Excited that my primary collaborator, Open Circle Theatre in the DC metro area, and I will be starting our two-week artist residency at a performance space in Baltimore, Maryland in February 2024 to produce a “Proof of Concept” of The Grieving Project musical! Here are the Highlights!
Brings Live Accessible, Immersive Theatrical Experiences to Those Who Can't Attend Live Theater
Features Innovative, Accessible Tech to Create Comparable Live/Virtual Theatrical Experiences, Including a Digital "Metaverse" Experience
Stage and Film Select Scenes from The Grieving Project and Livestream to "Metaverse"
The Voxel - Baltimore, Maryland February 26th - March 11th, 2024
The show is rooted in the concept of radical accessibility and using technology along with the guiding principle of breaking down barriers to live theater and community. My team and I have been developing The Grieving Project to bring live, accessible, immersive theatre experiences to those like me who can’t attend live theatre. My vision and concept rely heavily on integrating innovative tech to help create comparable live and virtual theatrical experiences. This includes: projections, immersive audio and digital experiences-e.g, engaging with the show in community with others in a metaverse-a virtual space where our audience can interact with a computer-generated environment and other audience members. Our online audience can come into a virtual theatre in the digital metaverse lobby, take a seat, choose their camera angles during a performance like a live audience member would change their gaze, and become a part of the live theatre community. Our goal is to produce a full hybrid stage production in 2026, which will unfold through three distinct phases of development. Phase 1 will be producing a “Proof of Concept” during a two-week artist residency at a performance space in Baltimore, MD, February 26th-March 11th, 2024, to test, stage, film, and livestream to the metaverse, the tech elements envisioned.
We will build in radical accessibility every step of the way. We’ve already hired amazing an Accessibility Director and Director of American Sign Language. We’re also planning on TECH such as:
-Providing auditory and keyboard navigation of digital spaces
-Dynamic captioning (using captioning to describe sounds and music)
-ASL and captioning integration into action of the show
-Audio Description in digital space
And my personal favorite:
I get to participate remotely using a robot (Lisbot) with my team at the theatre in Baltimore!! I’ve already taken Lisbot out for several spins in Maryland, and it is so cool (and surreal) to be able to have and control my own immersive experience from home! Check out this video of folks at The Voxel meeting Lisbot with our team!
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Living with a chronic illness for 15 years, Lisa Sniderman, also known as Aoede, creates, records, and shares her original musicals, art, music, and stories to express, foster healing, elevate, empower and advocate for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities to grieve and thrive. She’s been honored with 100+ awards and accolades for songwriting, albums, films, stage plays, spoken word, books, all while battling a rare, disabling autoimmune disease. (Read More)