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Physicist and acoustician David T. Bradley discusses the acoustical design of theaters, December 9, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—David T. Bradley, assistant professor of physics at Vassar College, will present the program “To Hear or Not to Hear: The Acoustics of Drama Theaters” on Thursday, December 9. Free and open to the public, the presentation will begin at 7:30pm in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College. Bradley is the lead editor of the new book, Acoustical Design of Theatres for Drama Performance: 1985-2010. This event corresponds with the release of the book. A dessert reception in the Martel lobby will follow the lecture.

If you have ever wondered how the architectural design of a performing arts space helps or hinders the way we hear a performance, Bradley’s lecture will elucidate this topic. He will discuss how the sonic environment of a theater affects the acoustics of spoken-word performances, paying particular attention to the acoustics of the Martel Theater. Additionally, he will examine the progression of acoustical design for drama theaters over the past 25 years. 

David T. Bradley received a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College in 2001, and a Ph.D. in architectural engineering–acoustics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2006. He then worked as an architectural acoustical consultant in Seattle, Washington. Bradley is an assistant professor of physics at Vassar College where he teaches introductory through advanced-level courses in physics, acoustics, and media studies. He also conducts research on the behavior of sound energy, particularly in relation to the built environment.

The lecture is sponsored by Vassar College's Physics and Astronomy and Drama Departments.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, November 12, 2010