University Place, Syracuse University
Lyndsay Michalik Gratch

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Assistant Teaching Professor

Lyndsay Michalik Gratch’s research and creative work focuses on the intersections of communication, digital culture, adaptation studies, and performance studies. 

Specifically, she writes about digital adaptation as both process and product, focusing on adaptations of online content and how these forms of digital adaptation (e.g. memes, gifs, videos, and images) function as communication, performance, and identity construction. Gratch teaches courses in digital culture, communication, and performance studies, including Remix Culture, Performance Studies, Digital Performance in Everyday Life, Rhetoric of Film, and Frontiers of Communication.

View a list of Gratch’s published works.

Selected Publications

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik and Ariel Gratch. Digital Performance in Everyday Life. London: Routledge, 2021. (forthcoming)

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik. “The Stand-alone Digital Performance” in The Routledge Handbook of Performance Studies Research Methods. Eds. Craig Gingrich-Philbrook, Ph.D. and Jake Simmons, Ph.D., London: Routledge, 2019. (forthcoming)

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik. Adaptation Online: Creating Memes, Sweding Movies, and Other Digital Performances. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik. “The Irish Hills of Michigan: A Performative Curation,” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 7.1, 2018.

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik. “How I Learned to Swede (and You Can, Too!): In Praise of Amateur Aesthetics,” Text and Performance Quarterly 38.1-2, Jan/Apr 2018.

  • Michalik Gratch, Lyndsay. “Performing Inside the (Sand)Box” & “Legal: A Counterhistory of Turning THIRTY.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies: Special Issue on the Video Essay 14.2, 2018. (Video Essay & Video Remix)

  • Michalik Gratch, Lyndsay. Co-created with Rosa Avila, Kinsey Denney, K. J. Edwards, Eliza Levinson, Anna Marsden, Jacquelyn Paige Paschal, and Julie Thompson. “tech/transfr/fem: feminism is,” Women & Language Online: Special Issue on Nasty Womanifestos: Remixing Feminisms for Social Change 40.2, 2018. (Video Essay)

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik. “a hole in the light.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies: Special Issue on Cartographies 12.1, 2016. (Video Art and Artist’s Statement)

  • Gratch, Lyndsay Michalik, John LeBret, Ariel Gratch, Bonny McDonald, Eddie Gamboa. “Scotch & Soda,” Text and Performance Quarterly 35.4, 2015.

  • Michalik, Lyndsay. “Stretching the Code: Sexual Performances and Online Gaming Economies,” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies: Special Issue on Performance, Digital Media and Sexuality 11.1, 2015.

  • Michalik, Lyndsay. “How Antoine Dodson and the Bed Intruder Keep Climbin' in Our Windows: Viral Video Appropriation as Performance,” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 10.3-4, 2014. (Multimedia Essay)

  • Michalik, Lyndsay. “Haunting Fragments: Digital Mourning and Intermedia Performance,” Theatre Annual 66, 2013.

Awards and Honors

2014Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, granted by The Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University
2014Outstanding Scholar Award, granted by The Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University
2013HopKins Black Box Performance Award, granted by The Department of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University
2013Top Student Paper, Performance Studies Division. “Haunting Fragments: Digital Interactivity, Liveness, and Death in Intermedia Performance,” Southern States Communication Association Convention, Louisville
2013National Communication Association, Performance Studies Division Marie J. Robinson Award
2012National Communication Association, Performance Studies Division Marie J. Robinson Award
2009BoxFest Detroit Theatre Festival: Best Director
2008BoxFest Detroit Theatre Festival: Best Director

Lectures, Panels and Workshops

2018

Featured Speaker and Workshop Leader, “Patti Pace, Sweded Edition,” National Patti Pace Annual Performance Festival, Kennesaw State University.

2018

Panelist, “How does a professor’s discipline and gender relate to the experience of teaching gender and sexuality?” Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and Sexuality, Georgia Gwinnett College

2017

Featured Speaker, “Gender and Film,” Georgia Gwinnett College Faces of Gender

2014

Invited Lecture. “Internet Memes and Participatory Culture,” Georgia College & State University

2014

Workshop Leader. “(Re/Mixed) Media in Adaptation and Performance,” Georgia College & State University Black Box Theatre