Founder and Director, Stanzi Vaubel began her training as a classical cellist at The Juilliard Pre-College. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her PhD from The University at Buffalo in the Media Study Department while on teaching fellowship. She has collaborated on projects at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, and has performed at such venues such as Tanglewood, The Long House, and Carnegie Hall. She has worked as a producer for New York Public Radio and produced a series entitled "The Gift" for Chicago Public Radio. Her audio documentaries have been featured on WBEZ, BBC, and spotlighted by The Third Coast Audio Festival. Her work has been commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Burchfield Penney Arts Center, KANEKO, UnionDocs, Public Space One, and Free City Festival. During her time in Buffalo she became interested in site-specific productions, creating SITES DO THINGS TO PEOPLE (2015) staged at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, EXCURSIONS INTO UNKNOWABLE WORLDS (2016) staged at the Hi-Temp Warehouse. In 2016 she founded The Indeterminacy Festival focused on creating large-scale collaborative events which involved over a hundred participants and united a wide variety of disciplines and communities around solving complex problems. The festival was staged at Silo City for two years, UNCERTAINTY (2017), EMERGENCE (2018), and PASTFUTURE/FUTUREPAST at The Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve in 2019. In 2020 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Montreal and host the 2021 Indeterminacy Festival. Prior to Covid-19 she staged a pre-festival performance in partnership with suoni per il popolo at Sala Rossa in Montreal, entitled CREATING AN OPEN SYSTEM, hosted in collaboration with conductor Guillaume Bourgogne and his improvisation students at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Previous festivals have been supported by New York State Council for the Arts, Mark Diamond Research Fund, the Physics and Media Study Departments at UB, Techne Institute, The Fulbright Foundation, and the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship.
In Fall 2020, Stanzi launched The Indeterminacy Consulting Group (ICG). With ICG she started her own Creative Development Program which is specifically oriented towards recent individuals who are ready to take their creative development to the next level. In the program they will learn to orient themselves towards a professional audience and translate their wisdom into leadership roles within the wider world. With McGill University's Building 21 she serves as an academic mentor. In this role, she trains students how to thrive within uncertainty. "Practicing indeterminacy" is a method that teaches individuals to improvise new solutions to complex problems.
Branding and Strategy, Rebecca's pursuits have focused on rethinking the nature and structure of traditional education systems. Over the last decade, this guiding concept led her to become a founding member of iNERDE, a non-profit based in Boston, USA, and Bamako, Mali, with the mandate of empowering students and teachers in West Africa with cutting edge STEM curriculum spanning the public and private school sectors. More recently, Rebecca’s interests have shifted to studying the impacts of reconfiguring an adapted flipped class model for a large-scale introductory physics class on student engagement, comprehension, and long-term retention of the course material. Furthermore, Rebecca is a core team member of Building 21, McGill University’s pioneering interdisciplinary and experiential learning community, where her work has involved developing and running the BLUE Fellowship Program, designing promotional and educational content, and cultivating strategic partnerships. The fundamental aim of Rebecca’s endeavors is to create a culture of greater holistic learning in higher education, whether by reforming existing educational structures or by creating radically new educational environments that cultivate dynamic, interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven learning.
ICG Consultant, sarah jm kolberg is a PhD candidate in Visual Studies (anticipated Spring 2021) and adjunct instructor in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, who specializes in the American and French post-WWII avant garde, with an additional focus on the post-WWI avant garde, queer theory, and as a film scholar; on narratology, psychoanalytic theory, and film noir. She has won numerous awards as both a writer and film producer, and her films have screened around the world. After more than a decade in state politics (as Chief of Staff to an Assemblymember) she quit her job to return to graduate school full time. She holds a joint MA in English and Film, an MFA in Film Production, and an MA in Visual Studies.
Her most recent film project is little green men, a feature length documentary about a program which engages middle and high school students in searching for pulsars (a particular type of collapsed star), for which she and her collaborator raised more than $250,000 including funding from: the National Science Foundation; NASA’s West Virginia Space Grant Consortium; the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; and West Virginia University. In connection with this she’s also produced a short film about the search for gravitational waves and how pulsars aid this objective.
She has been active in the art scene for many years as a collector, advocate, and advisor. She has coordinated lectures, screenings, installations, and multimedia events, including: as Chief Operating Officer for echo Art Fair; co-curated a major exhibit on the on the queer origins of the reemergence of text in post-war American art; and co-produced the Indeterminacy Festival. She has sat on numerous boards and works as a sought after public relations/political strategy consultant for a variety of clients with an emphasis on arts and cultural not-for-profits.