David Gochfeld is an award-winning XR creator, specializing in interactive narrative experiences at the intersection of the real and virtual, drawing on classical and contemporary theatrical techniques and cutting edge immersive technology. His pioneering work with live performance in virtual reality includes versions of Hamlet and Alice in Wonderland, as well as original stage plays and improv comedy, and has been presented at festivals and conferences worldwide, including Tribeca, Venice, SXSW, GDC and the Future of Storytelling. He won an Emmy for his work on Zero Days VR. An experienced theatre actor and director, David trained at the prestigious Jacques LeCoq school in Paris. He marries this creative background with extensive technical expertise: he teaches Computer Science at NYU, is an experienced UX designer and holds a Masters from NYU’s celebrated Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is currently a Research Fellow with the XR Stories project at the University of York.

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Gochfeld, D., Benzing, K., Laibson, K., and Coulombe, A. Avatar Selection for Live Performance in Virtual Reality: A Case Study. IEEE Conference on Games, Entertainment and Media. New Haven, 2019. Accepted for Publication.

Gochfeld, D., Brenner, C., Layng, K., Herscher, S., DeFanti, C., Olko, M., Shinn, D., Riggs, S., Fernández-Vara, C. and Perlin, K. Holojam in Wonderland: Immersive Mixed Reality Theater. Leonardo, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 362–367, 2018.

Gochfeld, D. and Molina, J. To Be With Hamlet. In Weijdom, Joris (Ed.), Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future. Fresh Perspectives on Arts and New Technologies. Vol 6. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Brussels. 2017.