Another Language Performing Arts Company (1985-2010)
Celebrating 25 Years of Creative Expression!
March 30, 2010 6:00pm INSCC Auditorium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, FREE and Open to the Public!

InterPlay | Event Horizon | Poster | Program | Performers | Art | Images | Viewing Options | Map | Interview
Panelists | Panelists Poster | Panel Images | Panel Videos | DVD

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Panelists
Salt Lake Community Artists and Activists share thoughts on the use of technology in art, presentations and events.

Panel Discussion Images
Derek Dyer - is a professional artist working in various mediums including: sculpture, photography, projection and light art, graphic design, painting, video, mixed media and multimedia. In 2005 he created the Diversity Ball. Unveiled at the Salt Lake First Night celebration, this piece is the world's largest disco ball, as published in the Guinness Book of World Records. His work can currently be seen at the Sorenson Unity Center Gallery. His photographic series Earth People, now showing presents an anthropomorphic perspective expressing a playful interest in the relation between humans and our natural surroundings. Derek is a founder and Executive Director of the Utah Arts Alliance, a Salt Lake City based non-profit arts and educational organization. The Utah Arts Alliance has two locations. The Utah Center for Arts is located at 2191 South 300 West. The Center hosts dozens of educational programs and classes, poetry readings, independent film screenings, live music, dance performances and plays. The second location the UAA Main Street Center Located at 127 South Main Street SLC and houses the UAA Gallery and the UAA Music Recording Studio Midnight Records.

Sean Guymon - is an independent dance educator and performer and serves as the marketing/publicity director for the Utah Dance Education Organization, the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization. He earned a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and was a founding member of Movement Forum, a dance improvisation performance group. Sean competed nationally in Ballroom dance, directed the Ballroom dance team at Jordan High School, and his training also includes clogging, folk, and musical theatre. Sean is a self taught technology enthusiast and is a webmaster and technology consultant.

Matthew Loel T. Hepworth - A Utah native and has lived here his entire life. He is a freelance music producer, video producer, and photographer. Technology has become an integral component of all 3 disciplines. Whether it's DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software for music, NLE (Non-Linear Editing) software for video, or Photoshop for photography, Matt actually enjoys working with the bleeding edge of artistic technologies.

Scott Iwasaki - grew up in the Salt Lake area. In 1978, he was asked to tour California, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon as part of the cast for Ballet West's Nutcracker. From 1979 until 1986, Scott lived in Wichita, Kansas. There he spent hours upon hours as a drummer in various rock groups and performed in various theatre productions, both back stage and as an actor and production manager. He graduated with a BA in Communications in 1993. He joined the Deseret News staff in 1991 as an intern and eventually wound up as a secretary answering phones. He moved on to weekend night police coverage and was asked to split his time covering rock concerts. In 1995, the Deseret News offered Scott the position of dance critic because of his dance background, while continuing his music coverage. By 1997 he was promoted to dance/music editor and has since overseen the newspaper's coverage of ballet, modern and jazz dance, as well as coordinating the classical music and jazz music coverage. Scott, also, handles most of the contemporary music reviews and thinks cloning is a good idea in some cases. Scott lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Tamra, two daughters, Allyson, 15, and Kaitlyn, 12, and three cats - Athena, Isis and Tarot. (Yes, the cats are all black.)

John Schaefer - the director/founder of the Children's Media Workshop (, is an artist, educator, community builder who uses innovative media experiences to created macro educational systems. His expertise in designing large-scale initiatives is informed by his grass roots authenticity. One day he is working on major systems (500,000 teachers +), the next he is in an inner city classroom giving cameras to kids while looking for a damn marker that has ink. He is a translator of concepts and experiences. Some of John's accomplishments include: His photographs are being curated into the Library of Congress Master Photographers Collection. Designer of the Polaroid Education Program, the largest in-service teacher initiative in US History - over 550,000 teachers in hands-on workshops (1988 - 92), resulting in two White House invitations. Keynote speeches for among others the National PTA, National Art Educators Association, and International Schools In Africa and Europe. Conducted real-time interactive video workshop with President George Bush Sr. and actress Jody Foster for 35,000 educators. Designed one of the first online courses, The Media Savvy Classroom, in conjunction with Columbia Teachers College. Nissan Hometown Hero Award winner on primetime network television, for community activism. Original member of the Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Co-curator of the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change (, an innovative downtown invigoration project. Global Classroom ConnectED Project - interactive connectivity between US and Mexican schools.

Brian Staker - is a longtime Utah resident, he has written about the arts and other subjects in Salt Lake City for over fifteen years for a number of venues, including The Event Newsweekly, Salt Lake Magazine, SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly and Utah CEO Magazine, and written nationally for Blurt-Online Music Magazine. With a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah, he has published his own poetry and creative nonfiction locally and nationally. Two of his original songs have been featured in SLUG Magazine's "Death By Salt" local band compilations. He has hosted The Awkward Hour podcast, "a humorous look at the awkward moments in life," for almost two years. His most recent publication is "The Self, Effaced," for the exhibit catalog of the art show "The Artist's Guide to the LA Galaxy" at the West LA College Art Gallery.

Kersten Swinyard - is the exhibits project manager at The Leonardo, where she has coordinated programs and exhibits since 2008. She runs The Leonardo's website and social media outreach, and she also works with the larger exhibits team to develop integrated science-tech-art content for The Leonardo's grand opening on Library Square in April 2011. Kersten's master's degree in journalism from New York University and bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah taught her to love research and writing, and gave her degrees in not one, but two fields with dubious employment records. As such, she is grateful for the challenge of answering all those "wait, I don't get it questions" from adoring relatives about her job, a job which allows her to create and refine content that blurs the lines between science, technology and art.