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Meet the NSFW Company: Verne Good

Studio 180: What have you been up to lately? 

Verne Good: Working as a personal trainer at a facility downtown, teaching Spin classes, starting to build my own in-home personal training service for people in the theatre community (coming soon!)

180: Is this your first Studio 180 show? 

VG: No, it is my 2nd and I’m so happy to be working with Studio 180 again. I designed the sound for The Normal Heart back in 2011 (remounted in 2012). Larry Kramer’s script about the politics around the burgeoning outbreak of AIDS in the early 1980’s was so harrowing, and our cast and direction so gifted – the designer’s table was littered with Kleenex instead of jujubes for once.

180: Tell us about your role on NSFW

VG: I’m the sound designer – I’ll be providing all transitional music and incidental sound environments for the show.

180: What would you say is the most challenging/exciting thing about your role on NSFW?

The script very much invites debate and consideration about the role of feminism in media – I just want to find music that best underscores the main themes or provides a clever counterpoint.

180: Why do you think audiences should check out NSFW?

VG: The current social fabric is becoming more and more egregious in its poisonousness. Services like 4Chan and Reddit have made internet trolling an online international sport, with women as its targets and pawns. The recently leaked private photos of female celebrities, the backlash against Emma Watson for speaking out in favor of feminist action at the U.N., not to mention the ongoing struggles women face internationally, make the play’s central questions so important to get out into the open. On the flip side of the same coin, the evolution of the Twitter hashtag #Idontneedfeminism shines a light on the growing base of women who clearly don’t understand or are observant of the problems we still need to discuss as a society.

180: What’s coming up for you? 

VG: Continuing to train people to help them become healthier, in addition to 2 more sound designs in the spring: Outside, by Paul Dunn, for Roseneath Theatre, and Cake and Dirt, by Daniel MacIvor, for Tarragon Theatre.

 

  • A co-founder of Studio 180, Mark is a Toronto-based actor, writer and producer. As a member of our Core Artistic Team, Mark coordinates the company’s new play development initiatives and is one of our Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leaders. More posts by Mark McGrinder

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