The intersection of theatre and new media technology
has produced new forms of transmedia — intermedial, multisite,
networked, and immersive performances. These performances may
rely on traditional and emerging platforms, haptic and virtual reality
technology, video and music mapping, and/or bodily and sensory
To strengthen both academic and digital competencies, the
course has two interrelated components. In the theoretical part, we will
study the 1935 production of Jumbo and the notions of transmediality it brings
forth, and the ways these transmedialities enlist our interaction, (interspecies)
attachments, and thoughts. In the practical part, we will learn how to use
specific digital tools, such as Google Sites/Scripts, Inform 7, VRChat, and
Blender, required by the transmedia performance
The course is open to all Barnard and Columbia students across academic disciplines. For Theatre/Drama and Theatre Arts majors, it fulfills one of the two required courses in dramatic literature/theatre studies/performance studies.
Course enrollment is limited to 12; permission of instructor given after first class meeting.