9:30 AM– 9:40 AM - Opening Remarks

Opening remarks from the organizing committee (Laura Levin, Michael Longford, Taien Ng-Chan)

9:40 AM– 10:30 AM - Keynote: The Builders Association

The Builders Association is a New York-based performance and media company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life. The company uses the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theatre. Based on innovative collaborations, Builders’ productions blend stage performance, text, video, sound, and architecture to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century.

Marianne Weems (Artistic Director)

Moe Angelos (Writer and Performer)

Larry Shea (Video and Interactive Media Designer)

Moderator: Laura Levin (Associate Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies; Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology)

10:30 AM– 10:45 AM - BREAK

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM - Panel 1: Immersive Social Spaces

Nyla Innuksuk (Filmmaker, Mixtape VR)
Nyla Innuksuk is a producer of film and virtual reality content.  She is the Founder of Mixtape VR, which produces VR and AR content. She was featured in the widely spread Vice Motherboard article, “How an Inuit Filmmaker Is Using Virtual Reality to Tell Her Culture’s Stories” for her use of VR as a tool to break free from stereotypes.

Tim Carlson (Theatremaker, Theatre Conspiracy) & David Mesiha (Sound Designer, Theatre Conspiracy)
Tim Carlson is a playwright, dramaturg, journalist and the artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy. He led the creation of Foreign Radical (The Cultch, Vancouver 2015), which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award and the Jessie Award Critics Choice Innovation prize.

David Mesiha is a music composer, sound designer, video designer, media artist and Theatre Devisor. He is a co-creator, composer and tour technical director for Foreign Radical. 

Michael Wheeler (Theatremaker, SpiderWebShow)
Michael Wheeler is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow Performance, Canada’s first live digital performance company. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that empowers independent artists, producers and leaders.

Lisa Jackson (Filmmaker and VR Creator)
Lisa Jackson works in fiction and documentary. Upcoming projects include a multimedia installation Transmissions, an IMAX film Lichen, along with more traditional film and TV. She a director mentor for the NSI IndigiDocs program and sits on the advisory committee for the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan.

Moderator: John Greyson (Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Arts; Graduate Program Director, Film MFA Program)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM - LUNCH

Lunch will be provided in the Martin Family Lounge (ACE 219).

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Panel 2: Intermedial Narratives

M.E. Luka (Producer, Narratives in Space+Time Society)
Dr. Luka is an award-winning scholar, activist and digital media producer for arts, social enterprises, broadcasting and telecommunications, and creative management policy, planning and practice. Her research examines co-creative and collaborative production, distribution and dissemination in the intersecting fields of media, arts and culture.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Transmedia Artist, UnionDocs)
Alison S. M. Kobayashi is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose hybrid work mixes documentary and fiction through video, performance, installation, interactive and illustration. Her performance Say Something Bunny! has received critical acclaim heralded as “The best new theater experience in town” by Vogue, is a NYTimes critics’ pick and was listed in Time Out’s 2017 top ten productions.

Liz Miller (Documentary Filmmaker & Transmedia Artist)
Elizabeth (Liz ) Miller is a documentary maker and professor who uses collaboration and interactivity as a way to connect personal stories to larger timely social issues such as water privatization, refugee rights, gender rights, gender & environmental justice, and climate disasters.

Moderator: Michael Longford (Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Digital Media, Computational Arts)

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM - BREAK

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM - Keynote: IRL Labs

Ali Momeni (Co-Founder)
Ali Momeni is a media-artist and researcher with expertise in interactive systems and human computer interaction. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers at UC Berkeley.

Aparna Wilder (Co-Founder)
Aparna Wilder is a program director and community builder passionate about experiential learning and storytelling. Aparna leads IRL Labs outreach and education programs and is responsible for facilitating new partnerships, research projects, and workshops.

Moderator: Taien Ng-Chan (Sessional Assistant Professor, Cinema & Media Arts)

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM - Closing Remarks

Closing remarks by organizing committee (Laura Levin, Michael Longford, Taien Ng-Chan)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Reception

Join us for refreshments in the Martin Family Lounge, Accolade East Building, Room 219.