I am primarily interested in creating classically influenced work that is produced and/or presented using more contemporary media and technology. For example, my Wild Sonnet sequence is not only a broken version of the poetic form, but is also released via social media rather than relying on printed literary magazines for exposure and distribution.
My work also reverses the ways other artists and arts organizations approach combining the old and the new. Whereas a philharmonic might schedule a concert with orchestral versions of pop tunes, I am more excited by the prospect of composing a symphony using sonic tools of EDM and electronic dance. It’s about retaining and expanding the forms of the past, while making use of modern instruments.
And at a time when many theatre companies and dramatists have shifted toward staging smaller cast plays centered on contemporary issues and social trends – I write and produce full-length epic verse plays in animated form, to be viewed via streaming video media.
We are living though an era of vast expansion in the ways we communicate, and that is resulting in a media renaissance. While the vast majority tinker with what is possible to capture and post, I believe that artists have the opportunity to take what is presented a great deal further. While my own inclination is to manifest the forms of the past in modern media, the opportunities are seemingly endless – and I am intrigued to see what other creative minds will make of it.