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Across the world, artists, tech founders, non-profits, VCs and more are working at the advent of live digital performances, events and experiences. They’re disparate and brilliant innovators re-defining how people get together and inventing a radically accessible future. Welcome to The Get Together, our weekly meeting place to trade tips, ask big questions, discover collaborations and inspire new ideas. Join theatre creator & technologist Jess Ryan, tech and media startup vet Joe White and producer Lucie Kirk each week to be part of the community that’s pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the live digital landscape.

Across the world, artists, tech founders, non-profits, VCs and more are working at the advent of live digital performances, events and experiences. They’re disparate and brilliant innovators re-defining how people get together and inventing a radically accessible future. Welcome to The Get Together, our weekly meeting place to trade tips, ask big questions, discover collaborations and inspire new ideas. Join theatre creator & technologist Jess Ryan, tech and media startup vet Joe White and producer Lucie Kirk each week to be part of the community that’s pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the live digital landscape.

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Across the world, artists, tech founders, non-profits, VCs and more are working at the advent of live digital performances, events and experiences. They’re disparate and brilliant innovators re-defining how people get together and inventing a radically accessible future. Welcome to The Get Together, our weekly meeting place to trade tips, ask big questions, discover collaborations and inspire new ideas. Join theatre creator & technologist Jess Ryan, tech and media startup vet Joe White and producer Lucie Kirk each week to be part of the community that’s pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the live digital landscape.

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@bwyunlocked

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English

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9176899956


Episodes

Can’t Change the Past, We Can Only Charge Forward

3/17/2022
In the ongoing competition of the UK vs US on this podcast, our friends across the pond frequently do a bit better than us on supporting the arts and acknowledging that they are important by financially backing them. But as of this week, get your party hats out, we are catching up! The NYPAL recently opened up applications for their brand spanking new Theatre and Technology Fellowship and we are GOBSMACKED. It’s going to pay someone to use their creativity and the Library’s resources to do a...

Duration:00:33:48

Live Digital 101

3/10/2022
We’ve been throwing around terms willy nilly around here and thought we’d take a beat to talk a bit about what Live Digital means to us, how our clients are using it and why we think the meaning has more to do about what the humans do with the machines than the technology itself. Listen in for more insight on how Live Digital: Builds Audiences Grows Revenue Deepens Connections across your fans/customers/community Co-creates Radical Acts of Accessibility And who should be thinking about...

Duration:00:34:04

Into the Abyss w/ Lucie Kirk

3/3/2022
This week Lucie is working double duty, producing and being a guest! Lucie is sadly leaving Broadway Unlocked this week but before she goes Jess and Joe have lots of questions about what she's taken away from working in live digital and what the heck all of this means! If you've ever wanted to know more about the person behind that mysterious voice that pops in every couple of episodes, this is your one and only chance. 🎙This podcast is brought to you by Broadway Unlocked |...

Duration:00:26:33

Viva la Story

2/24/2022
Jess and Joe are thrilled to be new members of WXO, the World Experience Organization. Much like us, they are all about collaboration across different sectors for the sake of sharing new ideas and improving experiences of all varieties. This week we are digging deep into one article from them, all about the hierarchy of experiences. Fundamentally, what does it take for an experience to be memorable, or even transformational? We have lots of thoughts about the application of this model to...

Duration:00:38:43

Living Room Potluck w/ Andrea Prestinario and Aislinn Frantz

2/22/2022
Ring of Keys is an awesome non-profit working to connect and advocate for queer women, non-binary and trans people in musical theater, on and off stage. Joe and Jess were so lucky to sit down with Co-Founder of the org, Andrea Prestinario and newly-minted Executive Director, Aislinn Frantz! They told us the beautiful origin story of Ring of Keys and talked about the power and importance of seeing queer bodies and queer voices at work in theater. Their 3-part concert series continues tomorrow...

Duration:01:00:16

Make Something Bad w/ Chris Ashworth

2/14/2022
This week Jess and Joe speak with Chris Ashworth, creator of QLab software, founder of Figure53 and the Voxel Theater in Baltimore. Chris talks about the way acting has informed how and why he programs the way he does and alternately how knowledge of technology has helped him extend his understanding of what's possible in a theatrical setting. Basically, the stuff dreams are made of. Connect with Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chris_Ashworth And check out his work: https://qlab.app/...

Duration:00:57:09

Sh!tstorm Paradox

2/9/2022
Welcome to The Get Together, our old-ish podcast with a cool new name! Some things will be different but for now enjoy the comforting sounds of Jess and Joe discussing Spotify's identity issues, how individuals can operate outside of existing technology and the portability of data. It's all about putting power back in the hands of people, as both consumers and artists. Basically we are now fully onboard with blockchain and decentralized communities, join us! Section 230:...

Duration:00:44:13

Speculative Bubble of Nonsense

2/3/2022
For two people who were very suspicious of NFTs only a few months ago, Joe and Jess have a lot of ideas about their application in the theatre space. Listen to hear about some innovative companies already making NFT merchandise and some of our own ideas about how to tie that merch to in-person experiences and growing theatre communities. The first NFT musical: https://www.playbill.com/article/the-wrong-man-becomes-worlds-first-nft-musical Third Act Digital: https://thirdact.digital/ Leave us...

Duration:00:34:09

Solving for New Problems

1/30/2022
On this week's episode, Joe and Jess discuss a potpourri of news from the theatre world. We are constantly reassessing the systems we have in place, whether it's how shows get produced or how we buy tickets to the shows we are interested in seeing! The Palace Theatre construction: https://www.fastcompany.com/90712872/why-new-yorks-iconic-palace-theatre-is-being-raised-30-feet-off-the-ground Watch How to Repair a Mechanical Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgyFJBt5SYc Red Eye Tickets:...

Duration:00:32:42

Data Meets Storytelling

1/20/2022
Jess and Joe are again joined this week by Broadway Unlocked's Creative and Cause Director, Jermaine Blackwell! They breakdown a report from the end of last year, detailing how audiences are consuming art, what has changed for them throughout the pandemic and what cultural changes they would like to see reflected in their arts organizations. Yet another example of why data collection and presentation is so important! Hope you enjoy nerding out with us! Catch up with Jermaine:...

Duration:00:41:43

A Rising Tide Raises All Artists

1/13/2022
Joe and Jess talk about all the adversity that theatre as an industry and individual theatre artists are facing right now. In a bright spot amongst cancellations and closures, David Byrne's American Utopia was able to remain open earlier this month by reconfiguring the show to accommodate fewer musicians and a smaller crew. It's given us a lot of food for thought about the future of musical theatre being more flexible and about creators inspiring the trends we will see on Broadway in the...

Duration:00:30:33

Preserving the Present w/ Paul Taylor's Michael Novak

1/7/2022
This week Jess and Joe had the pleasure of sitting down with Michael Novak, Artistic Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Having taken over the company in 2018, Novak has had the incredible responsibility of navigating them through the pandemic. They've embraced technology and used it to connect with communities all over the globe, all while staying in touch with their past and the roots of modern dance. Learn more about the Paul Taylor Dance Company: https://paultaylordance.org/ And...

Duration:00:49:23

The Nimble Creator

12/31/2021
The phrase "we invest in people" is one that is thrown around a lot in the world of venture capitalism. But there's a new company on the market that's actually trying to operate by that phrase and giving individual creators large sums of money to grow their brands. Jess and Joe unpack the pros and cons of this new investment model as always, thinking of the benefits and potential risks to the creatives. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:21:18

The Red Lobster of Theatre w/ Jermaine Blackwell

12/23/2021
This week Joe and Jess are joined by dear friend and Broadway Unlocked's Creative and Cause Director, Jermaine Blackwell! The three of them talk about which Broadway shows are like various fast food chains, why we seek out comforting content in troubling times and how Broadway has played a role in the erasure of unflattering moments in American history. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/techtheatre-clubhouse-conversations/id1574212248 Get into...

Duration:00:37:48

Mini-sode: A Part of Something Bigger

12/17/2021
The passing of Stephen Sondheim left a rather large hole in American musical theater. Sondheim was know for being a mentor to so many in this community, including Rent creator, Jonathan Larson. Joe and Jess postulate about the next generation of theatre makers and finding and supporting the artists of the future. We hope Sonheim and Larson both leave a legacy of giving as many people of different backgrounds as many chances to fail as needed, until they find their success. Leave us a review...

Duration:00:16:47

A Leaky Pipeline

12/9/2021
This week Jess and Joe talk about the way we collect data and why it's important to question our methods so that we don't unintentionally leave groups and people out. Surveying theatre organizations based solely on this size of their budget means you get results skewed away from organizations that serve communities of color, but a study at SMU's DataArts aimed to refocus that lens. Additionally, they discuss the concept of a human library where you can speak to a person from a historically...

Duration:00:30:25

Impetus for Exodus

12/2/2021
For many people the pandemic affected not just daily life, but inspired them to make large-scale changes. In the last year the theater industry has seen a mass exodus of their workers as they seek out careers that offer more reasonable hours and better work-life balance. Jess and Joe point out the similarities they see in the startup world and other industries with very high expectations of their employees. Additionally, they discuss the introduction of captions to many AMC theaters across...

Duration:00:25:50

The Jury is Still Out

11/27/2021
News in the theatre community these last few weeks have been the highest of highs and lowest of lows. On the one hand, new and exciting movie- musical adaptations continue to roll out. Including the recent casting announcements for the upcoming Wicked feature film (hold for applause). On the other hand, Jess and Joe continue to need to defend the value and validity of virtual theater offerings after a recent survey declared that them merely an unsuccessful pandemic experiment (hold for...

Duration:00:29:12

Making Of: Promethean Fire

11/18/2021
Back in September, Broadway Unlocked had the honor of filming at the Oculus with Paul Taylor Dance Company as they gifted a performance of Promethean Fire to the city and the people of New York. After the shoot, Jess and Joe sat down to share their experiences as director and set PA, respectively. It was a long, wild day that resulted in a beautiful film and some great stories. We hope you join us for the virutal benefit, Modern is Now: Illumination, on November 18 at 8pm EST to watch the...

Duration:00:16:23

Jesters of the Corpocracy

11/11/2021
Big tech is getting bigger every day, so this week Joe and Jess speculate about a (hopefully distant) future where corporations operate like governments. (Hellscape hellscape blah blah blah...) While we don't want to live in the 'metaverse' just yet, we find it important to consider the impact and influence of technology on our daily lives and, in particular, on the media that we consume. How do we determine truth from fiction? Can we rely solely on anti-trust laws to protect us? Food for...

Duration:00:24:53