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David Saltz

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Area Head and PhD Coordinator, Theatre Theory/History and Performance Studies; Executive Director, Ideas for Creative Exploration

David Saltz is Executive Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE). He is a specialist in modernist theatre and performance, performance theory, the philosophy of art, and directing. His primary research focuses have been performance philosophy and the interaction between live performance and digital media. He was Principal Investigator of Virtual Vaudeville, a large-scale research project funded by the National Science Foundation to simulate a nineteenth century vaudeville performance on the computer. He has explored the use of computer technology extensively in his own work as a director and teacher. Along those lines he established the Interactive Performance Laboratory at UGA, has directed a series of productions incorporating real-time interactive digital media, and has created interactive sculptural installations that have been exhibited nationally. He is co-director for the NEH Institute on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies (His recent work focuses on robotic theatre. He is co-author (with Sarah Bay-Cheng and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck) of Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (University of Michigan Press, 2015), coeditor (with David Krasner) of the book Staging Philosophy: Intersections between Theatre, Performance and Philosophy (University of Michigan Press, 2006), coeditor (with Martin Kagel) of Open Wounds: Holocaust Theater and the Legacy of George Tabori (University of Michigan Press, 2022), and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books. Dr. Saltz received a Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award in 2008. He has served as Secretary of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and as co-editor and then editor of Theatre Journal from 2006-2009, as a member of the Commission on Accreditation and as Treasurer for NAST, and currently serves as the chair of the Commission on Accreditation (2020-2023). Before coming to Georgia, Dr. Saltz taught at State University of New York at Stony Brook and The College of William and Mary.


Ph.D., Stanford University

B.A., Yale University


Virtual Vaudeville: A Live Performance Simulation System (NSF)

Institute for Digital Performance in Theatre and Performance Studies (NEH)

Courses Regularly Taught:
Articles Featuring David Saltz

ATHENS, GA – UGA Theatre presents “Alcestis” by Euripides, directed by David Saltz, and freely adapted by UGA students Gabrielle Sinclair, Taryn Nicole Spires, and Jeannie Thomas, Oct…

FALL 2021 AUDITIONS: Euripides’ Alcestis & Rent

Department of Theatre & Film Studies, University of Georgia
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In collaboration, Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Walton High School will host a series of guest live presentations by top-notch theatre visionaries on Zoom Webinar during the Spring semester of 2021. The guests…

The Department would like to congratulate Jason Woodworth-Hou, winner of the 4’33” Research in the Arts Competition.

Events with David Saltz
Dancz Center in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Dancz Center in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music
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MLC Amphitheater

My Graduate Students

Anna Corbould

PhD Performance Studies

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