In this article, Melissa Hillman states the difference between traditionally immersive versus interactive theatre, and she explains the negative effects of forcing audience members to participate in theatre. Read her post here.
Nicholas Powers recounts his visit to the Kara Walker exhibit at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY. His outburst had to do with how visitors treated the artwork featured at the exhibit and his anger at the lack of curation or education regarding the artwork. Read his account here.
Here’s an interview with Kara Walker regarding the exhibit.
Here’s an interview about the “We Are Here” event that took place at the Domino Sugar Factory.
This is an interview featuring Robert Shelton, a man who worked at the Domino Sugar Factory for 20 years and chose to volunteer at the exhibit.
This article from Arts Professional, a UK magazine, explains how live streaming theatrical performances creates new opportunities in areas such as audience engagement, marketing, fundraising, education and brand awareness. Read the article here.
In this blog post on Performing Bum, theatre artist Starr Hardgrove explains why the term “our audience” is ineffective and general, and he offers suggestions to make audience interaction more personal. Read the blog post here.
This blog post from Edmonton Journal talks about the premiere of Pig Girl, a play by Colleen Murphy, that had its world premiere at the Theatre Network in November. Both the playwright and artistic director of the company, Bradley Moss, have received backlash for the play due to the title, representation of aboriginal women, and the fact that the playwright is caucasian. I think it’s important to note the feedback they received and how Murphy and Moss handled the question and answer session after a Friday night performance. Read the blog post here.
On HowlRound, playwright Lauren Gunderson discusses the violent nature of a recent comment at an audience talkback after one of her play’s performances and how we need to protect our artists. Read the article here.