Last week was the first day of the Digital Producers Lab, an NTW/ Watershed/ ACW initiative to support and nurture digital producers working in Wales. You can find out more about what happened on day one, and the programme, on Victoria's blog.
We've been asked to introduce ourselves to the community, so I thought I'd explain my background and why I'm interested in taking part.
I'm Matt, and I'm a theatre maker. I like to make work collaboratively and have been making theatre since the last millennium; you can find out more about the stuff I've made on my website. Till a couple of months ago I was creative associate at NTW, where I was responsible for setting up WalesLab, a five year artist development programme, now looked after by the lovely Simon. Prior to joining NTW I was Artistic Director of Camden People's Theatre for five years, a venue which specialises in risk taking and experimentation. Alongside making my own work, I programmed the venue, fundraised, mentored, did a bit of plumbing, and produced an annual month long festival of exciting performance SPRINT - which presented work in St Pancras, a hotel, a narrow boat, a car, a campervan and in the theatre.
When I was interviewed for the #digiproducers programme I started of by saying I'm not a producer. I'm a maker who produces. I make theatre, but for me theatre is a catch-all term, and my work has included audio walks, working with circus performers, installation and solo performance. I'm more interested in the idea than the form, and this is what drew me to the programme. For me technology (digital or analogue) are means to tell a story or create/enhance an experience. I wouldn't start with an iPad and say what can I make for this. When I made an audio walk we did so because this was best way to get someone to have the experience we wanted. So I'm here to learn new skills, understand new tools, meet new collaborators and be able to better deliver an experience.
We'll all be blogging about the lab as we go, so if you want to know more visit the Digital Producers group.
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