Sound Design + Original Music




Arshan Gailus composes original music and designs sound for theater companies including The Huntington Theatre Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, A.R.T Institute, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, SpeakEasy Stage Company, The Gloucester Stage Company, Company One, New Repertory Theatre, and The Lyric Stage Company.  

Arshan was recently awarded the 2016 IRNE Award for Best Sound Design (Small Theater) for his design of appropriate for the SpeakEasy Stage Company.  He was also a member of the Elliot Norton Award winning design teams for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One, 2012) and Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2011).  In addition to his work in theater, Arshan composes music and designs sound for independent video games in the Boston area and internationally.

Arshan teaches at Emerson College where he serves as the Resident Sound Designer for the Department of Performing Arts.

Arshan holds a B.S. in Music from MIT, where he studied composition, instrumental performance, psychoacoustics, computer science, and electrical engineering.  He has studied classical saxophone with Ken Radnofsky and Philipp Stäudlin.

Sound Design Production History

* indicates Original Music in addition to Sound Design

2016*Fast CompanyLyric Stage Company of BostonM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
*Richard IIActors' Shakespeare ProjectAllyn Burrows, dir.
2015MacbethBrandeis UniversityZoë Golub-Sass, dir.
*O BeautifulEmerson StageBenny Sato Ambush, dir.
appropriateIRNE Award
Elliot Norton Award nomination
SpeakEasy Stage CompanyM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
The New Electric BallroomGloucester Stage CompanyRobert Walsh, dir.
*World BuildersContemporary American Theater FestivalNicole A. Watson, dir.
Desdemona: A Play About a HandkerchiefAmerican Repertory Theatre InstituteMelia Bensussen, dir.
Merrily We Roll AlongEmerson StageScott Lafeber, dir.
Uncommon Women, and OthersEmerson StageMaureen Shea, dir.
2014*PhèdreActors' Shakespeare ProjectM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
Dancing at LughnasaEmerson StageCourtney O'Connor, dir.
*Becoming CubaHuntington Theatre CompanyM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
*The Cherry OrchardActors' Shakespeare ProjectMelia Bensussen, dir.
2013SplendorCompany OneShawn LaCount, dir.
*Romeo and JulietActors' Shakespeare ProjectBobbie Steinbach and Allyn Burrows, dirs.
TribesIRNE Award nominationSpeakEasy Stage CompanyM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
*PericlesActors' Shakespeare ProjectAllyn Burrows, dir.
Clybourne ParkSpeakEasy Stage CompanyM. Bevin O'Gara, dir.
LungsNew Repertory TheaterBridget Kathleen O’Leary, dir.
2012*ChinglishLyric Stage Company of BostonLarry Coen, dir.
MacbethActors' Shakespeare ProjectPaula Plum, dir.
*The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityElliot Norton Award
IRNE Award nomination
Company OneShawn LaCount, dir.
Avenue QLyric Stage Company of BostonSpiro Veloudos, dir.
*The TemperamentalsLyric Stage Company of BostonJeremy Johnson, dir.
Superior DonutsLyric Stage Company of BostonSpiro Veloudos, dir.
2011*The Divine SisterSpeakEasy Stage CompanyLarry Coen, dir.
Twelfth NightElliot Norton AwardActors' Shakespeare ProjectMelia Bensussen, dir.
1001Company OneMegan Sandberg-Zakian, dir.
*The UnderstudyLyric Stage Company of BostonLarry Coen, dir.
2010*GRIMMCompany OneShawn LaCount and Summer Williams, dirs.
Blithe SpiritLyric Stage Company of BostonSpiro Veloudos, dir.
*Legacy of LightLyric Stage Company of BostonLois Roach, dir.
The Sing Song ShowBoston Arts AcademyRosalind Thomas-Clark, dir.
2009The OverwhelmingCompany OneShawn LaCount, dir.
*after the quakeCompany OneShawn LaCount, dir.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Emerson Umbrella Center for the ArtsRobert Knapp, dir.
2008*Voyeurs de VenusCompany OneSummer Williams, dir.