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Innovations in Empathy

Exploring Immersive Performance in the Pandemic Era

Immersive performance has exploded in the past decade with commercial endeavors such as Sleep No More and Meow Wolf. This workshop will examine social-change-focused works in the immersive sphere, with the goal of examining how these works of art create engagement and foster empathy in their audience members. Participants will engage in small group exercises to test out immersive engagement techniques, and design a mini-experience for a fellow participant. No artistic experience is required.

Workshop Time and Date: Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. CT
Workshop Lead: Margo Gray ’05

Meet Margo

Margo Gray is an experience designer and theatre maker based in Minnesota. Gray is the producing artistic director of Playable Artworks, a nonprofit that creates interactive and immersive experience spanning the live and the digital that are designed to build participants' empathy for unfamiliar experiences. Gray has created theatrical work ranging from new plays to opera to children's theatre, including her very first immersive show as a senior at Grinnell. Gray was a Fulbright Fellow at the Moscow Art Theatre School and holds a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Carnegie Mellon University, in addition a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Grinnell.

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Saturday November 21
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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