Accessibility statement

Dr Mariana Lopez



I have a background in music, sound design and acoustics. My MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled ‘audio film’ that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences.  In 2013 I completed my PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama.

In 2014 I joined the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE, Anglia Ruskin University) as a Senior Research Fellow.  In 2016 I moved to York to start a position as Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

I am also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of short films and theatre productions.



I am the Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Enhancing Audio Description’  and the British Academy funded project ‘The Soundscapes of the York Mystery Plays’.

I was also the supervisor for Arne Nykänen’s EU funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, ‘Safe and Sound Drive: design of a serious game for cars to help increase driver skills and lower fuel consumption.’


I am currently supervising PhD projects in the field of interactive art installations and the reconstruction of early modern playhouses.


Selected publications


Journal Publications

López, M. (2015) ‘An Acoustical Approach to the Study of the Wagons of the York Mystery Plays: Structure and Orientation’, Early Theatre, Vol. 18, No. 2, December 2015, pp. 11-36.

López, M. (2015) ‘Using multiple computer models to study the acoustics of a sixteenth-century performance space’, Applied Acoustics, Vol. 94, July 2015, pp. 14-19.

López, M. (2015) ‘Objective evaluation of a simulation of the acoustics of a medieval urban space used for dramatic performances’, Applied Acoustics, Vol. 88, February 2015, pp. 38-43.

López, M., Pauletto, S. and Kearney, G. (2013) ‘The Application of Impulse Response Measurement Techniques to the Study of the Acoustics of Stonegate, a Performance Space Used in Medieval English Drama’ in Acta Acustica united with Acustica, Vol. 99, No. 1, January/February 2013, pp. 98-109.

López, M. and Pauletto, S. (2009) ‘The Design of an Audio Film: Portraying Story, Action and Interaction through Sound’ in JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning, 8, Winter 2009.

Book Chapters

López, M., ‘The York Mystery Plays: Exploring Sound and Hearing in Medieval Vernacular Drama’ in S. Thomson and M. Bintley (ed.), Sensory Perception in the Medieval West, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy, 34, (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 53-73, 2016.

Conference Papers and Presentations [18]

de Groen, P., Patel, S., López, M., Szewczynski, M. and Toulson, R. ‘Combining Science with Art to Educate and Motivate Patients prior to Colorectal Cancer Screening’ in Smart Education and e-Learning 2016, Springer International Publishing, 2016, 315-328.

López, M., Kearney, G. and Hofstadter, K. ‘Sound Design and Accessibility in Film and Television’ in 140th International Audio Engineering Society Convention, Paris, France, 4-7 June 2016, (Tutorial).

López, M., ‘Sound and Hearing in Medieval Drama’ in CLAMS Colloquium The Senses in the Pre-Modern World, King’s College London, UK, 17 May 2016, (Invited Presentation).

Nykänen, A., Lundkvist, A., Lindberg, S. and López, M. ‘Safe and Sound Drive: Sound based gamification of user interfaces in cars’ in Audio Engineering Society (AES) Audio for Games Conference, London, UK, 10-12 February 2016.

López, M., ‘Acoustics, Performers and Audiences in Medieval English Drama’ in Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, Vol. 37, Auditorium Acoustics, Paris, France, 29-31 October 2015.

López, M., ‘Using Digital Audio Technologies to Study and Disseminate the York Mystery Plays’ in York Mystery Plays 2015 Conference, York, UK, 1 August 2015, (Invited Presentation).

López, M., ‘Auralizing the York Mystery Plays: Methodologies, Results and Public Engagement’ in the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, UK, 6-9 July 2015.

López, M., ‘Perceptual evaluation of an audio film for visually impaired audiences’ in the Audio Engineering Society (AES) 138th Convention, Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May 2015.

López, M. and Pauletto, S., ‘The Design of an Audio Film for the visually impaired’ in the 15th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), Copenhagen, Denmark, 18-22 May 2009.

External activities


Full Member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), chair of the AES Cambridge section (2015-2016)

Member of Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval (SITM) 

Music Editor for HARTS & Minds Journal 

Field recording For Documentary

Contact details

Dr Mariana Lopez
Senior Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production
Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
University of York
Baird Lane
Campus East
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5248