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Through this workshop students will be introduced to a number of ways that media can be used to enhance and augment live performance. Mr. McCray will introduce students to a number of his past productions in which media played a prominent role, learning about the functions and uses of the media in those productions, and the ways in which the media was created for performance. In the second part of the workshop, students will explore a sample scene from a well-known play and identify goals for the use of media in the scene.  Using basic everyday 2017 technologies, students will create sample media clips to be added to the scene and, in concert with Mr. McCray, the scenes will be played out using the samples, exploring the impact of the media on the scene and the ways that performance in media can play a prominent role in live performance.

Sponsored by the Intersections of Art, Technology, and Society project.

Matthew McCray has directed productions, concerts, workshops and live events for Center Theatre Group, LA Philharmonic, South Coast Repertory–StudioSCR, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, Museique, Deaf West Theatre, Chance Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Chapman University and the Musco Center, among others.  He is the Founding Artistic Director of Son of Semele, a theatre company celebrating its 17th season, for which he has produced over 30 plays and musicals. He is the recipient of directing awards and award nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, the Ovation Awards, the LA Weekly Theatre Awards, SAGE Awards and others. His company and work have been profiled in the nation’s preeminent theatre magazine American Theatre, as well as the SDC Journal, a national journal for stage directors. He and his work have received grants from the EST/Sloan Science and Technology, California Council for the Humanities, Theatre Communications Group and CCI/Durfee. Stage appearances include works at Redcat, Disney, Reprise!, Musical Theatre West, Shakespeare Orange County, Son of Semele Ensemble, and elsewhere. Television appearances include Parenthood, New Girl, Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Cure (pilot), and the feature film The Commission with Martin Sheen, Edward Asner and Martin Landau. Matthew currently serves as the chairman of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles and has been a voter for the Ovation Awards since 2008. In 2012, KCRW said “[McCray] distinguishes himself as one of the most plugged in theatre makers in LA.”  He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University. Member: SDC, AEA & SAG/AFTRA. www.matthewmccray.com