I've been a sound and experience designer, theatrical producer, and educator for fifteen years in Chicago, and recently relocated to Portland.

I built a web + interactive agency that primarily serves cultural institutions by implementing technology that activates their audience through create unique and delightful experiences.

I have a passion for developing talent and potential in my collaborative teams, my students,
and the organizations that artists build.

  • Sound
  • Web
  • Discovery

The Piano Lesson
Court Theatre

directed by Ron "OJ" Parson.

Touch
New Leaf Theatre

directed by Jessica Hutchinson
Nominated for Best Sound Design, Non-Equity Jeff Awards 2009

Lexicon
New Leaf Theatre

Original Sound Performance Piece

Selected Credits & Articles

  • Chicago Theatre Recipe

    There are three things every theatre company needs to thrive:
    1) Heart.
    2) Close cooperation between diverse artistic perspectives
    3) A deep, lasting connection with a unique audience

    Read the Article
  • 2015 - 2016

    Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago - Journey World (Touring Installation)
    Hypocrites - Endgame
    Victory Gardens - Samsara

  • 2013 - 2014

    North Park University - Roustabout
    Northlight Theatre - Lost in Yonkers
    Northlight Theatre - Detroit '67
    Goodman Theatre - Smokefall (co-design, Linsday Jones)
    Neo-Futurists - The Sovereign Statement
    Peninsula Players - Sunday in the Park with George
    Next Theatre - Everything is Illuminated
    DePaul University - Measure for Measure
  • "Nick Keenan's tremendous AM-radio sound design [helps] to suggest the way a life is remembered in bits and pieces: Memories are triggered by the smell of a blanket or the sound of a Moody Blues song, and can be reassuring and discomfiting at the same time."

    - TimeOut Chicago
  • 2011-2012

    New Leaf Theatre - Arcadia
    Seth Bockley & Devon DeMayo - Guerra, A Clown Play
    Northwestern University - Danceworks 2012 Northwestern University - Brighton Beach Memoirs
    UMass Amherst - Twelfth Night

  • How to Design Sound when you're not a sound designer

    1) Be Nice.
    1a) Be Prepared.
    1b) Don't Hurt Anyone.
    2) Use Your Ears to Make it Sound Good.

    Read the Article
  • The Questions of a Design Aesthetic

    The lines of inquiry that informed my years as an emerging designer.

    Read the Article
  • 2009-2010

    A Red Orchid Theatre Youth Ensemble - The Iliad
    Court Theatre - Sizwe Banzi is Dead
    Court Theatre - The Illusion (co-design with Josh Horvath, Jeff Nomination)
    Next Theatre - End Days (Jeff Nomination)
    New Leaf Theatre - The Man Who Was Thursday
    Court Theatre - The Piano Lesson
    Goodman Theatre & Neo-Futurists - Strange Interlude
    New Leaf Theatre - Touch (Jeff Nomination)
    Rivendell Theatre Ensemble - These Shining Lives
  • 2007-2008

    Chicago Shakespeare - Amadeus (Assisting Michael Bodeen)
    Goodman Theatre - The Trip to Bountiful (Assisting Brett Jarvis)
    Backstage Theatre Company - How I Learned to Drive
    Goodman Theatre - Shining City (Assisting Obadiah Eaves)
    New Leaf Theatre - The Dining Room
    Goodman Theatre - Mirror of the Invisible World (Assisting Michael Bodeen)
    Goodman Theatre - Oedipus Complex (Assisting Todd Barton)
  • "New Leaf seems to have selected The Dining Room to showcase its two most rarefied assets: its queerly elegant found space ... and its invaluable resident sound designer. As the cast pantomimes all the props to Nick Keenan's recorded, carefully placed effects of delicate papers being rustled or rattling flatware getting polished, you suspect the designer knows even better than the playwright the sound of a WASP's nest."

    - Time Out Chicago
    - The Dining Room

Hello.

Let's make something delightful.