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Ritual: The Importance of Framing Transformational Experiences


Join us for our next lecture in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series: "Ritual: The Importance of Framing Transformational Experiences” by Caro Murphy!

When: Tuesday, October 3, 7-8:30PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Where: Online on Zoom

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Link will be provided to registrants on the day of the event. 

Many have pointed to the importance of ritual in use throughout human history when it comes to religious and spiritual ceremonies, rites, and transitions, but did you know that ritual is just as important to the experiential arts? Creating rituals, both for use outside of the "magic circle" and within it, can be a powerful and important tool for both participant story-making in-role, as well as instituting healthy boundaries and facilitating productive processing out-of-role. In this talk, Caro will discuss useful ritual-making tools that can be used to create moments of transformational play, as well as ritual techniques used in professional corporate settings to aid actors in sustaining wellbeing over time. 

Caroline Murphy, or Caro, is a game and interactive experience designer. Currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Northeastern University, Caro's career includes a notable tenure as Immersive Experience Director for Disney's Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. They co-lead the Playable Theatre nonprofit, promoting interdisciplinary creators in interactive live performance art. Caro serves as Executive Creative Director of Incantrix Productions, crafting independent interactive experiences globally and collaborating with writers and designers worldwide. With a rich educator background, they have taught game design and game business at leading institutions such as MIT and Harvard, and as leader of BostonFIG, they served the independent game creator community for over ten years.

Last modified: 2022-10-25