Projects

Representative Creative Projects

Bowdoin College

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill – March 2-4, 2018

Images & details will eventually be posted here, but I didn’t manage it before I started at York, so it will be a while….

Intermedia Performance Studio
play/share beyond/in

In 2009-2010, I coordinated and supervised the collaborative project play/share beyond/in. This project (eventually implemented by graduate students from the Department of Media Study at UB) was a technology-driven scavenger hunt exploring the history and culture of Western New York though a series of interactive missions. Using SMS-enabled mobile phones the game brings players through the galleries and installations in the Beyond/In Western New York 2010 exhibition, as well as other sites of historical, ecological, or cultural interest. The game ran twice, once on July 31, 2010, and for two weeks from October 16 to October 30, 2010.
http://ips.buffalo.edu/?p=49

WoyUbu: Watch or Play?
WoyUbu: Watch or Play? was an original translation/adaptation/mash-up of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck and Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, presented as two connected, simultaneous performances on either side of a wall running through the middle of the space. Upon entering the performance space, audience members choose which side they will engage. On one side of the wall, the audience watched a version of Büchner’s Woyzeck, set against 3D projection animations. On the other side of the wall, the audience interacted with the Ubu characters and participated in the story, including shooting Nerf guns at robots and making mischief in front of a green screen. These antics of the Ubus were projected on the other side of the wall as Woyzeck’s addled hallucinations. For the Ubu audience, the story of Woyzeck was only visible through narrowly focused, low resolution surveillance cameras shown on small black and white televisions. The choice for the audience was thus: would you rather watch, seeing everything but not being able to participate; or would you choose to play and interact with the characters, but sacrifice seeing the full version of what you had created? The production thus laid bare the choices for digital manipulations from afar: those who participate and consume technology rarely see the full consequences for their actions, while the passive consumers of technology (the watchers) see more, but can do relatively little to affect what they see. http://ips.buffalo.edu/?p=219

Performances:

  • Buffalo, NY – March 9-31, 2009
  • Ingenuity Art + Technology Festival, Cleveland, OH (Featured Artist) – July 14-16, 2009

Related Publications :

  • J. Anstey, A.P. Seyed, S. Bay-Cheng, J. Bono, D. Pape, S. Shapiro. “Agent Takes the Stage,” International Journal of Art and Technology 2.4 (2009): 277-296.
  • D. Pape, S. Bay-Cheng, J. Anstey, D. Mauzy. “WoyUbu: Experiments with video-gaming in live theatreGames Entertainment Media Conference (GEM), 2015 IEEE (Oct. 14, 2015): 1-4.

365 Days/365 Plays
In 2004, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play a day for a year. Starting on November 11 (the day Parks began her writing project) in 2006-2007, regional and university theaters produced the full year of Parks plays in their originally written order, occurring simultaneously across the country. The Intermedia Performance Studio (IPS) at the University at Buffalo, in conjunction with the Departments of Theatre Dance, Media Study, and English, presented the week of plays from April 23rd through April 29th as part of its ongoing mission to integrate digital technology, interactive fiction, virtual reality, and embodied performance. Within the IPS, Parks plays take on new dimensions through digital characters, audience interaction, and live dancers and actors. The IPS production of 365 Days/365 Plays occurred in two performance, April 26-27, 2007 in the Intermedia Performance Studio at the University at Buffalo. http://ips.buffalo.edu/?p=19 

Performances :

  • April 26-27, 2007

Reviews :

  • Buffalo News 20 April 2007, p.14
  • 365 National Newsletter (Yale University), April 2007

Torn Space Theater: 2010 – present

Production Dramaturgy

Since 2009, I have collaborated with the Torn Space Theatre as production dramaturge. Contributions include dramaturgical research, production advising, program notes, and coordination of related events (ex., Marvin Carlson’s visit and lecture in association with Emperor and Galilean, 2012). Past productions with the theater include:

Emperor and Galilean by Henrik Ibsen adapted by Neil Wechsler from translation by Brian Johnston (2012)

The Outlaw Show, collaboration by Torn Space Theater and The Real Dream Cabaret (2012)

Aunt Dan and Lemon by Wallace Shawn (2011)

Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen by Caryl Churchill (2010)

Recent Posts

Theatre, Dance & Performance Online

A regularly updating list of online theatre, dance and performances. Many are free or low cost, but your access may vary by location. I will continue to update whenever I have new information.

New!

Support global theatre graduate students by scanning and sharing your personal library with grads through the Personal Library Loan site. Thanks to Chris Woodworth for this great initiative.

Upcoming: Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Monday, March 30 at 7pm EDT.

Lists & Collections

  • Ollie Jones’ google doc of Theatre Resources here. Thank you, Ollie! (twitter: @oelj)
  • Society of American Archivists Performing Arts Section google doc here.
  • Kalle Westerling’s (ever the excellent online resource) online calendar of events here.
  • New York Theatre moving online here. Thanks to Jonathan Mandall for these!
  • Playwrights offering writing workshops online. More here.

Online Plays & Performances (Collections, ongoing)

  • The Globe and Mail has a list here.
  • The Observer has a list here.
  • The Guardian has a list here. (Updated March 25)
  • The New York Times has a list here.
  • The Art Newspaper has a list of online & virtual exhibits here.

Individual Performances

Digital Reads & Audiobooks

Other

 

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