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Participants

Kimon Keramidas is Clinical Associate Professor at XE: NYU’s Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement program. Kimon works at the intersection of media and technology history, social engagement, cultural history, and digital studies. Recent projects include: co-curator of the digital exhibition The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads; curator of the transmedia exhibition The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing and author of the book The Interface Experience: A User’s Guide. Kimon collaborates with numerous institutions working at the intersection of media and culture such as the Smithsonian Institute, State Hermitage Museum, Cooper Hewitt, and the Trevor Day School. He is co-director of both the queer public history site OutHistory.org and the international digital humanities lab at ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kimon is also co-founder of NYCDH and the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.


Jared R. Pike is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theatre and Performance program at the Graduate Center, Jared R. Pike sees his role in life as being a “Cultivator of Creativity and Culture.” As such, Jared enjoys working directly with writers and artists to help them develop their ideas and project to their fullest potential. He has taken this approach into the classroom working with students and faculty at New York University, New York City College of Technology. Hunter College, Lehman College, and Marymount Manhattan College


Ryan Donovan recently received his PhD in Theatre and Performance from The Graduate Center. His dissertation (which is open access) focuses on casting Broadway musicals and the inclusion of stigmatized bodies. He co-edited the special issue of Studies in Musical Theatre on dance and musical theatre and is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Musical Theatre. He has taught at several CUNY colleges, Saint Mary’s College of California, and The New School. Ryan is a fellow at the GC’s Teaching and Learning Center. Learn more: ryan-donovan.com


Ashley “Ash” Marinaccio is a theatre artist and scholar who creates work to challenge the status quo. She is dedicated to documenting the socio-political issues that define our times. As a director and playwright, her work has been seen off-Broadway, at the White House, United Nations, TED conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Ash is working on her Ph.D. in the Department of Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research is focusing on the intersections of theatre and war. Ash is part of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy program, a New Media Lab fellow, contributor to Visible Pedagogy and in the 2019-2020 school year looks forward to being a NY Humanities and ARC Research Fellow. She is the founding Artistic Director of the theatre company and United Nations NGO irl Be Heard, where she received numerous accolades, including LPTW’s Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award. She is a co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East and creator/host of the new web series Stage Left. Learn more: ashley-marinaccio.com.


Joseph Paul Hill is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center and a student in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program. His dissertation examines how community is constructed in, through, and around disability and Deaf theatre performances, as well as the various ways in which inclusive theatre companies attract, engage, and educate currently-abled, neurotypical audiences. He currently holds a Presidential Research Fellowship with the Graduate Center’s Office of Career Planning & Professional Development and teaches in the Theatre Department at Marymount Manhattan College.


Born and raised in Metro Manila, Laura Cabochan is a Chinese-Filipino artist and educator currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of CUNY-School of Professional Studies’ MA in Applied Theatre Program and is currently a Steinhardt doctoral candidate in the Educational Theatre Program of New York University. She collaborates with various communities and institutions, ranging from public schools to senior centers, both in the Philippines and abroad. While her primary research revolves around creative placemaking and youth civic engagement, Laura is equally curious about the intersection between interactive theatrical experiences, game design, and education, particularly when making work for and with youth.


Chloë Rae Edmonson will begin her position as assistant professor of Theatre at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2019. She holds her PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center (2018) and her MA in Performance Studies from NYU (2012). Her research analyzes the development of immersive theatre and performance in New York City and Orlando, focusing specifically on the sale, advertisement, and consumption of alcohol within immersive experience design. She loves fashion and hopes that her installation for this conference can open up feminist and/or queer dialogues about clothing, gender performance, and positive social media use within the academe.



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