Immersive Theatre

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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance
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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance

Observations from HowlRound and SpiderWebShow’s Digital + Performance Convening

by May Antaki
12 August 2019
Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

by verity healey
4 August 2019
Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

by verity healey
23 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
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a group sitting in three concentric circles inside a large windowed space
The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance
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The Intersection of Digital Technology and Live Performance

Observations from HowlRound and SpiderWebShow’s Digital + Performance Convening

12 August 2019

May Antaki reflects on the Digital + Performance Convening, produced by HowlRound Theatre Commons and SpiderWebShow Performance, which focused on the intersection of digital technology and live performance.

exterior of a theatre space
Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

a group of people running in a circle
Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival
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Thinking About Space in Invited and A Doll’s House at Germany’s Our Stage Festival

23 July 2019

verity healey examines the concept of theatrical space as it applies to two shows that were presented at Germany’s Our Stage festival in May: Invited and A Doll’s House.

actors on an outside stage
No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater
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No Screens with Ariel Fristoe of Out of Hand Theater

From the Ground Up Episode #13

22 July 2019

On this episode of the From the Ground Up Podcast, Ariel Fristoe of Out Of Hand Theatre talks about how their unique games and creation process translates from free experiences for audiences all over Atlanta to corporate training.

three panelists
Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre
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Shifting Sands of Russian Theatre

Reporting from Moscow’s Golden Mask Festival

8 May 2019

Howard Shalwitz, Karen Houppert, and Yury Urnov reflect on the productions they saw at this year’s Golden Mask Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russia.

actors onstage
The Why and How of Site-Specific
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The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

2 May 2019

Anne Hamburger, founder of En Garde Arts, talks about the beginnings of her company, and, with it, the beginnings of site-specific theatre in New York City.

Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 

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Seven Lessons Learned from Creating an Immersive Theatrical Whodunit 


25 June 2018

Georgia-based theatremaker Corey Bradberry reflects on lessons learned after creating an immersive murder mystery play in a four-story historical theatre, and muses on how large institutions sharing resources with smaller companies can lead to new and innovative creative partnerships.

the​ ​parasite​
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the​ ​parasite​

​ ​An​ ​Alternate​ ​Reality​ ​Game​ ​for​ ​Orientation

7 January 2018

For Orientation at the UChicago 2017, an alternate reality game was created by faculty, designers, and students that engaged social media, virtual reality and real life to encourage students to explore campus and build relationships with one another.

An Immersive Experience with Community
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An Immersive Experience with Community

Take Them Into the Dirt

6 December 2017

Precious Yamaguchi takes part in Take Them Into the Dirt, a participatory production at OSF about legacy, storytelling, memory, and identity.

Will Future Storytelling Include Live Theatre?
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Will Future Storytelling Include Live Theatre?

15 November 2017

Jonathan Mandell looks at the Future of Storytelling festival in Staten Island, New York, which featured exhibits, productions, and performances using virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality techniques and technology.

The New Theatre Season in Germany
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The New Theatre Season in Germany

Occupation and Immersion

6 November 2017

Thomas Schmidt talks about the recent protest at the Berlin Volksbühne over the change of leadership and immersive theatre in Germany.

Sustainability in Inclusive Theatre
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Sustainability in Inclusive Theatre

27 September 2017

Clarie Glubiak talks with several theatre companies at the forefront of the inclusive theatre industry asking about sustainability.

Kindness and Community Are My Ideal World
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Kindness and Community Are My Ideal World

Broken Bone Bathtub and A Modern Theatre of Empathy

30 March 2017

Emily Cordes considers how Siobhan O’Loughlin’s immersive solo show Broken Bone Bathtub is a vehicle for audiences to find each other’s common humanity in a collaborative bath.

Afro-Cuban History in La Sirene
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Afro-Cuban History in La Sirene

Rutas de Azucar / The Siren: Sugar Routes

24 January 2017

Cherry Lou Sy reflects on Lukumi Arts’ immersive production of La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (The Siren: Sugar Routes), which explores the black history of Cuba through José Antonio Aponte’s book of paintings.

Location-Based and Audience-Aware Storytelling
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Location-Based and Audience-Aware Storytelling

Grace Plains and Bodies for a Global Brain

8 January 2017

The process of creating two works, as part of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s participation in Google's Glass Creative Collective, that use audience's and actors' locations, identities, and choices as pivotal elements of their storytelling structures and investigating the simultaneous processes of dramatic writing/devising and writing code.

Rethinking Immersive Theatre
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Rethinking Immersive Theatre

Inside the Wild Heart of Clarice Lispector

5 January 2017

Jonathan Mandell reflects on what makes immersive theatre, through the lens of Inside the Wild Heart, Group .BR’s immersive show about the late Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

Kitchen Theatre
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Kitchen Theatre

Space for Grief, Community, and Activism

20 December 2016

Rachel E. Diken on Aglio e Olio, a “kitchen theatre” piece written and performed by Meg Persichetti and produced and directed by Laura Gilkey in Maplewood, New Jersey.

One Queen’s Highly Personal/Subjective Reaction to Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
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One Queen’s Highly Personal/Subjective Reaction to Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

15 December 2016

CJ Byrd on Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a “communal, intelligent, erotic, participatory, spectacular performance art concert; a marathon survey dedicated to destroying through exposure the racism, patriarchy, supremacy, and fascism suppressing the fabulosity of all our country’s different beleaguered Others over the years.”

“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it
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“We're Not Learning History...We're Living it

” Underground Railroad Game and the Resurgence of the History Play

17 November 2016

Rosa Schneider reflects on history plays, history, and pedagogy in Undergound Railroad Game created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special playing at Ars Nova in New York City.

My Tension Experience, Part 2
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My Tension Experience, Part 2

2 November 2016

In this second installment, Megan Reilly discusses her participation in Ascension, the second phase of The Tension Experience, and reflects on agency for audience members in this immersive experience.

These Rooms
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These Rooms

A Dynamic Theatrical Event Reveals Ireland’s Hidden Histories

26 October 2016

Talya Kingston on These Rooms, devised and directed by David Bolger and Louise Lowe, at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

My Tension Experience, Part 1
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My Tension Experience, Part 1

Exploring Extreme Immersive Theatre

16 September 2016

In this first installment, Megan Reilly shares her experience with the first phase of The Tension Experience, a project that’s a cross between immersive theatre and an Alternate Reality Game.

Conversation with Colleen Rua
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Conversation with Colleen Rua

17 August 2016

Playwright and producer Samantha Mueller talks to director and educator Colleen Rua about their mutual passion for immersive theatre.

Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future
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Mixed Reality and the Theatre of the Future

22 July 2016

Researcher and lecturer Joris Weijdom of HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands on what the Internet of things, transmedia, and mixed reality might mean for theatremakers and theatremaking. 

Helping an Audience Collaborate with One Another
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Helping an Audience Collaborate with One Another

13 July 2016

In this installment, Damon Krometis shares his experience with garnering audience collaboration and gives tips on how to best include audience members in a performance.