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. He is co-director for the NEH Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies (His recent work focuses on robotic theatre. He is co-author (with Sarah Bay-Cheng and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck) of Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (University of Michigan Press, 2015), coeditor (with David Krasner) of the book Staging Philosophy: Intersections between Theatre, Performance and Philosophy (University of Michigan Press, 2006), and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books. Dr. Saltz received a Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award in 2008. He has served as Secretary of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and as co-editor and then editor of Theatre Journal from 2006-2009, as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for NAST, and currently serves as NAST Treasurer (2018-2020). 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

Senior Academic Professional, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Mark Callahan 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. Internet Soul Portraits (I.S.P.) is part of the Rhizome ArtBase at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. He is the host of the ICE Conversation Series podcast and executive producer of AUX, an event and publication series devoted to experimental art in all forms.

Philip Brankin
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA student, Theatre and Film Studies

Philip is a theatre practitioner currently studying Dramatic Media. His research involves the intersection of performance studies, spectatorship, and how we engage with social media. He has produced work across the UK and Chicago. He is a co-founder of Lost & Found Festival in Manchester, England, an arts festival of pop-up performances utilizing unconventional spaces across the city. He is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.

AC Carter
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA student, Lamar Dodd School of Art

AC Carter (Birmingham, AL / 1990) is an artist who performs under the musical avatar Lambda Celsius (Λ°C) currently as a graduate student at UGA working towards their Masters in Sculpture. AC has made sculptural costumes for Kevin Barnes in Of Montreal for the music video “Plateau Phase-No Careerism No Corruption” and Jennifer Vanilla for her debut performance at PS1. AC has also opened for musical artists such as Algiers, Of Montreal, Locate S, 1, Jennifer Vanilla, RaFia, R. Stevie Moore, and Superbody. Lambda Celsius has performed at festivals such as Big Ears for the 12-hour Drone and Athens Popfest. AC is currently the director of Scorpion Beach, a curatorial booking moniker for musical and performance acts both local and touring. AC has had work featured in publications such as New American Painting, Tom Tom Magazine, Come Here Floyd, and Native, and has been curated in group exhibitions at bitforms, Regina Rex, JVL@b, ZieherSmith, and Chinatown Soup. Currently, AC is self releasing (with representation from Banana Tapes in Nashville, TN) an album titled Ana Echo and the Beauty of Indifference for September 2018.

Kelly Catlin
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

DMA student, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Kelly Catlin is a first-year doctoral student studying flute performance at the University of Georgia. During her time as a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music, Kelly co-produced and composed the music for the Off-Broadway production, Magic the Play, which ran on Theatre Row to sold-out audiences. As an orchestral flutist, Kelly has performed with the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, New York City Master Chorale, American Youth Symphony, and the Young Artists’ Orchestra of Los Angeles. She looks forward to pursuing research involving the intersection of popular and orchestral music during her time as an ICE Graduate Assistant.

Alex McClay
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA student, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Alex McClay studies printmaking, book arts, papermaking, and installation art with a particular focus on tenderness and openness in both a personal and socio-political context. She received her BFA from University of Cincinnati in 2014, with an interest in photography and sculpture. She became a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft from 2016-2018, where material exploration and mastery of craftsmanship were at the forefront of her research. Although never formally trained, she is an avid writer, and this practice deeply informs her work.

Ciyadh Wells
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

DMA student, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Ciyadh Wells is a second-year doctorate student in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Louisville. Her area of research is at the intersections of classical music, visual art, and the African diaspora. Ciyadh was recently awarded a Young People For (YP4) community activist fellowship for her work in Athens. As part of her community work, Ciyadh recently founded the Margins Guitar Collective, a group committed to diversifying the classical guitar repertoire. She maintains a career as an international concert guitarist and teaching artist. Outside of performing, Ciyadh spends her time advocating for social and environmental justice movements and is working to become a more active faith leader in the community where she currently resides.

Jason Woodworth-Hou
Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research

MFA/PhD student, Theatre and Film Studies

Jason Woodworth-Hou studies dramatic media, particularly where technology can merge our everyday experiences with live performance for better understanding and empowerment surrounding social, economic and education issues. Jason had been a secondary theatre, media, speech and English instructor for the past two decades in Michigan Public Schools, an experience which informs his work on a daily basis. He also achieved an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL and as well as master’s coursework in English literature and linguistics from Central Michigan University.

Carmon Colangelo
Founding Director, ICE (1999-2006)

Dean, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the 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, ICE Advisory Board

Professor and Modern Dance Program Coordinator, Department of 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. Marks’ 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, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Director, Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music
Retired

Leonard Ball joined the Composition and Theory faculty at UGA in 1987. His works have been performed across the United States, in Europe, South America, and Japan. Recently his electronic work has focused on interactivity involving dancers (movement) and sound. Dr. Ball holds 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.

Chris Cuomo
ICE 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.

John English
ICE Advisory Board

Professor Emeritus, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

John English is a veteran freelance journalist who specializes in covering the arts, travel journalism, profiles and reporting on the media. He was a professor of arts and magazine journalism at UGA from 1970 until 2000, when he retired. He continues to live in Athens despite a long-standing affinity for Italy and Malaysia. In recent years, he has been creating art – conceptual works, installations and sculptures – that have been shown locally, in Atlanta and elsewhere.

Chris Garvin
ICE Advisory Board

Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art

Chris Garvin received his Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University where he studied painting, while his research was further focused at the Advanced Center for Computing and Design. He completed additional study at the Harvard Business School’s Creative Leaders Program co-sponsored by AIGA, the professional organization for design. Garvin arrived at the University of Georgia in 2014 after serving as Dean of the College of Media and Communication at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has previously had an active professional career as a user experience designer and creative director with his firm, Educated Guess Work. A selected list of former clients includes: Vogue, Talk Magazine, Infiniti, The Museum of Modern Art, AT&T, Showtime, Klip, Motorola, National Geographic, Syracuse University and the American Lung Association.

David T Gay
ICE 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.

Hope Hilton
ICE Advisory Board

Athens Community

Hope Hilton graduated cum laude from the Atlanta College of Art in 2003 and magna cum laude from the City University of New York, Hunter College in 2008. As an artist, Hilton curates, collaborates, designs, publishes, writes, and walks. She participated in Open Engagement: Art After Aesthetic Distance at the University of Regina in Canada, and completed projects for The Kitchen in New York City, The College of the Canyons in Los Angeles, and Beit HaGefen Art Gallery in Haifa, Israel. Hilton was awarded a grant in 2010 from the Forward Arts Foundation in Atlanta and was a finalist for the Hudgen’s Prize in 2011. She also served as the Gallery Manager of ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, a non-profit art space dedicated to exhibiting challenging and innovative contemporary art.

Peter Van Zandt Lane
ICE Advisory Board

Assistant Professor of Composition, Hugh Hodgson School of 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.

Katherine McGuire
ICE Advisory Board

Athens Community

Katherine McGuire was born and raised in Laguna Beach, California (yes, the real OC). She escaped to the east coast to gain her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a degree in Anthropology (after 3, count ’em 3, switches of majors) in 2003. She had a corporate job in NYC, and a stint as a private tutor in California before pursuing her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia with an emphasis in Printmaking. She graduated from UGA in 2008 and spent the remainder of that year through 2011 working for a large alternative asset management firm in NYC. She then switched gears to a smaller alternative asset management firm in Chicago for 2012. The siren call of printmaking lured her back from the cold of the north in 2012 to found Double Dutch Press with fellow UGA alumna Amanda Burk.

Jed Rasula
ICE Advisory Board

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor, Department of 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
ICE 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
ICE Advisory Board

Professor, Department of 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
ICE 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
ICE 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.