Joan Karlen, Dance Program Coordinator and Professor of Theatre and Dance, is a choreographer and media artist currently focusing on interaction design collaboration for iOS, urban and park installations and live performance contexts.During fall 2012 Joan was a Film and Media Artist In Residence at The Banff Centre where she presented her interaction design for installation research as faculty at The IDEA Summit 2012. Read Joan’s Banff Center blog post. She has presented her video and computer-generated dances throughout the United States, and in Portugal, Germany, the UK, and Argentina. Multimedia collaborations include Trace (2011) Travis Kirton, software author, Rafael Francisco Salas, projections; Ringtone (2009) Amod Damle, Katie Miller and Andy Broomell media artists; Lines of Resolution (2008) John Little animator; 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 – video version screened at the Digital Cultures Lab, Nottingham, England.
As a performer Joan originated many roles with New York-based companies, throughout the US and in Argentina. She has been 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.
At UWSP Joan teaches interdisciplinary studies, camera dance and digital editing, dance composition and technique. She earned dance degrees from The Juilliard School and New York University, and participated in additional multimedia, telematics and video production training at The Ohio State University, New York University, and Arizona State University. Joan’s choreography was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Choreography Fellowship; her teaching has twice been recognized with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Teaching Excellence Award, and with the student-nominated University Leadership Mentor Award, the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award, and the UW-System's Teaching Scholar Award.
Pamela Luedtke, head and tail Rehearsal Director
Pamela Luedtke was a soloist with the modern dance company Mary Anthony Dance Theatre for nine years in New York City. She also worked with choreographers Agnes de Mille, Anna Sokolow, Ernestine Stodelle, Ellen Margolis, Sophie Maslow, and Berthram Ross. In New York, Pamela taught at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio, the Herbert Berghoff School of Acting, and Dance Theater Workshop (DTW). Her choreography has been performed in New York, Washington D.C., California and Wisconsin. Pamela is currently instructing dance throughout Central Wisconsin and is an Associate Lecturer instructing ballet with UWSP's Dance Program. She is the founder and artistic director of Point Dance Ensemble, a non-profit dance company in Portage County consisting of dancers ages 10-18. Pamela is also certified in Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym) as an instructor and a consultant for schools in Wisconsin, assisting in integration of neuromuscular movement curriculum. Pamela is also in the process of receiving Pilates Instructor Certification through the Balanced Body Institute.