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  • Date and time: Sunday 9 June 2024, 7pm to 8pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Meet the creative team behind immersive virtual music performances in the metaverse and enjoy a live demo.

The innovative MT Space Project, led by Mary Stewart-David of the University of York, UK and Robert Mark Morgan of Washington University, St Louis, USA, brings together virtual musical theatre practitioners and researchers from across the globe.

Come along and meet key team members online to discover how interactive and immersive musical theatre performance can be produced live in virtual reality or sequenced in Unreal Games Engine using simple virtual production techniques for filmmaking.

As part of the event, you’ll be invited to enter a frame space, where you’ll appear as an avatar on screen. Walk around the audience seating, stage and backstage areas, and see how scenes and props can be changed with a simple click.

Suitable for ages 13+.

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

You may also be interested in joining one of the in-person ‘Making Musicals in the Metaverse: Live demo’ sessions on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 June, as well as attending the LUMA Film Festival and the Interactive Media Showcase.  

Find out more about the MT Space Project: Making musicals in the metaverse.

Image credit: Robert Mark Morgan

About the speakers

Mary Stewart-David is the creative force behind the Immersical®, an innovative system of narrative design and construction for multi-modal musicals staged in interactive and immersive spaces. Currently she is a PhD researcher with Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, looking at writing and producing new works of virtual musical theatre in the metaverse. In collaboration with Audio Lab at York, Mary is investigating new ways of reducing audio latency to enable and enhance live musical performance across networks at the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at the University of York, where she is currently spinning out her research into a tech start-up, focussed in R&D around live and recorded virtual performance systems.

Robert Mark Morgan is a creativity and design speaker, professor, designer, and author of The Art of Scenic Design: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process whose designs have been seen all over the USA and Canada. Rob is in his thirteenth year of teaching on the topics of design and creativity at Washington University in St. Louis to undergraduates from all backgrounds and teaches multiple classes on theatrical design, production, and technologies. He has designed professionally in the areas of theatre, film, museum, and theme park venues. His designs have been seen onstage in the USA nationally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena (Buffalo, NY), Childrens Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN), Cleveland Play House, the MUNY – St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco.


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