International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theater Design & Technology

December 18 - 22, 2014


Creating Multi-National Online Performances at the Global Scale

Presentation and discussion by Professor James Oliverio (USA) - Composer, Director, Educator, Performing Arts Administrator, Practitioner, Producer, Professor of Music, Professor of Digital Arts & Sciences and Executive Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida  

James Oliverio is internationally known as a composer, director and educator, and is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant to media and higher education programs. He has served as Executive Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida since January 2001, with full professorships in Music and in Digital Arts & Sciences.

In May 2014 Oliverio’s “Timpani Concerto #1: The Olympian” received its Kennedy Center premiere in Washington DC with the National Symphony Orchestra. Other recent activities include directing and producing “The French in Florida (1562-66),” a short movie based on the 16th century drawings made during France’s brief attempts at settling in the New World; keynotes at the Asian Computer Music Project (Taiwan) and the World Congress of Cultural and Creative IT Industries in Dalian, China. Oliverio served as executive producer for “Icons of Innovation”, an interactive performing arts project incorporating dance, music and digital projection design webcast live from the New World School of the Arts in Miami to participating audiences across the Americas. In summer 2014 Oliverio will chair sessions at two separate international design and technology Congresses in China.

Oliverio’s orchestral scores have been commissioned and premiered by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Spokane among others. In 2011 his “DYNASTY: Double Timpani Concerto” was premiered by the Brothers Yancich, timpanists of the Cleveland and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Oliverio has also produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of “All Rise”, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur and enjoyed subsequent performances at the Concertgebouw and with major international ensembles including the Boston and Chicago Symphonies. Most recently Oliverio served as Orchestral Consultant to Mr. Marsalis on the “Swing Symphony”, which world-premiered with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in June 2010, received its American premiere with the New York Philharmonic and then premiered in the UK with the London Symphony Orchestra during the week leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Special recognition includes the International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAA) nationally peer-reviewed award for the “Most Innovative Program” as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute (2008), the inaugural “Peoria Prize for Creativity” (2005) for producing the globally distributed performing arts collaboration entitled “Hands Across the Ocean” and the “Most Courageous and Creative” award in the High Bandwidth Challenge at the 2001 global Super Computing Conference. Oliverio holds five Emmy Awards from the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with numerous commissions. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and his work in internationally-distributed performing arts has been featured internationally on CNN and the BBC.

Oliverio’s role in the invention of the NetroNomeTM helped advance synchronous networkbased musical performance to a global scale. He has partnered with research institutions around the world to create "In Common: Time" (ICT), a series of globally distributed performing arts collaborations. ICT has been featured in specially commissioned real-time events including “Non Divisi” for the Internet2, at the Los Angeles Convention Center for SIGGRAPH 2005, at the 2006 College Music Society National Conference, the 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology and the International Digital Media and Arts Association 2010 Conference in Vancouver.

Prior to becoming the Founding Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida, Oliverio served as the Artist in Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and also as Founding Director of AudioLab in the Graphics, Visualization and Usability (GVU) Center in the Georgia Tech College of Computing. Previously he served as Visiting Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at Georgia State University. 


Traditional performing arts events have often been confined to a single theatre or location; the advent of the Internet and high-speed networking has given artists an opportunity to expand not only their stage, but their collaborators and audiences as well. As the Internet becomes more accessible to artists and presenters as a medium for creative experimentation and expression, harnessing its potential can be both challenging (frustrating) and rewarding (successful). 

This presentation is offered to maximize your success and minimize the frustrations inherent in producing real-time online performances.

Based on nearly two decades of experience in pioneering multi-location online performance events, many of them at the global scale. Oliverio will provide case studies and documentary video showcasing real-time performances that range in scale from two points on one college campus to seven cities across five continents.

During the post-presentation discussion, Oliverio will share techniques and recommendations for designing and successfully implementing multi-point online performance, whether at the local or global scale.

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"