Playable Theatre Symposium 2022

The IndieCade/Playable Theatre Live Action Games Online Symposium, taking place in multiple time zones December 3rd-4th, brings together interdisciplinary creators from around the world—from larp, interactive theatre, and pervasive games—to share knowledge, experience and techniques from this emerging artform. This international event will take place over a 24-hour period, and include workshops, playshops, roundtable discussions, global round ups, formal and informal networking/collaboration opportunities.

Targeted to creative practitioners working in immersive and interactive theatre forms, the symposium features inspirational and practical content in a variety of formats.


Playable Theatre Symposium 2021

Last year’s event included:

  • Special keynote with Gary Izzo, author of the pioneering 1997 book The Art of Play
  • Global Round Ups on playable theatre and larping in the UK, China, and Europe
  • In-depth workshops and playshops on topics such as adaptation, acting for interaction, transformative play, and online improvisation with Netprov
  • Discipline-bridging sessions such as “What is…a game designer?” and “What is…a dramaturg?” and “What is…devising?” and a games+theatre terminology word game
  • Creative roundtable discussions
  • Informal networking on Discord, social hours and mealtime drop-ins at the Playable Pony Pub in Gather.Town
  • Featured speakers include:
    • Jason Morningstar, creator of Fiasco and co-author of the Festival award-winning LARP The Lesser Players’ Tale (US)
    • Cat Jones and Julia Ellingboe, creators of The Sleepover (Honey & Hot Wax, SLarpFest)
    • Yan Xie, Archimedes Inspiration (China, UK)
    • Graham Walmsley, creator of the larps Will That Be All and Marinara (UK)
    • Becky Annison, Director of Engagement at The Chancery Lane Project (UK)
    • Tom Mansfield, Upstart Theatre (UK)
    • Kellian Pletcher Adams, Creator of Club Drosselmeyer (US)
    • Jamie Harper, Hobo Theatre (UK)
    • Sharang Biswas, designer of IndieCade award-winner Feast, and editor of nominee Honey & Hot Wax larp anthology (US)
    • Caro Murphy, Creative Director of Incantrix (US) and Co-Executive Director, Playable Theatre
    • Celia Pearce, Co-Executive Director, Playable Theatre (Symposium Chair)

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