Profile: "Alumnus Christopher Baine's software fuses arts and technology"

As a sound designer and composer on the Washington, D.C. theatre scene for more than 15 years, alumnus Christopher Baine (Sound Design ’06) is no stranger to creative problem-solving. When he noticed the need for a new tool that no one was filling, he decided to build it himself.

He started his own company, Avae, and developed Canvas—a software that aims to fill the gaps between technology and the arts and simplifies design for sound, lighting and other designers. In addition to being named UNCSA’s first Artpreneur of the Year for his work on Canvas, Baine’s sound and composition work has earned four Helen Hayes Awards and seven nominations.

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Canvas is Now Available!

Today we're thrilled to share that AVAE's flagship product, Canvas, is available as an Early Access version! 

Canvas is a software program that helps sound designers create amazing live theater performances. 


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Why I Built AVAE

Sound is an interactive art form. It flexes. It pushes and pulls at an audience, and won’t leave you alone; you cannot close your ears. Theater is the same. It is dynamic. A story moves, enveloping its audience and requiring them to work. It is never the same twice. This is the joy of these mediums. They pair well.

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UNCSA Honors Christopher Baine with Inaugural "Artpreneur of the Year" Award

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) recently honored AVAE's CEO Christopher Baine with its first-ever Artpreneur of the Year award. This award recognizes an alumnus who has initiated a creative project or enterprise of the highest merit, artistic excellence, or innovative potential, and someone who embodies Chancellor Lindsay Bierman's definition of an artpreneur.

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