Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Story Collider: Game Theory, March 16 at 8 pm.

What is your experience of science? Every month, The Story Collider invites six people to come on stage and tell a true, personal story that answers that question. Some are scientists, most are not.

On March 16, we explore “Game Theory”. The games we win, and the ones we lose; the games we know we’re playing, and those we don’t; the games we design, and those that emerge.

Stories by:

Kevin Allison, storytelling coach
Seth Bisen-Hersh, musical theatre composer and lyricist
Jeff Crouse, artist, programmer
Nick Fortugno, game designer, artist, and teacher.
Heather Sparks, science and culture writer
Hanuman Welch, writer, performer and storyteller.

Kevin Allison is a member of the TV sketch comedy group The State, best known for its series on MTV in the 90s. He is the creator and host of the show RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public. RISK! has ongoing live shows in New York and Los Angeles and is a popular audio podcast on iTunes. It can be found at

Seth Bisen-Hersh is a prolific, versatile composer/ lyricist and performer. His musicals include What If…?, Love Quirks: a song cycle of unconventional devotion (Don’t Tell Mama), Stanley’s Party (Manhattan Children’s Theatre), More to Love, The Spickner Spin (FringeNYC Audience Favorite Award) and Meaningless Sex (FringeNYC Audience Favorite Award). He also produces 2 annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers: Broadway Meows, Broadway Can! Finally, he has recently created a web series about his dating woes as a single, straight musical theatre guy.

Jeff Crouse’s work playfully comments on the role of technology in our lives. His work takes many forms, including software, web applications, installations, games, and video – mostly as satire and parody. He is currently a freelance programmer and teaches in the Parsons Design and Technology program.

Nick Fortugno is a game designer of digital and real-world games, and a founder of Playmatics, a NYC game development company. Fortugno has been a designer, writer, and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life. Nick teaches game design and interactive narrative design at Parsons The New School of Design. Nick is also a co-founder of the annual Come Out and Play street games festival, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003.

Heather Sparks writes about science and culture for a variety of fun and not-so-fun forums including Wired, Seed, BoingBoing, as well as pharmaceutical advertising. She’s currently work shopping a stand-up comedy routine and writing a play about drugs.

Hanuman Welch is a writer, performer, and story teller. He has studied improv and story telling at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater here in New York. He can be seen performing with the backline story telling team, Mimsy, every month at the Pacific Standard in downtown Brooklyn. He enjoys Madmen fan fiction, Ethiopian food, and incorrectly referring to every neighborhood below 14th st as the Lower East Side.

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