Ancram Opera House Looking to Cast September Devised Theater Performance at Olana

The Ancram Opera House is seeking performers for an immersive, devised theater performance to take place on the grounds of Olana in Hudson, NY, the weekend of September 22nd. The creators of this piece intend to convene an ensemble that reflects the world we live in; actors of all gender identities, races, ages, body shapes, sexual orientations,…

Evening of Film and Conversation, Including the Sci-Fi Classic “Starship Troopers”

Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett joins artist Lucy Raven  Raven celebrates the release of her new book on 3D cinema Troy, NY — On Thursday, July 20, at 7PM, Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, RoboCop) will join artist Lucy Raven at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for an evening of conversation and…

Elysia Crampton Performs “Severo” Electronic Set in EMPAC Studio 1

TROY, NY — To kick off the summer season at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, electronic musician Elysia Crampton will perform on Friday, May 26, at 9PM. Russell E.L. Butler will support. A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the…

Emma & Ava Dweck Launch Kickstarter Campaign for “Reflowered”

Sisters Emma and Ava Dweck have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first ever collaborative theater project. Emma has written a new multidisciplinary play entitled Reflowered based on a concept the sisters have been developing together for some years. Reflowered utilizes diverse theatrical styles to explore themes of consent, violence, propriety, and sexuality in a mythical…

EMPAC Announces First-Ever Summer Season of Performances, Workshops, and Events

TROY, NY — This summer the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a special season of programming to coincide with Rensselaer’s inaugural Summer Arch semester. In addition to the production residencies and research projects that are regularly conducted at the center throughout the summer, the season will be punctuated by a number of concerts, film screenings,…