What is playable theatre?
Playable theatre broadly describes participatory, immersive theatrical events—embodied experiences where audiences have meaningful agency to influence the outcome—that bring together aspects of games and theatre to create new forms of art and entertainment. These works encompass a wide range of genres in which participants are an active part of the experience, ranging from forms of immersive theatre to live action roleplaying.
Playable Theatre aims to change the world by enabling creators, artists, and audiences to experience meaningful agency in live performance.
Playable Theatre supports interdisciplinary creators who are engaged in designing, producing and disseminating interactive live performative works. The organization’s mission is to:
Provide a 501(c)(3) umbrella to support live, participatory entertainment through access to nonprofit funding opportunities, including grants and individual donations
Serve as an organizational entity to support individual artists to produce playable theatre works
Aggregate and share common resources and services, including building a network of venues that host playable theatre works, and provide shared services such as events insurance
Build a community of practice and support educational programs, such as workshops, symposia and publications, designed to promote knowledge-sharing and development of a common set of terminology, methods, and business models across disciplines
Under the auspices of Playable Theatre Presents, support production and touring (or virtual distribution) of participatory theatrical experiences, including co-production and international partnerships
Help build an audience for and promote playable theatre works