Associate Professor, Theatre
Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; Producer for the US/Canadian company Toasterlab; and director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, a think tank on sustainability in arts and culture. His current projects includes Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier funded by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund, the biannual Climate Change Theatre Action–which received the 2019 President’s Sustainable Leadership Award, and the palling for World Stage Design 2021 in Calgary. He recently completed work as the lead Curator for the US for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. He maintains a design practice focused on the integration of ecology, technology and scenography such as the geolocated, mixed-reality project Transmission at the FuturePlay Festival in Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival in New York. Recent work includes Groundworks with Rulan Tangen and Dancing Earth Creations, a collaborative media and performance project looking at native lands in Northern California through the collaborations with artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; and with Swim Pony Performing Arts in Philadelphia on TrailOff which brings focus to the trails in watershed areas of Philadelphia through geolocated immersive media and new writing. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada, and is a member of the Performance Studies International Performance+Design Working Group.