Greetings! I’m currently the Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Before arriving in Canada, I was a professor of theater and performance studies at Bowdoin College, the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Colgate University, where I taught theater history and theory, experimental performance, and researched the intersections of media technologies and performance, both historical and in contemporary culture. In fall of 2015, I was in residence at Utrecht University (Netherlands) as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies.
I am one of the co-hosts for On TAP, a podcast dedicated to issues in theater and performance studies and academia. I have served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Contemporary Theatre Review, the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and on the editorial boards for ASAP/Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, and Theatre Topics. From 2012-2016, I was a member of the Board of Directors for Performance Studies international and I am now a member of the executive committee for the American Society for Theatre Research.
From 2012-2015, I was the Founding Director for the Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies (http://techne.buffalo.edu). In its first three years, Techne launched several new programs, including the Digital Scholarship and Cultures initiative (DiSC), the Art, Robotics, and Technology for Youth (ARTY) Workshop, and the Techne Trekker, a mobile media art studio designed to bring digital artwork to local communities.
In all my work, I strive to facilitate meaningful connections between the past + present; research + teaching; students + faculty; practice + theory; critique + creativity.
Research and publication info:
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Bay-Cheng
Feel free to contact: baycheng[at]yorku[dot]ca