Digital Culture On Stage: Creating a Mirror for a New Audience

by Miranda Wright

in National Conference

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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) 

JACQUELINE LAWTON: First, please tell us a bit about yourself and your organization.

MIRANDA WRIGHT: I run an organization called Los Angeles Performance Practice.  We’ve been around since 2010, but picking up a lot of steam in the last 2 years.  LAPP is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community.  We curate and produce the annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival with the Bootleg Theater, and work with independent artists and companies who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement.

JL: Next, please share the title and description of your breakout session, so that folks can find you.

MW: I will be moderating Digital Culture On Stage: Creating a Mirror for a New Audience on Saturday at 9:00am in Sapphire A.  I will lead a conversational panel with artists who are creating work that embraces digital culture in theme and means of production.  We’ll talk about projects that use new technology and media in performance, success stories of attracting young audiences, and the integration of online tools in project administration and production.

JL: Now, what inspired this breakout session?

MW: I figured a large portion of the Theatre | Technology track would focus on highly useful administrative tools.  I wanted to provide an opportunity to learn and discuss the creative side of working with technology in theater.

JL: Finally, what do you hope participants learn from this breakout session?

MW:  I hope participants will be introduced to exciting new work- and new processes of creating work.  I also believe that programming and producing performances that are about digital culture at their core- and responsive to technological and social innovations- will prove to be directly tied to cultivating an expansive new audience for theater.


MIRANDA WRIGHT is a Los Angeles-based theater producer, and Executive Director of Los Angeles Performance Practice, an infrastructure and artists’ network comprised of independent artists and companies who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement. Through LAPP, Miranda produced and curated Live Arts Exchange (LAX), a contemporary performance festival in collaboration with 105 local artists. Specializing in international collaboration, Miranda has produced work with artists and organizations in Havana, Kigali, Kampala, and Prague. Most recently, she produced the English language premiere of You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons (dir. Manuel Orjuela, Colombia) presented by RADAR LA as a site-responsive travelling performance, and the U.S. premiere of Deborah Asiimwe’s Cooking Oil at the ATX: Art + Innovation Center featuring an ensemble from Kampala, Kigali, and Los Angeles.

Miranda is Producer for CalArts Center for New Performance, Associate Producer at AUTOMATA, and co-Founder of The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014 Richard E. Sherwood Award.


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Jacqueline E. Lawton received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener fellow. Her plays include Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: Love Brothers Serenade, Mad Breed and Our Man Beverly Snow. She has received commissions from Active Cultures Theater, Discovery Theater, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, Round House Theatre and Theater J. A 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color, she has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark New Play Development Center. She resides in Washington DC and is a member of Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena. jacquelinelawton.com