LYNDSAY MICHALIK GRATCH
Lyndsay Michalik Gratch is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, where she teaches courses in Performance Studies, Communication, and Digital Culture, including Performance Studies, Digital Performance in Everyday Life, Storytelling, Remix Culture, and Emerging Domains in Communication Studies. She earned a PhD in Communication Studies (Focus: Performance Studies and Digital Media) from Louisiana State University. Her research and creative interests include performance studies, remix culture, creative adaptation, memetic media, performative writing, cinema studies, and video art.
Her recent book, Digital Performance in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2022), co-authored with Ariel Gratch of Utica College, combines theories of performance, communication, and media to explore the many ways we perform in our everyday lives through digital media and in virtual spaces. Through a diverse range of topics and examples—including discussions of self-identity, surveillance, mourning, internet memes, storytelling, ritual, political action, and activism—the book addresses how the physical and virtual have become inseparable in everyday life, and how the digital is always rooted in embodied action. She is author of Adaptation Online: Creating Memes, Sweding Movies, and other Digital Performances (Lexington Books, 2017), and has published articles, video essays, and video art in Text & Performance Quarterly, Theatre Annual, Women & Language Online, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Her short fiction has been featured in Electric Literature’s “The Outlet,” The Brooklyn Review, and Joyland Magazine, and her multimedia performance work, directing, devising, and playwriting have been showcased in multiple venues throughout the United States and Canada.