DFI Speaker Series- “Discovering Agency: How Live Action Games Create Transformative Play”
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 background in education, they have taught everywhere from leading institutions such as Harvard and MIT to small nonprofits arts organizations targeting children in underserved communities. They are also proud of their ten-year leadership of BostonFIG, fostering the next generation of game creators and producing the world’s largest independent games festival.Abstract: When I was in 7th grade, I had a profound experience in the classroom when studying the Holocaust. Teachers collaborated to simulate the experience of having only certain students rounded up by other selected students, placed into confinement, and forced to do work. As one of the students who was targeted, I experienced a transformative epiphany for the first time in my life, and a profound sense of empathy followed. In this talk, I will discuss several classroom case studies that help students to discover the kind of experiential learning and agency that can lead to great breakthroughs in insight and learning. We will then look at the framework for creating these types of experiences successfully for classroom implementation.