This site was developed in order for friends, colleagues, and even complete strangers to explore the varied wanderings of an avid multi-tasker. Over the past thirty years, Rees Shad has wandered the world exploring his creative interests and developing ways in which others could do the same. From singer/songwriter and designer, to installation artist, and more recently college professor at Hostos Community College(CUNY). He is always elbow deep in expressing himself, and if given the slightest encouragement will drag all innocent bystanders along for the ride.
A number of audacious collaborations are ongoing...
Rees' work designing and implementing media programs for the City University of New York in Graphic Design, Animation, Audio Production, and Game Design has yielded some incredible results. The programs are incredibly popular, and provide artistically motivated students with a trajectory toward success in the related fields that combine their passions with a vocation. This past spring Rees organized Shad & Associates. The group is currently developing media and design curriculum for colleges in New York and Illinois.
Rees is wrapping up work with his colleague Professor Catherine Lewis and the Colmena Design Group (formerly Hostos Hive Cooperative) on the National Science Foundation funded Game-Framed Math & Science Initiative . Here the professors developed systems of incorporating game play and game design with traditional teaching methodologies in science and mathematics to more effectively engage high school and college stydents with STEM. The project has involved the production of 14 tabletop games (board, card, and LARP games), as well as associated syllabi and curriculum.
The resulting games can be downloaded as PDFs and printed by educators, parents, and students for free, but full production versions are on sale at GameCrafter. Proceeds from sales of these units will benefit the Ravenfox Scholarship fund that Rees started at Hostos Community College.
The Colmena Design group (Rees sits on the board) is directed by and made up of a number of Hostos Media Design Program alumni. Colmena has developed a number of interesting tabletop games focusing on education since their projects with the NSF, and the group is slatted to be the first company involved with the Hostos Media Business Incubator Fall 2015-2016. The Incubator is located in the South Bronx and was developed in art with help from a NY State 20/20 grant funded to Hostos Community College, Lehman College, and the Maucauly Honors College.
Rees along with his collaborator/son Dylan Shad has also been up at Paul Antonell's Clubhouse recording studio working on the next RS record (tentatively titled ‘Songs for Isaac’). Pals Tony Aielo, John Arrucci, Edwin Garcia, Don Harris, Juliet Kleber, Rob Kovacs, Robert Metcalf, & Jay Turner all joined in for what is turning into a wonderful album. The album is ready to mix, and should be released sometime in 2016. In the meantime, his work with IOH bandmates Jeremiah Lowengard, Alden Ludlow, and Scott Marcus is coming together as they develop their sophomore effort on the heals of 2014’s “History of Interesting.'
When he has a couple of moments in between all these projects, he can be found tinkering in his basement building electric guitars and custom hand wired amplifiers. Someday when he “retires,” perhaps Roeboy Guitars & Amplifiers????
Currently Chair of the Humanities Department at Hostos Community College, where he is a tenured associate professor teaching several media software courses, as well as media history, design fundamentals, usability, game development, and sound design.
Shad is also an artist and filmmaker, composing and recording music at his Stressless Sound Recording Studio. He is constantly exploring unique intersections of his varied interests in the arts, design, communication, gaming, and academics.