Faculty

Nancy Kawalek

Professor and distinguished fellow in the arts, science and technology
Nancy Kawalek

Research and Scholarly Interests

Theater and performance, arts, innovation

Lab Group

What drew you to PME?

It is extremely exciting to join such an endeavor at the very beginning and to be able to take part in shaping something new. I also believed the University of Chicago was the right place to conduct the very particular kind of interdisciplinary work that STAGE (Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration) does, and that’s proven to be true.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?

I’m very proud of the core team we’ve built in the STAGE Lab. I’m also proud of how much our work and our work process have grown. In particular, our goal was to use the exploratory process of experimental science as a model for our lab’s creative process, and to see if that would lead, as we’d hoped, to a new way of making imaginative, highly original theatre and film. I have to credit the students, the faculty, the professional artists and technology experts, and our core team – all of those who have collaborated with us – for helping us to achieve this goal.

Where do you see PME in 10 years?

I believe the PME will have expanded significantly in ten years, with additional themes and several discoveries under its belt. Moreover, I think the PME can revolutionize the way engineering is taught and learned and open up the field to numerous untapped talent pools.

What do you hope people gain from work produced through STAGE?

I hope our work will get people excited about science and technology, help them be more trusting and less fearful of these disciplines, and understand and appreciate them more. I also hope our work will inspire scientists, stimulate their ideas, perhaps even lead at least one or two of them to a new experiment or a new approach. In addition, I hope it will help scientists find a way to communicate their work more effectively.

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