Academy for Theatre and Digitality

Lena Biresch

Playwright, DirectorFellow

Short Bio

Lena Biresch originally comes from the theater field, where she worked as an assistant director, playwright and director. Since 2016, she has been increasingly involved with new immersive and interactive media, which led to training as a game programmer at the SAE Institute Hamburg in 2018, which she completed with a diploma in April 2020. Since then, she has been working as a freelance game designer and programmer at the intersection of virtual reality, games and theater. In August 2020, she was a resident of Creative_Places as part of the Places_VR Festival in Gelsenkirchen and created with five other artists a social VR performance.

Afterwards, she spent five months as a research fellow at the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund, where she developed the collaborative game “HoloPy³” that combines virtual and augmented reality in a theater context. Currently, she is working with the theater collective klmmr on various browser-based minigames that break down theater plays into simple gameplay. From May to September 2021, she is expected to be a resident at Kampnagel - International Center for finer arts in Hamburg, where she will conduct research on various formats of digital theater.

Lena Biresch's work is about playing with different realities, dimensions and perspectives and the effects of this on the perception of the world. She also explores how interactive and three-dimensional theater can work. For example, she is interested in the elimination of the fourth wall in new immersive media and the alternative forms of storytelling and shifting roles that this creates for digital storytelling.



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