Kate Orr


Assistant Professor

Creatio Center for Technology,
Media & Design

Education

  • M.F.A., University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2021
  • B.F.A., Northwest University, 2018

Background

Kate Orr earned her BFA in recording from Northwest University and her MFA in Sound Design and Technology from UNC School of the Arts. She now uses the knowledge she has gained from her two degrees to teach sound from a Christian perspective. Discussing basic mixing techniques or how sound is used in the bible, Kate strives to teach students that their talents were not a mistake, but a gift from God, and should be cultivated to glorify Him. She was trained by Steve Smith (fellow faculty member of Creatio) and Wade Wilson (known for sound designing Elf, Shrek, Hunger Games,  and The Perfect Storm). Kate is beyond blessed to have learned from two amazing mentors. While in graduate school Kate worked on multiple video games, short films, and plays as the sound designer. She also had the privilege of being the supervising sound designer for Lyn Nottage’s play “Sweat” that got filmed during the season of distance learning. Outside of her graduate experience, Kate felt called to start her own post-production company “AppleCorr Productions,” with the intent of showing clients that entertainment could be created and done in a way that reflects God through every aspect of the post-production process, not just a select few. She now also teaches those same principles in her classroom, with the Creatio goal in mind, of preparing students to be “Ready to Work.” When Kate isn’t teaching or working on an “AppleCorr Productions” project, she can be found watching movies, playing video games, or playing with her cat Ruby. If you have any questions or want to chat with Kate about sound, feel free to reach out!

Courses Taught by Kate

  • Digital Audio Workstation 1 & 2
  • Recording Engineering 2 & 3
  • Sound Design for Film
  • Sound Design for Games
  • Virtual Game Engine 1 & 2
  • Survey of Video Technology

Suggested Reading

  • “Blood, Sweat, and Pixels,” by Jason Schreier
  • “Through a Screen Darkly: Looking Closer at Beauty, Truth, and Evil in Movies,” by Jeffery Overstreet
  • “When God Says ‘Go,'” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson
  • “Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently,” by Markova & McArthur
  • “Don’t Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette,” by Judith Bowman

Suggested Listening

  • SoundWorks Collection
  • L.A. Post Production Sound
  • Critical Role

Suggested Watching

  • “Corridor Crew,” on YouTube
  • “Marshall McGee,” on YouTube
  • Dunkirk (2017)
  • Dune (2021)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Moneyball (2011)