Audio Equipment Rentals

Great audio equipment rentals-for way less. Let us introduce ourselves-we are Aria Rental- a rental company based in Chicago. We work in theatre’s everyday and understand what theatre budgets are like…you have to stretch every dollar to try to fill the needs of a production. Our rental prices work within those limits, so you get more gear for less money. Other vendors usually quote corporate rates when most theaters have a non-profit status. In other words-we get it. 

Most of our gear is for audio-we also have many video design/production items. In addition to the rental items listed-we have 6 Q-lab rigs that are pre-built with SSD drives and time machine back up drives in them. All the computer connections are on a front face plate-Just pull the audio snake out the back and it’s ready to go. 

We also have 2 mac pro towers for video playback with Isadora and Q-lab on them, a 240 GIG OWC Mercury extreme pro 6G SSD drive (559 MB/s rate) with a 1 TB internal backup/ storage drive.  They have 2 ATI Radeon HD-570 1GB graphics cards that output 2560x1600-total of 6 video outs on each tower. 

We have a lot of audio snakes-1G and 2G block mults, Powercon, Siamese cables-etc

If you don’t see something you need-contact us-we are ALWAYS investing in new items. 

We ship gear across the country all the time.


Ray Nardelli - Owner

Ray is owner of Aria Music Designs, LLC which provides music and sound for theatre, film, and owns a sound rental company ( Off Broadway credits include Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Gutherie Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, The Arsht Theatre in Miami, Indiana Rep Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre,  The Auditorium Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre,  The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Congo Square, Buffalo Arena Stage, The Alley Theatre, American Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, AppleTree Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, American Girl Theatre (New York, Chicago),  Skylight Opera. He has recorded, mixed and produced CD’s for the musicals Sense & Sensibility, Eastland,  Oh Coward, The Sound Of One, La Luna Muda and Hillbilly Antigone.  Over 400 Film, TV, DVD, and computer game credits worldwide.  Mr. Nardelli has received nominations for a Column award for Cabaret in Dallas, A Elliot Norton nomination for Jungle Book in Boston, A nomination for a Suzi Bass award for Lookingglass Alice in Atlanta , four Chicago Jeff Awards and eight nominations.  Production work THE LAST SHIP, BRING IT ON, ANN, THE ADAMS FAMILY, LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, ALL SHOOK UP, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. to name a few.  Pre Broadway.  THE LAST SHIP, BRING IT ON, ANN, THE ADAMS FAMILY, LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (asst designer), ALL SHOOK UP, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Mr. Nardelli’s memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2.  Ray lives in Chicago with his wife Lynn and two children Elliot and Olivia.

Stephanie Farina - Rentals Manager

 Stephanie has served as Rental Manger at Aria Rentals since 2010. In addition she is the audio head at Goodman Thea­tre, she began there in 2007 as the sound intern, and has since worked on 35 productions at the thea­tre. Among her Goodman credits are Smokefall, Another Word for Beauty, Brigadoon, Ain't Misbehavin, Little Foxes, Animal Crackers, Turn of the Century, White Snake and over 200 performance of A Christmas Carol. Some of her favorites are  the pre-Broadway run of War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, Wonderful Town, the largest musical the organization has ever produced, and Jungle Book in which she took to the Huntington Theatre in Boston.  Her assist design credits include Hephaestus and Trust at Lookingglass Theatre, 12 Angry Men at Raven Theatre, Distracted at American Theatre Company, and Good Negro and Venus in Fur at the Goodman. She has worked through the Chicagoland area at various theatres including Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Neo-Futurist, Chicago Children's Theatre and American Girl Theatre Chicago.  Stephanie is a proud  Journeymen in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 2 of Chicago.