CNP's production of 'Ah! Opera,' composer David Rosenboom, directed by Travis Preston
CNP's production of 'Ah! Opera,' composer David Rosenboom, directed by Travis Preston

The Interactive Media for Performance Specialization in the CalArts School of Theater trains visionary artists in the creation of interactive tools and moving imagery for live and time-based artwork.

The Specialization focuses on four major areas of application: Integrated Media Performance (including theatre, opera, dance, and concerts), Interactive Installation and Site-Specific Art, Architectural Projection and Digital Image Surfaces, and “Living Room Interactive” (the employment of physical sensors, advanced display technology, socially networked remote participants and fictional narrative in a self-guided experience).

The curriculum cultivates each student’s artistic process, helps them build technology/software skills, and brings about an awareness of contemporary media theory in lab- and discussion-oriented classes. The focused, small group of MFA students will engage in personal and Institute projects under the direct mentorship of their advisors. The Specialization aims to attract a variety of collaboratively minded students from the various areas of art and technology that will make these ambitious interactive projects possible, including Film/Video, Computer Programming, Visual Art, Interactive Systems, and more.


  • Peter Flaherty, Head of Interactive Media for Performance

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