Arts, Sciences, and Technology

Cross-fertilization of the arts and the sciences is emerging as one of the most exciting intellectual enterprises. The Institute for Molecular Engineering appointed artist and innovator Nancy Kawalek to create and develop new theater work inspired by science and technology. Kawalek is the director of a pioneering developmental lab, STAGE—Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration, which she founded at the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In bringing STAGE to UChicago, she will expand the breadth and impact of the work she began at UCSB. In IME’s STAGE Collaboratory, professionals and students from a multitude of artistic, scientific, engineering, and technological disciplines will come together to craft theatrical stories that reflect the scientifically and technologically driven world in which we live. Moreover, technology will be integrated into the ensuing productions, not for the purpose of special effect, but rather, for the purpose of finding new ways in which to tell those stories on stage. Through these efforts, STAGE and IME will simultaneously promote understanding of the sciences in the public arena and foster new and imaginative voices and methods of storytelling.

IME’s fundamental mission of interdisciplinary collaboration aligns with the University of Chicago’s continuing commitment to fostering artistic and scientific collaborations across campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

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