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CHRISTINA WALLACE is the Vice President of Growth at Bionic, an enterprise growth advsory firm that installs startup ecosystems into large enterprises, enabling them to discover and build the future. She is also the co-host of The Limit Does Not Exist, a Forbes podcast focused on the intersection of STEM and the arts, and a freelance writer, including as a contributor forForbes.com.
Prior to joining Bionic, Christina founded BridgeUp: STEM, a new educational division at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and women into computer science, funded by a generous $7.5M 5-year grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. She remains an advisor to BridgeUp: STEM and fierce champion for girls in STEM.
Previously Christina was the founding director of Startup Institute New York, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed fashion company Quincy Apparel, a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and an arts manager at the Metropolitan Opera. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and theater from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mashable called her one of “44 Female Founders to Know” and Refinery29 named her one of the "Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech." She has been profiled in Elle, Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, among others.
Sarah Bay-Cheng is Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College, where she teaches theater history and theory, dramatic literature, and digital media performance. Her research focuses on the intersections among performance and media including histories of cinema, social media, and computer technology in contemporary performance. Recent publications include Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015) and Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010) as well as essays in Theatre Journal, Theater, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Performance Research, among others. Her current monograph project explores digital historiography and performance. Bay-Cheng frequently lectures internationally and in 2015 was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is edits the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave) and is an associate editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and
Contemporary Theatre Review. Previously, she served on the governing boards of Performance Studies international and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and she currently administers the ASTR members group for Digital Research and Scholarship. Since 2016, Bay-Cheng can be heard monthly as a co-host for the podcast, On TAP (Theatre and Performance) with Pannill Camp and Harvey Young. She occasionally gets to work as a director and dramaturge with particular interest in intermedial collaborations and a fondness for puppetry.
Ashley Ferro-Murray is associate curator of theater/dance at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a PhD in performance studies with emphasis in new media from the University of California, Berkeley. Current commissions and co-productions include works by Mary Armentrout, Mallory Catlett, Elena Demyanenko and Erika Mijlin, Trajal Harrell, Maria Hassabi, Ali Moini, Andrew Schneider and Alice Sheppard. Ferro-Murray is currently working on a book project titled "Choreography and the Digital Era: Dancing the Cultural Differences of Technology." Based in part on her doctoral research and informed by her current curatorial practice, "Choreography in the Digital Era" explores the importance of movement in the construction of bodies and identity in the digital age. Ferro-Murray has published in Media-N Journal, The Drama Review and Dance Research Journal. Recent articles includeTransborder Immigrant Tool: Choreographic Resistance in the US-Mexican Borderlands and Technologies of Performance: Machinic Staging and Corporeal Choreographies. Ferro-Murray has given talks at University of California, Irvine, The University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Cornell University, and Bowdoin College. She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Time Global Fellow and the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Grant. This summer Ferro-Murray will be on faculty of the NEH Institute for Digital Technologies in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Georgia.
Carmen Aguilar y Wedge
Aguilar y Wedge is a Latinx structural engineer and artist synthesizing design and technology to develop immersive - transmedia experiences. She is a co-founder and creative director at Hyphen-Labs, an international studio specializing in the design of physical products, mixed reality experiences, and site specific installations that influence the evolution of digitalism and technology. Carmen is inspired by the tangibility of concepts translated into material expressions visualized through an aesthetic framework of science fiction, futurism, and surrealism her work expands on the principles of emotional and human centered design. Her work blends themes of supertech, humanity+, environmental and social issues through the context of architecture, robotics, virtual reality, fashion, computation, comparative new media, music, and smart materials, she and Hyphen-Labs are pushing the boundaries of speculative design and morphing global dynamics.
Ashley Baccus-Clark is a Brooklyn-based Molecular and Cellular Biologist and multidisciplinary artist who uses new media and storytelling to explore themes of deep learning, cognition, memory, race, trauma, and systems of belief. She is the Director of Research at Hyphen-Labs, an international team of engineers, scientists, architects, and artists creating at the intersection of art and emerging technology.
Ece Tankal is a Turkish born designer and new media artist based in Barcelona. Ece is interested in exploring interventions and interaction related to bodily, spatial and temporal concepts through mixed media installations, virtual reality experiences and speculative design. Trained in architecture, her approach is to place the viewer as a natural extension of the micro and macro topographies created, expanding and stretching the reality we currently occupy. She is one of the co-founders of Hyphen-Labs, and interaction studio operating at the intersection of art and human interaction to craft experiences utilising emerging technological platforms.
Cate Scott Campbell
Cate has created, written, produced and guided content across all platforms for clients like Tumblr, Forbes, the Disney Digital Network, ban.do, the LA Philharmonic, and the It’s On Us campaign. She's passionate about empowering young women in STEM fields and her latest digital short MATH BRAIN has over 50K views and counting across all platforms. Cate also created and produced the critically acclaimed short film How I Do Math, and created and starred in the scripted series Tutored. Her work has been praised by people and places like Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, Shonda Rhimes, Ms. Magazine, and WhoHaha. Previously Cate founded 11 Betties, a nonprofit turned media company with the mission of making STEM creative, thrilling, and relatable. She cohosts The Limit Does Not Exist, a weekly Forbes podcast which champions interdisciplinary career paths. Cate studied Theater and English at Northwestern and has an MFA from UC San Diego/La Jolla Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of The Groundlings Sunday Company.