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Beyond Screens: Playable Theatre – Re-Connect Special – The Theatre Game Connection
April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
IndieCade finalists and friends discuss how methods, techniques and interaction aesthetics from games are being used to inform the creation of online theatre and performative experiences. Featuring Capital W’s Monika Miklas and Lauren Ludwig, AOTW’s Tommy Honton and Dacha Theatre’s Kate Drummond and Nick O’Leary
Monica Miklas creates boundary-pushing lived experiences that inspire empathy for self, other, and planet. Monica’s work in immersive theatre experiments with form to connect audiences to personal stories illuminating the biggest issues we face as humans: climate change, grief, spirituality, hope. As the co-founder of the radical theatre collaborative Capital W, Monica has produced award-winning projects include Red Flags and Rochester, 1996. In Fall 2020, she wrote and starred in the immersive audiowalk Fire Season. Monica is a co-founder of the League of Experiential and Immersive Artists, an aerial instructor and performer, and a crafting enthusiast.
Lauren Ludwig is a writer/director who specializes in immersive theater, comedy, and creating communities for artists. She co-founded the radical theatre collaboration Capital W, and has written and directed over seven shows with the group, including the award-winning Hamlet-Mobile, Red Flags, and Rochester, 1996. When not making her own work, Lauren loves helping other artists birth theirs; she was the Director of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and is the co-founder of Wayward, a retreat in the Canadian wilderness for artists of marginalized genders.
Tommy Honton is writer and experience designer specializing in the intersection of interactivity and narrative. He has produced work around the world for audiences of all sizes and regularly lectures about design. He is also the co-creator of the award-winning escape room Stash House and co-founder of the interactive exhibition Museum of Selfies.
Kate Drummond (she/her) is a Seattle-based director, producer, intimacy director, actor, and teaching artist. Kate is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Dacha Theatre, and the Education Director at Jet City Improv. She has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St Louis with focuses in acting and directing, and is a graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theatre Teaching Apprenticeship.
Kate makes work that is sweet, and funny, and heart-wrenching; the tools she reaches for most often are movement, music, whimsy, and nostalgia. Her rehearsal room is playful and radically collaborative, driven by joy, ritual, and dance breaks.
Nick O’Leary is a New York based director of theater and live events. Born and raised in New England, he has developed new work with Guerilla Opera (MA), Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea Theater, The Museum of the Moving Image, Exquisite Corpse Company, The 24 Hour Plays, Dacha Theatre, Sinking Ship Creations, and more. Nick is also a designer and creator of games and interactive experiences. His work with Tiltfactor Laboratory focused on developing games and live interactive experiences designed to effect social change, combat gender bias, and facilitate the sourcing and organization of archival images for public institutions.
IndieCade’s Twitch show exploring work that pushes the boundaries of, or comes entirely off the screen. Genres covered will include participatory theatre, alternate reality and live action roleplaying; escape rooms; Big Games; and alternative controllers. Each hour-long episode will feature an in-depth conversation with creators of these genre-defining games.
Airing noon Pacific on Wednesdays, weekly shows will be co-hosted by organizations and creators in monthly rotation as follows:
- First Wednesday – Playable Theatre – Hosted by the Playable Theatre Project
- Second Wednesday – Escape Rooms – Presented by Room Escape Artists
- Third Wednesday – Big Games – Presented by Come Out and Play
- Fourth Wednesday – Alternative Controllers – with Tatiana Vilela dos Santos and Alistair Aitcheson