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Director, Writer, Immersive Experience Creator

DEREK SPENCER

 

SELECT PROJECTS

 

THEY WHO SAW THE DEEP

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THE ROSE THEATER PRESENTS...

THE STARS

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AGNOSIA

WHY I WANT TO FUCK RONALD REAGAN

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GRANDPA JOHNSON IS DEAD

A CRACKUP AT THE RACE RIOTS

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ME

I’m interested in:

Abstract Sentimentalism -- Collaging, repeating, and deconstructing moments of intense, character-driven emotion, often to the point of abstraction. The inner-life of characters in crisis.

Urgency -- Performance that could only happen here in this place and now at this moment. Performance with high velocity. Every moment as the most important moment of a character’s life. Site-specificity.

Immersion -- Blurring the lines between spectator and spectacle. Jarring audiences out of comfortable modes of consumption. Unexpected audience autonomy.

Dialectics -- The right answer is always a blend of many possible answers. Forcing various source-texts to speak to one another. Conversations between texts, between performers, between performers and the audience, and between audience members.

Chaos -- Cacophony. Ever-expanding theatrical worlds. Mania. Non-linearity.

Community -- Collaborative devising processes. Accessible material & productions.

Humanity -- The nuance of how people are. How humans present, justify, thrive, commune, exploit, and deviate. Empathy as a overarching, ongoing project.


I am the founder and artistic director of Ceaseless Fun, an LA-based immersive performance company. Also, I’m on the founding board of directors for the League of Experiential and Immersive Artists. Also also, I lead a bi-monthly viewpoints/ensemble devising jam: Soft Focus. I am available as a director, associate director, dramaturg, or immersive consultant for performances, events, VR, and everything in between.