sound design


CJ McGillivray has a passion for immersive sound design and sensory audio experiences that subtly complement the drama unfolding on stage. Recent sound design credits include Marrow (Alley Theatre and Resounding Scream Theatre), Concord Floral (Douglas College Theatre Department), Generation Post Script and Frankenstein 1945 (Nebula Theatre), The Fitting Room (Vino Bueno Productions) Any Night and The Drowning Girls (Stone’s Throw Productions), Fool for Love (Clockwork Theatre), Last Night (Sacred Space Festival) and Antigone (Theatre Pandora). Her original musical compositions were featured in Good Day and Good Night and On My Walk (Carousel Theatre for Young People), for which she received her first Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nomination for Outstanding Artistic Creation, Composer. Upcoming creative endeavours include performing her original musical score for We Three by Meghan Gardiner with Carousel Theatre for Young People, in June 2018.

For a detailed summary of her sound design experience alongside other production roles in both theatre and film, please refer to her Production Resume.


What I look for in a sound designer is someone who has their own process in terms of understanding the piece and making offers, but who also has the ability to listen to a vision and thereby contribute to a shared one – CJ certainly embodied both sides of this.  What I appreciated most deeply was the combination of her own instincts and initiatives and her ability to listen with her whole body, mind and heart to my vision and to understand the foundation of my questions.  I was grateful for her ability to develop our conceptual conversations into concrete sounds with ingenuity, flexibility and beauty.

– Ulla Laidlaw, Director for The Drowning Girls

She had a clear vision and brought material and fresh ideas to the first meeting. I found her eager and committed to the project, always bringing a plethora of new offerings each time we met.  In rehearsals, she was knowledgeable, flexible, and hardworking.  Her final product complemented the piece beautifully, both fulfilling the script’s direction and adding to it.  She is both sensitive to the needs of a project and bold in bringing a new perspective.

– Kim Larson, Producer for The Drowning Girls