Stage Door Players

Stage Door Players

5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Box office - (770) 396-1726

Rial Ellsworth

Rial Ellsworth

Sound Designer in Residence

Rial is originally from McComb, Mississippi, but has been a resident of Woodstock, Georgia since the early 90’s. Although he has no formal training in the audio arts, he has over four decade’s worth of on-the-job experience. Starting at the tender age of 14, and continuing through High School, he had a part-time job at the local radio station as an announcer, DJ and engineer. This was his introduction to "Audio Technology & Theory" as well as "Broadcasting". Following high school, Rial joined the Navy where he was an electrician on an aircraft carrier. Add "Electrical Engineering, Theory & Mechanics". Post Navy, he was in Jacksonville, Florida playing in several semi-professional bands by night, while working at music stores during the day.

Add "Basic Music Theory, Live Performance, Musical Instruments, and Sound Equipment" to his education. Over time his musical interest was eclipsed by his fascination with live sound. He and his wife started Ellsworth Audio, a company providing sound systems and speaker repair services to nightclubs, auditoriums and other venues throughout the North Florida area. Add "Sound Reinforcement Technology, Theory & Practices". Upon moving to Woodstock, Rial re-discovered his love of theatre. This lead to acting, which led to shows that also needed a sound designer….so whenever he is not acting, he gets to use his accumulated education to contribute a little bit of theatre magic to shows by making audiences think they are hearing things that aren’t actually real!