Seeking Performance Research Assistants and Study Participants for September 20

Spectral Findings
I am looking for 4 Lab Assistants and up to 30 Study Participants for Performance Research Sessions detailed below. If possible, the Assistants would commit to all four sessions: September 20 from 6pm-10pm and October 18 from 2-6pm. November/December dates TBD.


Performance Research Sessions : Form and Function

What motivates makers and viewers to participate in performance pieces?  How can subjective data and nonverbal knowledge/understanding be collected and analyzed via performance?

September : : :Spectacle
October : : : Narrative
November : : : Audience
December : : : Experiment

Monthly research sessions will be conducted by Claire Moodey with the assistance of core “Lab Assistants” who will collaboratively generate experiments and collect qualitative, quantitative and multi-media data. Participants in the experiments, a.k.a. “Guinea Pigs” will also participate in reflective data production. Participants in any sphere may bring questions or experiment proposals which will be considered for either the current session or the session following. All forms of data (e.g. temperature, auras, colors, duration, feelings, historic accounts, songs, etc.) will then be synthesized by Moodey in culmination of a year long Fellowship with Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making.

Saturday, September 20 from 6p-10p in the Great Room at South Oxford St.

some core questions to be probed:
How spectacle functions for individuals vs masses?
What physiologically happens to us when participating in the spectacular? (Defining “body tuning”)
How or why does spectacle create the “body tuning” that makes us susceptible to learning?
How is cultural production implicated in social engineering via spectacles of varying scale?

If interested, please contact Claire at cmoodey (at) gmail (dot) com.


Claire Moodey is a Fellow in the Target Margin Theater’s inaugural year of the Institute for Collaborative Theater Making through which these sessions are being conducted. She works creatively as a writer, director, actor, singer, puppeteer and designer. Recent projects include femme pathos, “you are almost ready to begin watching…” with TRAGEDY, Take Me Home, a (micro)history of world economics danced, Spectral Findings, The Service Road and <the invisible draft>.

Claire Moodey is a Brooklyn, NY based theater artist interested in exploring the power of metaphor, narrative, and how personal association facilitates synthesis of information about ourselves and the world.


More info about the Institute may be found at

The TMT Institute is a place where Fellows challenge themselves and the form of theater, ask what theater can be, and fearlessly embrace surprising and unexpected answers. Potential Institute Fellows should be hungry to reinvent what they want to make happen in a theater.

Institute Fellows will read, see, discuss, and make, all through the lens of our core company principles:

DIFFERENCE: We strive to discover, to do something not known, to make it new. We really mean it and we really do it. We value form-breaking work and artistic originality above all.

QUESTIONING: There are no assumptions in the Institute and in our work. Do you know what a play/production is? We don’t. Let’s locate the assumptions and set them aside. Consider everything.

FAILURE: Our linking principle. Let’s get an A or an F. Let’s fail big and surprise ourselves in the process.

About clairemoodey

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