred to Broadway where he went on to pick up a further Tony nomination for Best Sound Design.

In recent years Owen collected a 2nd Oliver nomination for Top Hat, and, after five nominations, finally won the Oliver for Best Sound Design in 2014 with the London production of Merrily We Roll Along.

In 2015 Owen won the Olivier for Sound Design for the second consecutive year, this time for Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre, starring Beverley Knight. Composed by David Bryan from Bon Jovi, and directed by Christopher Ashley, this marked his sixth win/nomination in a row. He also received the prestigious Pro Sound Award for his work on the same production.[3]

In 2017, Owen won several awards for the Broadway musical Come From Away including the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Craig Noel Award, as well as a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

He has worked on over two hundred and seventy-five commercial sound designs throughout the world including: 42nd Street, Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows, Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein,The Bodyguard, Let it Be, Disney's Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Hairspray, Disney's Beauty & The Beast, Singin' in the Rain, Aspects of Love, Footloose, Flashdance, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Fame, Saturday Night Fever and La Cage Aux Folles.

In 2015 Owen was elected Treasurer of The Association of Sound Designers, a UK based association representing nearly all the theatrical sound engineers in the country.


  1. ^ "IBDB Person Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Olivier Award for Sound Design". The Olivier Awards. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pro Sound Award for Best Theatre Sound". The Pro Sound Awards. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 

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