Jason Crouch is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University in the areas of Technology, Intimacy and Performance. With the working title Mediated Messages, the research is illuminating the changing communications strategies that form the bonds between us in the face of rapid technological change. He has worked in theatre and the performing arts for over twenty years, producing large outdoor site specific work (Dogs of Heaven, 1988 – 1993), writing and producing studio theatre (Remember Me, 2008 – 2011), and most recently dramaturgy and technical design for location specific work (The Crypt: New Depths, 2012; Borderline Vultures, 2012). After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry (University of Manchester) and a Masters in Instrumentation (UMIST) he started a long career in the creative arts, his comprehensive scientific background a solid foundation for many years of involvement in diverse technical aspects of performance (lighting, sound, AV, set design, logistics and miscellaneous hackery). Working with the technical team at Contact, Manchester he has helped create telepresence projects embracing simultaneous performance, dance and music with artists and participants across the globe. His role at Contact combines both strategic input in the theatre’s digital strategy and various technical specialisms in streaming, telepresence, networks and multimedia/AV.
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