Category: Findings

Alcatraz: Art Behind Bars

Posted on October 7th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

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Alcatraz–Art Behind Bars is an immersive theatrical experience inspired by the real stories and histories of Alcatraz Island. Four ReDesigning Theater Summer Fellows worked with performance, visual, and digital artists to transform San Francisco’s iconic landmark into an immersive adventure for 302 guests on October 30th, 2013.

The theatrical experience started before guests arrived at the dock.  They purchased tickets to the event through a Kickstarter page, where they were introduced to two characters who would be their leaders throughout the night.  After pledging to Kickstarter, guests received a Prison Passport kit where they forged their own passport that would serve as their ticket to the event.

At the dock on the night of the event, guests were checked in and ushered onto the boat by a prison guard and 12 characters. [Read More] Read More »


Posted on October 6th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

This project was funded by the ReDesigning Theater Seed Grant

Violet: The Musical, tells the story of a woman who travels cross-country to seek treatment for a wound inflicted in her childhood. Originally produced in 1997 and set in the 1964 South, Violet is meant to be staged as though the characters are on a bus.  So it made perfect sense to transform the audience experience by putting them on an actual bus and driving them around campus.  During this experience, the characters were actually in that authentic environment, along with the audience, such that the audience could understand Violet’s journey first-hand. Instead of traveling cross-country, the bus stopped at campus locations where certain scenes were performed off the bus.


Featured on PLAYBILL VIP SPOTLIGHT:  Stanford Students Are On a Roll With Violet, Staged on a Moving Bus

“We have a phenomenal grant program [at Stanford] called [Read More] Read More »

Alpha Society

Posted on October 5th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

A multi-level audience experience 

March 14, 2013
ReDesigning Theater class final prototype

Design principles/questions:

The Winter 2013 ReDesigning Theater class combined a number of its various learnings from research and earlier prototypes to create Design Prototype 3: The Alpha Society.  Some questions it addressed included:

– How can you create multiple audience experiences?
– How can you curate an audience that will be engaged in the event?
– How do you build a community before and after the show?
– How do you extend an experience beyond the actual “performance”?
– How can you create a meaningful experience that also fits into the busy schedules of students?

The multi-level audience

Unlike more traditional theater experiences where all audience members have roughly the same experience, this prototype intentionally divided the audience into 2 groups: the Stanford Mystery Society and a regular audience.

Stanford Mystery Society

Half of the audience had been engaged in a [Read More] Read More »


Posted on October 4th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

This project was funded by the ReDesigning Theater Seed Grant

The creators of Titus combined a modern poetic reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with a “choose your own adventure” format that allowed the audience to choose a character to follow throughout the story.  It was staged at Stanford’s Lake Lagunita, and audience members followed a guide who lead them through the story line of one character.  Each night had one show before sunset and one after sunset, where audience members carried flashlights to guide their journeys.  Many audience members stayed for two shows in a row or came back multiple nights to experience different story lines.

From the Producer:

It was a performance of a modern poetic reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The play was set on Stanford’s Lake Lagunita where characters traveled around the lake to different locations to perform different scenes. This meant several scenes happened simultaneously [Read More] Read More »

Stanford Mystery Society

Posted on October 3rd, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

The Stanford Mystery Society was founded in 1974, following mysterious circumstances on campus. Holding true to the tenants of curiosity, vigilance, and tenacity, the SMS strives to reach beyond the ordinary to solve the mysteries of Stanford. The founding members envisioned an adventurous set of students from all disciplines working together to learn about Stanford’s history while taking part in some of the campus’s little-known wonders. Alongside rigorous academic and social lives on campus, agents inducted into the Stanford Mystery Society join an organization of mystery enthusiasts committed to exploring this great campus. Together, they aim to share the full “Stanford experience,” truly appreciating all the magic that this campus has to offer, while preserving it for those observant enough to join the quest in years to come.

[title of show]

Posted on October 2nd, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

This project was funded by the ReDesigning Theater Seed Grant

[title of show] is a minimalist musical comedy.  The story follows Jeff and Hunter, who are two guys writing a musical…about two guys writing a musical.  Unlike traditional musicals, [title of show] is self-reflexive, allowing the viewer the opportunity to pull back the curtain on the process of creating a grassroots show.  The show is designed to give the audience the feeling that they’re watching it as it’s being created.

From the Producer

Project Goal:

There were two goals I had with this project:

1) Give the non-artists in the community a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of putting together a show.

2) Give the artists in the community a story in which they could see themselves, and which would in turn, inspire them to create their own works.

Reflection/Audience Reception:

A basic evaluation of [title of show] [Read More] Read More »


Posted on October 1st, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

d.Lobby was produced on August 29th at the Sigma Chi house on the Stanford campus as part of the ReDesigning Summer Fellowship 2012.

This prototype was based on these four design principles, with a heavy focus on the third.

Design Principles:

Events don’t have fixed start/end times but rather begin in social spaces, digital and physical. They end gradually over days as photos, comments, and discussion pertaining to the physical even happens.

Events have a real-time physical and digital reality.

Crowd forming is now a combination of real time and digital/virtual time negotiation:

1) There is more data about what’s happening

2) There is more personal marketing that brings people to events (i.e. text messages, instagram, etc)

3) There is more flexibility in regards to ticketing. People are not only waiting until the day of to decide to attend an event [Read More] Read More »


Posted on September 30th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

This project was funded by the ReDesigning Theater Seed Grant

VODVIL reinvented the magic show by delving deep into magic’s rich and obscure past, rediscovering forgotten illusions, and presenting them as part of an intimate theatrical experience. This show was created in contrast to magic today, which seems confined to large scale spectacles presented by David Copperfield, or television specials presented by David Blaine. Drawing on the theme of vaudeville, a goal of this show was to present a style of magic that has all but disappeared with time; a wondrous revival.  Sections of the show were performed at TEDx Stanford in the Spring of 2013 with potential follow up performances over the summer in Los Angeles.

Watch clips from the show here:

Read an article on Andrew Evans and the production here: At the Intersection of Magic and Design: Andrew Evans.

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The Red Couch Project

Posted on September 27th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

This project was funded by the ReDesigning Theater Seed Grant

The Red Couch Project is a student-run production collective that captures the arts at Stanford in an online video series. The project utilizes mass media to publicize upcoming artists while simultaneously preserving the intimacy of a living room concert.

From the Producer:

Project Goal: To experiment with two things:

1) Two different kinds of performance artists collaboratively improvising off one another. We recorded a session of a cellist, a guitarist, and dancer improvising off one another in an empty yoga studio: “Hues and Calm.”

We also did another session with a jazz pianist/singer and a dancer in the, entitled “Looking for a Villain.”

2) To explore the perspective of a performance artist while he/she/them is performing, using several GoPros all recording at one time. We did this with a couple who did an Acro Yoga routine, [Read More] Read More »

Prototype 1

Posted on February 6th, by Shringa Murali in Findings. No Comments

I learnt a lot about how to create a show, and how a show involves not only the performers, but the audience and the environment as well. It is a successful amalgam of all these components that creates the perfect show.

I liked how all the members of the team managed to bring all there ideas out, and everyone was accepting of these ideas. This is the best way to brainstorm and build on creative ideas.

I wish there could have been a better way for all the teams to get together and interact more, so that there would be a cross pollination of ideas.