Sylke Rene Meyer is a writer, director, media artist, performer, educator, and co-founder of the performance group Studio206 [Berlin/Los Angeles]. In 2018, she also co-founded the performance group ‘The Family Room Collective’ in Los Angeles (2018-2020).
Before joining Northeastern University, she has been a professor at the University of Technology, Arts and Sciences, Cologne, Germany, and at California State University in Los Angeles, where she also founded and directed the Institute for Interactive Arts, Research, and Technology (InArt).
Sylke studied theater, philosophy, and law at the Free University of Berlin. After graduating from law school, she studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg Film and Television University and graduated from the Munich Screenplay Workshop at the University of Television and Film Munich in 2000.
She worked and lived as a film editor, production designer, writer, and director in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. Her practice is informed by and engages with film and media history, theory, and criticism, and encompasses feature and documentary filmmaking, as well as writing and collaborative experimentation across film, theater, new media, and digital platforms. Her work has garnered numerous awards such as an Emmy Award, and Best Film Awards at major festivals such as Seattle, Chicago, and Montreal, and has been theatrically released, broadcasted on public television channels worldwide, and shown in exhibition spaces in Berlin, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, New York, and Warsaw.
Sylke’s research centers on spatial story design, narrative theory, and the human body at border zones: imaginary and real, analog and digital, or in simulation and imitation. She has published several papers on narratology and the politics of narrative, as well as a book on Interactive Storytelling.