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 […]

The Virtual Version of the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture

This past week, I was in virtual attendance at three of the six sessions at the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture. A lot happened at the actual, physical gathering I’m sure, but those of us who attended the summit through the powers of the internet had quite a lively time, as well. I […]

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 […]

Running My Fingers Through the Water: Creating a Play from Scratch with Annex’s and Rain City Projects’s SECOND DATE

It’s nearly April, and it’s been over a month since SECOND DATE, a project co-produced by Annex Theatre and Rain City Projects, ended. It’s taken me awhile to get it together to write about this project, but here we go.   Back in December, I mentioned an email I received proposing the SECOND DATE project […]

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 […]

Audience Engagement In Theatre Creation

I’ve been sitting on the following articles for a few weeks now. Natalie V. Hall’s #2TweetorNot2Tweet Gwydion Suilebhan’s Theatrical Biodiversity Alex Barron on HowlRound’s  Blog – 13P: Easy to Revere, Tough to Recreate And also some good news for Seattle: building 12th Avenue Arts is well underway, and Capitol Hill’s Pike & Pine St corridor […]