Mark Pizzato is Professor of Theatre at UNC-Charlotte (in North Carolina, USA). He teaches theatre history, dramatic writing, and theory, plus topics courses combining neuroscience, theatre, psychoanalysis, and film. He is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, who has also published 6 books about theatre, film, television, prehistoric cave art, evolution, and brain science. His current research involves Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian temples as “performance spaces extending the brain’s inner theatre”–with visits to China in Nov. 2012, Feb. 2013, July 2013, and Dec. 2013.
For radio interviews and short articles on Dr. Pizzato’s earlier research about supernatural characters in theatre, film, and neuroscience, see:
So–in first person now–I am a synthesist, bringing together the findings of others on the brain, various theories in related fields, and my own cultural research to explore the interactions of body, brain, mind, society, art, and religions. I have benefited greatly from discussions with colleagues at UNC-Charlotte, especially neuroscientist David Bashor and others at the Complex Systems Institute, including computer scientists who study creativity and use agent-based modeling to map various biological and social systems.
You can hear some of my discussions with those colleagues in our podcast series, “Conversations about Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed.”