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Tamara Underiner, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate College, Arizona State University

Tamara Underiner, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate College at Arizona State University, and Associate Professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. She convenes ASU’s Creative Health Collaborations team, advancing research and curricula at the intersections of arts, design, humanities, and health; and is a founding member of CENAS (Cultural Engagements in Nutrition, Arts and Science), a transdisciplinary working group of scholars and artists who develop, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to community and individual wellness, with arts practices at its center. She is the author of "Mayan Theatre in Mexico: Death-¬Defying Acts" (U Texas P 2004) and co¬editor, with Stephani Etheridge Woodson, of "Theatre, Performance, and Change" (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). Her current research is in the area of the arts and cultural well¬being. Jisun Myung is an MFA candidate in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. She uses theatre and drama as a tool to explore multiculturalism and inter-culturalism in order to stimulate interesting conversations, challenge ourselves, and make a meaningful progress in a community. She has worked with National Theatre of Korea and National Traditional Opera Company in South Korea. At ASU, she was part of "The Race" and "Compass" directed by Michael Rohd. She is currently working on her applied project, "In Between Food Project: how young people make an intercultural space through Korean and American food." She is also a research assistant for CHC team under Dr. Tamara Underiner's supervision. In 2017, Jisun presented her paper, "Jose Rizal and the boy in Montalban: The Serendipitous Impact of a Musical Drama," about a musical drama she led in the Philippines at ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) World Congress in South Africa.