Laura Zaylea is a film/media artist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production in the Klein College for Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Her current creative work includes an interactive documentary about LGBTQ families, funded by the 2015 Temple University Presidential Humanities and Arts Research Program and the 2016 School of Media and Communication Summer Creative Work Faculty Stipend. She recently co-created Free Swim, an augmented reality board game which won second place at the 2016 University Film and Video Association Conference New Media Exhibition. Past work includes an independent feature film, film/video shorts and new media experiments.

Zaylea’s teaching focuses on both new/emergent technologies and classic modes of video production. Students in her Genres of Media Production (MSP 3701) class produce interactive videos, and students in Emergent Media Production (MSP 4741/8741) created augmented reality books, games and magazines. In Producing and Directing (MSP 4701/5701), students learn classic production skills as they create 20-30 minute narrative shorts or television pilots, and Advanced Editing (MSP 3709) is a lecture/lab course that explores on the histories, theories and hands-on application of video postproduction.

Zaylea’s teaching philosophy centers around hands-on learning, experimentation and creative risk-taking, theoretically-informed making and the celebration of both individual and collective voices.

She was the School of Media and Communication nominee for the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award in both 2016 and 2017.

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