Matthew Suttor

Professor in the Practice of Sound Design and Stage Management and Director of laurie beechman for theatrical sound design and music

Matthew Suttor, New Zealand-born composer, is Professor in the Practice and Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale School of Drama. Often combining acoustic forces with music technology, Suttor has composed operas, dance works, and music for all kinds of theatrical productions as well as chamber music, sacred pieces, sound installations, and scores for television. Suttor’s work in opera and dance includes Don Juan in Prague, in collaboration with director David Chambers, for the Bard SummerScape Festival and revised for the Mozart Prague Festival, the Guggenheim Works and Process series, and the BAM Next Wave Festival. His opera, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, premiered at the International Festival of the Arts, Wellington, New Zealand, and was broadcast by Radio New Zealand, and I Find Comfort in Thunder for the Folkwang Tanzstudio, Essen, toured Germany. Concert works, installations, and television scores include Syntagma, commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, La Prose du Transsibérien, for narrator and chamber ensemble and HxWxL both commissioned by the Beinecke Library, the Eastman School of Music commissioned Buntpapier, and he composed the score for Zoomslide’s two-season television series Real Pasifik. Yale Repertory Theatre productions include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale, and Arcadia. A Fulbright Scholar, Suttor received a doctorate in composition from Columbia University.