photo by Chia Messina

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 2012, 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; 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 in Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Egypt, Argentina and Canada. Multimedia collaborations include Trace (2011) Travis Kirton software author, Rafael Francisco Salas, projections; Ringtone (2009); Lines of Resolution (2008); Scars, a multimedia performance work based on cross cultural relationships, composed and directed by Nahla Mattar of Cairo, Egypt; Zoom In, Look Out (Ojo Al Zoom) Margarita Bali choreographer, at Teatro Presidente Alvear, Buenos Aires, Argentina – a video version 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 is a national panelist on Designing Dance Video Courses and Multidisciplinary/Multimedia Issues and Projects.