Deanna H. Choi
DEANNA H. CHOI - DESIGNER & COMPOSER
Deanna H. Choi is a sound designer, composer, and audio systems designer working across disciplines in theatre, dance, film, and installation art. She graduated from Queen's University with honours in behavioural neuroscience and a theatre minor. Choi has designed and composed for theatre companies across Canada including the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Theatre Calgary, Grand Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Young People's Theatre, Blyth Festival, Nightwood, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Theatre New Brunswick.
She has also presented her work in psychological research at national conferences and was a featured speaker at TEDxQueens. Her primary research interest is the intersection between music, theatre, and psychology, and how these links can be used as tools for clinical and social change.
As a stage performer, Choi is currently developing two new pieces with collaborators: LOVE YOU WRONG TIME (with sound designer/composer/performer Maddie Bautista), a cabaret treatise on racialized love, loneliness, and Craigslist; and WAKE (with contemporary dancer/choreographer Aria Evans), a multimedia duet on hope in the face of climate crisis.
Choi is committed to teaching theatrical sound design, with an emphasis towards empowering women, non-binary, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour), and LGBTQ2S+ individuals. She has previously worked as a mentor/instructor with the AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project, Paprika Festival, Peterborough Theatre Guild, and Blyth Festival Young Company. She has also taught and facilitated workshops integrating performance, research, and design for organizations including Shad Valley International, Sistema Toronto, and the Heifetz Institute in Staunton, VA.
She studied violin with Jonathan Crow (TSO), Tibor Vaghy (Vaghy String Quartet), Jerry Csaba (NAC), and the late Kenneth Perkins (Orford Quartet), and has performed extensively as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician. Choi co-founded the Badass Brahms Chamber Collective, a non-profit ensemble that makes chamber music accessible and relevant to new audiences.