Rachelle Palnick Tsachor

    Email Address: rtsachor@uic.edu
    College: Architecture and the Arts Department: Theatre and Music
    Title: Associate Professor of Theatre Movement
    Office: L424 ETMSW Phone: 3196211803
    Webpage: http://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/directory/rachelle-tsachor
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Theatre Movement, Whole body movement, Movement and Learning, Non-verbal communication, Human-Machine Interactions, Automated emotion recognition, Bodily expression of emotions, Personality and Movement, Science Education, Emotion Expression, Somatics, Movement Analysis, Mind/Body connections

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 2

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Organized, friendly, reliable, consistent & accurate with details
    Curious, can work independently, and also will ask questions

    Interest in Theatre, Education, Psychology, Social Sciences, Kinesiology or Movement.

    Preeferred: GPA 3 or higher

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Assist in Movement Research on these and other projects.

    1. Movement and Computer Vision: Assist an NSF-funded grant working with movement experts and computer scientists to develop AI for bodily expressed emotion expression through movement.

    2. Assist NSF-funded research into movement and learning in collaboration with CPS teachers, teaching artists, and researchers from the College of Education. CURA students will observe video-recordings of classroom enactments of science concepts, and annotate them from a theatre, movement and/or educational perspective. CURA students may help staff and tech any plays that CPS students perform at UIC theatres, or their visits to UIC.

    3. Assist with Movement and Creativity projects, such as Arts & Humanities awards, or awards for creative activity (e.g. Making Inclusive Theatre: Shakespeare's Richard III as Disability Art)

    4. Theatre Movement practice research at UIC--such as Styles, Theatrical Intimacy, Movement Design.

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