James LeBrecht is an award-winning sound designer for film, games and exhibitions.
He migrated from New York to the West Coast in 1974, to attend the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama.
In the fall of 1978 LeBrecht began a 10-year stint as the Resident Sound Designer for the renowned Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he garnered numerous awards. In addition, James designed sound for productions at the American Conservatory Theater, the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. He co-authored the book Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design with Deena Kaye, which is in its 3rd printing. Sound and Music for the Theatre is considered the definitive text on the aesthetics and process of creating music and sound for live theater.
A strong interest in film led James to an audio internship at The Saul Zaentz Film Center in 1989. There, he quickly rose within the ranks to become a sound editor, designer and eventually supervisor. He honed his postproduction skills on projects such as Twin Peaks-Fire Walk With Me, Race the Sun and Dragon – The Bruce Lee Story. He also found employment at Skywalker Sound where he spent time editing on films such as The Game, Iron Giant and Pitch Black.