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Currently an Associate Producer at the
Charles Hayden Planetarium
The Fulldome Blog - planetarium production blog I write
Vimeo - planetarium work
Personal Projects, Art, Music, Poetry
NestDrop / Presets Collection - performance tool for VJ-ing
Vector Recursion Workbench - laser cutting tool
Abacus of Doom - techno music
Github - programming projects
When I Lived in Realtime - poetry
Youtube - personal work
Work Experience
Associate Producer
- 2017-current
Science Visualizer
- 2010-2017
- Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science
- 57-foot concentric dome with 209 seats

Freelance Web & Print Designer

- Realtime Republic - 2007-2010

Internships

- Natural Media Research Labs /// web series pilot - 2008
- Post Effects /// green screen studio - 2006
- Hamblin Studios /// photographer - 2005
Studied at SAIC
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- BFA in 3D Animation - 2004-2008
- Merit scholarship recipient
- Early college program - 2002

Harvard University Extension School

- Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy - 2011
Special Events in the Planetarium
SubSpace Sessions 2020

- Virtual season of free live events, music performances, conversations, art experiences, gaming, and more.
- Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
- Abraham
- Coleslaw’s Corner: Science in Drag
- Mary Bichner

Summer Thursdays 2019
- Series of innovative nightlife events in the planetarium every Thursday.
- Theater drama performance "Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth" featuring live music by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? This animated audio play with live band performance retells the Medusa tale for the modern era: reclaiming underlying themes of female empowerment, cunning, collaboration, and triumph.
- Drag performances featuring Coleslaw’s Corner and Drag Kings of The Slaughterhouse Society.
- Live music performances featuring: TOKiMONSTA, Arc Iris, Palavar Springs, Dutch Rebelle, Ian Ethan Case, Niki Luparelli, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Synethesia Suite, and Multiverse: Hidden Worlds.
- Horror Movie screenings: Jennifer's Body, Friday the 13th, and Blair Witch Project.
- Collaborated with ImprovBoston for an improvised comedy show.
- eGaming tournaments featuring: Smash Brothers, Mortal Kombat, Overwatch

Summer Thursdays 2018
- Series of innovative nightlife events in the planetarium every Thursday.
- Theater drama performance "Yellow Bird in Space" by Liars & Believers. An epic chase to catch the yellow bird through outer space, battling monsters, robots, aliens, and climate change. Combining absorb physical theatre and imagination with the planetarium immersion.
- Drag performances featuring Boston's Best Drag Queens and Drag Kings of The Slaughterhouse Society.
- Live music performances featuring: Jaggery, STL GLD, and Ruby Rose Fox.
- Sci-Fi Movie screenings: Stargate, The Fifth Element, and Event Horizon.

Summer Thursdays 2017
- Series of innovative nightlife events in the planetarium every Thursday.
- Collaborated with ImprovBoston for an improvised comedy show.
- Live music performances featuring: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Hallelujah the Hills, and Niki Luparelli & the Golddiggers
- Sci-Fi Movie screenings: Alien (marathon), Independence Day, Starship Troopers, Back to the Future (marathon), Galaxy Quest, & Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Brought in Wes Hazard to throw The Big Quiz Thing, a fresh approach to trivia.
- We also created a fulldome short called Baba Yaga from the Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys live music show.

SubSpace Project

- Musical tributes in the planetarium featuring original dome visuals. These show are now in paired with the weekend laser shows. Dedicated music shows include: David Bowie, Prince, Björk, Beyoncé, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Fleetwood Mac, Divas Experience - 2016-2020

A World Underwater: The Reefs of Belize
- Presentation in the planetarium of 360 video from scuba diving at Glover's Reef Research Station. - 2016

Stories Under the Stars

- Performance of live storytelling, radio, and music. Features true stories, both personal and inspired by science that explore the theme of "Light in the Dark" (2016) and "Planet Tales" (2017).
- Shorts from the show: Illuminating the Universe, Blue Wash of Light, Orange Sky


Synesthesia Suite

- Mary Bichner and the Planetary Quartet performed live in the planetarium. Since Mary experiences synesthesia, we applied her musical color palate to create inspired visuals which allow you to "hear" color and "see" sound. She also composed a set of new pieces which were premiered at this concert. - 2017, 2019, 2020
- Shorts from the show: Virgo & Double Viola String Quartet


Einstein's Playground

- Live demonstration of what effects you would see when traveling near the speed of light. Utilized Unity3D to bring video gaming into the dome. - 2016
- Finalist in Interactive /// Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2016

Space Station

- Audience collaborated to roleplay an adventure in the dome. Give commands, explore rooms, examine objects, and try to escape the Space Station... if you can survive! - 2016

Cosmic Loops: Music Beneath the Stars
- Series of live music featuring Ian Ethan Case playing an acoustic double-neck guitarist and guest musicians - 2013-2016

The Boston Choral Ensemble

- Live performance featuring a capella choir and music selections inspired by stars, planets, and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. "Cosmic Journey" was performed in 2014 and "Cosmos" was performed in 2017.

Beyond the Telescope

- Series where guest astronomers are invited to share their current research in the planetarium. 2012-2020

MassArt 2017: Uncharted Domain
MassArt 2015: The Unknown Between
MassArt 2013: Sentient
- Advisor for college students producing a fulldome show

DJ Spooky: The Hidden Code
- Planetarium show featuring the album release of "The Hidden Code" - 2015
Unique 360 Video Experiences
Encounter with Great White Shark - 2018
- Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) - 2018
- NASA's Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral, FL

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys - Baba Yaga - 2017
Synesthesia Suite: Virgo - 2017
Synesthesia Suite: Double Viola String Quartet - 2017
- Select pieces from live music performances made into a virtual planetarium experience

Illuminating the Universe / Blue Wash of Light / Orange Sky - 2016
- Stories Under the Stars - select stories made into a virtual planetarium experience

The Reefs of Belize - 2016
- Collaboration with MIT - Glover's Reef Research Station, Belize

Leafcutter Ant Colony - 2016
- Within the Butterfly Garden at the Museum of Science - Boston, MA

Atlas V Rocket Launch of the MMS Spacecraft
- 2015
- NASA's Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral, FL

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center - 2014
- Spacecraft testing facilities and high bay clean room - Greenbelt, MD
Fulldome Show Awards
Destination Mars: The New Frontier
From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

CSTM Popular Science Film Panorama 2017
- Awarded: Best Film
- Awarded: Most Popular Film

Immersive Film Festival 2015
- Awarded: Best Immersion

Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2016
- Finalist: Immersive Cinema
Released free engineering materials for domes and classrooms
- Blueprint to Blastoff: NASA Engineering Modules
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2012
- Awarded: Best Immersive Cinema
- Finalist: Theatrical Program
Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2014
- Finalist: Immersive Cinema
Orange Sky
Jena Fulldome Festival 2017
- Honorable Mention
Waiting Far Away
Distributed internationally to 305+ planetariums
- Screened at SIGGRAPH 2015: VR Village Dome
- Screened at Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans 2015
- Screened at Jena Fulldome Festival 2014
- Screened at Melbourne International Film Festival 2016
Conference Presentations
SXSW 2017: Making a Live Storytelling Show for a Planetarium
- We shared how we developed of the show, performed excerpts, and discussed how to create moments of tenderness, learning, and awe.

IMERSA Summit 2016: Successful Visualizing for Fulldome Storytelling
- Presented techniques for keeping a 4k fulldome production nimble and synced

IMERSA Summit 2015: Future Immersion Panel
- Presented techniques for using 360 video in the dome

Ohio State University 2013: The End & Beginning of Everything
- Taught astronomy visualization techniques as a visiting artist
Conferences I've Attended
- IMERSA Summit 2018 - Columbus, OH
- SXSW 2017 - Austin, TX
- IMERSA Summit 2016 - Denver, CO
- IMERSA Summit 2015 - Denver, CO
- IX Symposium 2015 - Montreal, Canada
- IMERSA Summit 2013 - Denver, CO
- Comic-Con 2008 - San Diego, CA
- Singularity Summit 2007 - San Francisco, CA