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Joan Karlen is a choreographer and media artist creating work with interaction design for iOS, gallery and live performance contexts.

Karlen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance and Dance Program Coordinator at University of Wisconsin-Stevens-Point where she teaches interdisciplinary studies, camera dance and digital video editing, dance composition, ballet technique and Pilates. She earned dance degrees from The Juilliard School and New York University, and trained in multimedia, telematics and interaction design development at The Ohio State University, New York University, Arizona State University, and The Banff Centre Interactive Screens 1.0. She was a Banff Centre Film & Media Artist in Residence, faculty member at the Banff IDEA Summit, and presented her research at the Convergence: An International Summit On Art + Technology. Joan’s research was featured in The Juilliard Journal‘s special issue on Technology and the Arts. Her choreography was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Choreography Fellowship, and her teaching has been recognized with the student-nominated University Leadership Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Teaching Excellence Award (twice), and the UW-System Teaching Scholar Award.

Joan has presented her video and computer-generated dances throughout the United States and internationally, including at the 5th annual Movement and Computing Conference (Italy 2018), and in Ireland, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Egypt, Argentina and Canada. Multimedia collaborations include Signal (2018) Zlatko Cosic, video artist; Trace (2011) Travis Kirton software author, and Rafael Francisco Salas and Andy Broomell, projections; Ringtone (2009); Lines of Resolution (2008) John Little, animations/projections; Scars, a multimedia performance work based on cross cultural relationships, composed and directed by Nahla Mattar, Cairo, Egypt; and Zoom In, Look Out (Ojo Al Zoom) Margarita Bali choreographer, at Teatro Presidente Alvear, Buenos Aires, Argentina; a video version Zoom In, Look Out was also screened at the Digital Cultures Lab, Nottingham, England.

As a performer Joan originated roles with New York-based companies, throughout the US and in Argentina. For several years she was active with the Dance Films Association Dance on Camera Festival (Lincoln Center, NYC) as a selection jury member, forum panelist and workshop presenter, and as a national panelist on Designing Dance Video Courses and Multidisciplinary/Multimedia Issues and Projects.

Joan, along with Amy Beversdorf, is Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Balanced Body Pilates Training Center. She continues to train professionally with master teachers in Ballet, Klein Technique©, Pilates and somatic and functional anatomy practices.