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The Online Spectator:

Exploring Digital Audiences’ Sense-Making

Part of the Survival and Reinvention mini-conference.

Friday, July 9, 2021 | 15:00 - 16:30

Sponsored by Queen’s University, The Dan School of Drama & Music


Live discussion on Zoom; spoken in English with live translation from English to French available in the chat. No ASL interpretation will be offered for this event. 

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Kelsey Jacobson - Dr. Kelsey Jacobson is an Assistant Professor in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. She is currently researching audience archival methods as a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded project “Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Performance,” led by Dr. Stephen Johnson (PI). She is also a founding director of the Centre for Spectatorship and Research, and is currently working on a monograph entitled Feeling Real: Audience Perception And Production Of Realness In Contemporary Performance. Her research into theatre of the real, audience perception, affect theory, and qualitative methodologies has been published in Theatre Research in Canada, Research in Drama Education, Performance Matters, Etudes, and Canadian Theatre Review.

Scott Mealey - Dr. Scott Mealey recently defended his dissertation Recollections Of An Audience, at the Centre For Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies (University of Toronto).His recent publications, “(Ac)counting for Change” (2021), “Performative Measures” (2020), and “Making and Appreciating Theatre” (2020, with Kathleen Gallagher), consider the transformative ramifications of spectatorial sense-making. He has served as a lead analyst on research teams exploring Canadian theatre criticism, civic and audience engagement in the Oberammergau Passion Play, hope and care in international drama classes, and is currently a co-investigator on a SSHRC sponsored examination of livestreamed immersive theatre. He is a co-director of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research.

Debi Wong, (OrpheusVR) - Debi is an interdisciplinary performance artist that loves to weave together sound, text, movement and technology to create contemporary stories. Her performances have been recognized as “unique and magical” (Rondo Classic, Finland) and “electric & poignant” (Schmopera). Debi is also the founding artistic director of re:Naissance Opera in Vancouver, BC. With re:Naissance she has created #DidoAndAeneas (2014), an interactive, social-media opera; Acis & Galatea which was recognized by Vancouver Classical Music as one of the city’s best operas in 2017. In 2019, Debi spearheaded OrpheusVR, an interactive Virtual Reality Opera in development for the Oculus Quest. OrpheusVR was featured in the VIFF Immersed exhibit at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. www.reopera.com

Kevin Matthew Wong - Kevin Matthew Wong (he/him) is a theatre creator, producer, performer and projection designer. Kevin is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, which merges environmentalism and live performance. His work The Chemical Valley Project is a multimedia solo-performance, created in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray, and co-creator Julia Howman. Kevin has been lucky to work with Cahoots Theatre, the Koffler Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Paprika Festival, the Macau-Toronto company Music Picnic, and the American social justice residency The Gardarev Center, and others. Kevin is a Producer at Why Not Theatre, leading its Make stream projects. kevinmatthewwong.com