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William W. Lewis, Ph.D

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Will is Lecturer in Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is an interdisciplinary scholar/artist whose work focuses on the fields of intermedial, postdramatic, and devised performance. He conceptualizes, adapts, and directs performance projects that implement site specificity, gaming, interactivity, and social media to explore ethics and politics in the 21st century. His research explores the role of digital interactivity on contemporary audiences and the implications of constant connection to media on how we teach theatre-making.

He trained in devised theatre and interactive theatre-making with SITI Company in New York City, Blast Theory in the United Kingdom, and worked as a workshop director on new play development with NYU Tisch. His work has been recognized by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Quantified Self) and the Kennedy Center College Theatre festival (Woyzeck: The Endless Cycle 1.0). He currently serves as ATHE’s Conference Planner for the Directing Program and will serve as the Focus Group Representative starting in 2020. He has published articles and reviews focusing on digital interactivity, practice as research, and political performance in Theatre Topics, Performance Research, Theatre Research International, and New Theatre Quarterly. His recent book chapter in New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts argues for new ways of teaching theatre-making that focus on interdisciplinary methodologies from theatre, computer science, and UX design. Will has a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, a MA in Theatre History and Criticism from CUNY Hunter College, and a BFA in Performance from the University of Memphis.