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Marla Schweppe

Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design

585-475-2754
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Rochester Institute of Technology 73 Lomb Memoria

Marla Schweppe

Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, University of Kansas; MA, The Ohio State University

Bio

Director of the 3D Digital Design program.

585-475-2754

Areas of Expertise

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Schweppe, Marla, Joe Geigel, and David Munnell. AIpollo. Apr. 2019. MAGIC Sound Stage, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla, Joe Geigel, and David Munnell. AIpollo. Apr. 2019. MAGIC Sound Stage, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla, Joe Geigel, and Zhongyuan "Grace" Fa. Unabridged Emotions. 2019. SUNY Brockport, RIT, Rochester. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. ROC the Riverway. May 2019. High Falls Terrace Park, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla, Joe Geigel, and Kunal Shitut. S.M.O.O.C.H. Sep. 2019. Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla, Joe Geigel, and Kunal Shitut. S.M.O.O.C.H. Nov. 2019. RIT Frameless, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Schweppe, Marla. Avenue Q graphics and animation. May 2018. Blackfriars Theater, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections at the ROC Holiday Village. Dec. 2018. MLK Park, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Schweppe, Marla. Photo Booth - ROC Holiday Village. Dec. 2018. MLK Park, Rochester. Installation.
Schweppe, Marla. Virtual Karaoke. By Joe Geigel. 16 Sep. 2018. Little Theater - Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Improv with Music and Visuals. By fivebyfive. 16 Dec. 2018. Little Theater - Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Unabridged Emotions. By Joe Geigel and Zhongyuan Grace Fa. 30 Nov. 2018. RIT, Rochester. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projection Design. 17 Sep. 2017. Little Theatre 1, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projection Design. 3-11 Nov. 2017. Kodak Center Theater, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projection Designer. Nov. 2017. Traveling, Rochester, NY. Performance.
models, Marla Schweppe, concept, research, 3D. Women of Rochester Dress. By Shu Chang, 3D & electronic printing, Christine Huesner, fabric printing, and Gail Argetsinger, dress design & construction. 23 Jul. 2017. AAUW, Perkins Mansion, East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
RIT, Marla Schweppe - concept, research, 3D models,. Women of Rochester Dress. By Shu Chang, 3D printing & electronics, RIT, Christine Huesner, fabric printing, RIt, and Gail Argetsinger, dress design & construction, SUNY Brockport. Aug. 2017. AAUW, Perkins Mansion, East Avenue, Rochester. Exhibit.
RIT, Marla Schweppe - concept, research, 3D models,. Women of Rochester Dress. By Shu Chang - 3D prints & electronics, RIT, Christine Huesner - fabric printing, RIT, and Gail Argetsinger - design & construction, SUNY Brockport. Oct. 2017. AAUW, Perkins Mansion, East Avenue, Rochester. Exhibit.
RIT, Marla Schweppe - concept, research, 3D models,. Women of Rochester Dress. By Shu Chang - 3D prints & electronics, RIT, Christine Huesner - fabric printing, RIT, and Gail Argetsinger - dress design & construction, SUNY Brockport. Nov. 2017. Women's Rights Museum, Seneca Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Schweppe, Marla. Virtual Clarinet Player. By Joe Geigel and Vic McGowen. 31 Mar. 2017. Ingle Auditorium @ RIT, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Farewell to Dawn. By Steven Cerqueira, et al. 6 May 2017. Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Big Head Projections. 17 Jul. 2015. Village Gate YOL Street Light Festival, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Into the Woods Scenery and Projections. Mar. 2015. Center Stage at the JCC, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Improvisation with Voices and Images. By Natalie Alfke, et al. 29 Oct. 2015. RIT Innovation Center, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Red Ball. By PUSH Physical Theatre. n.d. varied, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. speaker. 24 Jul. 2013. Red Ball - Performing with iPads, Anaheim, CA. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. animator. 21 Jul. 2013. SIGGRAPH 2013, Anaheim, CA. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. artist. 24 Jul. 2013. SIGGRAPH Art Fast Forward, Anaheim, CA. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. iPad Animator. Sep. 2013. UFM, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. iPad Animator. Jul. 2013. University of Monterey, Monterey, CA. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. iPad Animator. 11 Jan. 2013. Association of Performing Arts Presenters, New York, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projection Designer, Spirits Within. 28 Sep. 2013. Christ Church, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Interactive Projection Design, Kinect the Dots with Futurpointe Dance. 21 & 28 Dec. 2013. Little Theatre, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections, Legally Blonde. Jul. 2013. Center Stage, Jewish Community Center, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections. 20 Apr. 2013. Brick Festival Bash, NTID, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections - Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears. 17 Mar. 2013. Eagle Vale Country Club, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections, For All Eyes and Ears w/ Sound Exchange Orchestra. 23 Feb. 2013. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla. Projections, Festival of Song and Light. 5 Jul. 2013. Writers and Books, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla projection-designer. Poetry Reading: Hands, Eyes, and Voices. Director. John Roche. 7 May 2011. RIT 07-A30, Rochester. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla cast. Is There Life After High School? Dirs. James Simmons and Ed Schell musical director. Mar. 2011. 220 Winton Rd. S., Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla projection-designer. Danser et Voler. Chor. Thomas Warfield. Feb. 2011. Panara Theatre, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Schweppe, Marla set-and-projection-designer. Exit the King. Director. Jerry Argetsinger. Feb. 2011. RIT Players, Rochester, NY. Performance.
Museum Collection Acquisition
Schweppe, Marla, et al. Women of Rochester Dress. fabric, 3D prints. Women's Rights Museum, Seneca Falls, NY. (2018).
Published Conference Proceedings
chair, Marla Schweppe, panel, et al. "Printing on Fabric and Vinyl." Proceedings of the USITT, St. Louis, MO, March 2017. Ed. UK. Liverpool, NY: n.p., 2017. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Schweppe, Marla. "Incorporating IT in Performance." BIT Info Tech 2013. BIT. Dalian, China. 21 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Journal Paper
Schweppe, Marla and Joe Geigel. "Live Theatre on a Virtual Stage: Incorporating Soft Skills and Teamwork in Computer Graphics Education." IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 31. 1 (2011): 85-89. Print.
Geigel, Joe and Marla Schweppe. "Adapting a Virtual World for Theatrical Performance." IEEE Computer: Special Issue on Computing and the Arts 44. 12 (2011): 33-38. Print.
Geigel, Joe. "Motion Capture for Real-Time Control of Virtual Actors in Live, Distributed, Theatrical Performances." IEEE Conference on Automatic Facial and Gesture Recognition. (2011): 774-779. Print.
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Schweppe, Marla. “Sleeping Beauty Projections.” Panara Theatre, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 11- 14 Feb. 2010. Theater Projections. " 
Schweppe, Marla. “The Visit by Durrenmatt.” Lab Theatre, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 15 - 18 April 2010. Theater Design Sets and Projections. " 
Schweppe, Marla. Design scenery and projections for Facing East, Booth Hall, June 2010. Projections. "  É 
Schweppe, Marla. SIGGRAPH SpaceTimeInteractive. Los Angeles Convention Center,Los Angeles, CA. 25-30 July 2010. Curator. " É 

Currently Teaching

DDDD-101
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the representation of form and motion in three-dimensional software. The course focuses on the development of visual and verbal vocabulary as a means of exploring, developing, and understanding composition and motion with digital geometry and in virtual spaces. Topics include the basics of lines, planes, contour, transforming lines into form, composing images with a software camera, interaction of light and surface, perspective, resolution of geometry, and rendering. Perception and visual thinking are emphasized in the development of projects. Projects will include modeling organic and inorganic forms, composition, level of detail, creation of spaces and motion. Structured assignments develop skills in concept generation, basic form making, techniques for creating motion, and craftsmanship. Emphasis is placed on workflow, teamwork, and the technical and aesthetic aspects of each project.
VCDE-617
3 Credits
The course focuses on implementing advanced, newly developing ideas in visual communication design. The specific subtopic for this course varies each time it is taught. As a result it may be repeated with a different subtopic. The subtopic is determined by the instructor. Potential topics include the creation of interactive installations, adaptive/responsive interface design, tangible media design, digital performances, cyber fashion, network art, locative media, scientific visualization, information visualization, event design, projection design, or any new area in digital design. Students can take more than one Experimental Workshop in a term, as long as the subtopic is not repeated.
VCDE-799
1 - 4 Credits
Visual Communication Design Independent Study will allow students to obtain instruction in specialized areas of interest to enhance their individual course of study. Working with a faculty adviser, students will propose a focused curriculum related to their academic and/or future career interests. Visual Communication Design Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor to enroll.**NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
DDDD-517
3 Credits
The course focuses on implementing, advanced, newly developing ideas in three-dimensional computer graphics. The specific topic varies and is determined by the instructor. A specific course outline is provided each time the course is taught. Potential topics include the creation of interactive installations, game asset design, digital performances, cyber fashion, network art, locative media, scientific visualization, information visualization, event design, projection design, or any new area in digital design. This course has a subtopic and may be repeated with different subtopics; subtopics cannot be repeated.
DDDD-599
1 - 6 Credits
3D Digital Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor will propose a course of study. 3D Digital Design independent study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
DDDD-516
3 Credits
dimensional digital design not covered in other course work. Students will work closely with the instructor to research and complete tutorials in a new area. They will develop skills in that area and then create a tutorial explaining what they have learned. They will present what they have learned to the rest of the class as a means of extending their knowledge into specialized areas that are not covered in other course. Students must have an area of exploration defined in writing in advance of enrolling in the course, which must be approved by the instructor.

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