A media theorist and performance artist, Heather Warren-Crow is Director of TTU's innovative Fine Arts Doctoral Program, which brings together students interested in humanistic, scientific, and/or practice-based approaches to arts research. She is also Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, affiliated faculty in women's and gender studies, and a member of the studio faculty of the School of Art.
Dr. Warren-Crow's scholarship investigates the ways in which the aesthetics of audio-visual media model conceptions of agency, vitality, and embodiment. Her first book, Girlhood and the Plastic Image, argues that fundamental qualities of the digital image—namely, mutability, scalability, and shareability—are also associated with girlishness, with the power and vulnerability of girls as they are discursively understood. She is currently writing a new book on labor, gender, and the voice.
Both collaboratively and as an individual, Dr. Warren-Crow practices performance across multiple mediums—video art, sound art, body art, instruction art, and theatre. Her work exposes the exquisite, uncomfortable tension between the predetermined and the spontaneous, especially as that dialectic shapes our understandings of what it means to be a person (either corporate or human). This line of inquiry has led her to some interesting places, such as San Francisco's Museum of Performance + Design (for which she and Seth Warren-Crow created an experimental audio tour) and the lab of biophysicist Sy Redding (where she is currently artist-in-residence).
Dr. Warren-Crow has exhibited creative work at galleries, performance spaces, and festivals around the world, including the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in the Czech Republic, the Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival in Bulgaria, the Barcelona International Short Film and Video Festival in Spain, and Spring/Break Art Fair in the US. She has published articles in such academic journals as Feminist Media Studies, Screen Bodies, Performance Research, and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is also the recipient of a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, a Dean's Advancing Creative Scholarship Award (TTU), a Scholarship Catalyst Program Grant (TTU), two Humanities Center Fellowships (TTU), a Phenomenal Woman of Texas Tech Award, and an Eisner Award (the University of California at Berkeley's highest graduate student award for the arts).
Dr. Warren-Crow teaches courses in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and multimodal methodologies for arts research. She has special expertise in cinema and media studies, performance studies, gender studies, technology and the arts, sound studies, and practices of performance art, sound art, and puppetry. Previously, she taught at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and UC Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Performance Studies.