DANIEL FINE

Principal Investigator, Executive Producer, Systems, Director, Design

 

Daniel is an artist, scholar, and technologist working in immersive, responsive, mediated environments for interactive users, audiences and performance. His most recent large-scale architectural projection mapping and design work has been showcased internationally in Puebla, Mexico at the 2014 Proyecta Festival and in an active rock quarry in Connecticut. He has designed projections and created original artwork, as well as designing system integration for theatre, dance, music and art installations, including stereoscopic 3D projection and site-specific locations. Daniel is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Communication Arts at Benedictine University at Mesa. His upcoming media design for live performance includes the US premiere of the new opera The Count of Monte Cristo by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy at Brigham Young University and the world premiere of the new musical event by Steve Gunderson, starring Tony Award winnersGregory Jbara and Alice Ripley, Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson at San Diego Rep. Daniel holds a MFA in interdisciplinary digital media from the departments of Film, Dance and Theatre and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. For 2013/2014 Daniel was a fellow at Center for Science and the Imagination. For his thesis project, Wonder Dome, Daniel created a new touring performance space where narrative is explored across the sciences and the arts in a 360-degree, immersive dome where narrative can be encountered, explored and told by mixing ancient forms of live performance with cinema, gaming, HCI and cutting edge digital technology.

ADAM VACHON

Principal Investigator, Lighting Design, Systems

 

Adam L Vachon was born and raised in Maine, and earned his BA in Theatre Performance, Creation and Technology in 2009 from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. During this time Adam trained in many performance disciplines including Skinner Releasing Technique, Open Source Forms, Fitzmaurice Voice training, aerial dance, contact and movement improvisation, and Buffon clowning, learning from internationally recognized teachers and artists such as Stephanie Skura and Catherine Fitzmaurice. After graduation Adam moved back to Maine to complete an Electrics and Sound internship at Portland Stage, where he began designing lights for small studio shows. Unsure of his ambitions after this internship Adam began hiking the Appalachian Trail in June of 2010, starting at Mt Katahdin in Maine. The two month trek served as a walking meditation, and after nearly 800 miles of hiking Adam decided to leave the trail incomplete to apply to graduate school. During the summer of 2011 Adam moved across the country to Arizona to pursue his MFA in Performance Design at Arizona State University in the Cohort Program for devised ensemble theatre. During his first year in Arizona, Adam kept in close contact with his colleges in Portland, Maine and founded the PortFringe theatre festival which began in July 2012. Recently Adam has designed lights for the World Premiere of Soot & Spit by Charles Mee, POVV and Fall of the House of Escher, two original works by the MFA Cohort company Punctum, Sparrow Song, American Victory, and Memory Room. Current projects include Asylum, 7 Layers, and his combined thesis project WonderDome.

ALEX OLISZEWSKI

Principal Investigator, Media Design, Systems

 

Alex Oliszewski specializes in theatrical media design + devising. His technical knowledge includes sound, lighting, stagecraft, and performance in video, musical, dance, play, and interactive forms. His experience includes designing and implementing multi-scale video projections, video production, and audio design including work in theatrical, intermedia, concert, corporate, restaurant, and architectural contexts. This includes hands on experience working with both open and industry standard software and technology solutions for live media performance and design. He is particularly well versed in the use of Isadora, Watchout, After Effects, Photoshop, Final Cut 7/X, and VJ software. This experience includes working with the Kinect sensor, WiiMote, and Arduino based technologies. Alex is a MFA candidate in The School of Theatre and Film / Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University.

MATTHEW RAGAN

System Design, Touch Designer Programmer & Media Design

 

Matthew Ragan, a California native, earned his BA from the California State University in Fresno. After graduation he moved to New England where he worked with Keene State College from 2005 – 2012. His time in New England was spent working for Upward Bound, an educational outreach program, and for the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching as a specialist in educational media creation and distribution. Much of his work with academic technology centered on free or affordable online tools for creating and distributing web-based content. During his time in the northeast he also trained with the New England Center for Circus Arts developing skills in partner acrobatics, static trapeze, and aerial fabric. In August of 2012 he moved to Arizona to pursue his MFA in the Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance program at Arizona State University. Focused on the intersection of digital media and live performance, his artistic practice and research have often explored the complexities of media interactivity in the context of performance. He has recently contributed to the design and implementation of the media in the WonderDome, Before You Ruin It, Asylum, The Fall of the House of Escher, Neuro, X-Act: Commons, Half-Way House, Sparrow Song, ¡Bocón!, and was recently published in Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology. His current projects include Mantarraya, Terra Tractus, and rjVOID.

JULIE RADA

Interactive Performer, Audience Immersion

 

Julie is a dynamic leader who galvanizes multidisciplinary teams of artists to create contemporary theatre and live arts projects that evoke, challenge, and astonish. She inspires creativity in others or works independently to design large-scale spectacle or intimate performance environments. She seeks deep connection to local culture while engaging in international discourse through touring new works to performance festivals and venues throughout the world.

Now with her MFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University (2014), Julie has also attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tisch and Naropa University for undergraduate studies, as well as trained internationally at DAH Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia and the Grotowski Institute in Brzezinka, Poland.  Her directing credits (devised and new works) include: HOT+WAX, Mouse in a Jar, RAIN/ OF TERROR, pussy +6 (The LIDA Project, Denver). In addition, she has created RID, glASS (and other imponderables), a murder one less, and My Burning Tires. As a performer, she has toured nationally and internationally in productions of My Name is Rachel Corrie (Countdown to Zero, Denver) and manson | family valUeS (The LIDA Project), as well as performed various featured roles in many other performance, film, and video projects. Recently named one of 100 Phoenix Creatives by the Phoenix New Times.

CARLA STOCKTON

Writer, Storytelling

 

Carla is an M.F.A. Candidate in the Creative Writing Nonfiction program at Columbia University's School of the Arts and will serve as the Nonfiction Board Editor of the Columbia Journal of Art and Literature for 2014. Carla has had a varied career as a teacher, a writer, a film producer and an educational theater director. She is the author of Munich Memoir: Dan Alon's Untold Story of Survival, a children's book Hannah and Lala in New York City, and a number of creative nonfiction stories.  She is currently working on The Jewish Family Robinson, a Twentieth Century story of displacement and Native Children, a young adult novel about 17th Century New Amsterdam.  In spring, 2014, Stockton will assist journalist and culinary historian Laura Shapiro with her work on a new book exploring the connection between famous and infamous women and their food choices.

JAKE PINHOLSTER

Advisor

 

Jacob Pinholster (research and technical adviser) is the director and an associate professor of the Herberger Institute School of FIlm, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. His professional creative activity is in projection/media design for performance. Recent and upcoming professional projects include: Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music (David Dorfman Dance, international tour), The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway, HBO–Emmy Nomination), Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (HBO–Emmy nomination), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Center Theatre Group, LA), Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth, DC and La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego), Escape from Bellevue (Village Theatre–Off-Broadway), Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Ars Nova, NY), David Dorfman Dance’s underground (BAM and international tour), HeddaTRON (Les Freres Corbusier), My Renaissance Faire Lady (Ontological–Hysteric), Voyage of the Carcass (Greenwich Street, NY). In 2005 he was nominated for an American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award for his work on the Les Freres production of Boozy. Pinholster is also the production manager for Live Design International (LDI), the largest entertainment technology trade show in North America and a frequent contributor to Live Design magazine.

DON MARINELLI

Advisor

 

Don Marinelli, Ph.D., is the co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), together with the late Randy Pausch of "The Last Lecture " fame. Dr. Marinelli's book, "The Comet and the Tornado" recounts the coming together of a drama professor and a computer scientist to create the unique educational vision that is the ETC.

LANCE GHARAVI

Advisor

 

Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Theatre, and Chair of the MA in Theatre program, Lance Gharavi is an artist and scholar whose work has appeared in books and journals, on stages and screens throughout the US and abroad. An early pioneer in the field of digital performance, he was one of the co-founders of the Institute for the Exploration of Virtual Realities (i.e. VR). He is the author of Western Esotericism in Russian Silver Age Drama: Aleksandr Blok’s The Rose and the Cross. Gharavi’s work focuses on the many intersections of performance, technology, science and religion. His scholarship in these areas been published in seven countries, on four continents and translated into three foreign languages. His work has appeared in journals including Theatre Topics, Modern Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, PAJ and Esoterica. Recent works include a series of performances in Matei Visniec's two-man show, Pockets Full of Bread, at the Romanian National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca and at the Sibiu International Festival in Sibiu, Romania. His most recent book is an anthology of essays entitled "Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith" (Routledge 2012).

STEPHANI ETHERIDGE WOODSON

Advisor

 

Dr. Stephani Etheridge Woodson is an associate professor in the School of Theatre and Film teaching in the Theatre for Youth M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs where she specializes in community based theatre. Her research and creative interests focus on the social construction of childhood through performance, representational ethics, children’s media environments, and the group creation and performance of original work. She is the Director of ArtsWork: the Kax Herberger Center for Children & the Arts where she directs the Asphalt Arts and iCreate programs.

JENNIFER SETLOW

Advisor

 

Professor Setlow’s lighting designs have been seen regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Childsplay, and numerous other venues, including Malashock Dance, East West Players, and Diversionary Theatre. She has designed more than 15 shows at San Diego Repertory Theatre, including several world premieres, working with artists such as Luis Valdez, Patdro Harris, and Matthew Spangler. Her designs have won her several awards, including an NAACP Theatre award for a 2006 production of Intimate Apparel at San Diego Rep. Professor Setlow is the co-author of the third edition of Lighting and the Design Idea, and holds an MFA in lighting design from UCSD and a B.A. in Theatre from Swarthmore College.

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