Panel: The Interacting Audience

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This panel explores themes of audience interactivity, authentic invitation, high-risk versus low risk interactivity, directed versus self-directed interactivity, and laying out the rules of engagement.

Moderator

Adrienne Wong

Adrienne Wong's work straddles theatrical and digital space. She has performed in former morgues, current science centres, art galleries in the middle of the night, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Web projects include The Apology Generator, which earned her the inaugural Artist in Residence position on CBC Radio's Q, and SadSongs.ca, commissioned by Nightswimming Theatre in Toronto.

Other radio work includes writing, performing in and directing plays, and contributing to North by Northwest and The Afternoon Show, all out of CBC Radio Vancouver. Landline (created with Dustin Harvey) is a performance for audio recording and SMS that toured nationally and internationally for five years. Me On The Map (created with JD [Jan] Derbyshire) is a kids’ show about urban planning and collective decision-making. It received a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination in Vancouver and was selected for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 2017 Playwrights Lab. Adrienne's writing has been published in Canadian Theatre Review, CdnTimes, and the anthology Asian Canadian Theatre.

Adrienne was Artistic Producer at Neworld Theatre in Vancouver until 2013, where she commissioned and produced 11 "podplays" in partnership with Playwrights Theatre Centre and Martin Kinch. Currently, she is Artistic Producer of SWS Performance, Festival Director of the Festival of Live Digital Art (foldA), and also co-edits the SWS online magazine CdnTimes. Now living in Banff, Alberta, Adrienne holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts.

Speakers

Alex McLean

Alex McLean is a theatre devisor, director, and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a co-artistic director of Halifax’s acclaimed Zuppa Theatre Co., with whom he has co-written and directed 15 original shows, most recently The Archive of Missing Things and Pop-Up Love Party, which have toured internationally, and This is Nowhere—a large-scale live/digital performance supported by the Canada Council’s New Chapter Program.

Alex’s work has toured throughout Canada, in the U.S., and U.K. With Ker Wells he was a founding member of Number Eleven Theatre, with whom he co-created and performed The Prague Visitor and Icaria (1998-2006). In 2005 he was a lead artist of the International Theatre Institute’s Moving Stage Labin Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alex holds an M.A. from the University of Toronto and was a student of University of King’s College, Double Edge Theatre, Primus Theatre, and École Philippe Gaulier. He has worked on projects with Opera Nova Scotia, Vertical City Performance, Eastern Front Theatre, The International Agatha Christie Festival, Dalhousie Theatre Department, Rising Tide Theatre, and Two Planks and a Passion. A specialist in collaborative creation, he has published articles in Canadian Theatre Review, WORKS, New Canadian Drama, and Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English.

Dr. Jenn Stephenson

Jenn Stephenson is Professor in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. Her recent book is Insecurity: Perils and Products of Theatres of the Real (UTP, 2019). Performing Autobiography: Contemporary Canadian Drama received CATR’s Ann Saddlemyer Award in 2013. Recent articles have appeared in Theatre Journal and Theatre Research in Canada

Jenn is Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Theatre Review. Her current research project is called “play/PLAY: dramaturgies of participation.”

Milton Lim

Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based artist whose output spans performance, new media, dance, installation, and video art. His work is engaged with global politics, the cataloguing / archiving / indexing of public data, and resource allocation. These thematic interests are bolstered by a continued interest in game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency content.

Milton holds a BFA (Hons.) in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. He is Co-Artistic Director of Hong Kong Exile, an Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy, the recipient of the 2016 Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work, and the recent Artist-in-Residence with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2016-18).

Dr. Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta is a professor of learning sciences and research chair of STEM education at the University of Calgary. His research and creative practice involves the creation of public technologies, spaces, and experiences of open source computational science through immersive, embodied, and collective engagement.

His work has been installed at the Cullman Research Gallery, MoMA, New York, Telus SPARK Science Centre, Studio Bell - The National Music Centre, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is the recipient of the CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation and a Paul D. Fleck fellowship from the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.