KYLE VEGTER is a composer, sound designer, producer, and theater artist living in Chicago. He is a co-founder and the Managing Artistic Director of Manual Cinema, an Emmy Award winning interdisciplinary theater and film company.
As a composer of concert music he’s been commissioned by such groups as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series, TIGUE, the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, and Homeroom Chicago. His music and sound design for theater and film has been commissioned by the New York Times, NPR’s Invisibilia, Topic (First Look Media), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, StoryCorps, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, Hubbard Street Dance, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, Court Theater, and others.
His theater work with Manual Cinema has been performed worldwide at venues like The Kennedy Center (DC), The Detroit Institute of Art, Davies’ Symphony Hall (SF), The Adelaide Festival (Australia), The Under the Radar Festival (NYC), The Kimmel Center (Philly), The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven), The Tehran International Puppetry Festival (Iran), The Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), The Avignon OFF Festival (France), The Metropolitan Museum (NYC) and elsewhere around the world.
The End of TV, a multidisciplinary work he wrote and co-composed for Manual Cinema was a recent recipient of The New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project award. He scored and sound designed The Forger, a short form documentary created by Manual Cinema and the New York Times which won an Emmy award and was nominated for a Peabody award in 2017.
He was a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories as part of the SOUND ROOM residency, he taught as an adjunct lecturer in the theater and performance studies department at the University of Chicago, and co-founded Chicago's only contemporary art music tape label Parlour Tapes+.
Currently he is working on a new ballet by the choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams, commissioned by The Pacific Northwest Ballet, which will premiere In Seattle in March 2019. In 2018 he will work with Manual Cinema on the sound and music for an original adaptation of Frankenstein. The new adaptation is commissioned by Court Theater and will premiere there in Fall 2018.