21st Century Storytelling
Professional development workshops in
crossmedia performance
The Builders Association
About
The
Builders
The Builders Association is an OBIE-award winning performance and media company based in New York City. For over 20 years, The Builders have been at the forefront of integrating media with live performance.
Our educational programs have engaged diverse groups from a wide range of backgrounds from high schools to professional artists.
“The workshop offered excellent
insight into their process and
the way that technology informs
and shapes the concept.”
— workshop participant
Our
Workshops
Led by members of The Builders Association and designed for emerging and professional artists and media-makers working in a variety of disciplines, these hands-on workshops invite participants to explore not only “how” but “why” we integrate media into live performance.
Drawing from the unique collaborative creative process of The Builders Association, students will engage in observation, discussion, and devising sessions focused on the use of media in creating live performance.
“It was fun to be thrown into
a workshop and get
all the fun and frustration
of working like this.”
— workshop participant
Sample
Workshops
INTRO COURSE
This 1-day course introduces professional artists and media makers working in a variety of live performance disciplines to some of the basic theories and tools for integrating hybrid media elements into theatrical productions.
ADVANCED COURSE
This 1.5-day workshop invites more experienced practitioners and/or students from the intro course to deepen their understanding of various interactive media tools.
“I really took away the strong
community spirit of the ensemble and
the shared values of creative play
to create great work that matters.”
— workshop participant
Contact
The Builders Association
55 Washington Street #312D
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.thebuildersassociation.org
212-274-0446

For booking inquiries, contact erica@thebuildersassociation.org
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About The Builders
Our Workshops
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21ST CENTURY STORYTELLING
Professional development workshops
in crossmedia performance

About The Builders
The Builders Association is an OBIE-award winning performance and media company based in New York City. For over 20 years, The Builders have been at the forefront of the integration of advanced technology and media with live performance. Innovative collaborations are at the heart of Builders productions, which combine media, architecture, light and sound with live performers into an integrated performance aesthetic that has become our signature. The Builders’ focus on “real world” stories as content for our productions — digging into subjects as diverse as Indian call centers, dataveillance, and the recent global economic crisis. We tell these stories through the lens of technology in order to creatively represent the economic, political, and technological forces which affect us daily — to make the invisible visible through the creative potential of multimedia theater.
In addition to established theater artists we have worked across genres with unexpected collaborators such as the architects Diller + Scofidio, the London-based South Asian artists motiroti, The National Center for Supercomputer Applications, and many others. Four of the company's last productions have been seen at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and we have toured extensively internationally to venues including London’s BarbicanTheatre, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, RomaEuropa Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival and the Festival Iberoamericano de Bogota.
Our educational programs have engaged diverse groups from a wide range of backgrounds, from high school to professional artists. We have presented workshops at Columbia University, New York University, University of California Berkeley, Ohio State University Columbus, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Duke University, Gesnerallee Zurich, V2 Rotterdam, and many other institutions.
Our Workshops
Led by members of The Builders Association and designed for emerging and professional artists and media-makers working in a variety of disciplines, these hands-on workshops invite participants to explore not only “how” but “why” we integrate media into live performance.
Drawing from the unique collaborative creative process of The Builders Association, students will engage in observation, discussion, and devising sessions focused on the use of media in creating live performance. Intro and advanced workshops are offered, and can be tailored to a variety of teaching environments from local theaters and performance venues to university classrooms.
Sample Workshops
INTRO COURSE
This 1-day course introduces professional artists and media makers working in a variety of live performance disciplines to some of the basic theories and tools for integrating hybrid media elements into theatrical productions.
Day One — This session begins with a brief history and conversation about the work of OBIE-award winning performance and media company The Builders Association, and introduces participating students to the company’s unique real-time multimedia devising process by staging a brief ‘open rehearsal’. Small groups then go through a series of exercises using media and collaborating on sketches which are used as a springboard for further group development and discussion.
Day Two — Each group shows the work they have developed with hands-on participation from The Builders’ artists and discussion with the entire group.

ADVANCED COURSE
In this advanced workshop, more experienced practitioners and/or students from the intro course will deepen their understanding of various interactive media tools.
Day One — Following brief presentations of the participants’ work, we will examine a Builders production to unpack the idea of "mediaturgy" - not simply how to incorporate media, but the justifications of why this choice is made and its repercussions in a larger context of live performance. Through a series of discussions and group exercises, we will delineate ways in which deploying media influences content, and how disparate elements can be joined to create dramaturgically complex multimedia events.
Day Two — We will present and discuss various interactive media tools available to performance-makers such as Isadora, Max/Jitter, Watch Out and Ableton, and stage some basic uses of these tools. Participants will be challenged to work on short scenes with a variety of software, reflecting on the effects and possibilities of each variation.
A final discussion will sum up the work the participants have proposed, and look ahead to discuss live performance in an increasingly mediatized culture. What does ‘liveness’ have to offer on the stage, online, and in other participatory sites? How can we, as artists, remain focused on the basic values of storytelling in theater? We will conclude with reflections on the essential nature of a live event, the possibility of visionary spectacle, and the creation of meaning in dialogue with an audience.
Leading Artists
MARIANNE WEEMS
is the founding artistic director of The Builders Association and with the company has conceived and created 15 multimedia productions which have toured extensively throughout the world. Over the past 20 years she has worked with other artists as diverse as Susan Sontag, David Byrne, and The Wooster Group. As an educator she is currently developing a new Emerging Media Masters for Carnegie Mellon University in New York City, and for the past six years was the head of Graduate Directing at the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2014 she was also Visiting Lecturer and Director at the Atelier at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. She is the co-editor of Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America (NYU Press 2000) and recently co-authored a book about the company with Shannon Jackson, The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater forthcoming from MIT Press in the fall of 2015.

MOE ANGELOS
has collaborated with The Builders as a performer and writer since the last century and has appeared in several Builders’ productions, in several countries, on several continents. Since 1988, Moe has been one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, and has received a Bessie, an OBIE and other dustable honors. She has been involved with NYC’s WOW Café since 1981 and has appeared in the work of many Way-Off-Broadway luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, to name a few. Moe was a visiting artist instructor at Sarah Lawrence College in the Graduate Theatre department for the 2013/14 academic year. Additionally, she has lectured/taught at: U of Texas, U of Michigan, U of Exeter, SUNY New Paltz, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon, CLAGS/CUNY Grad, Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College, Notre Dame, U of Illinois, Ohio State, UMass, Wesleyan, UNC (Chapel Hill), Vassar, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Harvard, NYU, CalArts, Stadium High (Tacoma), Duke, Loco-Motion Dance Theatre for Children.

JOSHUA HIGGASON
is a video and interactive media designer creating unique live experiences for events, concerts, opera and theater. With The Builders Association he was set designer for Sontag: Reborn and worked on Continuous City, Jet Lag, and House/Divided as Technical Director. Recent designs include Powder Her Face (New York City Opera, Festival Opera de Quebec. Dir Jay Scheib).He has also worked and toured with Sufjan Stevens/Candystations, Big Dance Theater, Jay Scheib, Jim Findlay, Bang on a Can, Pig Iron, and Christine Jones’ Theater for One. He has taught workshops and classes at MIT, Princeton, Duke, Bennington, NYU and LIU.

JESSE GARRISON
is an emerging Los Angeles-based video designer and multimedia artist. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts, studying Video for Performance with a concentration in Integrated Media. His recent stage work includes “Paradise by Design,” directed by Martin Acosta, “Lock and Key,” choreographed by Sophia Stoller and “influentialBody,” choreographed by Andrea Gise, Kristen Smiarowski’s “Key Game” and a workshop production of “Things that Go Bump in the Night” by Katy Alexander. He acted as Associate Video Designer on The Builders Association’s “Sontag:REBORN,” and assisted on “House/Divided.” As an educator, he developed and taught a new curriculum for a two-day Processing and Arduino workshop at the California Institute of the Arts. He led several post-production classes at Downtown Community Television Center, teaching software such as After Effects, Premiere and Final Cut Pro. He’s also taught filmmaking and theatrical skills at several day camps for children ages 7–17.

Other Builders Association company members are available to participate in the workshops on an as-needed basis.
Contact
The Builders Association
55 Washington Street #312D
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.thebuildersassociation.org
erica@thebuildersassociation.org
212-274-0446