December 10, 2021
Megan Reilly of UW â€“ Madison has been selected to the inaugural cohort of the Experience Design Certificate Program by Odyssey Works.
Reilly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Drama at the School of Education.
The 10-month low-residency program is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of experiment design and present them to an engaged and vibrant community. Participants will meet virtually for weekly small-group classes and collaborations starting in January 2022.
The program will conclude with a presentation of original works in New York in November 2022.
The cohort is a diverse and international group, comprising academics, artists, immersive technologists, scientists, marketers, and more. What unites them, says Odyssey Works, is a “shared vision of how designing experiences could transform their fields.”
Reilly’s research focuses on actor-audience relationships in virtual reality performances, design in virtual space, and ethical issues in immersive theater. The program, she says, “will give me a chance to deepen this practice by learning more about how to create performances with interactive narratives.”
â€œI’ve been researching and writing about immersive performance for the past seven years, and experience design is where it really intersects in my mind with my main focus on scene design,â€ explains Reilly. â€œTheater is a very intimate and subtle art form that can touch anyone in unexpected ways. Above all, I want to create environments that foster connections between the audience and the performers who come from a place of care for the people involved and allow different experiences, â€she adds.
Since 2001, Odyssey works has created immersive and lasting experiences “for one audience”. The Odyssey Works team is made up of artists from dozens of disciplines who study an individual’s life and use whatever means necessary to create intimate and meaningful performances that last for days, weeks or months, and occur not on a stage but intertwined with a person’s life.
Learn more about the 2022 Experience Design Certificate Program Cohort.