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Scott Martin

Associate Professor of Game Design, Music Composition and Arts Entrepreneurship, Assistant Dean for Technology, Research and Advancement

Expertise: Music, motion network-based interactive performance systems, interactive network design, multimedia applications and languages

Scott Martin is an associate professor of Game Design, Music Composition and Arts Entrepreneurship and assistant dean for Technology, Research and Advancement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Martin's research includes broad bandwidth three-dimensional multipoint content interface design, three-dimensional CBT modules and multimedia information design enhancements for network systems.

Martin coordinated the Arts Management Arts Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate program and is the founder and director of the new computer game design program at Mason.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Heather McDonald

Associate Professor of Theater

Expertise: Dramatic writing, playwriting, screenplays

Heather McDonald is an associate professor of Theater in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the co-artistic director for the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

McDonald is an accomplished playwright whose works include "An Almost Holy Picture," "The End of the Affair," "When Grace Comes In" and "Dream of a Common Language." She can discuss the principles of dramatic writing for plays and screenplays, including character, plot, dramatic structure, dialogue, exposition and setting.

McDonald has been awarded four Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Resident Production. Her work features many other productions including Off Broadway, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Rivendell in Chicago and New Playwrights Theater. She has written and sold two screenplays and has been awarded the NEA Playwriting Fellowship three times.

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Laurie Meamber

Associate Professor of Marketing

Expertise: Consumer behavior, Marketing and consumption of the arts, Marketing

Meamber is an associate professor of marketing in the School of Management. She joined George Mason University in 1998 and currently teaches advertising management and consumer behavior.

Meambers research focuses primarily on art and aesthetics, including how the arts and aesthetic-related marketing activities (e.g. product design, advertising, body art) operate as a means of cultural production for consumers, artists, and cultural intermediaries. Her secondary interests encompass topics related to sociological, technological and cultural aspects of daily life that impact marketing and consumption practices (such as Web advertising, Customer Relationship Management); the history and critique of marketing thought; and qualitative/interpretive research.


Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Linda Miller

Professor of Dance and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Advancement

Expertise: Ballet technique and skills, ballet repertory

Linda Miller is a professor of Dance and associate dean for Academic Affairs and Student Advancement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

She can discuss ballet technique and skills including technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness and developing a deeper understanding of the skills and principles of ballet technique and how they provide the foundation needed to both teach and perform.

Miller has performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and Opera, Ruth Page's International Ballet Company, Hawaii Dance Theater and Repertory West. She has choreographed works for university productions and musical theater, including the award-winning "Pirates of Penzance." She has also been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her choreography in Interact's "H.M.S. Pinafore."

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Patricia Miller

University Professor and Director of Vocal Studies

Expertise: Vocal performance, opera

Patricia Miller is a University professor and director of Vocal Studies in the Music Department and is an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano who has appeared in leading roles with major opera companies in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and Japan.

She can discuss methods to develop and improve artistic and performance skills, repertoire preparation and execution, diction, interpretation, style and overall stage presence. She is also trained in vocal literature such as German and Italian.

Miller made her European debut with the Basel Opera (Switzerland) as Isabella in Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri." She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Boston Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Manhattan Philharmonic and the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Renee Sandell

Professor Art and Visual Technology and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education Program

Expertise: Art education, professional development of teachers, visual literacy, gender concerns

Renee Sandell is a professor of Art and Visual Technology in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and director of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Art Education Program.

Sandell's research and teaching interests include visual literacy, gender concerns, multicultural issues in art education, studio pedagogy, art and healing, museum education, technology and learning and the professional development of teachers. She is co-author and co-editor of several books including "Women, Art and Education" and "Gender Issues in Art Education: Content, Contexts and Strategies." Her installations of ink and watercolor markings explore the human condition in time, space and place.

As an advocate of art education leadership, Sandell has served on several art education editorial boards and was a member of the Advisory Board of School Arts magazine. She has also presented workshops for the National Gallery of Art's Summer Teacher Institute and has served as a consultant to various school systems, museums, cultural organizations as well as the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Kimberly Sheridan

Assistant Professor of Education

Expertise: Intersection of arts and cognition, issues related to art education, educational psychology

Kimberly Sheridan is an assistant professor of Education with a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education and Human Development.

Sheridan has a diverse research background, focusing on the intersection of the arts and cognition, and has worked in functional neuroimaging labs, done field research on the contemporary visual arts in East Africa, conducted observational and interview studies of high school visual arts classrooms and used on-line surveys and interview to study film fans who participate in discussion groups.

She is a Research Specialist for the Studio Thinking Project, which studies teaching, learning and assessment in the visual arts. In addition to her research, she has been involved in professional development for teachers. Sheridan is currently working towards developing a research center on learning in the arts at Mason.

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Susan Shields

Associate Professor Dance

Expertise: modern dance, ballet, choreography

Shields is an associate professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and teaches courses on intermediate and advanced ballet. She is an accomplished dancer who specializes in ballet and modern dance, having trained with the Washington Ballet.

She can discuss the use of movement in relation to other art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture and architecture, enhancing kinesthetic awareness, sensitivity to others and the environment. She can also discuss ballet techniques including technical proficiency and improving anatomical awareness.

Her work appears in the repertories of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Boston Ballet II and City Dance Ensemble. She has performed nationally and internationally with companies such as Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

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Karen Studd

Associate Professor of Dance

Expertise: Body language and nonverbal communication, modern dance, choreography

Studd is an associate professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and teaches dance appreciation courses that focus on understanding movement of the body, what aspects of space are used and other qualitative mechanisms that give the movement language.

Studd has been observing and analyzing body movement for more than 20 years and is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She can discuss the significance of analyzing and interpreting the body language and movement behavior of political candidates or other public figures. Studd also analyzes how body movement gives nonverbal movement a language that people can understand and how the way in which one moves differs based on factors such as culture, gender and age.

She is also an established choreographer whose work has been performed by the Kanopy Dance Company in Madison, Wis., and the D.C. Contemporary Dance Theatre.

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