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Bio: Kara Reilly is a dramaturg and a theatre historian. She lives in Exeter, England where she is a reluctant ex-pat American. Her first book was about Automata or early robots and their relationship to theatre history (Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011). Her second book was a collection of essays called Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technology (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013). The book examined a wide range of spectacular pre-digital technologies from sparring mechanical elephants to Proust's theatre phone, from cyborg ballerinas to Pepper's ghost, from hair raising electrical experiments to automaton monks. She thinks that storytelling is the oldest art form. It's also something we do everyday for each other and for ourselves. It's how we make sense of the world, ourselves, and it's how we create our identities and our realities.

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