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E.B. Hunter

70 Arts Circle, Fifth Floor

Evanston, IL  60208

Research interests: theatre studies, spectatorship, interactivity, digital media culture, Shakespeare, adaptation, contemporary drama, practice-based research, digital humanities

Education

2018  Ph.D., Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (expected) Dissertation: Enactive Spectatorship in Contemporary Productions of Shakespeare
Committee: Harvey Young (chair), Will West, Ariel Rogers, Sara Monoson

My dissertation analyzes contemporary immersive Shakespeare productions in order to map a new critical model of spectatorship. Situated against a historical reading of audience participation theorists like Richard Schechner, Henry Jenkins, and Jacques Rancière, I offer a concept I call “enactive spectatorship.” I propose that enactive spectatorship arises when a live production simultaneously foregrounds audience interactivity and the impossibility of impacting the show’s narrative outcome. Through these competing imperatives, I argue, the production casts the audience in a role. My research shows that enactive spectatorship arises when a live production has four elements: an immersive simulacrum, telegraphed canonicity, recognition of the individual audience body, and invitations to complete tasks. By offering enactive spectatorship, I counter a critical history that connects the legitimacy of audience participation with an impact on the narrative outcome, or that frames participation as a portal to “truth.” In contrast, my work uncovers the tension created when productions use audi­ence participation to claim neutrality, but in fact reward a rigid set of participatory behaviors and delegitimize deviations. My research offers enactive spectatorship as a model for under­standing how the reward system of interactivity incentivizes an audience to perform allegiance to an institution’s version of an authentic canon.

2016  M.A., Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2003  M.F.A., Dramaturgy, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

1997  B.A., English and Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Publications

(Forthcoming)  “In the Frame: The Performative Spectatorship of Museum  Selfies.” Text and Performance Quarterly.

(Forthcoming) “Making Videogame Adaptations of Canonical Texts.” Handbook of Methods in Digital Humanities, edited by David Rheams, Tai Neilson, and Lewis Levenberg. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

The Tempest (Performance Review).” Shakespeare Bulletin 34, no. 4 (Winter 2016).

Digital Work

2017–  Founder and lab director, Fabula(b) interdisciplinary research lab, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Projects include Something Wicked: The Macbeth Video Game 2D side-scroller (shipping July 2017) and Bitter Wind MR adaptation of Agamemnon for Microsoft HoloLens (funded).

2017 Mixed Reality Academy, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA. One of twelve participants of an invitation-only mentorship initiative for women in mixed reality, fully sponsored by Microsoft and SH//FT Immersive Media.

2014  “How to Make a Pitch Video” online curriculum, commissioned by Liz Gerber, Delta Design Lab, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Conference Presentations and Exhibitions

2017    Plenary panelist, “Enactive Spectatorship in Shakespeare Video Games,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, Las Vegas, NV

2017    PLAY UP!: Queens, Pixel Monsters and Dragon Slayers, Museum of Applied Arts, Cologne, Germany (curated by Sofie Taubert, group museum exhibition with catalogue)

2017    “Building Something Wicked: The Macbeth Video Game,” The Shakespearean Theatre Conference, Stratford, Canada

2017    “Articulating Artistic Research 5.0” workshop participant, Canadian Association for Theatre Research conference, Toronto, Canada

2017    “Building Something Wicked: The Macbeth Video Game,” Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies conference, Toronto, Canada

2017    “Teaching Literature with Interactivity: The Shakespeare Video Game,” Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, FL

2017    “Teaching Theatre History for the Non-Theatre Historian” panelist, Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, Las Vegas, NV

2017    “Video Games as Born-Digital Theatre,” Playing the Extra/Ordinary: Video Games and Difference Working Session, American Society for Theatre Research conference, Atlanta, GA

2015    “Playing Shakespeare: Why Macbeth Should Be a Videogame,” Northwestern University ResTalks, Evanston, IL

2015    “Luis Alfaro’s Greek Cycle,” Northwestern University/University of Michigan Classical Receptions conference, Ann Arbor, MI

2015    “Shakespeare’s Body Count: An Interactive Data Visualization,” Northwestern University Computational Research Day, Evanston, IL

2014    “Something Wicked: The Macbeth Videogame” poster presentation, Summer Institute in Cologne, Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung, University of Cologne, Germany

2014    “Biopunk Persephone: Linked Inquiries in Fan Studies and Reception,” Northwestern University/University of Michigan Classical Receptions conference, Evanston, IL

Fellowships and Grants

2017–    Residency, “The Garage” Entrepreneurship and Innovation Incubator, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive residency that provides mentorship, networking, and unlimited access to state-of-the-art AR/VR and prototyping labs.

2017    Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts grant ($9,000), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive project grant to build Bitter Wind.

2017    Graduate Research Grant ($3,000), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive grant to fund dissertation research.

2017    Graduate Ignition Grant ($350), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive  grant to complete dissertation research.

2017    First Time Presenter Award ($500), Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Toronto, Canada. Competitive unrestricted award.

2017    Grace Hopper Conference Student Scholarship (est. $2,000), Anita Borg Institute, Palo Alto, CA. Competitive scholarship to fund attendance.

2017    Mellon Interdisciplinary Conf. Travel Grant ($1,000), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

2017    Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award ($400), Georgetown University, Washington DC.

2017    Buffett Institute for Global Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Award ($400), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

2016–18    HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory).

2016–17    Fellowship in Leadership ($3,000), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive leadership training program.

2014–15    Segal Design Cluster Fellow (est. $8,000), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive fellowship to replace a quarter of teaching.

2014    Summer Institute in Cologne ($2,000), Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung, University of Cologne, Germany. Competitive institute in partnership with Northwestern University.

2013    Mellon Fellow ($2,500), Classics Cluster, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Competitive unrestricted fellowship.

2007    Pauline Ireland Grant to Individual Artists ($5,000), Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, AL. Competitive civic grant to fund Shakespeare at Sloss theatre company.

Pedagogy

Teaching interests: Shakespeare, adaptation, interactivity, digital culture, contemporary drama

2015–16    Teaching Certificate Program, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University, Department of Theatre

2018 Instructor of Record, “History of Theatrical Practice: World Theatre History Pre-1650” advanced undergraduate seminar

2018 Instructor of Record, “Text Analysis for Theatrical Production: Staging Violence and Magic in Shakespeare” advanced undergraduate seminar

2016  Instructor of Record, “Old Stuff Remix: New Media Adaptations of Canonical Text” freshman writing seminar

2014  Teaching Assistant/Section Instructor, “Theatre in Context” survey lecture course for theatre majors

Northwestern University, Center for Leadership

2016  Teaching Assistant/Section Instructor, “Paradigms & Strategies of Leadership”

Samford University, Department of Theatre

2011–13  Adjunct Professor, “Introduction to Screenwriting”

2011–13  Adjunct Professor, “Theatre Appreciation” survey seminar for non-majors

2010–12  Adjunct Professor, “Acting I” for theatre majors

2012  Adjunct Professor, “Acting II” for theatre majors

Montevallo University, Department of Theatre

2007  Adjunct Professor, “Introduction to Playwriting”

Performance

2012    Director, King Lear (William Shakespeare), Samford University, Birmingham, AL

2010    Director, *romeo/juliet* (William Shakespeare), Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2010    Director, Birth: A Play (Karen Brody), Alabama Birth Coalition, Birmingham, AL

2009    Producer, Marriage a la Mode (John Dryden), Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2009    Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare), Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2008    Director, Macbeth (William Shakespeare), Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2007    Director, Henry V (William Shakespeare), Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL

2002    Dramaturg, Peer Gynt (Henrik Ibsen), Director Andrei Serban, Columbia University, New York, NY

2002    Creator and Producer, Sundays Under the Volcano performance series, Columbia University, New York, NY

Advising

2017–    Assistant Chair, Willard Residential College, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2015–17    Assistant Chair, Jones Fine and Performing Arts Residential College, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2016–17    Leadership Coach, Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Service

2017    Steering Committee, Humanities Work professional development workshop, Northwestern University, Evanston IL

2015–           Annual Cross-Residential College fireside lecture, “Time Management for Students,” Northwestern University, Evanston IL

2015–   Member, Public Humanities Colloquium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2008–   Creator and Director, “Muse on Wheels” educational workshop, Hayes High School and Advent Episcopal Day School, Birmingham, AL

2009–10  Convener, “Eat Paper/Drunk Ink” annual conference, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

2009–10  Director, “Shakespeare Master Classes” community education series, Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss, Birmingham, AL

Industry

2006–10 Founder and Artistic Director, Muse of Fire: Shakespeare at Sloss theatre company, Birmingham, AL

2005  Director, Sidewalk Screenwriters’ Lab, Alabama Moving Image Association, Birmingham, AL

2003–05  Head of Development, Andrew Lauren Productions independent film company, New York, NY

2002–03  Creative Executive, Emerging Pictures independent film company, New York, NY

Professional Societies

2016–   Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

2016–   Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)

2016–   Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS)

2016–   Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)

2016–   Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO)

2016–   Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA)

2015–   American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)

2015–   Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Additional Information

Languages: English (native), Spanish (excellent)

Citizenship: American (natural born), Canadian (dual citizenship)

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