David Owen holds a PhD in Performance and Theatre Studies from York University, and MFA in Directing from the University of Calgary, and an MA in Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the University of Alberta. He is an award-winning scholar, a theatre director, and a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. His current research focuses on the intersection of performance, games structures, and digital technology. He is the editor of two anthologies for the Playwright’s Canada Press focused on digital performance: Digital Performance in Canada and Long Live the New Flesh: Six Plays from the Digital Frontier. His book Player and Avatar: The Affective Potential of Videogames was published in 2017. He resides in Edmonton and will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Prime Stock Theatre this summer as part of Bard on the Bower in Red Deer, Alberta.