School of Drama Associate Professor Scott Magelssen serves as guest blogger this week. Scott’s current research is on interactive performance events in which participants are immersed into live, simulated, experiential environments and take on active roles in those environments. Using the term “simming,” borrowed from online and computer gaming, Scott considers the ways these events, while used for varying purposes (educational, entertainment, business, military, etc.), use tools from theatre and performance to help make meaning for the producers and participants. Examples range from interactive Underground Railroad reenactments at living history museums, prom-season mock drunk-driving crashes and funerals at high schools, and large scale, government-sponsored terrorism attack drills at the local and national levels. Here, Scott gives us the first look into what’s piquing his interest now and what he’ll be investigating next.
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