Joanna S. Robinson
MA: Popular Culture (2009)
BA: Communications, Media, Culture & Society (2005)
Joanna was raised by her Engineer Dad "Radio Ray" in Sydney, Australia, surrounded by an array of early computing and communication technologies. Spending summers on university campus, she explored the library and the early web in the computer labs. Joanna developed a passion for technology and science, as well as the arts - all things creative. She played Oboe in orchestra and concert band, performed in Cumberland Gang Show, sang in the Australian Youth Choir and loved attending the university Film Society every Sunday.
Upon coming to Canada to study at Brock University in 2000, she fell in love with the country, its people and culture. Joanna is now based in Vancouver and has combined her love of the arts with emerging technologies, in her work. She is also a lover of animals and exploring the beauty of nature. Joanna loves live music events, sci-fi and comic book conventions, and is Producer/Editor for virtual world theatre troupe The Jewell Theatre. Her favourite musicians include Janet Jackson and NIN, and her favourite author is Carrie Fisher.
Since leaving her position as Research Associate at the Centre For Digital Media, Joanna has worked as a Social Media Manager and Strategist, consulting on Virtual Worlds and Digital Media projects, including Theatre Set Design, Art Gallery and Entertainment Events.
She is currently working at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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"Joanna worked with me directly as a teaching partner for Building Virtual Worlds.
She provided valuable technical assistance especially in terms of helping the graduate students build content in Second Life. She also provided the virtual land, and managed the virtual space for our online activities. Joanna is a kind and considerate person with a passion for technology and how it is interwoven with society.
This is her academic area, and she is on a path to being a leader in this field."
-Jeffrey Ventrella, Founder Wiggle Planet, There.com