Meet Our Team

Development Team

Gina Bloom

Project Director

Bloom is the associate professor of English at UC Davis whose research and teaching focus on Shakespeare, early modern drama, theater history, and performance studies. She is a trustee for the Shakespeare Association of America and serves on the executive committee for both the Performance Studies Program at UC Davis and the Shakespeare Forum of the Modern Language Association. Her published works include a monograph and many articles on early modern drama and performance. She is currently completing a book on games and theater in Shakespeare’s age. She is also leading several writing projects that theorize the impact of Play the Knave and its significance for scholarships in the humanities.

Contact: gbloom@ucdavis.edu

 

Colin Milburn

Project Manager

At UC Davis, Milburn is a professor of Cinema and Digital Media, English, and Science and Technology Studies, and holds the Gary Snyder Chair in Science and the Humanities. He is the director of a digital humanities collaboratory called ModLab and is the co-director of the Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures. His research focuses on the relations between literature, science, and technology while his teaching and writing address computational media and games. His most recent book, Mondo Nano, studies the impact of video games on the molecular sciences. Milburn is currently working on a new book called Respawn: Video Games and the Practice of Technogenic Life, which explores how video games relate to hacktivism and future politics.

Evan Buswell

Lead Architect

Buswell has worked in the software industry as a software engineer and architect for seven years. Throughout this time, he has gained experience in protocol design, NoSQL databases, server programming, and security architectures. He has led many startup industry projects in which he carried each project from the design phase to the initial release as well as technically managed the other programmers. He is currently working on his PhD in cultural studies at UC Davis, investigating how finance relates to the genesis and history of programming languages.

Nicholas Toothman

Lead Architect

Toothman has broad training in computer graphics and animation. He has conducted research on how to automatically generate character animation for a desired personality type, assisted with motion capture and post-processing, created digital life-size marionettes controlled by Wii-motes, and wrote natural user interfaces for the Kinect. He also has experience in industry and developing software after having led a development project for Amazon MP3 and tested software for Microsoft. He is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at UC Davis with a focus on character animation.

Michael Neff

Animation Research and Development

At UC Davis, Neff is an associate professor of Computer Science and Cinema and Technocultural Studies. He also directs the campus’s Motion Lab, the product of interdisciplinary research effort in character animation and embodied input. He is interested in character animation tools that model expressive movement, physics-based animation, and gesture, and how the performing arts can apply to such animation. Neff is working to bridge the technology and art communities at UC Davis by collaborating with computer scientists and geologists, choreographers, and dancers.

Development Divisions

Animation

Nick Toothman (Lead)
Evanay McNeal
Michael Neff
Dylan Woods

Original Music

Evan Buswell
Kam Meredith

Avatar Design

Gina Bloom
Yasmine Hachimi
Byron Jennings (3D Modeling)
Sawyer Kemp
Alison Tam
Nicholas Toothman
Emily West

Videography

Daniel Schooling (lead)
Dylan Woods

Sound

Flagg Miller (voiceover)
Mira Pranav
Allie Sousa

UX/UI Design

Gina Bloom
Evan Buswell
Colin Milburn
Yonna Zhong

Programming

Evan Buswell (lead)
Nicholas Toothman (lead)
Carl Glahn
Alexander Jungroth
Alexander “Jet” Lewis

Theater Modeling

Shawn DeSouza-Coelho (Queens’ College Cambridge Temporary Stage)
Lazaros Kastanis, at Ortelia (Rose Theater)
Steven C. Kemp
Angus Vail (The Container Globe)
The Stratford Festival (The Stratford Festival Stage)

Karaoke Scripts

Gienel Agcaoili
Alida Aracai (head intern)
Michael Arias
Raeanne Baird
Alison Blecman
Gina Bloom
Ofir Cahalan (head intern)
Cheryl Choo
Leah Daugherty
Tobi Foley
Rebecca Fong
Robert Fox
Michaela Frydman
Bradley Geiser
Yasmine Hachimi
Eric Hamilton
Sawyer Kemp
Kristine Lacson
Michelle Lang
Holley Maassen
Nicole Mackes
Elisabeth Mcgowan
Prakruti Nadendla
Alicia Nguyen
Amanda Ong
Mira Pranav
Karla Quezada
Kingston Rivera
Anneliese Sanders
Amanda Shores
Holly Simpson
Christopher Summers
Wesley Sweger (head intern)
Alison Tam
Danielle Taylor
Alexis Pena Tomasetti
Nicholas Toothman
Marissa Trujillo (head intern)
Melissa Valk
Drew Watson
Isabelle Williams
Karen Xu (head intern)
Gregory Yerumyan
Rebekah Zachariou

Research and Teaching Outreach

Yoon Ah Ko
Sarah Asnaashari
Jordan Azevedo
Gina Bloom (Lead)
Kirsten Burrell
Ofir Cahalan
Raul Castellanos
Cheryl Choo
Rachel Cowen
Kathryn Gonzalez
Kristen Hartley
Natalie Hill
Jason Kelly
Sawyer Kemp
Sanchez Mariela
Mackenzie Nordahl
Megan Palu
Mary Qin
Samantha Ruffin
Amanda Shores
Stephanie Siegle
Emily Stack

Publicity

Alida Araica
Gina Bloom
Allison Blecman
Cheryl Choo
Tobi Foley
Yasmine Hachimi
Sawyer Kemp
Amanda Ong
David Nessl (storyboards)
Daniel Schrimshire (graphic design)
Conner Shaw
Allie Sousa
Elle Luo
Holly Simpson
Marissa Trujillo
Gienel Agcaoili
Sarah Asnaashari
Alison Tam

Website

Albert Kolesinski
Samantha Moody
Colin Milburn
Marissa Trujillo
Jennifer Tononga-Valle
Sungmin Yi
Corina Zimmerman

Special Thanks To

Jordan Carroll
Jason Clarke
Joseph Dumit
Anita Gaffney
Oliver Kreylos
Evan Lauteria
Katie Leveling

Josef Nguyen
Amanda Phillips
Neil Randall
Christine Samson
Jennifer Roberts-Smith
Emma Waldron
Calvin Wood
John Zibell