Roles: Co-Producer, Co-director, Experience Design, Sound Design, Music, Video, Photgraphy, Projections.
Content devised in collaboration with the ensemble: Josh Aterovis, Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Alex Vernon
For "Musaeum," Submersive formed a team of over twenty artists to transform all four floors of The Peale Center into a museaum of artifacts from another planet. Every show night was the "Grand Opening" of H.T. Darling's exhibiton of aquistions from the planet New Galapagos, including his prized possession: The Humanoid Specimen. The audience was greeted as members of high society and museum supporters, thus implicating them in the proceedings. Our guests had free rein to explore the space and follow any of the many narratives that played out over a two and a half hour period. The story, as told through a science fiction lens, allowed us to simultaneously celebrate our love for museums while delving unflinchingly into the dark themes of colonialization and cultural appropriation.
In term of experience design, it is always my goal to present a world that is larger than one person can percieve in a single viewing. Audience members who returned to "Musaeum" reported seeing what seemed like a completely different series of events, and even those who returned upwards of a dozen times said that they were still discovering new things. While we encouraged a very open collaborative environment, I used my roles as Producer and Co-director to keep pushing in the direction of a broadening mystery with no easy answer or resolution. In keeping the audience at the center, we place a high degree of trust for them to discover meaning for themselves rather than provide easy answers that could shut down their own meaning-making.
"...an exciting example of how historic spaces can be animated and made accessible through artistic experiences."
"Best Of Baltimore:
Best Theatrical Experience"
-Baltimore City Paper
“I was blown away by the quality of the work.”
-J. Wynn Rousuck, WYPR
"Museums spend years acquiring the sort of artifacts Submersive Productions assembled for this show. It’s one thing to stage a show in a real museum – quite another to flesh out an empty one."