Josh is a University Distinguished Teaching Award recipient and the current chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. An MFA graduate of Penn State University, he has extensive college/university and professional directing credits, as well as production experience within the television and film industry. In the field of international education, Josh has served as: a faculty leader in university programs abroad; an exchange coordinator; an invited artist in locations such as London, Sarajevo, Dakar, and Prague. Additionally, he just recently finished an eight-year stint as a part-time faculty professional with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre, teaching courses and having performed on stage.. Immersive Theatre: Engaging the Audience is a collection of essays that look to catalogue the popularization of “immersive” theatre/performance throughout the world; focusing on reviews of works, investigations into specific companies and practices, and the scholarship behind the “role” an audience plays when they are no longer bystanders but integral participants within production. Given the success of companies like Punchdrunk, Dream Think Speak, and Third Rail Projects, as current examples, immersive theatre plays a vital role in defining the theatrical canon for the twenty-first century. Its relatively “modern” and new status makes a collection like this ripe for conversation, inquiry, and discovery in a variety of ways. These immersive experiences engage the academy of “the community” at large, going beyond showcasing prototypical theatre artists. They embrace the collaborative necessity of society and art—helping to define the “stories” we tell and the WAY in which we tell them.
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