Stephen A Schrum, PhD

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts

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Stephen A. Schrum, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Pitt-Greensburg. With a PhD in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley, Stephen is a performance poet, playwright and theatre director, and is also co-ordinator for the new Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Pitt-Greensburg. Notable past productions include: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (set in 1995) and Macbeth (performed in a cyberpunk style); Moliere’s The Miser (done in period costume) and The Misanthrope (set in the Disco era); Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (utilizing both the Japanese dance-drama form Butoh and hallucinatory soundscapes that Schrum created). While his current research area is involved with Transhumanism in Performance, he previously worked on “The Perception of Presence in Virtual Performance,” and he has directed virtual productions of The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound in the virtual world of Second Life (SL). His article entitled, “Digital Alchemy: On Transhuman Performance” can be found on academia.edu. He began teaching with technology in 1993, and since then has been writing and presenting on the topic, including editing the book, Theatre in Cyberspace: Issues of Teaching, Acting and Directing (2000). His most recent scholarly publication can be found in the journal Metaverse Creativity (Vol. 2, No. 2: Dec 2012); the article is entitled “Building A Virtual Reality Model of Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty.” As for playwrighting, along with having two monologues from original plays published in anthologies, he performed his full-length monologue, Immaculate Misconceptions, a few years back, and several years ago directed the world premiere of his musical Dog Assassin. He recently completed a novel entitled Watchers of the Dawn (A Steampunk Adventure). Stephen is also interested digital filmmaking; check out his work on his youtube channel. See his website MUSOFYR—pronounced “muse of fire”—for more info, and check out some of his written work (plays, poetry, memoirs—including Watchers of the Dawn) on smashwords.com.