Interactive Deep Dive

A pop-up research lab

for next-gen leaders

of applied interactive story

The Interactive Deep Dive brings together a team of 10 artist/researchers in Austin, Texas from August 2017 through April 2018 to conduct training, research, and development in the field of interactive story. Programming includes monthly playtests, bi-monthly industry meetups, and culminates with a national showcase.

Come play!

Dec 12 - 14<br />
Digital Puppeteering
Dec 12 - 14
Digital Puppeteering

Play scenes with living digital characters in simulation and entertainment applications.

Mar 10 - 13<br />
Mar 10 - 13

A multi-day narrative weaving fiction through the real-life landscape of Austin, Texas.

April 28-29, May 5-6<br />
April 28-29, May 5-6

Become the “prima dancer” with professional dancers, musicians, and designers.

What’s your interest?

Connect your organization with the outreach programs and playtests of the Deep Dive.
Become a community partner and give your organization the opportunity to participate in the outreach programming of the Interactive Deep Dive.
Performance / Technology
Learn how you can work with the Interactive Deep Dive Artist/Research team.
If you're a performer, artist, or technologists interested in working alongside the Interactive Deep Dive artist/research team, contact us.
Creative Partnership
Acquire the inside track on cutting-edge discoveries about applied interactive story.
Help set the research agenda for the Deep Dive team, and see interactive story content developed for your applications and technologies.

Deep Dive Programs


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.

The Deep Dive Team

  • Benjamin Nathan-Serio Deep Dive Team

    a freelance actor-voice artist and the founder of MAD Improv, Madrid’s only English Improv troupe.

  • Carlo D’Amore Deep Dive Team

    an award-winning actor, Drama Desk nominated director – interested in pushing boundaries of what live entertainment can be

  • Christy Casey Deep Dive team

    a performer and producer developing audience experiences that balance social issues with commercial appeal

  • Joanna Harmon Deep Dive Team

    a producer, director, actor whose aesthetic blends theater and dance, narrative and lyricism

  • Kevin Percival Deep Dive Team

    a performer, writer, and arts educator with a focus on alt-abled communities

  • Matson Duncan Deep Dive Team

    a cultural leadership consultant and performer utilizing elements of music and theater for storytelling that engage the audience

  • Olivia Jimenez Deep Dive Team

    a theater-maker, an educator, a community activist, and a student and teacher of yoga

  • Paige Keane Deep Dive Team

    an actor, writer, mover, ESL teacher, language enthusiast – interested in bridging the gap between audience and actors

  • Tessa Goodnight Deep Dive Team

    an interactive performer developing theatre experiences that allow participants to engage in self-exploration

Deep Dive Director

Jeff WirthJeff 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.

Deep Dive Sponsors

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

Yellow Bike Project logo

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

Deep Dive Creative Partners

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Creative Partner - Eploratorium
Creative Partner - FIEA
The Go Game
Hideout Theatre
Creative Partner - Man Made Music and Ecco VR
Creative Partner - Remniscent

Deep Dive Advisory Board

The curriculum for the Interactive Deep Dive is designed with the advice and input of national leaders from across a spectrum of disciplines.

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