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Anthony Sertel Dean

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater

asdean@wesleyan.edu

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BA Wesleyan University
MFA Columbia University

Anthony Sertel Dean

Anthony Sertel Dean is a sound artist, educator, and media maker focused on telling stories of community and self. Their work pulls from practices of electroacoustic composition, oral history, and experimental performance, utilizing skills as a creative technologist to build environments for communal understanding. Anthony refers to himself as a hypercollaborator consistently generating work in community, and celebrating those he makes with. This collaborative ethos has allowed Anthony’s work to thrive in frequently changing forms, and in conversation with artists across the globe.

Anthony teaches topics in sound studies, sound design for media, sound installation art, and creative reuse. Their research examines the restorative power of telephony and the evolution of telephone art, the plasticity of the voice, land and space’s ties to indigenous oral history, and the revolutionary applications of radio drama. 

Anthony’s work can be heard in theater (Kennedy Center, New Victory Theater, Public Theater, The Kitchen), film (Film at Lincoln Center, Busan International Film Festival), radio (WNYC, Night Vale Presents), and gallery installations (Fridman Gallery, Half Gallery, Lenfest Center). They have given talks at Oberlin College, Wesleyan University, multiple NYC public school, Materials for the Arts, and panels about the future of theater design and contemporary indigenous performance. Their most consistent artistic output is as the technical director for The New York Neo-Futurists and creator of the podcast Hit Play, called “cathartic” and “a treasure chest” by The New York Times.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

before every class session and by request

Courses

Fall 2022
THEA 434 - 04
Applied Scenography

Winter 2023
THEA 222Z - 01
Neo-Futurist Radio