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Virtual Theatre: A Collaborative Curriculum for Artists and Technologists

Thursday 4 August, 1:30 - 3 pm
Room 502B

From the beginning, computer graphics research and applications have involved collaborations between professionals in both technical and artistic areas. And collaboration between technicians and artists have been an inherent component of the theatre for centuries. Virtual Theatre merges these two collaborative arenas with the goal of providing a springboard for learning through interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork. The project is geared toward those who want to enter electronic entertainment industries, where successful collaboration between artists and technologists is crucial to the success of a project.

In the spring of 2004, students in three courses worked together to create a virtual theatre production at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This paper describes the collaborative learning approach taken in these courses and discusses the results and issues that emerged.

Joe Geigel
Rochester Institute of Technology
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Marla Schweppe
Rochester Institute of Technology