Lance Gharavi

DIXIE GAMMAGE HALL
TEMPE
Asst Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
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2002
Assistant Director of Theatre, Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
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2002
Asst Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Lance Gharavi is an experimental artist and scholar, associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and an Affiliated Faculty in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming.  

An early pioneer in the field of digital performance, Gharavi specializes in collaborating with transdisciplinary teams of artists, scientists, designers, and engineers to create original and innovative works of media-rich live performance. Recent projects have involved research robots, architectural projection, social media, 3D projections, and planetarium systems. Much of Gharavi's artistic work focuses on intersections of art and science. His efforts make scientific research and history accessible to the general public, query the implications of scientific theories and technological innovations, and explore ways in which artists, scientists, designers, and engineers can collaborate to advance research and produce compelling experiences.

Gharavi's scholarship on religion, technology, and performance has been published around the world and in several languages. His work appears in journals including Theatre Topics, Modern Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Ecumenica, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, PAJ, Esoterica, and Performance Matters. He is the author of "Western Esotericism in Russian Silver Age Drama" (New Grail 2008), editor of the anthology "Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith (Routledge 2012), and the translator for the special 100-year anniversary edition of Aleksandr Blok's symbolist masterpiece, "Roza I Krest" (Tsentr Knigi Rudomino 2013), published in Moscow. He collaborated with EarthScope—the largest solid Earth science project ever funded by the National Science Foundation—to write a children's book about earthquakes. His ongoing research project into robotics and performance, Ars Robotica, was selected as a Transdisciplinary Exemplar by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). He recently completed working with a team of artists and physicists on a project about the Earth's deep interior called Beneath, and is currently working on projects about robots and the future of humans in space. 

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Kansas 2000
  • M.A. University of Kansas 1997
  • B.F.A. Drake University 1989

 

Research Interests

Experimental Theatre and Performance, Digital Performance, Religion and Performance, Critical Theory, intersections of science and art.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THP 494 Special Topics
SES 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
THP 598 Special Topics
SES 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 440 Experimental Theatre & Perform
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 592 Research
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 440 Experimental Theatre & Perform
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 440 Experimental Theatre & Perform
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 592 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 440 Experimental Theatre & Perform
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THF 497 Senior Project
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 519 Directing: Works in Progress
THP 592 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
THP 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 504 Studies/DramaticThry/Criticism
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THP 494 Special Topics
HDA 494 Special Topics
DCE 494 Special Topics
SES 494 Special Topics
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 590 Reading and Conference
THP 592 Research
THP 598 Special Topics
DCE 598 Special Topics
SES 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
THF 160 Introduction to Storytelling
THE 440 Experimental Theatre & Perform