Lance Gharavi is a Phoenix-based experimental artist and scholar. He is Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Theatre in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre at Arizona State University.
Gharavi is an actor, director, performance artist, writer, and designer, yet much of what he does hopelessly smudges the lines that divide these disciplines. An early pioneer in the field of digital performance, he specializes in collaborating with interdisciplinary teams of artists, scientists, designers, and engineers to create original and innovative works of media-rich live performance. Recent projects have involved research robots, architectural projection, social media, 3D projections, and planetarium systems. Other recent works include a series of performances in Matei Visniec's Pockets Full of Bread at the Romanian National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca, and at the Sibiu International Festival in Sibiu, Romania; and an original one-man show, A Brief Anniversary of Time—a work celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time—at the Marston Exploration Theater.
In recent years, much of Gharavi’s artistic work has focused on science. His efforts in this direction involve 1) making scientific research and history accessible to the general public; 2) querying the implications of scientific theories and technological innovations; and 3) exploring ways that artists, scientists, and engineers can collaborate to advance research.
Gharavi’s work as a scholar focuses on the many intersections of religion and performance. His scholarship in this area, as well in technology and performance, has been published in eight countries and translated into three foreign languages. He is the author of Western Esotericism in Russian Silver Age Drama (New Grail 2008). Other major publications include the anthology of essays Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith (Routledge 2012); and the English translation for a special 100-year anniversary edition of Aleksandr Blok’s mysterious masterpiece, Roza i Krest (Moscow, Russia, Tsentr Knigi Rudomino 2013).