Hope Hutman is an MFA Candidate in Digital Art and New Media at the University of
California, Santa Cruz. She has worked with major movie studios and advertising agencies to
create transmedia experiences mostly to sell stuff or to highlight cool technology which is what
lead her back to school. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Grinnell College.
KRISTIN GRACE ERICKSON
Kristin Grace Erickson is the technical coordinator for the Digital Arts and New Media
program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts
degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in electronic
music from Mills College. She performs, composes and records as Kevin Blechdom and with
Blectum from Blechdom.
Tom Johnson is Artistic Director and founder of the Brody Theater in Portland, OR. He has
performed and/or taught in Chicago, Berlin, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Vancouver & Victoria, B.C.,
Graz, Austria, Slovenia, and at Seattle’s International Festival of Improvisation. Tom has served
as featured director at festivals and events in Slovenia, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Austria and
is a charter member of the international performance group Orcas Island Project. He is a fanatical
collector of old movie posters and 8mm and 16mm films.
Twitch Odyssey, appropriates the online game space of Twitch.tv to explore the intersection of devised theater and collaborative filmmaking in a contemporary adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. Twitch Odyssey, allows the audience, individually and collectively, to have a hand in creating and shaping the content and direction of the narrative. During the performance, moments of content, created by the audience, stream and our Homer character improvises – live and in real time – the narrative based on what he sees. In addition, the audience chooses the order in which the clips stream during the performance and are able to comment on what they see and what Homer says and what the other audience members are saying. Homer, too, is able to see those audience comments and incorporate what they are saying into the improvisations.