Lian Amaris is a writer, artist, and creative communicator working to connect real world experiences, performance events, and the new media landscape. She is Artistic Director of Vector Art Ensemble and has authored five original full-length plays and performances that have been professionally produced at such venues as Nuyorican Poets Cafe, HERE Arts Center, The University of Chicago, P.S. 122, the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, and The University of Massachusetts. She has 9 publications in books and journals, has presented her original research at 11 international conferences and has participated in 5 residencies and over 30 festivals and exhibitions. For her provocative work, she has been on the front page of The New York Times, been called a “meme goddess” by Forbes, and shown at such venues as The Guggenheim Museum and The San Jose Museum of Art. Lian has Master’s degrees in Interactive Telecommunications and in Performance Studies, both from NYU, where she focused on transmedia storytelling, immersive environments, and audience experience. She was a full-time professor of Performance Studies and New Media for three years, was a 2011 writing resident with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and spent several years as an editor and copywriter for media theorist Doug Rushkoff. Get in touch with her at lianamaris.com or @lianamaris.