Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ”

— Victor Hugo

Jae Shanks

 I'm a sound designer currently living in Oklahoma City. Although originally from Austin, Texas. I have found I miss the Midwest with its tempestuous weather and religion of coffee. The South has good pickles and smoked barbeque though.
I write in my spare time, and any time I have left is spent cooking with local ingredients. I stay busy!

I was a pianist first; I've been playing since I was six years old. Sound design happened quite accidentally in undergrad; I stepped up to a role that was vacated during a show. My first full sound design was Machinal: a two hour soundscape with original music: nothing like starting small. Since then I've gone to grad school at University of Missouri Kansas City and been freelancing in the Midwest. Sound design adds an emotional quality to shows that is hard to qualify, but important nevertheless. Music pulls at the soul and it is a privilege to be a part of a production's emotional journey.

Thank you for listening!

Sample Compositions

Press links

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkin
An Old-fashioned yet Transgressive Piece of Theater

Marilyn/God by Rosary Hartel O'Neill
Visually Arresting Tour de Force

Sample videos