About

The Playable Theatre Project

The Playable Theatre Project is Northeastern’s interdisciplinary arts research initiative that brings together creative minds from immersive theatre, digital and analog games, and live action roleplaying (larp) to explore the intersection of play and participation with live theatrical events. We have adopted the term “playable theatre” to describe live, participatory events in that engage audience/participants in meaningful agency.

What is Playable Theatre?

Playable theatre is live performance that engages audiences through active, meaningful participation. It is distinct from “promenade theatre,” in which audience members navigate freely through a scripted performance, or improv, where audience members make suggestions for actors to perform on a stage.

The Playable Theatre Project is supported by Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design.