People

David Saltz
Executive Director

Professor and Department Head, Theatre and Film Studies

David Saltz is Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, and Executive Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration. He is a specialist in modernist theatre and performance, performance theory, the philosophy of art, and directing. His primary research focus has been the interaction between live performance and digital media. He was Principal Investigator of Virtual Vaudeville, a large-scale research project funded by the National Science Foundation to simulate a nineteenth century vaudeville performance on the computer. He has explored the use of computer technology extensively in his own work as a director and teacher. Along those lines he established the Interactive Performance Laboratory at UGA, has directed a series of productions incorporating real-time interactive digital media, and has created interactive sculptural installations that have been exhibited nationally. Before coming to Georgia, Dr. Saltz taught at State University of New York at Stony Brook and The College of William and Mary.

Mark Callahan
Artistic Director

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration and serves on the faculty of the School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. Callahan’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Club Internet, MAMA: Showroom for Media and Moving Art in the Netherlands, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia, and used in concert by R.E.M. as a large-scale video projection. He is a co-principal investigator of “Enhancing imaginative and collaborative STEM capacity through creative inquiry,” a three-year project supported by the National Science Foundation and a member of the editorial board of Ground Works, a new journal for arts research in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru).

Elizabeth Boyce
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

DMA Student, Music

Elizabeth Boyce is a doctoral viola student studying under Professor Maggie Snyder. Prior to her move to Athens, Elizabeth hailed from Michigan, where she attended the University of Michigan for her Master of Music degree and Grand Valley State University for her Bachelor of Music degree. Having grown up on her family’s farm in Chelsea, Michigan, a passion for all things food-related took root in Elizabeth at an early age. In her time in Athens, Elizabeth has joined the Foodshed UGA team, as well as volunteered at local food-based organizations. She has also received approval to start a chapter of If Music Be the Food, a food and music organization, in Athens. Elizabeth strives to find creative solutions to food insecurity issues in a way that incorporates her main area of focus: music. Elizabeth’s current research involves studying the responses of music schools across the country to the Covid-19 pandemic and how this affects music students.

Meg Grey
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA Student, Theatre and Film Studies

Meg Grey is a multidisciplinary theatre artist. She is an actor, director, dramaturg, and stage manager; however, her true passion lives with theatre education. With over ten years of experience in educational programming and theatre production, Meg’s personal philosophy is rooted in creating a positive environment for learning, and she has dedicated herself to projects that value accessibility and sensory friendly programming for individuals on the autism spectrum. Her studies are focused on facilitating dialogue among theatre professionals about neurodiversity in the arts, and collaborations with artists to create multisensory experiences and adapt performances for differently-abled individuals.

Brandon LaReau
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

PhD Student, Theatre and Film Studies

Brandon LaReau is a researcher, historian, and award-winning performer working on his PhD in Performance Studies. His research includes Ancient Egyptian festivals and texts, the performance of power in the ancient world, and the applicable parallels with modern displays of power and expressions of kingliness. Other research interests include military history, veterans experiences, and musical theatre. He holds a BA from Christopher Newport University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU he worked closely with the University President and Provost in an effort to bring more recognition and funding to the Arts departments.

Rachel Seburn
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA Student, Art

Rachel Seburn is a transdisciplinary artist whose duo and solo practices engage with neglected architecture, demolition, dispossession, neglected urban space, political ecology, real estate, and urban planning. Her mediums include sculpture, sound, performance, photography, and video. Her work mainly exists outside of the gallery as ephemeral interventions in physical and virtual reality. Rachel is the co-founder of the artist collective/company Temporary Investments and of the transdisciplinary arts organization Coral Plaza, where she currently sits on the board of directors. She is a co-curator for the transient exhibition space and international residency exchange program Parking Lot Platform.

Annie Simpson
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA Student, Art

Annie Simpson is an MFA student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Her practice spans photography, sculpture, performance, print media, and public intervention to interrogate regional longing (read: nostalgia, often politically manufactured) as it produces landscape both anthropomorphically and ideologically. She’s interested in using histories of local ecology and struggle to transfigure and expropriate landscapes of cultural memory. Annie has received awards and fellowships from the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and Monument Lab in Philadelphia, PA.

Bryan Wysocki
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

DMA Student, Music

Bryan Michael Wysocki is doctoral student studying music composition. His music often involves non-traditional elements, such as spoken word, interactive lighting, and improvisational structures. He’s written works for ensembles such as the FLUX Quartet, Terminus Ensemble, Pique Collective, and soloists Jacob Tews, Anthony DeMartinis, and Clare Longendyke. Equally active as a percussionist, he’s committed to commissioning and performing music written by composers from historically marginalized backgrounds. He performs with a saxophone and percussion duo he started with saxophonist Curtis Gay while at Georgia State University together, Duoctane. He holds MMus degrees in Music Composition and Percussion Performance from Georgia State University, and a BS in Music Composition from Hofstra University.

Carmon Colangelo
Founding Director, 1999-2006

Ralph J. Nagel Dean
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis

From 1997 to 2006, Carmon Colangelo was the director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA. A widely exhibited artist known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes, Colangelo’s work has been featured in many solo shows and group exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and across the United States. His work has been collected by many of the nation’s leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Colangelo joined Washington University as the first dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in July 2006. As dean, Colangelo oversees the School’s four academic units – the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design – as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the nation’s finest university collections of modern art. Colangelo also serves as a member of the University Council and as the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts.

Bala Sarasvati
Charter Member, Advisory Board

Professor, Dance
Jane Willson Professor in the Arts

Bala is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) specializing in the application of movement theory to dance training and performance. She holds BS and BFA degrees from the University of Utah, MA and MFA degrees from The Ohio State University. She has served on the faculty for the Jose Limon Dance Institute, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Seattle Dance Centre. Her dance training approach has been presented at El Contro Laban 2002 and Global Laban 2008, both in Rio de Janeiro and at Laban Centre London, UK; and International Council Kinetography Laban, Laban Centre, London. Bala has served as guest artist at numerous universities and intensive summer dance programs and choreographed over forty full-length dance pieces. Her choreography has been shown throughout the US and China, and in Brazil, Taiwan, France and Costa Rica. She has presented choreography at Judson Church and St. Mark’s Church in New York City; Seattle Bumbershoot Art Festivals, Seattle, WA; Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC. In addition, she has presented choreography at National Dance Association and National American College Dance Festival conferences, and performed at two National Society for Literature and Science conferences. Shakti-The Force of Destiny, one of the many interactive computer and dance projects, was presented as a Cultural Olympiad Event during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Her dance for camera, Springbreak, was selected for the Quinto Festival International Video Danza ’99, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has served on the board for the National American College Dance Festival Association 1995-2001 and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC Board of Directors. Bala served as Head, Department of Dance at UGA from1998-1999 and 2000-2006.

Leonard V. Ball, Jr.
Charter Member

Associate Professor Emeritus, Music
Deceased

Leonard Ball joined the Composition and Theory faculty at UGA in 1987 and led the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music. His works were performed across the United States, in Europe, South America, and Japan. His electronic work has focused on interactivity involving dancers (movement) and sound. Dr. Ball held the degrees Bachelor of Music in theory and composition and Master of Music in composition from Kansas State University. His Doctor of Musical Arts in composition was earned at the University of Memphis. His principal teachers were T. Hanley Jackson, John Baur, and Donald Freund.

Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor
Advisory Board

Professor, Mary Frances Early College of Education

Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, is co-author of four scholarly books in education: Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (2010); two editions of Arts-Based Research in Education (2008; second edition, 2018) and Enlivening the Language Classroom with Drama and Improv. A poet, she is also the author of a book of poems, Imperfect Tense, (2016), and currently serves as a Fulbright Ambassador Alum speaking about the power of poetry and theatre in teaching second or additional languages. Winner of four “Big Read” Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Beckman award for “Professors Who Inspire Social Change,” Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg and Anna Davidson poetry prizes, and a Fulbright for nine-month study of adult Spanish language acquisition in Oaxaca Mexico, she is a regular international speaker whose recent engagements include a 2017 Richard Ruiz Fellowship in Guanajuato, Mexico and an invited plenary to the 2018 English Teachers Association of Israel. A graduate of the New England College low-residency MFA program and the University of Pennsylvania’s Educational Linguistics doctoral program, her poems, essays, and articles about language learning have appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals linked on her blog: teachersactup.com.

Chris Cuomo
Advisory Board

Professor, Philosophy and Women’s Studies

Chris Cuomo holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Formerly a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Cuomo’s research focuses on ethics, feminist philosophies, race, sexuality, environmental ethics and art. She is the author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing and The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love & Knowledge, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and an American Philosophical Association Book Award and coeditor of The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Dr. Cuomo has been awarded grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Charles Phelps Taft Center.

Lauren H. Fancher
Advisory Board

ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art)

Lauren H. Fancher is a writer and artist with deep roots in the arts in Athens, Georgia. Currently the Operations Coordinator and Board President for ATHICA, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, she had a previous career working with the University System of Georgia with technology and libraries. She has an educational background in studio art (BFA, UGA) and interactive design and development (MEd, UGA), and as a result, her artistic practice has a focus on interactive design and digital media, including writing, video, sound, music, and performance. In addition, she has a focus on community and collaboration in the arts, starting with her work coordinating art exhibitions as part of the artists’ collective Apparatus and continuing through her work with ATHICA. She has published articles and book chapters on topics related to visual arts, technology, and libraries and has had work exhibited around the state.

Connie Frigo
Advisory Board

Associate Professor of Saxophone, Music

Connie Frigo is an accomplished saxophone soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and speaker. She is an Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Georgia, and inaugural Chair of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Committee on the Status of Women, where her leadership has overseen the launch of a women’s mentoring program. Career highlights include six years with the U.S. Navy Band and seven years with the New Century Saxophone Quartet. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Netherlands). She is a steadfast organizer of interdisciplinary events with a focus on the creative process and engaging new audiences, resulting in meaningful intersections of performers, composers, socially-conscious non-profits, students, concerned and active citizens, and arts leaders. As a chamber musician, she received support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Copland Fund, Meet the Composer, and Chamber Music America. Frigo has recordings with Channel Classics and Mark Custom Records.

David T Gay
Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Mathematics
Director, Euclid Lab

David Gay works on problems in low-dimensional geometry and topology. “Low-dimensional” means dimensions two (think of life on a surface), three (think of your ordinary daily life, but maybe when your stick your hand through the ceiling it pops out through the floor) and four (think of the actual world you live in, space-time). On a day-to-day basis he confronts the problem of communicating complicated, but essentially visual, geometric ideas, and often this problem itself has an intrinsically appealing aesthetic. David also works on multiple math outreach projects, most notably as senior mentor for Camp Euclid, an online high school math research program run by Euclid Lab. Before joining the math department at UGA, David has held positions at the University of Iowa, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the University of Cape Town, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, the Nankai Institute of Mathematics, and the University of Arizona. He completed his PhD at the University of California Berkeley in 1999 under the supervision of Robion Kirby.

Moon Jung Jang
Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Art

Moon Jung Jang is a graphic designer, visual artist, and teacher. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and is an associate professor of graphic design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Her primary research involves narrative systems such as Multiple Narratives in Visual Form, Polyhedralness as Multiple Narratives, and Color Value in Space-Time and promotion design for socio-cultural events and art exhibitions such as symbol, logotype, book, and poster design. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions, Disturbed Boundaries (2009), A Minor Arc (2010), and % (2012). Her graphic design has appeared internationally and nationally in many exhibitions such as The Tranava Poster Triennial (Slovakia); The International Poster Triennial (Japan); The International Poster and Graphic Arts Festival of Chaumont (France); The Golden Bee Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design; Print Regional Annual Competition (USA); Annual UCDA Design (USA); 365: AIGA (New York, USA); AIGA SEED Award GALA (Atlanta, USA).

Peter Van Zandt Lane
Advisory Board

Assistant Professor of Composition, Music
Director of the Dancz Center for New Music

Peter Van Zandt Lane’s music has been praised by critics for its “depth, character, and pleasing complexity” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and has been recognized for its “appeal to musicians and audiences, no matter their personal musical aesthetic” (Asymmetry Music Magazine). He composes for chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and often integrates live electronics into his concert music. Dr. Lane holds composition degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and studied composition with Melinda Wagner, Eric Chasalow, David Rakowski, and Lansing McLoskey. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Dancz Center for New Music at the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music, and previously held teaching positions at Brandeis University, Wellesley College, MIT, and Harvard.

T. Anthony Marotta
Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Theatre and Film Studies

T. Anthony Marotta specializes in performance movement, stage combat, mask design & performance, and puppetry. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tennessee, and advanced studies of the Lecoq Physical Theatre/Mask pedagogy through the London International School of Performing Arts. Focused on the physical expressivity of the performer and performances in storytelling, he specializes in Commedia dell’Arte, mask, movement, puppetry, and stage combat teaching and performing nationally, regionally and internationally. His one-man original puppet-clown-mask piece exploring masculinity Hue Man has toured at festivals in Avignon (France), Montreal (Canada), Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, and Boulder. Anthony has performed in regional and New York venues including the Puppetry Arts Center of Atlanta, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, as well as various venues throughout Europe. He holds a current membership in Actors’ Equity (AEA). As a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with actor-combatant recognition, Anthony recently served as Fight Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, choreographing fights for their several summer seasons and tours, including productions of Macbeth, Richard III, Noises Off, 39 Steps and Fred Adams’ 50th Anniversary production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Anthony’s directing includes productions with regional theaters such as Neil Simon Festival, Brick Playhouse, and Rose of Athens.

Jed Rasula
Advisory Board

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor, English

Jed Rasula has a BA from Indiana University, and a PhD from the History of Consciousness Program at University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught at Pomona College (California) and Queen’s University (Canada) before coming to UGA in 2001. Publications include The American Poetry Wax Museum, Imagining Language with Steve McCaffery, This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry, and Syncopations: Contemporary American Poetry and the Stress of Innovation and Modernism and Poetic Inspiration: The Shadow Mouth. Also, poetry books Tabula Rasula and Hot Wax. Work in progress: an anthology, Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity, and two critical studies, Jazzbandism and Oblique Modernism.

Meredith Welch-Devine
Advisory Board

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, UGA Graduate School

Meredith Welch-Devine is a cultural anthropologist specializing in ecological and environmental anthropology. She works at the Graduate School to advance interdisciplinary and innovative efforts in graduate education and with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR). Her work at CICR examines the role of the social sciences in informing and driving conservation decision-making and explores how integrative approaches can improve conservation practice. Welch-Devine’s research interests include political ecology, politics and production of knowledge, collective management of common-pool resources, and conservation policy and practice.

Andrew Zawacki
Advisory Board

Professor, English

Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books – Petals of Zero Petals of One, Anabranch, and By Reason of Breakings – and of several chapbooks: Georgia, co-winner of the 1913 Prize; Glassscape; Lumieretheque; Arrow’s Shadow; Videotape; Roche Limit; Bartleby’s Waste-book; and Masquerade, which received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, and elsewhere, including the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Walt Whitman Hom(m)age, 2005/1855, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association and the recipient of a Slovenian Ministry of Culture Translation Grant, Zawacki has edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 and Ales Debeljak’s new and selected poems, Without Anesthesia. His translation from the French of Sebastien Smirou, My Lorenzo, is forthcoming. Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews, he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, New German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and other international journals. He has a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Heather McIntosh
Ideas for Creative Exploration Honorary Fellow

Heather McIntosh (BMUS 2000) is a musician and composer of music for film and video. She is the curator of the AUX event and publishing series and served on the ICE Advisory Board. Heather created music for Examined Life, Compliance, The Rambler, Faults, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, and Z for Zachariah. Known as the house cellist for the Elephant 6 Collective and leader of The Instruments, she has played with of Montreal, The Olivia Tremor Control, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, The Ladybug Transistor, Linda Perhacs, Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Faust, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Japancakes, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Norah Jones, Belle and Sebastian, Pacific UV, St. Vincent Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne.

John Michael Boling
Ideas for Creative Exploration Honorary Fellow

John Michael Boling (BFA 2006) is an artist known for pioneering works in Internet art and video. He received an ICE student fellowship to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute and was a featured presenter in the 2007 ICE Open House: Net Art. John Michael co-founded and served as Head of Product for Are.na, an online tool for collaborative research and served as Associate Director of Rhizome. He is the creator of infamous art website 53 o’s and a founding member of the influential group blog Nasty Nets. His work has been shown internationally at institutions, festivals, and DIY spaces, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, MASS MoCA, Galerie West in the Hague, New York Underground Film Festival, Milano Film Festival,Venice Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. His work and opinion have been featured in The New York Times, Tokion Magazine, Art News, Dazed and Confused, and Rolling Stone Magazine.