James Ard is a local San Francisco artist, noisemaker, mechanic, and theatre vagrant. As of late, Ard has been constructing sound for theatre performances around the Bay Area. Ard’s sound-design work has been heard at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space,San Francisco Playhouse, Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles' Getty Villa, and A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, as well as with Golden Thread Productions, Shotgun Players, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre. James Ard is a co-founder of SoundPlay.media.