for next-gen leaders
of applied interactive story
Selected through a national application process, the Deep Dive artist/research team trains, conducts research, teaches workshops, designs playtests, and presents the final showcase performance.
Monthly interactive playtest experiences are custom-designed for community groups in Austin parks, conference rooms, classrooms, rooftops, basements, galleries, and theatres.
The Deep Dive artist/research team leads workshops for schools, businesses, and community groups throughout Austin, sharing interactive skills relevant to the participants’ special interests.
Industry leaders with a vested interest in interactive story meet with the Deep Dive artist/research team to learn about discoveries made, and to propose future avenues of exploration.
The Interactive Deep Dive culminates with a presentation at a major national festival, showcasing the integration of interactive story, performance, and technology.
Jeff Wirth directs the Interactive Deep Dive. He is the Director of the Interactive PlayLab in New York City, where he conducts training, research, and prototype development in the field of interactive performance. Jeff’s clients have included Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Disney Imagineering. He authored the book, Interactive Acting, and has written and directed over 100 interactive narrative experiences. Jeff served as the Director of the Interactive Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida for 10 years; his eclectic background also includes ballroom dancing, computer programming, and clowning for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Imagine Art has generously donated the studio space that becomes the research laboratory for the Interactive Deep Dive. Established in 1996, Imagine Art is creative incubator where artists gather for art-making and exhibition. Every week, more than 65 artists engage, accessing 10,000 square feet of studios and galleries, creating a diverse and inclusive culture where artists thrive. Imagine Art is a place where every life is a work of art. Learn more at www.imagineart.net.
Austin Yellow Bike Project is providing bicycles for the Deep Dive team’s transportation. At the end of the Deep Dive, these bikes will be returned for others to use. Yellow Bike Project is a volunteer-powered initiative to put bicycles on the streets of Austin and Central Texas by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group. Learn more at www.austinyellowbike.org.