In early 2019, I formed a theatre company with four other students at Cal Poly: Spork in the Road Theatre Company. Four months later, we opened our first, original production.
The State of Being Happy was really the first show of its kind: a live piece of theatre where the audience made decisions for the characters onstage in real time. This was facilitated by a web application that I wrote, as well a piece of software that interfaced with existing theatre control systems, which enabled fluid lighting and video shifts based off audience decisions. My team and I hung 12 individual video screens which were powered by two eGPUs connected to a Mac Mini (that also hosted the polling software for interfacing with the audience).
As producer, I acquired funds for the production via a combination of the Cal Poly Connect Grant and a crowdfunding campaign. I also managed renting the theatre and other production logistics.
I also did the lighting, sound, and projection design for the show.
- Writer: Grantland Tracy
- Director: Emily Kluger
- Production Designer: Sammy Boyarsky
- Producer and Digital Designer: Ethan Kusters
- Stage and Production Manager: Tricia Navigato