Ilya Vidrin is a performer, educator, and researcher at the intersection of performing arts, philosophy, and interactive media. Born into a refugee family, Ilya’s research and artistic practice interrogates the complex ethics of human interaction, including the embodiment of empathy, cultural competence, and social responsibility. He is an alum of Northeastern, where he pursued undergraduate studies in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. He completed graduate work in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University, and a doctorate in Performing Arts at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.
In recent years, Ilya has worked with The Royal Swedish Ballet, the MIT Media Lab, and has been artist-in-residence at The National Parks Service, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, the MIT Media Lab, the Walnut Hill School, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Harvard ArtLab. He has been invited to perform and present work at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of Malta, Le Laboratoire, TEDx, Center for Performance Research in New York City, and the New Museum.