Mike Ponder has been with the Clarence Brown Theatre for over 20 seasons, designing sound for over 75 productions while working to modernize the sound and communications systems for the three theatres that fly under the CBT banner. Mike started in 1998 when he could still lift the reel-to-reel tape machines that still littered the booths, making room for taking full advantage of the revolution in emerging digital mixers and computer-based production systems that brought an explosion of affordable capabilities to theatre. Some standout productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre for Mr. Ponder have been the American premier of the Hungarian all-movement play, Dance in Time (American title) with the creator Laszlo Marton; Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses with Playmaker’s Joe Haj for which he performed live music, effects, and treatments next to a 4000 gal. pool; Original music for Deadman’s Cellphone with Casey Sams; and two outside favorites, Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Chesapeake for which Mike composed original dog oriented electric bass music and effects, for the North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville. Most recently, the CBT has offered Urinetown and two Christmas productions, David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries and A Christmas Carol featuring Mr. Ponder’s design work. He would like to thank the students, both Sound Design students, and all the other highly motivated young people for making it fun and inspiring.