Deep Dive into Interactive Performance

Joanna Harmon and Tyler Olsen develop the relationship plot of “The Poker Project,” a playtest for 5 participants developed by The Interactive Deep Dive in collaboration with Live Action Set.

Jeff Wirth returns to the Barn in August to teach Improvisational, Immersive, and Interactive Performance.

Jeff’s currently steeped in an exciting, intensive project, “The Interactive Deep Dive” in Austin, Texas wherea team of 10 artist-researchers have been gathered since August 2017 to conduct training, research, and development in the field of interactive story.
The work of the Deep Dive members invites unrehearsed participants to co-create alongside a team of inter-actors to explore and discover the untapped potential of reclaiming our ability to play as active players, even as protagonist, in the narrative itself.

We caught up with one of the Deep Dive artist researchers, Joanna Harmon, to ask about her experience working side-by-side with Jeff over the past year. 

Two spect-actor participants and the main creators of an interactive performance, “OpenMind,” which was co-produced by Meow Wolf and presented during SXSW.

“Jeff is a special breed of person. Not simply does he teach but, more importantly, he guides and never fails to inspire. Jeff’s sensitive awareness of the intricacies of human nature fosters joy and courage, commitment and play.”

“Jeff has inspired the creation of numerous interactive projects that have expanded the understanding of how the relationship between audience and performer can inspire people to become more individually empowered and collectively connected.”
We’re SUPER excited to host Jeff for a week-long, intensive workshop this August. Spaces are limited, so don’t miss your opportunity to dive into this exciting field of performance!

Residency Artists Prepare for Toronto Fringe

Last summer, Animacy Theatre Collective’s Show Incubation Residency spawned a new touring production, Upstream Downtown, which will preview at Toronto Clown Festival this June before premiering at the Toronto Fringe in August.

The show will be directed by Martha Ross, co-founder of Toronto’s Theatre Columbus who helped to foster Canada’s devised theater scene with numerous award winning productions such as Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.

Upstream Downtown, is a research-based, clown/bouffon multimedia play exploring salmon-human relations in the Greater Toronto Area through an eco-feminist lens.

Alexandra told us that, the “Celebration Barn Theater Residency was essential in the development of Upstream Downtown. We discovered themes, characters, and a hybrid performance style that has come to define our work. The residency offered us a place to focus, the freedom to take risks, and perhaps most importantly, a chance to share our work in development with others artists and theatre goers.”

Apply for a Show Incubation Residency Today!