Organising Committee (scroll down for biographies)

Experience Bryon (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama):

Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths):

Deirdre McLaughlin (Arts Educational Schools London):

Mark Coeckelbergh (De Montfort University)

Symposium Administrator

Jess Kaufman (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama):



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Dr. Experience Bryon is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama serving as Course leader for the MA in Performance Practice as Research as well as being the Practice as Research Coordinator for the Research Degrees. As an early pioneer of Integrative Performance she brings to the table 20 years of Practice as Research within the area of interdisciplinary performance making. She is author of Integrative Performance: Practice and Research for the Interdisciplinary Performer, Routledge, 2014 and is currently working on a new book about performance and transdisciplinarity, exploring problematics, possibilities and pragmatics when performance encounters other disciplines.

markb headshotDr. J. Mark Bishop  is Director of the Tungsten Centre for Intelligent Data Analytic and Professor of Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mark has edited two collections of essays and published over 170 articles in the field of Cognitive Computing: its theory – where his interests centre on the foundations of the swarm intelligence paradigm “Stochastic Diffusion Processes”; its application – he has worked on industrial problems in autonomous robotics, neural networks, and colour; and its philosophical foundations – where he developed the “Dancing with Pixies” reductio, a novel argument against he possibility of machine consciousness. Together with John Preston, Mark has co-edited a critique of John Searle’s arguments against machine intelligence, “Views intot he Chinese Room” (OUP, 2002). Mark is particularly interested in strongly Embodied, Enactive, Embedded and Ecological approaches to cognition.

D McLaughlin photoDeirdre McLaughlin is Director of MA Acting at Arts Educational Schools, London and a current PhD candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London. Her professional career has encompassed 16 years working as a professional actor, actor trainer, director, dramaturg and performance researcher living and working in the USA and London. Her professional credits include National Theatre Studio, Shakespeare’s Globe, Battersea Arts Centre, The Roundhouse, Dance City, Cambridge Junction, Finborough Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Powerhouse Theatre and New York Stage & Film. As a lecturer, Deirdre has taught at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, St Mary’s University, Wimbledon College of Art, University of East London, Queen Mary University, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Misericordia University, Apiary Studios, S.P.A.R.C. and New Voices for the Theatre.

Deirdre has also published and presented work in the areas of performance and cognition, performance and health, and interdisciplinary practice as research in the UK and the US. This includes an ongoing collaboration with intermedial artist and researcher Dr. Joanne Scott (University of Salford) exploring representations of altered states of consciousness in performance based on Deirdre’s own experience of temporal lobe epilepsy. Deirdre has a BFA from the Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) at Point Park University and an MA from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a founding member of the Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance Symposium at AISB.

Mark-Coeckelbergh-imageMark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Philosophy Department of the University of Vienna and Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, UK. His publications include Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015) and numerous articles in the area of philosophy of technology, in particular the ethics of robotics and ICTs. He is involved in the European research project DREAM and also has an interested in the intersection between technology and dance/performance.


Jessica Kaufman (Symposium Administrator) is a recent graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Currently based in NYC, her credits as a performer and dramaturge include Off-Broadway, US National tours and regional theatre, the Camden People’s Theatre SPRINT Festival, and the Camden Fringe. BFA Musical Theatre (University of Miami), MA Advanced Theatre Practice (RCSSD).


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