About Sarah Bay-Cheng

(Name pronounced Bay-JUNG, rhymes with "sung.") Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto, Canada. Formerly Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College and the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Co-host for the On TAP (Theatre and Performance Studies) podcast at www.ontappod.com. Editor for the book series Avant-Gardes in Performance (Palgrave). Very sporadically blogging about theatre, performance, and digital culture. twitter/instagram: @sbaycheng

ASTR 2019 – hello!

I’m currently at the American Society for Theatre Research. Perhaps you are, too! Today, I’m participating in a roundtable and giving a workshop on public presentations for academic research. Much of what I will say will be disappointing because most of what I can say on this topic is fairly well known and even self-explanatory. I’m certainly no social media influencer. But, I’ve had some success sharing my ideas with colleagues accros different media and I’m happy to share what I know. Sometimes, reminders on the familiar may be helpful. If you’re following along at the conference, or simply interested, here are my notes for my talks today, along with a few preliminary resources that I’ve found helpful.

Plenary Rountable &
Workshop:
Shop Talks: Presenting Work to an Engaged Audience
Sarah Bay-Cheng, York University
ASTR: November 8, 2019
Arlington, VA

Reminder: “Distillation & Delivery”

Public Presentation Types

  • Public lectures
  • TEDx Talks
  • Podcasts
  • Social Media Campaigns: IGTV, Stories
  • Remarks

Key Elements

  • Defined Audience – Clear Objectives
  • Key Ideas
  • Structure & Rhythm
  • Punctuation
  • Accessories

References

Anderson, Chris. 2016. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

“Podcasting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Getting Started.” 2014. Buffer Marketing Library (blog). June 18, 2014. https://buffer.com/library/podcasting-for-beginners.

TEDxEast – Nancy Duarte Uncovers Common Structure of Greatest Communicators 11/11/2010. December 10, 2010. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nYFpuc2Umk&feature=youtu.be.

The 110 Techniques of Communication and Public Speaking | David JP Phillips | TEDxZagreb. February 1, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0pxo-dS9Hc.

“The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts | WIRED.” August 27, 2017. https://www.wired.com/story/podcasts-beginners-guide/.

Happy (Academic) New Year!

Happy New Year to all my academic friends: faculty, students, staff, and administrators. I again pledge a new year’s resolution to update the blog and website more frequently and one of these days, I’ll get around to it. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a new crop of dancing polar bears here at Bowdoin College, great new shows from my faculty colleagues, and the beauty of a New England fall. Enjoy the coming semester and remember to savor the good stuff and let everything else go by the by (as my late grandmother used to say).

warm wishes from rainy Maine,

SBC

Upcoming Talks & Visits – spring 2018

Over the next few months, I’m looking forward to a series of talks and visits. March 9-10, I’ll be attending the Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces at Brown University and giving a public lecture on digital history and performance in museums. I love this conference format and am excited to connect with the excellent Sydney Skybetter and Kiri Miller among an *amazing* list of participants (though, honestly, if you look at the photos, I am the stodgiest among us). I’m giving a lecture, “Everybody’s Historiography: Playing the Digital in Museums” on Monday, March 12, 1-2pm in the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library.

Next, I’ll be visiting the University of Georgia and meeting with David Z. Saltz in preparation for our NEH Summer Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies, June 17-19. (If you’re interested, there’s still time to apply. Deadline is March 1).

In April and May, I’m busy attending Bowdoin student performances, theses defenses, and end-of-the academic year festivities. But, then, I’m excited to return to The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, June 13-14. The deadline for applications to the Mellon School is also coming up quickly on March 1.

If you happen to be in the area for any of these, contact me privately and I’d love to connect.

Hello, Toronto! 1.19.18

I’m delighted to be back at the University of Toronto to deliver a lecture, “Everybody’s Historiography: History, Performance, and Playing the Digital in Museums.” I’ll be at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Many thanks to Alexandra Gillespie and the U of T – Mississauga’s Jackman Humanities Institute Digital Humanities Network, and to Tamara Trojanowska at the Centre for hosting me. I’m delighted to be here.

The lecture includes work from visits to several museums featuring interactive digital history display, with primary focus on the extraordinary POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland (http://www.polin.pl/en). Many thanks to Bowdoin College, who generously supported my travel to Poland and elsewhere.

Interview with Paula Vogel

Well, actually, I just get to sit in a room, while Paula Vogel talks to me about Indecent, New York critics, and the danger of a theatre that fails to support its young artists. Inspiring, passionate, and fun. You can listen to it as a special episode of the On TAP (Theatre and Performance) podcast: http://www.ontappod.com/home/2017/10/6/on-tap-special-paula-vogel.

Don’t miss other monthly podcast episodes at: http://www.ontappod.com.

Happy Fall!

With the fall semester up and running for most of us, let me wish all my academic colleagues, fellow faculty, and students a happy new academic year. I’m hoping to post more regularly this year, but no promises. In the meantime, the first On TAP (Theatre and Performance studies) podcast, episode 15, of this academic year is available at http://www.ontappod.com/. Episode 16 will be coming soon with a special artist interview in October. More soon.

Visiting Assistant Professor positions @ Bowdoin College: Acting and Dance

Join me at Bowdoin College!

The Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College is currently searching for 2 visiting assistant professors in Acting and Dance. Both positions are one-year, full-time positions in a collaborative and energetic department. Positions start July 1, 2017. Details and applications for both positions are as follows:

Acting: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/3874
Dance: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/3875

Spend the academic year on a beautiful campus with great students and colleagues. Any questions, feel free to get in touch.