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I have had two main passions in life: theatrical design and using computer technologies to support the design process. I have swapped one for the other, sometimes overlapping, my entire career. As a theatre artist, I have designed lighting, scenery, and sound for theatres around the country and am a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, as a Lighting Designer. I spent 5 years as freelance designer in the Washington, DC area. Beginning in 1993, I became an Assistant Professor of Theatre here at the University of Utah. My research focused primarily on computer visualization of the theatrical design process, and taught 3-D Visualization and CADD classes for the department.
That led directly to becoming the Assistant Dean for Technology at the University of Utah. For the last 9 years, I have seen my job as working to bring technology to artists and scholars in the College of Fine Arts through a combination of promoting, encouraging, and supporting its use. Among my duties, I proposed and created the University of Utah's interdisciplinary Arts Technology Program, which promotes the integration of digital technology into the creative process. The program now offers a Certificate in Arts Technology and includes courses in digital imaging, 3-D modeling, animation, web design, digital video, performance integration, and digital audio.
As my research interests moved further into the ‘digital domain,’ I began to recognize the cultural implications of new media technology’s appropriation, use, production, and distribution. To that end, in 2003, I enrolled in the PhD program in Communication to pursue my interests in the relationship between media technology, visual aesthetics, and culture. I am near the end of that program, and expect to compete the degree in late 2008 or early 2009.