Victoria (toy) Deiorio served as Distinguished Sound Designer at the 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN in 2019. She helped adjudicate the Design Competition and participated in the Design Keynotes along with Costume Designer Linda Cho, Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernández and Lighting Designer Jonathan Spencer.
Advice to Young Designers
“Everyone’s path is separate and unique, and everyone’s path has value. You will grow your life step by step with each project you take on. The way you work, and how you work, will determine which teams you communicate best with and that collaboration will be what is talked about with others … and so your career grows because of word-of-mouth. If you’re kind, hard-working, respectful, open-minded, willing to learn, humble, and then talented … these attributes will take you very far.”
About Victoria (toy) Deiorio
Combining her previous careers in ballet, acting and songwriting, Victoria Deiorio is a critically-acclaimed sound designer and composer for theatre based in Chicago. With a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and studying classical acting in London at RADA and LAMDA, she transitioned from performance to design. She has also directed, choreographed, written plays and musicals, production managed, and produced theatre. Her book The Art of Theatrical Sound Design – A Practical Guide was published September of 2018. Victoria’s compositions and sound design have been heard in many theatres over the past 23 years. Her off-Broadway compositions and sound design include: Nine Circles (Sheen Center); A Christmas Carol (St. Clements); Two Point Oh with Active Theatre (Primary Stages); Arnie the Doughnut at the NYMTF (The Pearl); Cassie’s Chimera at Joes Pub (The Public); The Bluest Eye with Steppenwolf (The Duke Theatre); Ophelia at the NYC Fringe Fest (The Connelly); The God of Hell at the Actors Studio (Associate); Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages (Associate); Live Girls at Urban Stages (Associate); Luminescence Dating at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Associate); and Boy at Primary Stages (Associate). Regionally Victoria has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Seattle Repertory, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, CATF, Delaware Theatre Company, Peoples Light and Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Play House, Indiana Repertory, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance TheatreWorks, Peninsula Players, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Florida Stage, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and others. In Chicago she has designed storefront productions with Firebrand Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, American Blues, Lifeline Theatre, Porchlight Theatre, Light Opera Works, and many others. Victoria is the head of Sound Design for The Theatre School at DePaul University. She was an Associate Artistic Director with COR theatre, a founding member and interim Artistic Director of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an artistic associate with The Next Theatre, and a member of Lifeline Theatre. Currently she serves as the Co-Chair on the Executive Board of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (www.TSDCA.org), additionally serving as the Chair of the Bylaws, Communications, and Finance and Development committees. Professional memberships include: USA829, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and The Alliance for Women Film Composers. Victoria directed Skin Tight and Mami, Where’d My O Go with COR theatre; Falling: A Wake and Stigmata (which she also wrote) with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble; 365 Days, 365 Plays – Week 19, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!, and A Winter’s Tale at Lifeline Theatre; Sunday on the Rocks with Second Sex at Bailiwick Theatre; and a staged reading of Night Light by Robert Smith. She composed Dirty Cowboy and Flight of the Dodo – two children’s musicals for Lifeline Theatre. And she’s produced 2 CDs of original music with her band ToyBand. She is the first woman to have been nominated for 14 Joseph Jefferson Awards — winning seven — and she has received two After Dark Awards and a SALT Award.