Escape. Daydream. Create. Transcend the screen.
Renaissance: Technically invites audiences to climb inside the window of technology as we spin our way into digital storytelling. This project is the first step in an ongoing experiment that strives to blur the edges between the digital world and real life, and investigate the very process of creating and experiencing art. Nine dynamic artists — including poets, musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists — have come together to devise this virtual theater event. Join us for a multifaceted journey in progress, with a choose-your-own-adventure twist.
“Historically, in times of crisis and/or despair, it is the artists that move us forward. We make the impossible tangible and dreams attainable. We are again, in this country, in this world, in a time of grave crisis. Again, the artists are rising up to remind us that anything is possible. And the medium we have is technology. We are in a renaissance, around technology.” - Lead Artist Josie Seid
- There may be optional audience participation.
- There will be a post-show discussion with the artists immediately following the performance.
Josie Seid on the Creative Team:
“We have visual artists, we have musicians, we have poets, we have people who dance, we have actors, we have singers — so anything can happen. When you get that kind of juice in the room, and all those different kinds of lenses, you have this glorious kaleidoscope of work that’s going to happen.”
“We have visual artists, we have musicians, we have poets, we have people who dance, we have actors, we have singers — so anything can happen. When you get that kind of juice in the room, and all those different kinds of lenses, you have this glorious kaleidoscope of work that’s going to happen.” - Lead Artist Josie Seid on the Creative Team
Before joining Portland Center Stage, Chip held the role of artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre for seven years, where their directing credits included School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear City, Sex with Strangers, and A Raisin in the Sun. Beyond KCRep stages, directing credits include Becoming Martin by Kevin Willmott (world premiere, The Coterie Theatre), dwb: driving while black (Lawrence Arts Center), and 4:48 Psychosis (The Buffalo Room). Chip has developed work with playwrights including Kevin Willmott, Kara Lee Corthron, Brittany K. Allen, Catherine Trieschmann, Darren Canady, Andrew Rosendorf, Michelle T. Johnson, and Michael Finke. They have developed work at The William Inge Theater Festival, NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences, Orlando Shakes’ Playfest, Midwest Dramatists Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s OriginKC: New Works Festival, and Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival. Chip has a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Kristen was born and raised on the island of Oahu and has worked as a fight choreographer, stage manager, and teacher in the Portland theater community for the past eight years. She graduated with a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University and has worked professionally with Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Defunkt Theatre, and many more. She has been recognized for her fight choreography four times by the Portland Drammy's and is a proud AEA stage manager.
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