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Dr Julienne A Greer

Name

[Dr Julienne Aleta Greer]
  • Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts

Biography

Julienne A. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts; Social Robotics and Performance with The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Media Arts from Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer’s College of Communication (formerly College of Communication). Dr. Greer earned a PhD in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. She is director of UTA's Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Greer is a multi-disciplinary scholar + artist who conducts research, produces, directs, performs and writes for theatre and robotics disciplines. She brings a performance expertise based in method technique and understanding of multi-modal sensory data to interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Greer has presented and/or published papers at the International Conference for Social Robotics 2014 (Australia), the 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2017 (Portugal), the 12th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics – IMSCI 2018 (Florida), the 28th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2019 (New Delhi, India) and Humanized Computing and Communication 2019 (California). Dr. Greer is a 2015 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) faculty award granting the purchase of “Pepper” the emotional robot for use in her interdisciplinary course at UTA, “Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre” and awarded a 2019 Outstanding Teacher Award (CoLA). Dr. Greer is a Co-PI on a multi-year study with UTA’s School of Social Work and Georgia Technical University utilizing the social robots of her ERLL lab for positive health outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities. Greer is a Co-PI for the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant collaborating with Disability Studies, Engineering and CoLA. She was awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Program (PI) award for 2016 for a study titled: “Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a theatre intervention on psychological well-being in older adults” and an additional IRP grant in 2019 (PI) titled "Using Arts and Social Sciences to Enhance Social Companion Robots’ Adaptive Abilities to Improve Health Outcomes." She is a member of Inter-Disciplinary.net 2011 - present, Actors Equity Association (AEA), and the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA).

Education

    • 2013 PhD in Humanities Aesthetic Studies
      Univ Texas Dallas, 2013
      (Supparea: Game Studies, Performance, Humanities)
    • 2005 MA in Media Arts
      Texas Christian University, 2005
      (Supparea: Film)
    • 1986 BFA in Theatre
      New York University, 1986
      (Supparea: Acting and Performance)

Appointments

    • Nov 2017 to Present Director of Emotional Robotics Living Lab
      Department of Theatre Arts ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      Director and coordinator of the research studies of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. A state-of-the-art lab space on the campus of University of Texas at Arlington dedicated to examining the emerging field of human-robot interaction. A portion of the space in the Emotional Robotics Living Lab is designed to be authentically home-like and livable, curating the phrase "Living Lab." This design was purposefully accomplished to be a bridge between research and the home spaces of future social robots. The Emotional Robotics Living Lab currently houses Pepper, the emotional robot, and NAO, both robots designed at SoftBank Robotics, JIBO, from Jibo, Inc. Piebot, an originally created social robot with the help of UTA Research Institute (UTARI), Joy-for-all, a robotic cat, and Buddy from BlueFrog robotics, currently being developed in France.
    • Sept 2016 to Present Assistant Professor; Social Robotics and Performance
      Department of Theatre Arts ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      Assistant Professor; Social Robotics and Performance in the Dept. of Theatre Arts. As Assistant Professor I have instructed a variety of courses, most recently, Voice and Movement, Acting, Fundamentals of Presentation, and Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre. All courses are developed to acquaint and inform students with the rigors of theatre training, presentation, and performance applied to human-human interactions and to the emerging field of human-robot interaction.
    • June 1980 to Present Professional and Union Performance Positions
      Acting and Performance
      My primary performance work is currently with professional performance positions live on-stage, in independent and feature film, and national and international commercial work. My work has been featured in locations including New York, NY, Los Angeles, California, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Illinois. In the theatre-rich DFW area, I have worked at the prestigious Dallas Theatre Centre and work through invitation by the producers of Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, TX.
    • Sept 2012 to Aug 2016 Senior Lecturer
      Department of Theatre Arts ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Theatre Arts, UTA instructing a variety of courses including; Acting for the Camera III, Theatre and Film Appreciation, Acting I, Dance for the Actor, Vocal Performance II: Dialects, First Year Semester Theatre Arts, Introduction to Theatre, Vocal Performance I: Fundamentals of Presentation, Humans and Robots, Dialects in Performance, and Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre.
    • Sept 2011 to May 2013 Teacher's Assistant
      School of Arts and Humanities ,University of Texas at Dallas (Richarson, TX, United States)
      Teacher’s Assistant for film theory, and 1960s history courses. Requested by Endowed Professor, Dr. Stephen Rabe, also, Dr. Shilyh Warren and Dr. Adrienne McLean
    • Sept 2000 to May 2009 Adjunct Instructor
      Dept. of Film-Television-Digital Media ,Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
      Professor of acting for TV II, acting for the camera, improvisational comedy lab and lecture, soap opera lab and lecture, survey courses for cinema , introduction to film, film appreciation, and working actor seminar. Equity, SAG/AFTRA actor.
    • Sept 2001 to May 2003 Adjunct Instructor
      Department of Theatre, College of Fine Arts ,Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
      Instructor for Acting I, technique and scene study, and Survey of Theatre course.

Memberships

    • Aug 2018 to Present Association for Theatre in Higher Education Performance Focus Group
      Member
      The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity. The performance focus group works exclusively with performance-related issues for theatre i higher education. (ATHE website and original text)
    • Aug 2016 to Present Association for Theatre in Higher Education - New Plays Development Workshop
      Member
      The New Plays Development Workshop supports a platform for original works, short and long form. The workshop is comprised of performers, dramaturgs, directors, and the writer. ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity. (ATHE and original text)
    • June 2016 to Present Association for Theatre in Higher Education
      Member
      The Association for Theatre in Higher Education is the premier membership and Annual National conference venue for all aspects of Theatre; including, but not limited to: Acting, American Theatre and Drama Society, Association for Asian Performance, Association for Theatre Movement Educators, Black Theatre Alliance, Design, Tech, Management, Directing, Dramaturgy, Latinx, Indigenous, and the Americas, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Music Theatre/Dance, Performance Studies, Playwrights and Creative Teams, Religion and Theatre, Senior Theatre Research and Performance, Theatre and Social Change, Theatre as a Liberal Art, Theatre History, Theory and Criticism, Two Year College Program, Voice and Speech Trainers Association and Women and Theatre Program. In the 2017-2018 year I began email written conversations with the President of ATHE to include a focus group which incorporates more theatre and technology, specifically social robotics, as my research work is examining many of the issues between social robotics and performance. The follow-up and presentation of this possibility will be a goal for my ATHE attendance in August, 2018. I have been involved with the New Plays Development and Dramaturgy Focus Groups.
    • June 2011 to Present Interdisciplinary.net
      Member
      A forum for the exchange and interaction of inter-disciplinary ideas, research and points of view that bear on a wide range of issues of concern and interest in the contemporary world. Based in Oxford, United Kingdom.
    • Aug 2003 to Present Trinity Valley School Annual Giving
      Annual Giving team
      Trinity Valley School is a rigorous K-12 college preparatory school in West Fort Worth. I have held a leadership position on the annual giving team for many years and do now.
    • Feb 1999 to Present Actor's Equity Association
      Member
      The nation union of professional actors and stage managers. A merit-based organization based on professional stage work.
    • Jan 1984 to Present Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
      Member
      National union of professional radio, television, and film actors. A merit-based membership based on professional work.
    • Aug 2008 to May 2018 Trinity Valley School Arts Booster Board
      Membership, tickets, middle and high school
      I have held a leadership position on the Fine Arts Board of Trinity Valley School, a rigorous K-12 college preparatory school in west Fort Worth.

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2019 Outstanding Teaching Award Tenure-Track Faculty sponsored by College of Liberal Arts
    • Jun  2019 Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP) Award 2019 sponsored by The Office of the President and the Vice President for Research, UTA
    • Jun  2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP) Award 2016 sponsored by The Office of the President and the Vice President for Research, UTA
    • Apr  2016 Focus on Faculty Learning Luncheons sponsored by UTA Libraries Speaker Series for UTA Faculty and Phi Kappa Phi
    • Apr  2015 Outstanding Mainstage Production sponsored by MAVPLAYS, Dept. of Theatre Arts’ Student/Faculty Awards
    • Apr  2015 Endowment Award for Research and Creative Activity sponsored by College of Liberal Arts
    • Aug  2014 Best Actress in a Performance sponsored by Star-Telegram Newspaper
    • Dec  2004 Most Inspiring Professor, Nominee sponsored by Department of Theatre,Texas Christian University.
    • Apr  2001 Best Actress in a Stage Play sponsored by Stage West Theater, Small Professional Theatre (SPT), Equity house

News Articles

    • Nov 2018 UTA's The Shorthorn
      “Art, Science Work in Unison” by Amanda Padilla. Nov. 14, 2018. “Julienne Greer theatre arts assistant professor, introduced the class to the four robots in the room, including a robotic cat, and taught them how to communicate and interact with the robots. The laughter turned from anxious to incredulous.”
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Oct 2018 UTA's The Shorthorn
      “Greer emphasized these two concepts. She said people are wired to connect with each other, they have a need and a desire to connect as humans. By engaging in the arts, they learn to trust something. For Greer, people learn to trust each other.In a play, many people come together to create a show. The director, the stage manager, the cast, the technicians; all of these people have to trust their connection to create something together.”
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Oct 2018 UTA's The Shorthorn
      “These machines will somehow be a reflection of us as humans,” Greer said. The Emotional Robotics Living Lab focuses on social robots, or robots that will interact socially with people in their homes and workplaces in the future. “I like to talk about it because it’s not a phone, it’s not a human, and it’s not the television turned on at home,” Greer said. “It is something else, and I’m really interested in what that something else is and how we will interact with it, and what that means, then, about us.”
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Sept 2018 UTA Library ConneXIons Newsletter
      During our tenure as Robot Ambassadors, we (Devon Peralta and Rene Taméz) formed an extraordinary working relationship with Dr. Julienne Greer, a multi-disciplinary scholar and professor who has been researching human/robot interactions. Dr. Greer was the first UTA Faculty to request the Robot Ambassadors in her classroom, where she was doing research on emotional support robots, for which she received a grant to start the UTA Emotional Robots Living Lab. On our own time, we volunteered for one of her robot research experiments; a pilot study to determine the best trust interaction between humans and robots. This involved interacting with a social companion robot. The participants were asked how they feel towards the robots physical appearance, and what would make you trust them, be it a smiling face, and more human-like qualities, such as blinking eyes, etc. During the experiment, Dr. Greer observed the interaction and had one of her assistants control the robot on her pre-determined instructions. If you would like to know more about Dr. Greer’s work, read this great article at KERA News detailing her research with robots reciting Shakespeare to Senior Citizens at an independent living facility. For the fall semester, Dr. Greer is teaching a course on Robots: THEA 3351.001 Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre.
      (Type: Internet)
    • July 2018 Why Interdisciplinary collaboration is important?
      This is a video captured by CSE of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab with audio by Dr. Julienne A. Greer on why interdisciplinary collaboration is important. This video will presented to incoming CSE freshman to encourage them to think of their careers in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary trajectory. Video is available as a stand-alone media attachment on Digital Measures.
      (Type: Internet)
    • June 2018 CoLA Magazine June 2018
      UTA FACULTY PURSUE DATA DRIVEN DISCOVERY. NSF grant Focuses on Research in Assistive Technology. "Greer an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, has received numerous grants for creating distinctive social applications for robots...'Dr. Rose and Dr. Greer specialize in cutting edge scholarship.'"
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Apr 2018 UTA MavWire - Assistive Technologies Studies
      “Computer scientists and faculty with the disabilities studies minor will create a campus-wide program to teach how to design assistive technology to help reduce barriers.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 UTA in the News
      "Technologies in Disabilities grant. UTA computer scientists and faculty associated with the disability studies minor in the College of Liberal Arts were awarded a $381,778 Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation, Dallas Innovates."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Dallas Innovates
      UTA Developing Assistive Technologies Program with $381K Grant. "UTA computer scientists and faculty associated with the disability studies minor in the College of Liberal Arts were awarded the grant to fund the program that will teach undergraduate students, particularly minority and female students with disabilities, how to design the assistive technology. Ishfaq Ahmad, professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department is the principal investigator, UTA said. Other co-principal investigators are Julienne Greer, assistant professor in theater arts; and assistant professors of computer science and engineering Manfred Huber and Vassilis Athitsos."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Disabled World
      DisabledWorld.com. "UTA Grant to Help Minority Students Link Assistive Technology with Disabilities Studies...Assistive technology program will teach undergraduate students, especially minority and female students and those with disabilities, how to design assistive technology to help reduce barriers faced by people with disabilities."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 PHYS.ORG
      "Grant to help minority students link assistive technology with disability studies...Greer has used her experience and research to help scientists and engineers better understand the human experience so that they can build more responsive robots. She is also working to find out how robots can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 EurekaAlert! Science News
      "UTA grant to help minority students link assistive technology with disability studies...Greer has used her experience and research to help scientists and engineers better understand the human experience so that they can build more responsive robots. She is also working to find out how robots can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 UTA Press Release
      UTA Press Release. UTA researchers earn grant to teach minority undergraduates how to link assistive technology, artificial intelligence and disability studies. Herb Booth. University of Texas at Arlington computer scientists and faculty associated with the disability studies minor…were awarded a three-year, $318,778 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Brinkwire
      “Brinkwire is a news hub for blogs, online communities, content affiliates, publishers and members of the connected internet who are interested in commercial news...UTA grant to help minority students link assistive technology with disability studies."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UTA
      CSE Facebook page highlighting the opening of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. "In Spring 2018, Dr. Julienne Greer created a course exploring social robotics and the roles robots will have in our lives from Disability Studies, Theatre Studies, and Humanities perspectives. The course includes hands-on work with the social robots, PEPPER, JIBO, and NAO in the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. If you have any questions about this class please contact ltucker@uta.edu or Dr. Julienne Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Social Robotics and Performance."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 Disablog.it - ITALY
      Italian blog picked up by U.S. UTA press release discussing on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) recently awarded to our team. This inaugural year, I am sponsoring 2 students in social robotics research with the robot, NAO, and examining anxiety-reducing methods.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2018 The University of Texas at Arlington Magazine
      The University of Texas at Arlington Magazine, Pioneers of the 21st Century by Antwan Williams. “They’re doing so with the help of 2-foot tall robot named NAO that performs Shakespearean sonnets… ‘all these awards represent important research innovations and could create a real impact in society’ says Duane Dimos, vice president for research.’”
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Jan 2018 UTA in the NEWS
      “Robots are being created to help with tasks like disinfecting hospital rooms or alerting patients when it’s time to take medications, Xconomy.com reported. A study at UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab is even exploring how human-robot connection can help fight depression. Julienne Greer, an assistant professor of theatre at UTA, serves as the director of the lab, which was launched in November.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Jan 2018 Xconomy
      "UTA Using Robots, Shakespeare to Study Ways to Address Loneliness by Angela Shah...A study at the Emotional Robotics Living Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington is exploring how human-robot connection can help fight depression…UTA’s living lab, which is made up of spaces set up to look like a person’s home – is part of a multidisciplinary effort that includes professors in theatre arts, social work, and engineering.”
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Jan 2018 KRWG New Mexico State
      "Justin Martin talks with Julienne Greer, director of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, about the emotional side of robots."
      (Type: Radio)
    • Dec 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “Julienne Greer, assistant professor of theatre arts in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts, appeared on KERA 90.1 FM discussing her research in the field of social and emotional robotics. She found that interactions with robots had a positive impact on the lives of senior citizens in an assisted living facility. Greer is the director of UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Dec 2017 KERA News
      Youtube link to video in Dec. 13, 2017 radio interview with Justin Martin and Dr. Julienne A. Greer.
      (Type: Radio)
    • Dec 2017 KERA News.
      Robots Reciting Shakespeare with Seniors in UTA Study Hints at Future Companion Role by Justin Martin and Molly Evans. “Robots are assuming more and more roles in our daily lives…In the study, older adults interacted with a robot using Shakespearean sonnets. The study comes from UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which explores the bigger idea of robots as companions and caregivers in the future. Julienne Greer, an assistant professor of theatre arts and the lab’s director, explains how one of the robots, called NAO, was used in the study… ‘It was not just reciting Shakespeare. We made this study because we wanted the robot to participate with the older adult. Now, when someone is participating in an art, they’re not just looking at that painting, they’re not just listening to that music. They are actually in a process of doing, and that was shown to have incredibly positive results.’”
      (Type: Radio)
    • Dec 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “The Arlington Voice reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Dec 2017 Arlington Voice
      Robotics theatrics pairs UTA research with Arlington seniors. “NAO is one of two advanced robots used in the lab to test the emotional engagement between man and machine. It’s (NAO) arm, no longer than that of a toddler, reaches toward the sky as it recites Shakespeare Sonnet 18… ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer day.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Dec 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “Robotics Tomorrow reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Robotics Tomorrow
      Science article discussing the Emotional Robotics Living Lab on the UTA campus whose function is to examine how social robots and humans can learn to trust and engage with each other through theatre methodology. Dir. Dr. Julienne A. Greer. "UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab will research how robots can be integrated into homes as companions and caregivers. The new lab will feature two robots from SoftBank Robotics, NAO and Pepper. Pepper is a 4-foot humanoid robot with large, expressive eyes and lifelike gestures that can connect with people on an emotional level. NAO is a smaller humanoid robot, designed to be an interactive companion.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA's The Shorthorn
      The Shorthorn. UTA article, UTA furthers research into emotional robotics. Rebekah Morr. “The Living Lab is home to two robots: NAO and Pepper. Both are social and companion robots who can respond autonomously to faces and sounds…Pepper can be classified as an emotional robot because it can detect emotional expressions and tension in a person’s voice.”
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Nov 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “The Star-Telegram reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 CQRCENGAGE.com
      Could a therapy robot reciting Shakespeare ease Grandma’s loneliness? “The goal here is more than just having a few seconds of fun. At UTA's Emotional Robotics Living Lab, students and researchers are working to see if robots like NAO can provide an emotional connection for lonely senior citizens.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Star-Telegram News
      Could a therapy robot reciting Shakespeare ease Grandma’s loneliness? by Bill Hana. “NAO, a 23-inch tall robot, performs a 30-second Tai Chi routine, gracefully moving its arms up in the air. At the same time, Kevyn Martinez, a 20-year-old communications major at the University of Texas at Arlington, stands behind the small robot, mirroring its movements. The goal here is more than just having a few seconds of fun. At UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, students and researchers are working to see if robots like NAO can provide an emotional connection for lonely senior citizens.”
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Nov 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Innovates, ASEE First Bell, China's Irobotnews and France's Infohightech reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 ASEE First Bell - Today's Engineering and Technological News Prepared Exclusively for the Engineering and Technology Education Community
      "The Dallas Morning News (11/20, Brumfield) reports the University of Texas at Arlington’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab “is using the work of none other than William Shakespeare” to determine whether robots can be trusted to interact safety with humans and to “learn how robots can be integrated into homes to provide emotional as well as physical support.” The piece quotes UTA theater arts professor Julienne Greer saying, “The idea here is not to replace humans but to fill a gap. We are using theater arts to design ways for robots to create bonds of trust and emotion with humans of different ages and improve their quality of life.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Dallas Innovates
      UTA Emotional Robotics Lab Looks at Human-Robot Bonds. “In the study, a robot and adults interacted using sonnets from Shakespeare, and researchers found that after three weeks, there was a major drop in depression and an increase in robot-human social engagement among the older adults.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 PressReader.com
      Robots as Caregivers? Don’t be afraid, UTA says.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 DallasNews.com
      Robots as Caregivers? Don’t be afraid, UTA says. Loyd Brumfield. “We all know that robots with human-like functions are coming. But as we have learned in everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Westworld, how do we know they can be trusted. Maybe artists hold the key to that answer more so than scientists or engineers. ‘The idea here is not to replace humans but to fill a gap,’ said Julienne Greer, an assistant professor of theater arts at UTA and director of the lab. ‘We are using theater arts to design ways for robots to create bonds of trust and emotion with humans of different ages and improve their quality of life.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “Research conducted by Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, attracted additional coverage, with KXAS NBC 5 reporting on Greer’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Greer’s research about the interaction of humans and robots showed that interacting with robots decreased depression among senior citizens.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Fox 13 Tampa, Florida
      “Students and staff at the University of Texas at Arlington are trying to create robots that have emotions.”
      (Type: Television)
    • Nov 2017 NBC DFW Channel 5 News
      Shakespeare Performing Robots Show Promise for Mental Health in UTA Study. Tim Ciesco. “A theater arts professor, a mechanical engineering student, and a small robot all meet in a classroom. That's not the opening line of an obscure joke -- it's what actually happens inside UT-Arlington's new Emotional Robotics Living Lab… ‘Theater arts is a discipline of connection, empathy, voice, movement, relationship -- and in the end trust,’ said Greer. ‘I think it's stimulating. I think by utilizing arts content it's more life-like.’”
      (Type: Television)
    • Nov 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      “UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab continued to attract national attention with KTVT Fox 13 in Tampa, Fla., WALA Fox 10 in Mobile, Ala., Robotics Trends, Azorobotics and many other media outlets covering the start of the lab, which will investigate what the future will look like with robots.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 InfoHighTech.com - FRANCE
      Original text: “Julienne Greer et ses collègues Ling Xu et Noelle Fields, deux professeurs adjoints à la School of Social Work de l’UTA, et Kris Doelling, ingénieur de recherche à l’UTA Research Institute (UTARI), ont récemment mené une étude auprès d’adultes âgés dans un établissement indépendant au Texas. Le robot et les adultes ont interagi en utilisant des sonnets bien connus de Shakespeare. Cette étude, financée par une subvention de 20 000 dollars du Programme de recherche interdisciplinaire de l’UTA, a révélé qu’après trois semaines d’interactions, il y avait une baisse significative de la dépression et une augmentation de l’engagement social humain-robot chez ces personnes âgées.” Translation: "Julienne Greer and colleagues Ling Xu and Noelle Fields, two professors at UTA's School of Social Work, and Kris Doelling, research engineer at the UTA Research Institute (UTARI), recently conducted a research study at aged adults in an independent facility in Texas. The robot and the adults interacted using well-known Shakespeare sonnets. This study, funded by a $20,000 grant from UTA's Interdisciplinary Research Program, revealed that after three weeks of interactions, there was a significant decrease in depression and an increase in human social engagement -robot in these elderly people."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA College of Liberal Arts Newsroom
      UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab is open and ready for a close-up! “Arlington’s new Emotion Robotics Living Lab opened fall semester 2017 and features two robots designed to connect with humans on an emotional level and act as companions. The new lab gives hands-on experience working with the robots to UTA students enrolled in Dr. Julienne Greer’s Theatre Arts Course, Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre. The lab space, which has recently piqued the interest of the local media, The class is open to all students, regardless of major, interested in learning more about companion robots and the place they will hold in our future. Greer said, “The interdisciplinary nature of the lab and the course is one of the innovative qualities and what seems to interest the public and the media.” In the last two days, Greer and the Robotics Living Lab team have spoken with CBS Channel 11, NBC Channel 5, and the Star-telegram about the new lab and course initiatives with very positive receptions. The flurry of activity follows UTA’s press release on the new Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Greer said, “People are very interesting in social robots, it is exciting to share this news and where UTA is headed in this field with the DFW community.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 McKnight’s Senior Living
      Universities study robots to help senior living residents by Lois A. Bowers. “Independent living and assisted living communities are serving as testing grounds as University of Texas at Arlington researchers try to develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers. Researchers hope the efforts meet resident needs and help operators address labor challenges.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Robotics and Security, sourced from Robotics Trends
      Robotics website dedicated to security and cutting-edge robotics innovation. "“How can we develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers? The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots.” Dr. Julienne A. Greer, Director.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Savi-labs.com - AFRICA
      “Savi-Labs’ mission is to encourage and support collaborative learning and collaborative work among STEM students and professionals in Africa and beyond.” Internet blog discussing the recently opened Emotional Robotics Living Lab on the UTA campus examining how social robots and humans can learn to trust and engage with each other through theatre methodology. Dir. Dr. Julienne A. Greer
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 ScienMag Science Magazine
      UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab to Focus on Robots as Companions/Caregivers. "The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 Texas Digital Humanities Consortium
      Promoting digital research in Texas and beyond by Lisa Spiro. “Dr. Julienne Greer was awarded one of UTA’s second annual Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP 2016) grants for “Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a theatre intervention on psychological well-being in older adults.” She leads an interdisciplinary team consisting of College of Liberal Arts-Theatre Arts, UTA Research Institute (UTARI), and UTA’s School of Social Work. The objective of this pilot study is to examine the impact of a theatre intervention utilizing the text of Shakespeare on the psychological well-being of older adults. Dr. Greer and colleagues also received funding for A Robot Walks into a Waiting Room…Humor in Healthcare Waiting Rooms to Enhance HRI, which examines how Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), specifically the use of improvisational humor in an assistive robot, may positively impact attitudes toward HRI.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA in the NEWS
      Researchers at UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab are investigating what the future will look like with robots. They're also examining how robots can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support, KTVT CBS 11, KRLD 1080 AM, ArlingtonTx.gov, CBSDFW.com, McKnight’s Senior Living, ScienMag and Phys.org reported. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of Theatre Arts, is directing the new lab.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA Newsroom - Sonnet Technology
      Julienne Greer, an assistant professor in the UTA Department of Theatre Arts, is combining Shakespeare and state-of-the-art robots to reduce depression and increase engagement among older adults. The interdisciplinary team includes researchers from UTA's School of Social Work and the UTA Research Institute. The research team recently opened an emotional robotics living lab to understand how robots can be integrated into homes as companions and caregivers. [Link to youtube]: Youtube: 1.23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=olH9WOR9GtE
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 KRLD 1080 AM
      Audio Radio interview on the opening of Emotional Robotics Living Lab.
      (Type: Radio)
    • Nov 2017 Arlington-TX.gov Put Technology to Work. UTA Launches Emotional Robotics Living Lab
      UTA Launches Emotional Robotics Living Lab. “The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support… ‘We are using theatre arts to design ways for robots to create bonds of trust and emotion with humans of different ages and improve their quality of life.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 AZOrobotics.com
      New Emotional Robotic Living Lab will Investigate the Integration of Robots into Homes. “We are now looking to make the experience more immersive so that the robot and the adults play out an entire scene of Shakespeare together…we hypothesize that the more immersive the theatre intervention, the deeper and more positive the responses in older adults will be in regards to depression and social engagement’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 DailyTopicI
      Texas-based Emotional Robotics Living Lab Creates Caregiver Robots - Robotics. “Public research school University of Texas at Arlington opened its Emotional Robotics Living Lab to determine how robots can be integrated into homes to provide emotional support or to serve as caregivers.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 irobotnews.com - KOREA
      Original text: 로보틱스트렌즈에 따르면 이 대학의 감성로봇 리빙랩(Emotional Robotics Living Lab)은 동반자 및 도우미 로봇이 인간과 어떻게 교감해야 하는지를 실험하고 있다. 이 연구는 UTA의 학제간 연구 프로그램을 통해 2만 달러의 보조금을 지원받았다. UTA의 극장 예술 교수겸 랩 책임자인 줄리엔느 그리어(Julienne Greer)는 "우리의 아이디어는 사람을 대체하기 위해서가 아니라 갭을 메꾸려는 것"이라며 "무엇보다 공연 예술을 통해 로봇이 다양한 연령대의 사람들과 신뢰와 감정의 연대를 만들도록 하는 게 목적"이라고 말했다. Translation: According to Robotics, Emotional Robotics Living Lab is experimenting with how companions and helper robots interact with humans. The study received $ 20,000 in grants through UTA's interdisciplinary research program.“Our idea is not to replace people, but to meet the gap," said UTA director of theater arts and professor Julienne Greer. "Above all, through performing arts we wish to interact with robots and people of various ages to create a solidarity of trust and emotion."
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 CBS DFW Channel 11 & 21 News
      UTA Working to Make Robots Become More Human by Robbie Owens. “Once the stuff of science fiction, robots today run our factories and touch nearly aspect of our lives. Now, an interdisciplinary research project at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) looks to explore what could happen if robots can learn to touch our hearts. Dr. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, and Director of the university’s ‘Living Lab’ where participants interact with the robots in a home-like setting… ‘We can bring all the things that make theater so human: the ability to connect, the ability to understand another human being’s life… empathy… I am programming robots that will allow you to stay in your home longer,’ said Dr. Greer, ‘When I say that, that’s when people go: `how quickly can you get them to me?’”
      (Type: Television)
    • Nov 2017 Fox Channel 10 - WALA, Alabama
      Robots with Emotions? “Social companion robots with the goal to let people live independently into later life.”
      (Type: Television)
    • Nov 2017 EurekAlert! The Global Sources for Science News.
      Internet science site discussing the recently opened Emotional Robotics Living Lab on the UTA campus examining how social robots and humans can learn to trust and engage with each other through theatre methodology. Dir. Dr. Julienne A. Greer. "The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support...'The ideas here is not to replace humans but to fill a gap,' said Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of Theatre Arts and director of the lab.'"
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 IRELAND Breaking News
      "UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab to focus on robots as companions/caregivers...The lab is designed with home spaces for older adults featuring mid-century furniture as well as a more modern play space for projects using children or younger adults.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 News.Cision
      UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab to focus on robots as companions/caregivers.“The lab is designed with home spaces for older adults featuring mid-century furniture as well as a more modern play space for projects using children or younger adults.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 PHYS.ORG
      Science site discussing the recently opened Emotional Robotics Living Lab on the UTA campus examining how social robots and humans can learn to trust and engage with each other through theatre methodology. Dir. Dr. Julienne A. Greer. "UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab to focus on robots as companions/caregivers...How can we develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers? ‘We want to look at what it means to have a robot in the room, and plan to use theatre methodology to make that experience as engaging as possible,' Greer added. ‘Both robots are also actively used in the curriculum of the course I teach, Robots, Digital Humanities and Theatre every semester, which involves hands-on student/robot interactions.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 PublicNow.com - Robots and Theatre
      NAO and Pepper in the new lab. How can we develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers?
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 RUSSIA's Breaking News
      "How can we develop robots that humans can trust and respond to as companions and caregivers?" [Dr. Julienne A.] Greer said. “We hypothesize that the more immersive the theatre intervention, the deeper and more positive the responses in older adults will be in regards to depression and social engagement.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 TIEECO Silicon Valley
      Internet site fostering entrepreneurship and discussing the recently opened Emotional Robotics Living Lab on the UTA campus examining how social robots and humans can learn to trust and engage with each other through theatre methodology. Director: Dr. Julienne A. Greer. "UTA Emotional Robotics Lab Looks at Human-Robot Bonds...The new lab is studying whether or not a robot can fill in the emotional gap needed to be a companion or caretaker to humans.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2017 UTA Press Release
      UTA Press Release. UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab will research how robots can be integrated into homes as companions and caregivers. Louisa Kellie. “Greer and an interdisciplinary team recently carried out a study with older adults at an independent living facility in Texas where the robot and adults interacted using well-known sonnets from Shakespeare. This study, which was funded with a seed grant from UTA’s Interdisciplinary Research Program, found that after three weeks of interactions, there was a significant drop in depression and increase in human-robot social engagement among those older adults.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Oct 2017 Andrea Hektner.com
      Repeat after me, robots are not humans. “Within her area of study, Greer dedicates herself to understanding all the facets underlining the many ways in which humans interact with one another…The interesting concept of Greer’s work is that humans must first understand humanity in order to make way for the incoming generation of robots, which she argues can be achieved through the theatrical arts.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Oct 2017 LeadingAge.com
      Robots and Self-Driving Taxis on the Rise in Senior Living by Donna Childress. Companion robots and others offer large potential to engage older adults. “NAO, which challenged the residents to give the final lines of a Shakespeare sonnet and can do things like shake hands and join residents for tai chi, was a hit… ‘Older adults really did find this futuristic machine…quite fascinating…I think it would make the residents thrilled to be able to have that kind of connection every day.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Sept 2017 CBS DFW Channel 11
      “Dr. Julienne Greer, an Assistant Professor of Social Robotics and Performance, says they are using something called participatory arts to help robots interact with senior citizens…The content of the art is said to enhance a person’s cognitive skills, as well as offer companionship for older adults… ‘We want the older adults to feel engaged in an art form…we are very hopeful the same positive results that happen in human to human models will happen with a human to robot model…’ Theater for Psychological Well-Being. The goal is to provide an intervention tool for early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Team: Dr. Julienne Greer, UTA College of Theatre Arts, Dr. Noelle Fields, UTA School of Social Work. Sponsor: UTA: Interdisciplinary Research Program.
      (Type: Television)
    • Sept 2017 Seniorhousingnews.com
      Senior Living Sees Slow But Steady Robot Revolution by Tim Regan. “Most recently, a Brookdale community in Arlington, Texas, hosted researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the Texas-Arlington Research Institute (UTARI), to determine whether reciting Shakespeare with a robot could lessen symptoms of depression and increase engagement for seniors… ‘Will more assisted living facilities see robots in this way, not just for service, but also as companions? I absolutely think so,” she says. “I think it would make the residents thrilled to be able to have that kind of connection every day.’”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Aug 2017 Brookdale Senior Living Solutions: Technology and Innovation Section by Andrew Smith.
      NAO takes a bow: Meet the robot engaging seniors in the arts. Meet NAO (pronounced “now”), an adorable two-foot-tall robot who captured the hearts of residents at Brookdale Arlington in Texas. These residents met NAO when they participated in an innovative study conducted by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts, School of Social Work, and University of Texas-Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) in Fort Worth. The study titled Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a theater intervention on psychological well-being in older adults, set out to change the human-to-human model of participatory arts. “The goal of the trial was to see if a theatre arts intervention with a human-robot model would be successful in promoting the well-being of an older adult,” said Dr. Julienne Greer, assistant professor of theatre arts at UTA. For three weeks, eight Brookdale residents spent an hour each week reciting Shakespeare with NAO. NAO recited the first 12 lines of Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) with all the drama of a professional actor and then asked the residents to complete the last two lines. While some residents were hesitant at first, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “Based on the data from our study, findings suggest that there was a significant increase in engagement and a significant decrease in depression,” said Dr. Greer. “We learned that social robots are poised to become viable collaborative companions in places like Brookdale.” The poetry performance was just the beginning of NAO’s interaction. The robot can shake hands, accompany seniors on a walk, perform Tai Chi and tell stories. The versatility was a hit with residents…NAO is a perfect example of how something that seems so simple (a Shakespeare reciting robot) can significantly improve quality of life. It also demonstrates that seniors, just like the rest of us, get excited and engaged with novel technologies.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Aug 2017 College of Liberal Arts Annual Magazine
      “This report about the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington spotlights achievements within the college during the last year. There is no better illustration of the talent among our students and mentorship by our faculty and staff, then the example of…interacting with a Shakespeare-intoning robot.” Elizabeth Cawthon, Dean. CoLA.
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Apr 2017 Human 2.0 – Exploring Cyborgs. Lectures – Expo – Film. - BELGIUM
      In partial requirements for his master’s degree at The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, (KU Leuven, Brussels), UTA alum and graduate student, Andrew Beckman, organized with his peers, an evening of cyborg culture. Dr. Greer participated via video with NAO the robot. “What is a cyborg? What isn’t a cyborg a human 2.0? Where do we draw the line that separates humans from cyborgs?
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2017 The CW33
      To Bot or not to Bot: Meet the little robot who can perform Shakespeare! by Chris Skupien. “Here in the 21st century, robots are nothing new. But have you ever seen one recite a sonnet? ‘This robot is considered a social or companion robot…This is the robot that might be a friend and that is where the theatre methodology comes in.’” [Link is for article and video]
      (Type: Television)
    • Mar 2017 FOX 15 MyFoxZone KXVA Abilene, TX
      “A study is underway the University of Texas at Arlington to see if technology can give companionship to older adults"
      (Type: Television)
    • Mar 2017 MyFoxZone - KIDY San Angelo 10
      Robots Being Used to Help the Elderly. “Researchers are using a robot reciting Shakespeare with senior citizens, in what is known as ‘participatory art.’”
      (Type: Television)
    • Dec 2016 Dallas Innovates
      UTA professor Julienne Greer will use an autonomous humanoid robot in an upcoming study exploring the connection between humans and machines.
      (Type: Internet)
    • Dec 2016 Dallas Observer
      The University of Texas at Arlington’s Theatre Department has a new student – a Robot by Pablo Arauz. “Nao the robot is a little over a month old but can already recite poetry as if it feels passion… Greer is an assistant professor of theater and an actor. Her life’s work has been to study how humans interact with other humans, but recently she’s been exploring a whole new territory: How humans interact with machines and the experience involved in understanding this relationship – that’s right, a relationship with a machine. Her specialty is an interdisciplinary research area called theater and social robotics that explores how robots can reflect human emotion by applying traditional acting methods.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Dec 2016 Star-Telegram
      Shall AI compare thee? UTA robot recites Shakespeare for science by Sara Pintilie. Star-Telegram article/video initially requested by Dr. Vistap Karbhari, President of UT-Arlington. “University of Texas at Arlington’s Julienne Greer, assistant professor of theatre arts: social robotics and performance, wants to use NAO and Shakespeare to help older adults in a new interdisciplinary study. Interdisciplinary research can promote a new way to tackle a problem or a fresh approach to age-old questions. It can produce exciting and refreshing elements, like a Shakespeare-reciting robot. Greer’s study, when it begins in April, will have older adults listen as NAO recites the first 12 lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, and the people will recite the last two lines. ‘The pilot date will support our long-term goal to develop a robotic platform that can promote social connectivity and decrease loneliness among older adults, the study says.’” [Link includes article and video]
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • Aug 2016 College of Liberal Arts News Release
      College of Liberal Arts. IRP Awards. “UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians or the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Aug 2016 UTA News Release
      "Awards Four 2016 Inter-disciplinary Research Program (IRP 2016). UTA awarded grants for innovative ideas that address high-priority issues in society. I was granted one of only four awards University-wide for 'Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a theatre intervention on the psychological well-being of older adults.'"
      (Type: Internet)
    • Feb 2016 Fox News4ward
      Robots with Human Emotions, by Dan Godwin. “It may sound like science fiction, but more and more these days robots are exhibiting human qualities. And in many homes, they serve as companions for people. In this FOX 4Ward segment, Dan Godwin talks with Dr. Julienne Greer, a local expert who is helping guide that progress in a positive direction.” [Television rebroadcast on Feb. 13, 2016]
      (Type: Television)
    • Jan 2016 Discovery News
      Why We Want Our Robots to Like Us by Glenn McDonald. “Julienne Greer, a theater professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has a unique insight into the issue of Human Robot Interaction, or HRI. In recent years, Greer and her students have worked directly with computer scientists and engineers in the U-T system, creating the new class Humans and Robots to explore the emerging emotional connections between people and machines. ‘My time spent in theatre arts seems to indicate that we are all wired to connect to empathetic human experiences, especially emotional experiences, and we feel the most 'like ourselves' when we do,’ Greer says.” [Discovery News source has changed the following link is correct for the original article.]
      (Type: Internet)
    • Sept 2015 CoLA 50th Anniversary - Live Radio Interview
      Live radio interview for College of Liberal Art’s 50th anniversary and welcome back event with UTA Radio, “UTA and The Department of Theatre Arts are incredibly forward-thinking. We’ve purchased a social robot for use in the classroom…How robots essentially ‘perform’ for humans and how humans emotionally respond to robots, is my primary research interest.”
      (Type: Radio)
    • Apr 2015 INQUIRY - The Research Magazine for University of Texas at Arlington
      I, Robot, Engineers look to theatre techniques to create more responsive machines. “Performance, connection, and authenticity are the gold standard that should be hoped for in the creation of the relationship between humans and robots…We must be specific in programming robots to respond to, and eventually learn from, the human relationships they will be a part of.” (Greer)
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Nov 2014 Cosmos Magazine
      How to Make Robots More Like Humans. “Actor, producer and director Julienne Greer is helping engineers build more responsive robots…Part of her work involves categorizing behaviors and gestures and understanding how these gestures can create emotion in humans. Robot engineers may be able to apply these principles when programming robots… ‘Performance, connection and authenticity are the gold standard that should be hoped for in the creation of the relationship between humans and robots.’”
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Nov 2014 NDTV.com
      The Future Awaits the Rise of Affectionate Robots. “A new study into a robot named Pepper who has been hailed as an emotionally responsive humanoid robot, can help scientists build more affection robots.”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2014 UTA Press Release
      UT Arlington Theatre Arts research provides insight into human behavior for scientists, engineers who build social robots by Bridget Lewis. News release was picked up by multiple science websites including; Phys.org, esciencenews.com, sciencenewsline.com, techsharx.com, cosmosmagazine.com, inas.in (Indo-Asian news service) as well as a Lithuanian news site, robotika.it (Menininkės įžvalgos pravers robotų kūrėjams). “The fascinating aspect of sensory (data) work is how it opens the imagination to the cognitive work our senses do all day, every day to connect us to our world. The subject becomes aware of new sensory stimuli, which in turn creates an emotional response.” (Greer)
      (Type: Internet)
    • Nov 2014 The Aurora Fox Arts Center
      From STEM to STEAM, Theatre and Robots? “Performing Arts and ‘Theatre’ hold a regular spot on lists like Forbes’ “The Ten Worst College Majors” and The Daily Beast’s “The Thirteen Most Useless Majors”. But Julienne Greer sees that changing…When Julienne Greer heard about the new “emotional” robots coming out of Japan (like Aldebaran’s Pepper) she was intrigued. These robots are designed to be in-home companions that can read people’s moods and respond appropriately…The take-away? An actress (with a Theatre degree) is successfully working with scientists to develop super cool technology. Looks like that major wasn’t so useless after all.” [Link has expired as of 7/18/18]
      (Type: Internet)
    • Apr 2014 Arts+Culture
      Acting in Texas: Julienne Greer at Circle Theatre. Interview with editor, Nancy Wozny of Arts and Culture Texas. Julienne Greer takes on the role of Juliana Smithton in Circle Theatre’s production of Sharr White’s The Other Place, May 1-24. White chronicles the story of Smithton, a successful neurologist, who suffers from a devastating neurological event. "I used my early training (for characterization), which was a blend of both physical and more external representations... alongside internal or more emotionally behavioral choices." (Greer)
      (Type: Magazine)
    • Oct 2005 Texas Christian University, TCU 360
      Texas Christian University, interview with TCU Daily Skiff. ‘Toil and Trouble’– Actors to perform part of Macbeth Halloween night. Prof. Julienne Greer conceived, developed, anddirected a Macbeth selection titled “Bard on the Rocks” for TCU Provost Nowell Donovan. It has become an annual tradition. “The scene consists of the three witches and their encounter with Macbeth who is demanding to know if he will continue to be king... Later during the scene, apparitions or ghosts appear to him. It’s very spooky.” (Greer)
      (Type: Internet)

Publications

      Journal Article Accepted
      • Shall I compare thee…to a robot?: An exploratory pilot study using participatory arts and social robotics to improve psychological well-being in later life.
        [Fields, Noelle, Greer, JulienneA. ]. Aging and Mental Health.

      Conference Proceeding Accepted
      • Promoting Theatre Methodology for Expressive Robot Movement and Behavior
        [Greer, JulienneA.]. IEEE First Annual Humanized Computing and Communication 2019.
      Accepted
      • Shakespeare and Robots: Participatory performance art for older adults
        [Greer, JulienneA.]. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine.
      Accepted
      • Erving Goffman: Re‐examining the Goffman Dramaturgical approach from a human‐ human model to a human‐robot model.
        [Greer, JulienneAleta].

      Other Accepted
      • Shall I Compare Thee to a...robot? The Use of Creative Arts and Social Robotics With Older Adults
        [Fields, Noelle , Greer, Julienne, Xu, Ling, Doelling, Kris ]. The Gerontological Society of America's 70th Annual Scientific Meeting.
      Accepted
      • Robot Theatre to Boost Excitement, Engagement, and Expression (E3) of STEM
        [Greer, JulienneAleta].

      Abstract 2019
      • NAO takes a bow: Using social robots to enhance the mood of older adults living in residential care settings.
        Innovation in Aging, Journal
        [Fields, Noelle, Greer, JulienneA.]. Innovation in Aging. "GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting - Original presentation".

      Conference Proceeding 2017
      • Method and Improvisation: theatre arts performance techniques to further HRI in social and affective robots
        [Greer, JulienneAleta]. Conference Proceedings of RO-Man 2018, International conference.. Lisbon.

      Conference Proceeding 2014
      • Building Emotional Authenticity Between Humans and Robots.
        [Greer, JulienneAleta]. University of Technology Sydney (UTS) epress. Sydney: "University of Technology Sydney (UTS) epress".

      Book Chapter 2013
      • Digital Companions: Analyzing the Emotive Connection between Players and NPC Companions in Video GameSpace
        Exploring Videogames: Culture, Design, and Identity
        [Greer, JulienneAleta]. Interdisciplinary Press. 175. Oxford: "Oxford Interdisciplinary Press".

Presentations

    • September  2019
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Improv-ing your Pitch - using Theatre to help Entrepreneurs!", EpICMavs, Office for Innovation and Commercialization, EpICMavs StartUp Lounge, UTA. (September 19, 2019).
    • October  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics and Theatre: Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Emerging Healthcare Solutions", UTA - Ashley Purgason - Associate Vice-Provost for Student Success, UTA Hospitality Suite - College Park . (October 5, 2018).
    • September  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics for the future", Emotional Robotics Living Lab. (September 15, 2018).
    • August  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Erving Goffman: Re‐examining the Goffman Dramaturgical approach from a human‐ human model to a human‐robot model.", Boston, MA. (August 2, 2018).
    • May  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics and Performance", Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Research Center Symposium Guest Luncheon., Fort Worth, TX. (May 19, 2018).
    • May  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "How Theatre Methodologies can Impact Social Robotics.", Kiwanis Club of Arlington, Texas | Serving the Children of the World, Arlington, TX. (May 9, 2018).
    • May  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Integrating Social Robotics for STEM awareness in Girl Scouts", Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas - STEM Center of Excellence, Dallas, TX. (May 5, 2018).
    • May  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Empathy and Embodiment: How theatre methodology informs social robotics", UTA CPE Department of Accounting Scholarship Banquet Gala. , Hilton Hotel, Arlington, TX. (May 4, 2018).
    • April  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Innovations at UTA", Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX. (April 22, 2018).
    • April  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, " Will a Robot be your Next Best Friend? ", UTA, Arlington, TX. (April 11, 2018).
    • April  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Fort Worth Business Press - Entrepreneur Breakfast", Fort Worth, TX. (April 4, 2018).
    • April  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics and Performance", Dallas, TX. (April 4, 2018).
    • March  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Opening of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab", UTA, College of Liberal Arts, Dept. of Theatre Arts, Arlington, TX. (March 21, 2018).
    • February  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Will a Robot Be Your Next Best Friend...or how to code a BFF", Arlington Public Library, Arlington, TX. (February 28, 2018).
    • January  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Human-Robot Interaction: Social Robots and Healthcare", Health Libraries Information Network, Arlington, TX. (January 25, 2018).
    • January  2018
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics: 3 Slides, 3 minutes", School of Social Work, Arlington, TX. (January 24, 2018).
    • November  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Shakespeare and Robots", UTA and UT-Systems Health Executive Demonstration, Arlington, TX. (November 16, 2017).
    • August  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Method and Improvisation: theatre arts performance techniques to further HRI in social and affective robots", Lisbon, Portugal. (August 28, 2017).
    • August  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "The Censor by David L. Williams", Boston, MA. (August 5, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Emerging Technologies: Meeting our Future", Guest Speaker & Panelist: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX. (April 28, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics for National Robotics Week", National Robotics Week at University of Texas Research Institute (UTARI), Fort Worth, TX. (April 12, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "A Robot Walks into a Waiting Room…Humor in Healthcare Waiting Rooms to Enhance HRI ", Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative (DAHI) Speaker Series sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and UTA Library, Arlington, TX. (April 6, 2017).
    • February  2017
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics and Performance", Speaker and Silver Sponsor: University of Texas at Arlington INNOVATION DAY , Arlington, TX. (February 6, 2017).
    • December  2016
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Will a Robot be your Next Friend? ", University of Texas at Arlington, Honors College Colloquium Series , Arlington, TX. (December 2, 2016).
    • October  2016
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Collaborative Research", Research Integrity Symposium sponsored by the Steering Committee that manages the Responsible Conduct of Research Training Program (RCR) , Arlington, TX. (October 7, 2016).
    • August  2016
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Emotional Robotics", United States-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship , Irving, TX. (August 10, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Empathy and Embodiment: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration of Theatre and Social Robotics", University of Texas at Arlington. Focus on Faculty, Arlington, TX. (April 20, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Social Robotics and Performance", National Robotics Week at University of Texas Research Institute (UTARI). , Fort Worth, TX. (April 6, 2016).
    • March  2015
      Greer, JulienneAleta, "Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement", Director of Disabilities Minor at University of Texas at Arlington . (March 17, 2015).

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Mar 2018 to Feb 2021 REU Site: REU Program at UTA: Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities sponsored by  - $325778
      (Funded)
    • Sept 2019 to Aug 2020 Using Arts and Social Sciences to Enhance Social Companion Robots’ Adaptive Abilities to Improve Health Outcomes sponsored by  - $19911.8
      (Funded)
    • Aug 2016 to Dec 2017 Shakespeare and Robots: Examing the impart of a theater intervention on psychological well-being in older adults sponsored by  - $19893
      (Funded)

Students Supervised

    • Aug 2020
      Jordan La Grenade, Jordan was selected to be the research assistant for UTA Interdisciplinary Research Program 2019 award. The award includes work with Engineering, Nursing, and Psychology. Jordan was one of three Dept. of Theatre undergraduate students who interviewed with me for the salaried position. All student interviewee's were excited to interact with social robotic research; however, Jordan exceeded my expectations with her proactive abilities and her passion for research. She has built a substantial literature base for the team to use and has helped demonstrate the core functions of human-robot interaction in presentations. She is an ideal research assistant and our department is truly expanding its definition of what a student can accomplish with a theatre arts degree. (Theatre Arts)
    • May 2019
      Gajendran Palaniyandi, I continue to directly supervised Gajendran Palaniyandi. As an engineering master’s student, he continues his work with the robots in the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Gajendran is highly motivated and his work has led to positions at UTARI as well as a teaching position in the UTA Upward Bound summer program. (Engineering)
      Intergenerational Bonds and Georgia Tech (RERC grant) Caretaker Respite
    • Apr 2019
      Brandon Solis, Brandon Solis, undergraduate of the Dept. of Theatre Arts was sponsored by myself for CoLA's Spotlight Forum on Research, April 4th, 2019. He was chose to present in the panel platform Disruptive Art – Red River Room. Abstract Art can be defined and experienced in many ways. In particular art as experiential entertainment has consistently evolved throughout history from Greek theatre to movies, modern day theatre, and more recently video games. Video games are not as simple as pixelated images navigated on a screen to pass time and have fun anymore. Video games have evolved into cohesive narratives with complex characters that the player grows attached to while circumnavigating the world the game developers have created especially for them. In more recent years video games have emphasized character development through the stories they have to tell. The methodology behind this has been done in various ways. Player specific choices in controlled “quicktime” events that make the story unique to each individual gamer, resulting in lifelike decision making scenarios. Likewise, consequential actions made during gameplay can influence the endgame scenario. Game developers have also increased the amount of lore outside of the actual game which in turn increases the players interest in investigating just who the characters that they play as are. These interactive methods increase the gamers emotional attachments to the characters they play as, and has inadvertently created a new type of art that allows the player to reflect on the actions they would make given the circumstances that are only able to be portrayed in a video game. In this presentation I will provide research of emotional characterizations in video games that raise the gaming form to art. (Theatre Arts)
      The art of emotion in video games
    • Jan 2019
      Gajendran Palaniyandi, I directly supervised and instructed Gajendran Paleniyandi, an engineering master's student in my undergraduate course, "Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre." As a master’s student, he had the skills and desire to proactively develop work with the robots in the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. I gave Gajendran extra lab time with the social robot NAO for his original programming ideas. Gajendran was highly motivated and I believe the research was seminal in his receiving a summer internship from UTARI. I wrote Gajendran a reference letter for his summer work at UTARI as well as a teaching position in the UTA Upward Bound summer program. Gajendran was accepted to both UTARI and Upward Bound. Most notably, Gajendran has been offered a Fall position at UTARI with monetary compensation and will be working on an internal Intergenerational research study and continuing work for our Georgia Tech-UTA collaboration RERC “Caretaker Respite” for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Both of these research studies include Theatre Arts and the School of Social Work. Through his successful summer internship and the awarding of a Fall position, Gajendran has positioned himself extremely well for employment at the finish of his tenure at UTA. Past UTARI students who collaborated with Theatre Arts, Social Work, and UTARI research studies have received multiple offers of work, and are currently employed by Tesla and Amazon. Gajendran's enthusiasm, dedication to detail, intellect, and robotics abilities should provide a work readiness trajectory for him, as well. (Engineering)
      NAO goes for a Walk
    • Apr 2018
      I supervised two students at a demonstration of NAO, JIBO, and a robotic therapeutic cat as a research opportunity for human-robot interaction. The presentation was at the Texas Dallas Library National Conference. I was invited by the Dean of UTA libraries, Dr. Rebecca Bichel. A half-day demonstration to 500+ attendees. I mentored the two UTA students in demonstration and presentation of key UTA research and social robot concepts. (Theatre Arts)
    • Mar 2018
      V. Kyle Tyson, Spotlight Inaugural Conference for Student Excellence. A spoken word presentation utilizing text, movement, and multi-media from an artist's perspective of performance through the lens of the disabilities caused by transverse myelitis. V. Kyle won 1st place in the Rendition Category. (Theatre Arts)
      Human
    • Mar 2018
      Zakk Shortes, Spotlight Inaugural Conference for Student Excellence. Zack is a professional magician who presented his art as a the progression of research and expression from a magic perspective. Zakk won Honorable Mention from the judging panel. (Theatre Arts)
      Magic as Research and Expression
    • Oct 2017
      I sponsored two Department of Theatre Arts students, Kaylee Killingsworth and Hannah Hackley, who directed, produced, cast, and designed the second annual UTA Dept. of Theatre Arts Halloween-themed theatrical production of the “witches’ scene” from William Shakespeares, Macbeth. This was an environmental, site-specific production that took place on October 31st, 2017 in the quad area of University of Texas at Arlington at midnight. The students engaged UTA Dept. of Theatre Arts’ Flight 12 Improvisation comedy troupe to begin the evening, and the main performance began at midnight. 95+ people attended and the performance included theatre arts students as well as students from other schools and colleges across UTA. Hannah is a current Maverick Theatre Company member in the Department of Theatre Arts and Kaylee is an alum. (Theatre Arts)
      The Witches Scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth, an outdoor, site-specific UTA Halloween performance tradition
    • Oct 2017
      Samantha Weirick, I sponsored a Department of Theatre Arts student, Samantha Weirick, who directed, produced, cast, and designed the first annual Theatre Arts Halloween-themed theatrical production of the “witches’ scene” from William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth. This was performed as a site-specific production on October 31st, 2016 in the library quad area of University of Texas at Arlington. Flight 12 Improvisation comedy troupe began the evening, and the main performance started at midnight. 75+ people theatre arts students as well as students from other schools and colleges across campus. (Theatre Arts)
      Witches scene, William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Courses

      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 3314-001 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
        (Course Id: 112837)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3314-001 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
        (Course Id: 112837 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 1307-002 ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES
        (Course Id: 107109 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4391-010 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3314-001 VOICE AND MOVEMENT
        (Course Id: 112837 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 1303-001 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 0181-002 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 4393-001 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: Voice and Movement | Course Id: 107168 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 0181-003 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102 | Servlearn: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 1303-002 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3351-001 ROBOTS, DIGITAL HUMAN, THEATRE
        (Course Id: 112682 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 0181-002 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102 | Servlearn: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • THEA 3311-001 DIALECTS IN PERFORMANCE
        (Course Id: 111702)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 4393-002 SPECIAL TOPICS
        (Topic: HUMANS & ROBOTS | Course Id: 107168)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 0181-004 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 0181-007 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • THEA 4391-011 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107167)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 1303-002 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRESENTATION
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 0181-002 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 0181-007 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 0181-002 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 1303-001 VOCAL PERF I: FUNDAMENTALS
        (Course Id: 107105)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 3311-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE II: DIALECTS
        (Course Id: 111702)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • FS-THEA 1300-001 FIRST YEAR SEM IN THEATRE ARTS
        (Topic: Theatre FYS Comedy | Course Id: 111719)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 0181-003 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 1343-001 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
        (Course Id: 107111)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 0181-002 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 3311-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE II: DIALECTS
        (Course Id: 111702)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • FS-THEA 1300-001 FIRST YEAR SEM IN THEATRE ARTS
        (Topic: Theatre FYS Comedy | Course Id: 111719)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 1342-001 THEATRE & FILM APPRECIATION
        (Course Id: 107110)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 3335-001 DANCE FOR THE ACTOR I
        (Course Id: 110946)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 1342-003 THEATRE & FILM APPRECIATION
        (Course Id: 107110)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 3311-001 VOCAL PERFORMANCE II: DIALECTS
        (Course Id: 111702)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • THEA 1307-002 ACTING I: BASIC TECHNIQUES
        (Course Id: 107109)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • THEA 3308-001 ACTING III: FOR THE CAMERA
        (Course Id: 107127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • THEA 1342-001 THEATRE & FILM APPRECIATION
        (Course Id: 107110)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • THEA 0181-001 THEATRE PRACTICUM
        (Course Id: 107102)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012

Service to the University

    • Nov 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      Inspire for Faculty
      "nspire for Faculty is a powerful addition to UTA’s arsenal, equipping faculty more than ever to be totally engaged with our students. Having up-to-date student engagement data from the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, readily available, gives faculty the opportunity to identify students who may be struggling at an early stage. Acting on this information, faculty will have the ability to assist and encourage students so they successfully complete their courses." per IFF documentation
    • Jan 2019 to  Apr 2020 Committee Member
      CoLA Spotlight on Student Research Forum
      The second annual conference for Student Excellence in Research Forum (2019). I am on the committee with other members from CoLA. The committee worked to change the format from a University-wide conference to a CoLA conference. Students were encouraged to participate in Rendition, Panel, or Poster categories. In addition to committee member, I was point person and recruiter for faculty and PhD judges for student work.
    • Past to  Nov 2019 Committee Member
      StartUp Con 2019 Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW) Innovation and Commercialization
      I was invited to be a committee member for the Dept. of Theatre Arts inclusion in Global Entrepreneur week (GEW) known as StartUp Con. As I am a strong supporter of Dept. of Theatre Arts students becoming entrepreneurs of their own careers, I was happy for the opportunity to serve on this committee. The Theatre Dept.'s contribution was to organize professionally photographed headshots for StartUp Con participants. We utilized UTA's exemplary photographer, Randy Gentry, and his studio. The students, public, and faculty truly enjoyed taking part in a business headshot session. Prior to headshot session I sat with a TechFW representative and we found many students interested in information and services for entrepreneurship on the UTA campus.
    • May 2019 to  Nov 2019 Attendee, Meeting
      Live Theatre League
      During the 2019 summer and the Fall 2019 semester I was not teaching, I joined the monthly meetings for the Live Theatre League. This group of 20+ artistic directors, faculty, and theatre creators, meets to discuss developing the Dallas-Fort Worth theatrescape.
    • Sept 2018 to  Aug 2019 Invited to contribute to a CSE Freshman video/audio compilation for Interdisciplinary work.
      Interdisciplinary collaboration between Computer Science and Engineering and Robots, Digital Humanities and Theatre course
      CSE Dept. had previously shot footage of the opening of the Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Using that footage, Nova Coates, asked me to record 20 sec. of audio to encourage CSE freshman to look toward interdisciplinary work, such as the content in my Robots, Digital Humanities, and Theatre course to fulfill their UTA careers. Link to video: Section runs 3:02-3:23. https://www.flickr.com/photos/151850623@N06/42194854490/in/album-72157693832149860/
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Academic Standards, Student Affairs/Grievance
      A committee created to address the academic standards and/or student affairs/grievance for the Dept. of Theatre Arts.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Chair
      College of Liberal Arts Research Representative
      My responsibilities as representative of the Dept. of Theatre Arts Research Chair for the College of Liberal Arts is to attend meetings and committees whose primary function is research, e.g, REP/FDL and Spotlight Forum for Student Excellence in Research, and furthering the College of Liberal Arts connection to research at UTA.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance Curriculum
      This committee is formed of Dept. of Theatre Arts faculty members who discuss, vote, and implement changes to the Maverick Theatre Company and Maverick Dance Company's curriculum.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Faculty Senate Representative
      Issues that reflect the concerns of faculty at UTA.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Recruitment Committee
      I attend conferences and recruiting events in order highlight the qualities of the Dept. of Theatre Arts and encourage students to learn about our multiple degree plans.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Theatre Arts Performance & Dance Focus
      I am a member of this committee which discussed issues of performance and dance from a student-centered focus.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Chair
      UEP
      Developing and creating academic and administrative outcomes assessment including assessment activities, creating the UEP assessment plan, and documenting my assessment activities and subsequent improvements for the Dept. of Theatre Arts.
    • Sept 2018 to  May 2019 Committee Member
      Undergraduate Assembly
      I served with approximately 50+ faculty University-wide who vote, discuss, and implement issues important to undergraduate student success.
    • Past to  Mar 2019 Guest Speaker
      UTA Black Heritage Celebration
      Along with two undergraduate Dept. of Theatre Arts student's, Shelby Plummer and Zakk Shortes, we presented social robot concepts to students attending UTA Black Heritage Celebration. Invited by Dean of Libraries, Rebecca Bichel.
    • Past to  Sept 2018 Guest Speaker
      University Interscholastic League (UIL)
      I will be leading a workshop at the Fall 2018 UIL conference at UTA titled, "Characterization Through Sensory Work." Summary: How can what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell be used in Acting?! This workshop is an interactive introduction to sensory work which creates deeper, more authentic characterization choices for the performer. It’s fun and energetic! Wear clothes that you’ll be comfortable getting on to the floor in.
    • Aug 2017 to  June 2018 Chairperson
      Public Relations and Marketing
      Chair of bi-monthly Public Relations meetings. Author of Cumulative Season Press Release in early Fall. Author of separate press releases for 4 Mainstage productions including 1 play, 2 operettas, 1 New Work by Playwright-in-Residence, and 1 musical, 2 Flight 12 Comedy Improv productions, 5 MavLab productions and 2 Maverick Dance Company concerts. Facilitated information to 29+ media outlets including University Communications, Arlington Arts League, Downtown Arlington, Office of the Dean, CoLA, among others. Author of all above content to UTA's Event Calendar in early Fall. Administrator Dept. of Theatre Arts Facebook page. Purchase and implementation of ad buys through multiple media outlets including: Arlington Youth Symphony; Shorthorn Newspaper of University of Texas at Arlington for each Mainstage production, MavLab, and Maverick Dance company concert, URTA – American Theatre Magazine 1/2 page buy, and Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) conference. • Coordinated and delivered 1500 seasonal brochures to MailPro for mailing in early Fall. • Edited and compiled information on Dept. of Theatre Arts student and faculty work for Dept. Playbills and for 817Alliance newsletter, local artist alliance group. Collaborated with Dean's Office, Marketing Director, for graphics and text to promote the College and the Department. Coordinated and supported Marketing Video “Get to know a Theatre Student.” Coordinated press and marketing with Matthew Boyd, City of Arlington, marketing for D. Payne’s, "Heal the Divide" a national university effort to discuss significant contemporary issues through a original writing and staged theatre.
    • Sept 2017 to  May 2018 Committee Member
      Academic Standards, Student Affairs/Grievance
      A committee created to address the academic standards and/or student affairs/grievance for the Dept. of Theatre Arts.
    • Sept 2017 to  May 2018 Committee Chair
      Theatre Arts Research Committee
      My responsibilities as member of Theatre Arts Research Chair is to attend meetings and committees whose primary function is research, e.g, REP/FDL and Spotlight Forum for Student Excellence in Research, furthering the Dept. of Theatre Arts connection to research at UTA.
    • Mar 2018 to  Apr 2018 Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
      Terry Foundation Scholars - Reviewer
      Review of 5 Terry Foundation Scholars proposals for acceptance as a Terry Scholar at UTA. Invited to review by William Gunn.
    • Apr 2018 to  Apr 2018 Attendee, Meeting
      Informal meeting with Thought Leaders from Harvard University
      Invited by Dean Elisabeth Cawthon to informal meeting with Dean Anne Bavier of Nursing, Dr. Mickey McCabe, Executive Dir. of UTARI, Dr. Judy LeFlore, Associate Nursing Dean, and Harvard professors Dr. Janice Palaganas and Dr. Daniel Raemer, leaders in the simulation and technology center at Harvard, for informal discussion of innovative techniques being implemented at UTA.
    • Sept 2017 to  Apr 2018 Committee Member
      Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance Curriculum
      This committee is formed of Dept. of Theatre Arts faculty members who discuss, vote, and implement changes to the Maverick Theatre Company and Maverick Dance Company's curriculum.
    • Apr 2018 to  Apr 2018 Guest Speaker
      TEDxUTA
      Live-streamed presentation of "Will a Robot Be Your Next Best Friend? How Theatre Informs Social Robotics and Connection" at the Rosebud Theatre, UTA campus. Audience 75+ http://www.just4likes.com/will-a-robot-be-your-next-best-friend-julienne-greer-tedxuta/
    • Oct 2017 to  Apr 2018 Committee Member
      Theatre Arts Performance & Dance Focus
      I am a member of this committee which discussed issues of performance and dance from a student-centered focus.
    • Oct 2017 to  Mar 2018 Committee Member
      CoLA Spotlight on Student Research Forum
      Inaugural committee formerly for the ACES Research Forum for Student Excellence in Research. The committee worked to change the format from a University-wide conference to a CoLA conference. Students were encouraged to participate in Rendition, Panel, or Poster categories. In addition to committee member, I was point person and recruiter for faculty and PhD judges for student work.
    • Oct 2017 to  Mar 2018 Committee Member
      Undergraduate Assembly
      I served with approximately 50+ faculty University-wide who vote, discuss, and implement issues important to undergraduate student success.
    • Oct 2017 to  Feb 2018 Chairperson
      College of Liberal Arts Research Committee Representative
      I serve as a representative of the Dept. of Theatre Arts to the College of Liberal Arts in the capacity as a reviewer of proposals, ranking of various faculty credentials and final suggestions for awarding of research and leave grants.
    • Sept 2017 to  Feb 2018 Committee Member
      REP/FDL faculty awards
      Discussion of faculty proposals for REP/FDL awards.
    • Past to  Aug 2017 Program Coordinator
      Dean's Week Presentation for Counselors and Advisors
      I helped coordinate, present, and led CoLA's Dean’s week presentation with advisor Linette Tucker for counselors and advisors.
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2017 Committee Member
      Theatre Arts Research Committee
      My responsibilities as a member of the Theatre Arts Research committee is to attend meetings whose primary function is UTA research, e.g, REP/FDL furthering the Dept. of Theatre Arts visibility in research at UTA.
    • Aug 2016 to  May 2017 Chairperson
      Public Relations and Marketing
      Chair of bi-monthly Public Relations meetings. Author of Cumulative Season Press Release in early Fall. Author of separate press releases for 4 Mainstage productions including 1 play, 1 original musical, 1 musical, 2 Flight 12 Comedy Improv productions, multiple MavLab productions including original and produced work, and 2 Maverick Dance Company concerts. Facilitated information to 14+ media outlets including University Communications, Arlington Arts League, Downtown Arlington, Office of the Dean, CoLA, among others. Author of all above content to UTA's Event Calendar in early Fall. Administrator Dept. of Theatre Arts Facebook and twitter page. Purchase and implementation of ad buys through multiple media outlets including: Arlington Youth Symphony; Shorthorn Newspaper of University of Texas at Arlington for each Mainstage production, MavLab, and Maverick Dance company concert, URTA – American Theatre Magazine 1/2 page buy, and Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) conference, Downtown Arlington, New Student Guide, MavWire, and Texas Thespian's Festival. Coordinated and delivered 1500 seasonal brochures to MailPro for mailing in early Fall. Edited and compiled information on Dept. of Theatre Arts student and faculty work for Dept. Playbills and for 817Alliance newsletter, local artist alliance group.

Service to the Profession

    • Sept 2019 to  Present
      Track Organizer
      Transdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence 2020 Conference
      After presenting at Humanized Computing and Communication, I was invited to become the Track Coordinator for Artificial Intelligence for Performing Arts for the 2020 year.
    • Mar 2018 to  May 2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Transactions on Human-Robotics Interaction
      Review of the manuscript, "Communicating a minimal robot’s intelligence, dominance and status through motion paths" by Dr. Li et. al as a potential submission for the Journal Transactions on Human-Robotics Interaction.

Service to the Community

    • Jan 2004 to  Present
      Task Force Member
      Trinity Valley School, Annual Giving committee
      I have, with my husband, served our children's college-prep K-12 school through task communication for TVS annual giving campaign. I have participated in this service for a private school community for 15 years.

Performance/Exhibit

  • 2019
    • Aug 2019
      International
      "Black Santa" by David Beardsley
      Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) - 2019 International Conference, Orlando, FL, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
    • Aug 2019
      International
      "Dancing with Johnny DeMarco" by Rick Davis
      Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) - 2019 International Conference, Orlando, FL, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
    • July 2019
      Local
      "Dreaming Emmett" by Toni Morrison
      Fort Worth Museum of History, Fort Worth, TX, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
    • Mar 2019
      Local
      "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder
      Fort Worth, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
  • 2018
    • Aug 2018
      International
      "The Censor" by David L. Williams
      Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) - 2019 International Conference, Orlando, FL, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
    • Aug 2018
      International
      "The Kitty Bomb" by Kevin Daly
      Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) - 2019 International Conference, Orlando, FL, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
  • 2017
    • Sept 2017
      Local
      "King O' the Moon" by Tom Dudzick
      Fort Worth, TX, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer
  • 2016
    • Apr 2016
      University
      "HELIOS 24/7" by Dr. Natalie Gaupp
      Arlington, TX, United States
      Julienne Aleta Greer

Other Creative Activities

  • 2015
    • Play
      • Apr 2015
        “MAVPLAYS” - Coordinator
        “MAVPLAYS,” produced by Maverick Theatre Company at University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts in the2014-2015 Mainstage season, April 15th through April 26th, Arlington, Texas. Flexible, environmental space in a large black box, and additional small black box theatrical space, 2015., Maverick Theatre Company at University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Apr 2015
        “WAITING FOR LEFTY” - Director
        "WAITING FOR LEFTY" by Clifford Odets was produced by Maverick Theatre Company at University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts as a selected play in MAVPLAYS Mainstage season. April15th through April26th,2015,Arlington,TX., Maverick Theatre Company at University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2005
    • Play
      • Oct 2005
        “BARD ON THE ROCKS: SELECTED SCENES FROM SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH” - Director
        Produced by Texas Christian University’s Department of Theatre. Halloween,October 31st, 2005. It has been performed annually by TCU Provost as Macbeth in recent years. Fort Worth,TX (flexible open to the environmental space .Set design utilized the Scottish rock formation known colloquially as Froghenge for performers and audience to interact), 2005, Texas Christian University’s Department of Theatre
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 1999
    • Play
      • 1999
        “DURANG BY NIGHT” - Director
        Director and producer of seven one-act plays from Christopher Durang’s compilation, "Durang, Durang." Glaxa Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,1999., Jg-gj Productions
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 1995
    • Play
      • 1995
        “SOAP OPERA & GIRLS WE HAVE KNOWN” - Producer
        Producedbyjg-gjproductionswithPhilipSeymourHoffman.Raised$6,500fortotalbudgetoftwoone-actplays.PerformedatTheComplex Theatre,SantaMonicaBlvd.,LosAngeles,CA.Heldcastingsessionsforfivediverseroles.Hired director,setdesignerandtechnicalcrewforeachoneact.Prosceniumspaceinblackboxtheatre, 1995., Maverick Theatre Company at University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 1987
    • Play
      • 1987
        “HOMEFREE!”by Lanford Wilson - Director
        Basement of SoHo Repertory Theatre, New York City, New York,1987., Tony Greco
        [Non-refereed/non-juried]