April 7, 2021
Originally published as a LinkedIn article by Chris Moore.
Digitalization has changed how humans see, experience, and interact with the world around us—and the ways we use technology in our daily lives is constantly evolving. Ten years ago, we were connecting to friends, family, and colleagues by cellphone, email, social media, and video calls. Fast forward to today and the development of digital experiences has advanced so much that virtual conferences and networking events are commonplace—as is distance learning, livestreamed theatrical performances, and long-distance collaborations in real time. At Theatre Projects, we’re always trying to anticipate the next big thing so we can stay ahead of the curve and be part of the innovation process. If you’re wondering why we do it, it’s because we understand that technology can be used to spark human connections and enhance experiences—and both of those things are crucial to creating immersive storytelling spaces.While the past year has included a lot of buzz about offering digital programming to audiences at home, we’ve been seeing an increase in venues investing in high-definition video capabilities—not just to broadcast content out to their communities, but also to bring the outside world in to their spaces. The possibilities this creates are endless.
Technology is already revolutionizing the way we think about performances and venue design—and advances in augmented reality will only continue to push the boundaries of what technology can offer to human experiences. And while the organizations that can afford to invest in and profit from these technological innovations have traditionally been leaders in their field, you don’t necessarily need a big budget to introduce digital content to your in-person productions. To some extent, you do get what you pay for, but limited budgets can still use digital content to enhance and support conversations and performances. It’s worth considering because it offers flexibility and additional presentation options for audience engagement. It can also break down social and intellectual barriers, introducing your audience to new ideas and perspectives that they may not otherwise be exposed to.
Other advances we’re seeing are the sales, marketing, and security opportunities that can be generated from data collection. In a world where consumers are often less willing to interact with strangers or touch items that may not be sanitized, the cellphones we each carry with us when we leave our homes are a lifeline. They connect us to others, provide information and entertainment, and bring us a sense of comfort and security. Operators can harness the power of these personal devices to connect with communities in ways that consumers are already comfortable with:
There are countless possibilities for the successful integration of technology in a venue. We’ve worked on many of these kinds of projects—both large and small—and we’re always happy to offer advice on the options that are the best fit for your organization, community, and budget. If you want to chat, you can reach me directly at [email protected] or 303 416 7176.