David Saltz

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. It has been incorporated into theatre syllabi throughout the world and is frequently cited as a central case study in digital historiography and one of the first and most successful examples of digital scholarship in theatre. He has directed a series of productions incorporating real-time interactive digital media, including the first documented use of real-time motion capture in live theatre (The Tempest, 2000), and has created interactive sculptural installations that have been exhibited nationally. His recent work, focusing on robotic theatre, was featured in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. Dr. Saltz previously taught at Stony Brook University, where he was co-director of the Laboratory for Technology in the Arts, and is a former editor of Theatre Journal.