Algorithmic Theater

Bryn Mawr College

2020
$360,000

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Yesterday Tomorrow, created and directed by Annie Dorsen, presented at La MaMa, New York City, 2016. Photo by Maria Barnova.

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The Great Outdoors, created and directed by Annie Dorsen, presented at Live Arts Bard, 2017. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

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The Great Outdoors, created and directed by Annie Dorsen, presented at Live Arts Bard, 2017. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Theater artist Annie Dorsen will interrogate the consequences of digital communication and confusion about appearances, illusions, fakes, and copies in a new piece developed during a multi-year residency at Bryn Mawr College. The piece will build on her decade of work in what she calls “algorithmic theater,” using custom algorithms to generate and develop scripts and situating the digital world’s influence on our everyday lives in dialogue with classical dramatic form. The residency will also comprise performances of four of Dorsen’s past works—Hello Hi There, A Piece of Work, Yesterday Tomorrow, and The Great Outdoors—as well as artist talks, a convening of scholars and artists in the technology field, and a publication serving as an archive of both Dorsen’s productions and the most pressing concerns raised during the convening. 

The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.