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Adrienne Mackey

Assistant Professor, Acting, Directing & Devising
Adrienne Mackey

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Adrienne Mackey joins the UW School of Drama in winter, 2021 as Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing & Devising.

Adrienne is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the potential of performance and play. With her company, Swim Pony, she’s created works including SUVIVE!  - a 22,000 sq-ft interactive science installation; THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL at Eastern State Penitentiary; WAR OF THE WORLDS, with Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio; and THE END – a month-long mixed reality game exploring fears about mortality. She’s the originator of CROSS POLLINATION, a residency program in which 32 artists took part in documented interdisciplinary collaborations and also writes for Swim Pony’s blog, boasting 50,000 views. She’s now developing TRAILOFF – a mobile app using GPS to embed stories on nature trails; WATER LOGGED!, a wildlife card game with the Alliance for Watershed Education; and an ecological table-top role-play for Fairmount Waterworks. Mackey holds an MFA in game/theater from Goddard, has received an Independence Fellowship and two Knight Arts Challenges. She is also a classically trained soprano, former chemist, faculty member of Pig Iron's Devised Theatre MFA and sings funk and soul backup vocals as "The Truth" for Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket.