Immersive Work


 Photo Credit: Jon Haas

Photo Credit: Jon Haas

 Photo Credit: Drew Paryzer

Photo Credit: Drew Paryzer

THE MOUNTAIN

An installation inspired by the archetypal Hero's Journey and the personal mountain-climbing experiences of Jon Haas, the project's Artistic Director, The Mountain was a single-entrant immersive experience with extensive lighting/scenic/sound design elements that responded to each participant's choices through motion-tracking technologies.

As the project's playwright, Drew assisted Jon in developing the concept of the piece, wrote text to accompany video projections, and created a collection of documents to be explored as part of a bedroom-inspired "waiting room" for participants (above right). The Mountain was presented in the B. Iden Payne Theatre at UT Austin in January of 2018.


 Photo Credit: Jasmine Kurys

Photo Credit: Jasmine Kurys

INTRO TO BEING HERE

Combining a video game with immersive/improvised performance, Intro to Being Here provides a transmedia experience of creating -- and raising -- a brand new being. Structured as an intro-level college course, audience members are first asked by the Professor to enter an alternate digital reality called The Platform – where they make various choices to form a being (called Content) that enters our world. In the theater experience, audience members meet an actor playing the Content they formed (possibilities include Shark, Fire, and Empty Space), then guide them through various in-class exercises – under the watchful eye of the Professor – that help them understand their place in our reality.

As the project lead for Intro to Being Here, Drew co-created the video game with Kevin Sun and Christina Curlee and wrote the script for the theater piece, which was directed by Eric Vera. It was presented in April 2017 as part of The Cohen New Works Festival at UT Austin.

 
 Photo Credit: Chian-ann Lu

Photo Credit: Chian-ann Lu

TITLE LOADING

Title Loading is an exploration of social media through the structure of an interactive concert experience. Through spectacle, dance, and paper airplanes, notions of human connection in the Digital Age are exploded and celebrated.

Drew co-created and performed in Title Loading, as part of the devising collective all_caps, in April 2017. It was a co-production of Fusebox and The Cohen New Works Festival.

 
 Illustration Credit: Ink Tank

Illustration Credit: Ink Tank

FINALCON

Austin’s premiere handcrafted goods fair is back . . . for one last time. Browse the wares of ten local vendors, in our booth area. Hear our esteemed keynote speaker, in our convention hall. Be a part of the handcrafted revolution. Give us a hand. Give us your hands.

FinalCon fused a craft fair (with actual purchase-able goods) with immersive performances that culminated in a sinister twist: the handcrafted goods sellers are actually part of a cult that now demands the sacrifice of a living person’s hand.

Drew created the concept and wrote performance text for FinalCon, in collaboration with Ink Tank, Dys/Mem, and Gwar. It was performed over Halloween weekend 2016 at The Museum of Human Achievement, and received an Austin Critics Table Award nomination.