Improbotics Online and the Virtual Director

Improbotics Online is a fully online, live improvised performance in an immersive virtual reality stage. It relies on the Virtual Director developed by Boyd Branch – a technology which has matured throughout the particular circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and been deployed for AI improv shows by Improbotics as well as online theatre productions by Loosely Woven Theatre and other improv performances such as TwinProv.

Using the Virtual Director technology, Improbotics performed at the Paris Fringe 2020 on 6 and 21 June 2020, winning a Ballsy Award and a **** review by Binge Fringe as well as the Most Innovative Show Award for the Paris Fringe.

Boyd Branch is a communications and digital media expert focused on creating dialogue around subjects of science in public spaces through improvisation, technology and theatre. A former Fulbright fellow, Branch’s critically acclaimed art, designs, lectures, and workshops have been produced off-off-Broadway and major cities in the U.S., England, Colombia, the Netherlands, and Pakistan (sponsored by the US State Department).  A multidisciplinary artist and dedicated educator, Boyd has designed stereoscopic 3D media for planetariums, large scale architectural projection for festivals, interactive digital installations for museums, and presented his original improv focused science communication workshops at major science conferences and science communication institutions around the world. Most recently Boyd was awarded a Vice Chancellor Fellowship from the University of Kent to develop a series of digital media tools that will help scientists and science communicators more effectively engage with local communities. At Kent he also directs the Improvisational Media and Performance Lab, leading a cross disciplinary team in developing novel tools, experiences, and pedagogies for fostering adaptive radical social change. He is the co-founder of the Blue Bike Kid Show, which produces original STEM based material for the stage and web. He holds an M.F.A. in interdisciplinary digital media from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in theatre studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.