Mike Ponder has been with the Clarence Brown Theatre for over 15 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 scene, 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 Artistic Director Joe Haj for which Mike performed live music, effects, and treatments next to a 4000 gallon 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.