Artistic Freedom Vs. Artistic Responsibility Forum – Neutral is as Neutral Does

About a week ago, on Monday, August 19th, I attended a forum for theatre artists, other artists, and the community called the Forum for Artistic Freedom vs. Artistic Responsibility. There’s lots of good write-ups about the discussion, including: Mikado, yellowface debate at Seattle Repertory Theatre forum All the coverage of “Mikado, yellowface” in the news […]

Digital and Analog

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a nerd, both for theatre and video games. I kind of love technology and think it’s amazing, but my craft is in theatre. I’m not a stage technician or engineer of any sort, either – I’m a director and dramaturg, with occasional forays into writing and acting. That’s pretty analog […]

Working Artists in the US

I didn’t participate in this survey, but I think – between the day job, theatre work, and some other pursuits – I count as a working artist. That’s kinda cool. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a survey recently stating that there are “2,081,735 million artists in the United States, identified by the occupation […]

Theatrical Level Up

I just started playing Ingress, Google’s augmented reality game, yesterday. I’m hooked. While the game itself is basically glorified Capture-the-Flag, and appeals to people roughly my age and a little younger because it is one more reason to bury your nose in your phone, there’s several interesting aspects to it. One, I noticed, has been […]

It has a name!

Transmedia storytelling!  “Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies, and is not to be confused with traditional cross-platform media franchises,[1] sequels or adaptations.” Beautiful. I love it. I want to do it. Thank you, Robert Matney, for your HowlRound article “Hacking […]

Waive Your Hands in the Air

I ran across an article from The Atlantic a few days ago, called “A Brief History of Applause, the ‘Big Data’ of the Ancient World,” that described applause as the original method of gathering “big data” about audiences and what they want – the caveat, of course, is that now we also have Facebook “likes,” […]

Algorithmic Theatre

This weekend, On the Boards is offering a show called “A Piece of Work (formerly False Peach)”. The show, per it’s website write-up, mixes live performance and AI software. As part of the show’s run, OtB will also offer a master class with Annie Dorsen, who created the show. Dorsen has created basically a new […]