In 2012, Michael spearheaded a new artistic genre of live performance as director of Stanford’s ReDesigning Theater Project. This innovative program aimed to reinvent theater for the next generation. Michael and his students applied design thinking to incorporate technology and social media into immersive theatrical experiences.
Michael secured funding from Autodesk in 2014 to launch Stanford’s Creative Ignition Lab in Autodesk’s San Francisco headquarters. This new lab explored the potential for visual, experiential, and embodied thinking to unlock the future of making and learning. For two and a half years, Michael led the lab in its mission to pioneer new ways to incorporate the tools of invention and production into creative processes.
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