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I am a PhD candidate in Northwestern University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama, where my dissertation maps a critical conception of a foundational dynamic of audiencing I call “enactive spectatorship.”

Enactive spectatorship arises when audience members in an interactive production of canonical text enact proscribed roles—however minor—rather than expecting their participation to change a known narrative. In identifying enactive spectatorship, my research demonstrates that meaningful participation encompasses more than the audience’s influence on the plot outcome.

Alongside my traditional humanities research, I am the founder of Fabula(b), a theatre and computational design lab housed in Northwestern’s innovation incubator, The Garage. At Fabula(b), I lead an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional team to build video games (2D screen and holographic mixed reality) that engage canonical theatrical texts. To download Something Wicked, our combat video game adaptation of Macbeth, and to learn about our next project, Bitter Wind–a mixed reality adaptation of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon for Microsoft’s HoloLens–visit the lab website at www.fabulab.us.

In addition to support from a Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts grant to build Bitter Wind and a Segal Design Research Council Fellowship to prototype Something Wicked, I am the recipient of a Mellon Classics Cluster Fellowship and the Northwestern Fellowship in Leadership, and I’m active in Northwestern’s Public Humanities Colloquium.

I was also commissioned to build an online pitch curriculum for Northwestern’s Delta Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab and design studio, and I co-designed an online ecosystem for musicians through the Farley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. My scholarship appears in Shakespeare Bulletin.

Before coming to Northwestern, I launched a theatre company at a restored blast furnace in Birmingham, Alabama, earning a Pauline Ireland Grant to Individual Artists, administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. I helped pilot the Cultural Alliance’s artist-as-educator residency, and for three years I was an adjunct professor of theatre at Samford University. I also hold an MA in theatre and drama from Northwestern and an MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University. Outside of academia, I’ve worked as a screenwriter, a classroom teacher, and as the head of development for an independent film company in New York City.

Contact me via ebh at u dot northwestern dot edu

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