John Pearson

  • Senior Lecturer in Technical Theatre Programme Leader, BA Hons Performing Arts
  • Institute of the Arts
  • Arts Research Initiative (ARI)
  • Performing Arts
 John Pearson


John Pearson is a sound engineer, designer, technician and educational arts practitioner. He studied Theatre Design at Bretton Hall (now part of the University of Leeds) and developed a specialism in sound and lighting, before moving to the Republic of Ireland to study creative Music Technology at the University of Limerick.

His MSc project focused on extending and altering the influence of a dance performer on their performance space, using video motion tracking technologies to allow them to alter the soundscape in real time.

John has worked professionally as a technician, event manager and sound engineer for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Freda Payne and Percy Sledge along with dozens of local artists.

Within his teaching at the University of Cumbria, John helps students learn about both the craft and art of technical theatre and design. 

Qualifications and memberships

PGC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MSc Music Technology

BA Hons Theatre Design and Technology (Scenography)

Associate member, Association of Lighting Designers

Academic and research interests

Festival production management and successfully working with volunteers

Production structures and their application within an academic environment

Interactive and immersive performance installations

The interaction between creative and technical: interpreting and enabling creative vision.


Pearson, J. (2018) 'Engaging practical students through audio feedback' Practitioner Research in
Higher Education, Vol 11 No 1 (2018): Special Assessment Edition, pp. 87-94.

Recent external roles

External Examiner for BA Hons Stage Management, Backstage Academy (University of Bolton)