I serve as the Artistic Director of Yonder Contemporary Dance Company (YCDC), housed in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama. This company seeks out collaboration with artists, composers, creative thinkers, and makers. The collective is comprised of faculty and students from the Dance Program, the School of Music, and the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. This year’s project, “IRL”, is a thought provoking performance about navigating life in an increasingly intrusive and connected world. Six choreographers, fifteen dancers, and six composers explore the challenges of living in a society where technology demands and offers so much. Themes include social media addiction, connection versus disconnection, and screen-based voyeurism. YCDC performed the 50-minute concert free of charge during its Alabama state tour of Tuscaloosa (Morgan Auditorium, UA Campus), Birmingham (The Dance Foundation), and Florence (Florence Academy of Fine Arts). Company members also taught master classes at each location. Additional performances occurred regionally in Memphis, TN at the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center and Atlanta, GA at the Morris and Rae Frank Theater. The culminating event is a week of performances at the Emerald Theatre in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Aug 4-10, 2018. With 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues (2017), the Fringe is the largest single celebration of arts and culture in the world.