August 2017 – April 2018
9 Participants – Austin, Texas
The Interactive Deep Dive was a 9-month laboratory that brought together 9 next-generation leaders in the field of applied interactive story and performance. Programming included training, workshops, playtests, industry meetups, and culminated with a showcase project presented during South By Southwest.
Jeff Wirth conceived and directed the Interactive Deep Dive. As the Director of the Interactive PlayLab, Jeff 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 generously donated the studio space that became 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 provided bicycles for the Deep Dive team’s transportation. At the end of the Deep Dive, these bikes were 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.
Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, University of Central Florida
Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University
Director of Educational / Training Programs for TLE TeachLivE, University of Central Florida
Founder, Chief Scientist, All These Worlds, LLC
Founder, Personal Foundation
Founder/Director, Digital Storytelling Lab, Columbia University