Faculty & Staff

Joan Karlen 

Department Chair
NFAC 0161A
Professor - Dance
NFAC 140D 


Joan Karlen is Department of Theatre & Dance Chair and Dance Program Coordinator at University of Wisconsin-Stevens-Point where she teaches interdisciplinary studies, camera dance and digital editing, dance composition and technique, and Pilates. She earned dance degrees from The Juilliard School and New York University, and participated in additional multimedia and telematics training at The Ohio State University, New York University, and Arizona State University. Joan's choreography was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Choreography Fellowship; her teaching has been recognized with the student-nominated University Leadership Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Teaching Excellence Award (twice), the Who's Who Among American Teachers Award, and the UW-System Teaching Scholar Award.

As a choreographer and media artist Joan's current focus is on interaction design collaboration for iOS, installation and live performance contexts. During fall 2012 she was a Film and Media Artist in Residence at The Banff Centre where she presented her interaction design installation research as faculty at The IDEA Summit 2012, and in 2014 presented her research at the Convergence: An International Summit On Art + Technology

She has presented her video and computer-generated dances throughout the United States, and in Portugal, Germany, the UK, and Argentina.  As a performer, Joan originated roles with New York-based companies, throughout the US and in Argentina.  Joan's Interaction Design Installation was featured in the The Juilliard Journal's February 2014 Technology and the Arts issue. She has been active with the Dance Films Association Dance on Camera Festival (Lincoln Center, NYC) as a selection jury member, forum panelist and workshop presenter, and is a national panelist on Designing Dance Video Courses and Multidisciplinary/Multimedia Issues and Projects.

Website: joankarlen.com