Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholar Program at Performance Studies has been put on pause by the university and we will not be accepting applications until further notice. 

Visiting scholars come to NYU Performance Studies from all over the world to conduct independent research with our faculty members. During their residencies, visiting scholars give informal talks on their research, audit graduate courses, and meet with faculty to receive feedback on their research. If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar with the department, please visit the following link for more information. Please note that space is limited and we can only host up to six scholars a year. 

2021-2022 Visiting Scholars

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Arianna Mazzeo

Dr. Arianna Mazzeo is currently a senior researcher in Art, Design and Technology at the University of Toronto. Prior to this position, she taught the course Methodologies and Practice in Design Engineering Research at Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering Program, where she was also an advisor for the final thesis. She is also affiliated as Researcher of Practice in Design, Art, and Technology at MIT, and a Senior Research Fellow at RISD, where she works on introducing innovative design research and experimental pedagogies for social change through storytelling. Grounded in critical and “artistic intelligence” as design intervention in the public domain, her research focuses on transformative co-creation of ideation and sustaining forms of stories of resilience in public space. The aim is connection, relationship and authentic interaction for the wellbeing of communities in the cities as learning environment. Her practice-based research is aiming at the creation of a new public and lexicon for film, creative industries, stories of transformation of social-spatial inequalities through a creative process and AI, educational innovation in design, and co-production of collaborative pedagogies for open creative arts education, including humans, non-human, and other actors in public space, creative industries and performance art. Ari is also Director of Design Fiction Studio, a creative studio for media, film, performing arts, stories, educational innovation and online service. With her diverse and international team, she help co-create digital stories and online innovative learning solutions and technology for all.