David Saltz

Professor and Head, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Georgia

Dr. Saltz has worked at the intersection of live performance and digital technology as both a scholar and practitioner for the past thirty years. In addition to his books,  Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (with Sarah Bay-Cheng and Jennifer Starbuck Parker) and Staging Philosophy​he has published numerous articles and book chapters about digital performance from the perspective of performance studies, philosophy, and digital humanities. He was PI of the Virtual Vaudeville, a project funded through the National Science Foundation’s digital libraries initiative. The project was designed to function simultaneously as an original scholarly contribution to the history of American popular theatre, a prototype for future projects in digital historiography, and a teaching tool for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of theatre and cultural history.

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Sarah Bay-Cheng

Chair and Professor of Theatre and Dance, Bowdoin College

Dr. Bay-Cheng's publications include  Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field  (with David Saltz and Jennifer Starbuck Parker), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (with C. Kattenbelt, A. Lavender and R.

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Philip Auslander

Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Philip Auslander was appointed to the Georgia Tech faculty in 1987 and has been a Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication since 1999. Dr. Auslander teaches primarily in the area of Performance Studies with particular interests in the performance of music, performance and technology, and the documentation of performance. He is a contributing editor to several journals in theatre or performance studies based in the US or the UK. Auslander is the author of six books and editor or co-editor of two collections, including Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance (University of Michigan, 1992), From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (Routledge, 1997), Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (Routledge, 1999; second edition in 2008), Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (University of Michigan, 2006), and Reactivations: Essays on Performance and Its Documentation (forthcoming University of Michigan Press, 2018).

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Stephen Berry

Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era in the Department of History, University of Georgia

Dr. Berry’s research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, family, depression, disappointment, and death in the nineteenth-century South. He is the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, which was the Book of the Month Club main selection for March 2008, designated a We the People project by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and chosen by Owensboro Community and Technical College for its campus-wide Common Reading program. All That Makes a Man: Love & Ambition in the Civil War South (Oxford University Press, 2003) was a finalist for the 2004 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship.

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Mark Coniglio

co-founder, Troika Ranch

Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. A native of Nebraska, Mark received his degree in music composition in 1989 from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. From that early time, Coniglio’s artistic practice has included the creation of custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer led him to create the award-winning software Isadora, a flexible graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. Mark's writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals, including “New Visions In Performance”, “La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza” and Movement Research Journal. He relocated from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008.

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Peter Eckersall

Professor of Theater, CUNY Graduate Center

Dr. Eckesall is a specialist in new media dramaturgy, contemporary performance, and Japanese Theatre. He was as co-chief investigator for an international research project titled New Media Dramaturgy: How New Media Transform the Composition and Reception of Live Performance (2012-14) that includes comparative perspectives on performance dramaturgy from Japan, Europe, the US and Australia. He serves as the Vice President of Performance Studies international (PSi) and is the co-convenor of the PSi Dramaturgy and Performance Studies working group.

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Ashley Ferro-Murray

Curator of Theater and Dance at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Ferro-Murray is a curator and scholar whose work investigates the intersections among movement, digital culture, and interactive technology. Before coming to EMPAC, Ferro-Murray was the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Time Global Fellow at New York City’s public arts organization, Creative Time. She is currently working on a book project, Choreography in the Digital Era: Dancing the Cultural Difference of Technology, which charts international artists who make space for feminist, queer, disability, and postcolonial perspectives in the engineering industry, global networks, biomedicine, and borderlands. Ferro-Murray has also conducted extensive research on online instruction and the arts, for which she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning dissertation research grant. This research led to in an online course titled American Cybercultures and an original choreography titled MOOCing?. Ferro-Murray has also worked as a choreographer, exploring the relationship between the moving body and technology – culturally, politically, and aesthetically.

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Amy Hughes

Associate Professor of Theater History and Criticism, Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Dr. Hughes investigates the relationship between theater/performance and visual, print, and material culture in the US during the nineteenth century. Her first book, Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Michigan Press, 2012), received the 2013 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). In fall 2018, University of Michigan Press will publish A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century US American Actor, a critical edition featuring selections from Watkins's diary, co-edited by Dr. Hughes and Dr. Naomi J. Stubbs (LaGuardia Community College). To supplement this volume, Drs. Hughes and Stubbs are preparing a digital edition comprising the entire text of the manuscript, which they encoded in XML using a custom schema inspired by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

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John Kundert-Gibbs

Associate Professor, Department of Film and Theatre Studies, University of Georgia

Dr. Kundert-Gibbs specializes in 3D computer modeling and animation, motion capture, and modern drama. Prior to coming to UGA, he was director of the Digital Production Arts program at Clemson University. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications on Maya and 3D computer graphics that have been translated into nine languages, including (among others) Mastering Maya (multiple editions), Maya Secrets of the Pros, Maya 4.5 Savvy, and Action!: Acting Lessons for CG Animators (with DVD). He is also author of No-thing is Left to Tell: Zen/Chaos Theory in the Dramatic Art of Samuel Beckett (1999), and co-editor of Pinter at Sixty (1993). He has created effects for live-action projects and designs electronic media for theatrical productions. 

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VIjay Mathew

HowlRound, Emerson College

Vijay Mathew is the Cultural Strategist and a co-founder of HowlRound, based at Emerson College, Boston, USA and is privileged to assist a talented team by leading HowlRound's development of commons-based online knowledge sharing platforms and the organization's notions of cultural innovation. Prior to his current position, he was the Coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program for two years, as well as a Theater Communication Group New Generations Future Leader grant recipient under David Dower's mentorship in new work at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Vijay has a MFA from New School University in New York City and a BA from University of Chicago. He is a board member of Double Edge Theatre located in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA.

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Emily McGinn

Digital Humanities Coordinator, Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab, University of Georgia

Dr. McGinn oversees the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in a role that includes advising, consulting and managing new digital projects, designing new DH curriculum, and outreach. Prior to this position, she was a CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Lafayette College. There she served as a liaison between the library’s Digital Scholarship Services team of developers and faculty. She co-authored a digital edition of Virginia Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall” that compares six versions of the short story through TEI markup. She has also published book chapters on Latin American modernist literature, and presented numerous talks on both Modernist Studies and digital humanities. Her research primarily focuses on the intersections of science, technology, and global modernism. Her dissertation, The Science of Sound: The Impact of Sound Recording on Vanguard Narrative Form, is a comparative study of Irish and Latin American modernisms and the literary responses to the advent of recorded sound.  

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Derek Miller

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, Harvard University

Dr. Miller joined the Harvard English Department in 2013. His research considers the material relationship between the performing arts and industry, particularly the effects of law and economics on artistic production. He draws on both traditional archival and digital methods in his work. Other research interests include musical theater and music-as-performance. His first book, Copyright and the Value of Performance, explores the implicit legal theories of the performing arts in nineteenth-century Anglo-American copyright law and is under contract with Cambridge University Press. His current research project is Visualizing Broadway, a project in the digital humanities that combines data mining and visualization with close readings of plays to explore mid-century Broadway and the long history of theatrical production. The project investigates theater as a field of cultural production defined by competition for scarce resources, in which success is the exception, mediocrity and failure the rules.

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Kiri Miller

Professor of American Studies and Music (Ethnomusicology) at Brown

Affiliated with American Studies Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Kiri Miller is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and virtual/visceral performance practices. Her latest book, Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media, investigates how motion-sensing interfaces teach choreography, cultivate new embodied experiences of popular music, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition (forthcoming in March 2017 from Oxford University Press). Her previous monographs are Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012) and Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008).

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Dawn Stoppiello

co-founder, Troika Ranch

Dawn Stoppiello was recently named Assistant Professor of Practice, focusing on Dance and New Media, at USC Kaufman, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California. Trained as a choreographer and dancer whose career was spent as a harmoniously dancing host-body for homemade computer-interaction systems, her focus was on choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems physically conducting digital material. Her interests have shifted from using the body to enliven the digital sphere to using digital material to generate digitally-infused choreography. She began her career in Portland, Oregon at the Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts and received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in Dance from George Washington University in 2014. Stoppiello has received multiple honors from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA over the years including a 1987 Dance Scholarship, two Special Project grants in 2004/2009 and the foundation's highest honor, the Statue Award in 2004 for her continued excellence in her field.

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