Seth Soulstein is a co-founder and founding member of the HPA and its board of directors. Having spent from 2002-2009 traveling the US and making viral videos with Andrew Slack in a sketch comedy troupe, the Late Night Players, he has since focused his attentions on playwriting and academia. He is currently working towards a PhD in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he studies comedy, superheroes, and the past and present of participatory culture and fan activism. His Master's thesis, written at the University of British Columbia and titled Macbeth as Avatar: Fandom in British Romantic Theatre Audiences, outlines eighteenth-century British fan culture, and poses a 67-day riot as a precursor to modern-day fan activism. He is deeply committed to human rights and environmental causes, and grows a lot of garlic, with which he makes a mean kimchi.