Steven Dubuc was still in college when he went to work as a system engineer for a Montreal sound company called Audio Concept in 1980. In 1982 he undertook his first cross-Canada rock’n’roll tour as a sound engineer with the Powder Blues Band, hitting 57 venues from coast to coast in 60 days.
With no formal training as a sound engineer, Steve went on to work for the Moscow Circus as Head of Touring Sound between1987 and 1989. In 1990 he was the Production Soundman for the Canadian national tour of Les Miserables. He returned to Montreal in 1992 to take up duties as Head of Sound at the Montreal Forum and got his first assignment from Cirque du Soleil in 1994, as Technical Director for Alegría. He later became Technical Director (Production & Touring) of the North American tour of Quidam.
Steven’s work took him away from Cirque in 1997 to become Project Manager (Audio) for Disneyfest Asia and to work on World Cup soccer installations in France. That led, among other assignments, to the position of Project Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games international broadcast center. He also managed the power systems for Celine Dion’s 1999 world tour and worked for the F1 World Championship, providing technical expertise and support for all European races.
He returned to Cirque du Soleil in late 2000 and was named Technical Director for Zumanity in 2002, before moving on to KÀ as Project Supervisor (Audio) in 2003. He returned to Montreal in 2004 to become Technical Director for special projects. And then it was back to Vegas as Theatre Technical Director of The Beatles LOVE in 2005.
In 2006 he was named Sound Designer of the Cirque production ZAIA, which opened in Macau, China in 2008. While there, he embarked on the earliest stages of development of Zarkana.
In 2009 Steven worked as Senior Theatre Consultant on the Cirque show Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas, and in 2010 he created the sound design for the outdoor programming of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as the audio system redesign for Quidam’s transfer into arena venues.
Steven Dubuc describes Zarkana as a “highly textured” show. His role is to integrate the sound with the lighting, the video effects, the costumes, the music and band cues triggered by the movements of performers – and at the same time to meet the challenging demands of the theatre.
“When we work in existing theatres we can’t knock down walls or hang speakers just anywhere,” he says. “On the other hand, we are able to take advantage of all the sound equipment that is already in place, and that’s a huge help in large spaces with many levels and balconies.”
Steven Dubuc was born in Beloeil, Quebec.