Performance Capture: A New Definition of "Live"

By John Shafer.

Published by Journal of Technologies and Human Usability

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The immediacy and presence of actor and audience are the heart and soul of the traditional theatrical event, but stage performances are now being done for live audiences thousands of miles apart and in non-physical environments in real time. Unlike television, audience reactions may directly impact both audience and performer during the show. The audience is not a passive presence in traditional theatre as they are in film and television experiences. Today, these traditional practical/verbal divisions have broken down. A new definition will be offered and new multi-platform performance techniques will be shared.

Keywords: Drama, Avatar, Performance, Social Impact

Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, Volume 10, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 155.855KB).

Prof. John Shafer

Associate Professor, School of Performing Arts, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

John Wayne Shafer has been a Fulbright-Hays Scholar to Bolivia and has been involved with projects that have won the ORION Award and the IDEA Award. He recently published an anthology called Taboo Theatre: Sex & Violence on Stage. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatist’s Guild. John is an associate professor of theatre at the University of Central Florida's School of Performing Arts and earned his terminal degree at Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts.