Capital W

Exploring immersive theater and experiential events.

February 10–14

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CAPITAL W, a joint venture of Lauren Ludwig and Monica Miklas, is dedicated to exploring immersive theater and experiential events. Founded in 2015, Capital W has debuted four world-premiere works and garnered multiple awards, including the Immersive Critic's Circle Award for "Best Overall Immersive Work" at Hollywood Fringe 2017 and "Best Game Design" at IndieCade 2016.

Lauren Ludwig is a multimedia director and writer whose immersive show Hamlet-Mobile, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet staged in a cargo van, was included in the anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festivals 2015. She regularly helms the award-winning Los Angeles comedy show Lost Moon Radio and is the Executive Director of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women.

Monica Miklas is a creative producer and dramaturg with a specialization in new work who has developed programming and events for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and Lost Moon Radio. She co-founded the League of Experiential and Immersive Artists, a service organization for immersive producers.

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.

Sunday, February 10

7 p.m. Get Immersed! An Exploration of Experiential Theater (South Rec Room)
An introduction to immersive theatre and the work of Capital W. We will share what’s happening in the field and ask the central question of our work: how do we design transformative experiences for an audience?

9 p.m. – Immersive Brainstorm! (guest apartment)
An open forum to discuss ideas for shows, events, and original experiences. With snacks and tea.

Monday, February 11

7 p.m. – Writing From Your Authentic Voice (South Rec Room)
A hands-on workshop with exercises and practical tools for accessing the personal, honest, emotional writing style that Capital W uses in our work. Great for writers and non-writers alike.

9 p.m. – Can you really have a career in the arts? (guest apartment)
Going from school to the stage or screen can seem impossible. We’ll talk about career paths in non-profit arts administration, film and television. With snacks and tea.

Tuesday, February 12

7 p.m. – Creating With A Community (South Rec Room) 
We’ll share tools and techniques for creating new work with a community or group. We’ll focus on building trust, generating material, and exploring a charged theme or topic. Lots of fun, on-your-feet work; no performance experience necessary!

9 p.m. – Women+ in the Arts (guest apartment)
Real talk about the experiences of women and gender non-binary folks in film, television, and the professional performing arts. With snacks and tea.

Wednesday, February 13

7 p.m. – Producing Live Events w/ Monica (63 Allen)
A practical conversation about how to produce live events, be they parties, fundraisers, or theater. Ideal for people who want to plan events or are considering careers in non-profit management, event planning, or performing arts.

7 p.m. – Crafting An Immersive World! Part 1 w/ Lauren (South Rec Room)
In a fun and judgement-free environment, we’ll craft an immersive experience -- and perform it the next day! This is a 2-day workshop and attendance at both days is mandatory for participation. All are welcome, regardless of performance experience! Workshop is capped at 15 participants. Others are invited to attend the final performance. 

9 p.m. – The Ethics of Art (guest apartment) 
How do we create risk-taking art that recognizes consent and other ethical practices? We will also discuss diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts - where we are and how we can do better. With snacks and tea.

Thursday, February 14

7 p.m. – Crafting An Immersive World!  Part 2 (South Rec Room)
Part Two of our workshop. We’ll continue to craft our immersive experience and perform it at 8 p.m. Must attend Part 1 to participate. (All are welcome to attend performance.)

8 p.m. – Immersive World Final Performance (South Rec Room)
Come see what the Crafting An Immersive World participants have been working on.