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Phil Weaver-Stoesz

Phil Weaver-Stoesz is an MFA candidate at the Herberger Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In his first year, he devised and directed an immersive experience in an art museum ([De/As]cending). He was also awarded the Creation Grant for his research in creative computing (BIOS: Alpha), designed an alternate reality urban adventure (The Anthem Project), and worked with play development at Phoenix Theatre (on display). Phil originally hails from Goshen, Indiana, where he arranged and directed several original works including a mix of sonnets and indie-punk (Sonnet Soundscape) and a reimagining of the lovers in Midsummer Night's Dream (Chemical Imbalance). Find Phil online at his website PhilWS.com, his personal blog ahandfulofair.wordpress.com or on twitter @Dear_Godot. 

The Three Touchstones of Performing Research
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The Three Touchstones of Performing Research

7 May 2016

Phil Weaver-Stoesz discusses Liz Lerman’s Animating Research class at Arizona State University and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Managing
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Managing

Getting Into, and Out of, the Way

3 August 2015

In this installment of his series on positive practices and principles for theatremakers, Phil Weaver-Stoesz discusses how directors can sometimes be the most effective managers by giving their collaborators space to work.  

Delegating Tasks and Embracing Critique
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Delegating Tasks and Embracing Critique

How to Avoid Imploding

20 July 2015

Phil Weaver-Stoesz writes about how to avoid being overwhelmed with tasks or fear in this installment of his series on positive practices and principles for theatremakers.

Listening
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Listening

The Holy Ear

6 July 2015

In the first of a series of posts exploring positive practices and principles for theatremakers, Phil Weaver-Stoesz writes about the value of listening in the process of creation.

Immersion, Coercion, and Mutiny
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Immersion, Coercion, and Mutiny

How do we set rules for the audience?

15 June 2015

Phil Weaver-Stoesz describes an immersive theatrical experience where the audience took control of the narrative, and asks what rules, if any, we should set for audience members in non-traditional works.

Practices and Principles
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Practices and Principles

A series of posts that explore positive practices and principles to help keep our art mindful, expressive, and sustainable.