Nazli Akhtari
University of Toronto
Nazli Akhtari is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Drama, Theater, and Performance Studies at University of Toronto. Her research explores digital performance at its intersections with media history, archive, and Iranian cultural identity and social memory. An alumni of the BFA program in Theatre Performance at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Nazli has worked in theatre, performance, and multi-media projects in festivals and venues including Digifest: International Digital Festival in Toronto, Art Neuro at Fremont Abbey Arts Centre in Seattle, Berlin’s 2014 Survival: International Performance Festival in Germany, Russian Hall, Alternative Creation Studios, CBC Studies, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and Club PuSh in Vancouver. Most recently, Nazli has worked with The Biting School as dramaturg in Book of Kings, an ongoing Research and Creation residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts at the Dance Centre’s DanceLab series in Vancouver, BC.

Annette Arlander
University of the Arts Helsinki
Annette Arlander, DA, is an artist, researcher and pedagogue. She was recently professor in performance, art and theory at Stockholm University of the Arts. At present she is visiting researcher at Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. For artworks and publications, see

Naomi P. Bennett
Louisiana State University
Naomi P. Bennett is a performance scholar, movement artist, projection designer. She earned her PhD in Communication Studies and Performance Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University, an MFA in Television, Film, and Theatre Production from California State University, Los Angeles, and a BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current research and artistic practice is in the creation of interactive performance that physically engages the audience via technology. Through this entanglement of physical and virtual, Bennett’s work seeks to engage senses of touch, sight, and proprioception through traditionally disembodied mediums.

Kevin Brown
University of Missouri
Dr. Kevin Brown is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre at the University of Missouri (USA). He has produced, directed, acted, written, and designed theatre for over twenty-five years. He’s published articles in Performance Research, Popular Music Studies, Popular Entertainment Studies, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and others. He’s the Editor of Global Performance Studies and a Board Member of PSi.

Christopher Danowski
University of Portsmouth
Christopher Danowski moved from the U.S. to the U.K. in 2018, and is currently a lecturer in performance at the University of Portsmouth. He has presented performance work in Phoenix, Brooklyn, Berlin, and Krakow, among other places. He most recently presented work at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Kyoko Iwaki
Waseda University
Kyoko Iwaki is a JSPS Post-Doctoral researcher at Waseda University. Her research focuses on Japanese theatre of nonhuman genealogy. Prior to entering academia, she has worked over a decade as a theatre critic contributing to Asahi Shimbun Newspaper. Kyoko is the author of Japanese Theatre Today: Theatrical Imaginations of Eight Contemporary Practitioners (2018) and is the Director of Scene/Asia, a pan-Asian research curatorial network. From September 2020, she will become a Lecturer at University of Antwerp.

Adam Marple
Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Adam Marple is the Co-Artistic Director of the internationally recognised Theatre of Others and was Founding Artistic Director of the NYC-based Necessary Theatre Company. Adam has directed Regionally and Off-Broadway in the Americas, in Europe, and across South East Asia. He has taught internationally at the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, as well as at Orvieto Sperimentazione Teatro- Italy, La MaMa Umbria-Italy, Kyoto University of Art and Design-Japan, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok, National School of Drama-India as well as a Lecturer in the School of Dance and Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore where he taught into the Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Music programs. He has been practising and teaching The Viewpoints for over twenty years having worked with its founders Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart, and Tina Landau. His research centres on the expansion and testing of The Viewpoints as an Interdisciplinary and Transcultural pedagogy. He is currently Senior Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Theatre at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico.

Darren Moore
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Darren Moore is a Lecturer in Music at LASALLE College of the Art, Singapore. He is a drummer and electronic musician working in the fields of jazz, experimental music and multimedia throughout South East Asia, Australia, Japan and Europe. His Doctorate of Musical Arts was completed at Griffith University in 2013 and was concerned with adapting Carnatic Indian rhythms to the drum set. Darren is the musical director for the cellF project which is a multidisciplinary bio-art work bringing together artists, scientists, musicians and electrical engineers to produce a neural-driven analogue synthesiser for real-time performance and collaboration.

Juliana Moraes
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Campinas, UNICAMP. She currently develops research funded by São Paulo State Research Support Foundation, FAPESP. Artist based in São Paulo and Campinas received prizes such as São Paulo State Art Critics Award, Vitae Foundation Scholarship and UNESCO Aschberg Bursary for Artists.

Brian O’Reilly
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Brian O’Reilly works within the fields of electro-acoustic composition, sound installations, moving images and noise music. Also, he is a contrabassist focusing on uncovering the inaudible textures and hidden acoustic microsounds of his instrument through the integration of electronic treatments and extended playing techniques. In addition to his solo performances and works for moving images, O’Reilly plays modular analogue synthesiser as a part of the duo Black Zenith and contrabass & electronics with Game of Patience. Currently, he is a lecturer at LASALLE’s College of the Arts School of Contemporary Music, focusing on electronic music composition, creative music-making techniques through the use of improvisation and visual music.

Heike Roms
University of Exeter
Heike Roms is Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of Exeter, UK.

Andreas Schlegel
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Andreas Schlegel currently lives and works in Singapore. He coordinates the Media Lab at LASALLE College of the Arts where he also teaches across disciplines. He is interested in creating artefacts, tools and interfaces where technology meets art and everyday life situations. His work is concerned with emerging and open source technologies to create audio, visual and physical output using computational and generative processes. Currently, his research focus is on generative and distributed systems within an artistic context.

Sylvia Solakidi
University of Surrey
Sylvia Solakidi has a background in visual and performing arts and is in the final year of a PhD in Performance Philosophy, focusing on contemporaneity and durational theatre and performance. Her research papers have been published in Platform Postgraduate Journal, Antennae Journal, Performance Research and KronoScope.

Fraser Stevens
University of Maryland
Fraser Stevens is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is focused on the relationship between theatre, performance, and espionage. He obtained his BA in Theatre from York University in Toronto and completed his MA in Practicing Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University. Along with his research on espionage, Fraser is a co-director of the experimental theatre company Almost Human.

Emma Willis
University of Auckland
Dr. Emma Willis is a senior lecturer in Drama at the University of Auckland. Her research interests include: spectatorship and ethics in contemporary performance, the theatre of Aotearoa New Zealand, tourism and memorial culture, metatheatrical dramaturgies, and subjectivity and community in contemporary performance.  She has published in a range of journals including: Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Research International and Performance Research. In 2014 she published a monograph, Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorship: Absent Others (Palgrave Macmillan), and in 2015 was awarded the American Theatre and Drama Society Vera Mowry Roberts Award for Research and Publication. She is deputy editor of online performance studies journal, Performance Paradigm.