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Lara Nielsen


Lara Nielsen


Professor, Master in Visual and Digital Media

Creative Strategy, Visual & Digital Media, Professor, IE School of Human Sciences & Technology


Master in Visual and Digital Media

Creative Work in the Cultural Industries

Professional Experience
I research transnational media, arts, and culture sectors, examining the complex relationships between creative work and free market ideologies, globally. I have designed and led 100+ seminars, participated in national and international conferences, curated and written extensively about the intermedia arts.Favorite topics include grid systems; intermedia arts; work and institutions; law and performance; digital and documentary medias; globality and the creative economy. Favorite qualitative methods include case based oral histories and organizational ethnographies.

My collaborative book project, “Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations” (Palgrave MacMillan 2012; 2015) examines the institutional strategies, modes of transmission, formal economies, and urban sites of articulation that creative communities navigate to make art for global audiences.

Professor Asociado, Visual & Digital Media Communications – IE University
Assistant Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies – Macalester College
Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) – NYU
Visiting Assistant Professor, Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies – Hampshire College
Teaching Fellow, Crossroads in the Study of the Americas – Amherst College and Hampshire College
Instructor – NYU
Assistant Director and Publicist – Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company
Graduate Assistantship: Ibero-American Studies Librarian, Wilson Library – University of Minnesota
Education and Outreach Coordinating Intern – Coolidge Center for Environmental Leadership
Arts Administration – American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University

PhD, Performance Studies – NYU
Certificate, Oral History Research Institute – Columbia University in the City of New York
MA, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Bahcelor’s Degree in English, Boston College