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The fifth Faculty Pub Night of the 2022-23 season features Stacey Cabaj, Jason Sheppard, and Christine Breihan. They will discuss their multimedia project, "The Sound of Touch."


About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to the 2022-2023 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

About the Presentation:

"The Sound of Touch" is a multidisciplinary research project that explores the uses of technological synesthesia* in theatre and education. At this event, attendees will have an opportunity to test technology by Playtronica and learn about its creative potential in LMU classes and productions.  
Breihan, Cabaj, and Sheppard gratefully acknowledge the American Association of University Women, LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts, and the RAINS Research Assistant Program for their generous support of this project.
*Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which the senses are mixed; for instance, painter Wassily Kandinsky famously experienced sounds as colors. Playtronica’s devices simulate synesthesia as they measure the intensity of touch between people or objects and convert it into sound.


About the Authors:

Christine Breihan (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based performer, movement choreographer and educator. As a theater artist she has worked with award-winning companies across the city including Center Theater Group, A Noise Within, Padua Playwrights, The Fountain, Theatricum Botanicum, Theatre Roscius, Theater of NOTE, Sacred Fools, Project Nongenue, The Unusual Suspects, The Blank, and Ghost Road Theater Ensemble. Internationally, she studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts, has trained with members of Teatr ZAR, and has performed at the Grotowski Laboratorium in Wroclaw, Poland. Movement/intimacy choreography includes Trojan Women (Project Nongenue), Death of Medea (Theatre Roscius), Noises Off (University of Maryland), Everybody (Loyola Marymount University), and These Shining Lives (Loyola Marymount University). TV Credits include TNT’s The Last Ship and Nickelodeon's Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures. She is currently directing and choreographing Sun City, a new work slated to be produced by Ghost Road in 2022. She holds her BFA in Acting from Boston University, and her MFA from Loyola Marymount University, where she currently lectures in Movement and Acting. She is currently earning her CMA from the Laban/Barteneiff Institute of Movement Studies, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Stacey Cabaj, Assistant Professor of Acting and Pedagogy, is LMU’s inaugural Faculty Fellow in Mission and Ministry and an American Fellow in the AAUW. Professor Cabaj is an arts leader and theatre pedagogy specialist who has served as the director of graduate programs at LMU, LSU, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her forthcoming book, co-authored by Andrea Odinov, is entitled Lessons from our Students: Meditations on Theatre Pedagogy (Routledge, 2023). As an award-winning theatre artist, Cabaj works and plays around the world, exploring questions about our human-beingness, creativity/spirituality, learning, and healing. She holds teaching certifications in the Meisner Approach to Acting, Meditation, Mental Health for Artists, Trauma-Effective Education, Vibrant Voice Technique®, Vocal Yoga®, and Yoga.

F. Jason Sheppard is the Technical Director for the LMU Theater Arts and Dance Department and has worked on over 100 productions since he started working at LMU in the fall of 1997. Jason has also designed many sets for LMU including Noises Off, Once In a Lifetime, A Raisin In the Sun, Macbeth, The Elephant Man, Henry IV, In Love With Night, Evil Dead: The Musical and most recently, Honey Brown Eyes. Off-campus he has designed sets for several companies in Los Angeles. Some favorites include Grace Notes & Anvils (Odyssey Theater Ensemble), Beast On the Moon (Long Beach Playhouse), The Architect (The Gascon Theater), and Modigliani (Buffalo Knights). Jason has also stage-managed and directed several plays and workshops in the greater Los Angeles area. Jason is currently getting his MA in Educational Studies at LMU. When not on campus, Jason is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the L.A.-based alt-country band Suicide Cowboy.


About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact the Outreach and Engagement team at the William H. Hannon library via email at library.outreach@lmu.edu or call 310-338-5234.

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