Adam Kaye is a serial entrepreneur who has studied International Business & Management at both Florida State University as well as the American University of Paris. For the past decade he has been the owner of Railroad Square Art Park, the largest private land-holding in Tallahassee's urban core. During that time he also founded multiple companies in diverse sectors such as real estate development, hospitality, entertainment, & digital software technology. His most recent entrepreneurial ventures include founding a technology business incubator, SILICON TALLY, as well as developing a green-sustainable, urban live/work complex, the ART-TECH Hub. His passions include world culture (has lived in Beijing, Nice, Paris, & Miami), traveling (over 40 countries and counting), learning foreign languages (French & Mandarin Chinese), and theater (has performed directly “Off-Broadway” in NYC). His current mission is to leverage the untapped potential of Tallahassee's innovators, tech entrepreneurs, and creative individuals in order to generate more communal wealth through the creation of startup companies with high-growth potential.
Bret Woods is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. His research in music and technology, genre theory, and interdisciplinarity examines elements of music genre with regard to communication about music-stylistic elements, classification, narrative and fiction theory, historiography, and sound–generalized speech, all of which are simultaneously part of a dialog that consists of the creation of a social space of shared understanding and speaks to music's impact in our life experience. Bret is co-director of the genre-bending film Human Skab, about the punk group from Elma, Washington, of the same name.
George McConnell (Visiting Professor in Theatre Studies) is currently completing his dissertation, Struck Stupid: 21st CenturyTheatrical Performance and the Limits of a Discourse, from the University of Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and proudly received his M.A. in Theatre Studies from FSU. His research interests include: contemporary performance art and devised performance, the intersection of performance practice and theory, critical performance pedagogy, performance ethnography and creative research methods. In addition to his scholarly pursuits he has served as artistic director for ThEBRiNK Theatre Company in Tallahassee and Minneapolis, and Theatre Company With No Name (TCWNN) in Los Angeles. In Minneapolis he has received critical acclaim for his devising work with co-director Samantha Johns. Their collaboratively created The Thing was the Twin Cities Daily Planet’s best show of 2010 and their even if we never look forward (2011) made the Minneapolis City Page’s A-list.