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Jacob Pinholster

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Area: Film, Dance and Theatre
Category: Administration,Faculty
Title: Associate Dean for Policy and Initiatives
Office: GHALL 132E
Phone: 480.965.9547
Fax: 480.965.5351
Specialty: Media/projection design for performance, Design and Production
E-mail: jpinhols@asu.edu
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Jake Pinholster is an associate professor of Performance Design and Director of the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Prior to joining ASU in 2005, Pinholster was a professional theatrical designer and consultant living and working in New York City.

Through his professional practice and creative activity, Pinholster explores the intersections of art, technology and design, principally through professional enagement as a designer of media and projections for performance. Recent and upcoming professional projects include: Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music (David Dorfman Dance, international tour), The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway, HBO–Emmy Nomination), Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (HBO–Emmy nomination), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Center Theatre Group, LA), Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth, DC and La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego), Escape from Bellevue (Village Theatre–Off-Broadway), Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Ars Nova, NY), David Dorfman Dance\s underground (BAM and international tour), HeddaTRON (Les Freres Corbusier), My Renaissance Faire Lady (Ontological–Hysteric), Voyage of the Carcass (Greenwich Street Theatre, NY).

As an educator and administrator, Pinholster has been involved in a number of long-term initiatives that fuse technology, interdisciplinarity, and curricular innovation. He redesigned the online course development and compensation process for the School, which included personally leading the design and implementation of new coursework in media authorship. A founding member of the Digital Culture working group at ASU, Pinholster was instrumental in helping to design the nation’s first degree in digital culture, a program that completely reengineers the modes in which students navigate curricula, enabling them to construct educational pathways for careers that don’t yet exist. In conjunction with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, he is working to reimagine the ways in which professional theatre-makers can collaborate in and with universities as centers of research and development by utilizing phased development processes and telepresence technologies.

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