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Sarah Bay-Cheng

Sarah Bay-Cheng

Faculty Fellow, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Faculty Fellow

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Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng is the dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and professor of theatre and performance studies at York University. Her research focuses on the intersections among theatre, performance, and media, including histories of avant-garde theatre and film, social media, and digital technologies in performance. Publications include the books Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (2015), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (2010), Poets at Play: An Anthology of Modernist Drama (2010), and Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Drama (2004), as well as more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and essays. Her current book project with the University of Michigan Press examines digital historiography and the implications for computational methodologies in the performing arts and culture.

Prior to York, Bay-Cheng was a Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar in media and cultural Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands (2015) and the Chair of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College (US). She was the founding director of the Techne Institute for the Arts and Emerging Technologies at the University at Buffalo (2012-2015), where she also created graduate programs in theatre and performance, serving as the inaugural graduate program director from 2010 to 2015.

Outside of the university, Bay-Cheng currently serves on the executive boards of both the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. She is also on the advisory boards for arts and education advocacy groups Arts Help and the International Girls Ensemble.

Bay-Cheng also writes and produces for non-academic audiences. Since 2016, she can be heard as a co-host for On TAP: A Theatre and Performance Studies podcast. More recently, she launched the AMPD Final Mile Club podcast, a resource for graduating students in the arts, design, and culture industries.

Research keywords:

Performance and media history; contemporary performance; museum studies; digital media and performance; intermediality; media and culture


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