Introduction to Immersive Work

Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (ET)
STO STO 106 Multicultural Center (MCC)
Event Type
Workshop/Information Session
Sullivan, Walter H
President's Office

Workshop:  Introduction to Immersive Work
Saturday, February 10
Stokes 106

With Mary Tuomanen and Applied Mechanics

Applied Mechanics makes work that engages all the senses. The Introduction to Immersive Work takes students through the process of creating a fuller experience for the audience member, through mindful use of sound, movement, text and space. The Mechanicians help students transform the raw material of themes and images into theatrical provocations, and experiment on fellow classmates to hone and improve their projects. Students experience the thrill of putting performer and audience in direct contact, learning creative ways to negotiate and mine that relationship.

Mary Tuomanen is a playwright and performer recently named the 2017 F. Otto Haas Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist by Theatre Philadelphia.  She received the inaugural Artist Residency at Christ Church Neighborhood House for her play, Peaceable Kingdom (2017). The play was nominated for 7 Barrymore Awards, receiving honors for outstanding costume design as well as the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award for best particular understanding of our global community.

She alternately attends Friends Meeting of Philadelphia and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.

Applied Mechanics is a radical theater collective which creates intricate, immersive worlds and invites the audience in to watch all the stories that unfold there. They believe that there is more than one story to tell about any given thing: their work depicts many stories at once and invites the audience to choose what to watch.  Their work asks performers and audience to share space, and gives audience members agency and freedom of movement. Their art is an exercise in empathy and transformation. They believe that art can be a powerful force in the struggle against nationalism, fascism, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry. The art they make is part of that fight. More at:

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