KYLE VEGTER is a composer, sound designer, producer, and theater artist living in Chicago. He is a founder and the Managing Artistic Director of Manual Cinema, an 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, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, StoryCorps, Hubbard Street Dance, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, 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 Kimmel Center (Philly) The Tehran International Puppetry Festival (Iran), The Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), The Metropolitan Museum (NYC) and elsewhere around the world.
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’s working on the sound and music for two large-scale immersive productions with Artistic Director Randy Weiner (Sleep No More, The Donkey Show) that will premiere in Beijing and Shanghai respectively in late 2016 and 2017. He is also currently working on the music to accompany a new work by the choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams commissioned by Hubbard Street Dance Company which will premiere at the MCA Chicago in May 2017. He will also work with Manual Cinema to premiere 3 new original, feature length productions in 2017- one based on Edith Nesbit's Magic City to premiere at the Chicago Children's Theater, one based on the life and work of the American poet Gwendolyn Brooks to premiere with the Poetry Foundation, and another called The End of TV to premiere at the New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas.