Carrie Lobman is a socio-cultural scholar and play movement leader. She is the Leader of Education and Research at the East Side Institute and associate professor and chair of the department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She facilitates the Institute's "Play, Development and Social Justice" webinar series and co-leads the International Class, its flagship program. Her research focuses on the relationship between play, performance, learning and development for people of all ages and backgrounds. She serves as a mentor to emerging performance activists around the world and is on the national board of directors of the All Stars Project, a national leader in afterschool development. Carrie is the author or editor of three books Unscripted Learning: Using Improvisation across the K-8 Curriculum, Big Ideas and Revolutionary Activity: Selected Essays, Talks and Articles by Lois Holzman and Performance and Play: Play and Culture Series, Volume 11. She has authored dozens of articles. Carrie received her master’s degree from the City University of New York and her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a past president of The Association for the Study of Play and the Cultural Historical Activity Theory SIG of the American Educational Research Association.