Platform is committed to working with artists to provide a space for performances, workshops, and more. Platform Projects focuses on the collaborations we do with artists who are looking for a free space in which to create. Since May, Platform has collaborated on three different projects/workshops. Each project was done virtually through Zoom and YouTube, and they involved artists from all over the country!
See below for all of Platforms artistic projects and performance :
See below for all of Platform's artistic projects and performance:
Platform Promts are bite-sized experimental projects prompted and shared through social media.
Video prompts are shared on our social media (@platformprodco) roughly every two weeks. Each prompt contains two key parts: the subject matter and the variable. The variable is usually a location, medium, format, etc. - while the subject matter can be absolutely anything!
Participants have one week to submit, and a selection of creations will be featured on our socials. We can't wait to see what you make!
The (third) 5th Wall Festival
This isn’t a music-stand reading of an existing stage play, this is a two-week workshop of unique material for a unique platform.
From days 0-13, teams of writers, illustrators, mechanics, and playtesters from around the country will go from nothing to a short narrative written specifically to be experienced as a tabletop game. The festival features a "performed playtest" on day 14 before a round of revisions. The games created will then be made available for download by the public on a pay-what-you-can system through Gumroad.
The festival runs 2 weeks, from 5/22-6/4 culminating in a public playtest, with the following week set aside for revisions and finishing touches.
By Alexander Utz
A group of storytellers gathers to chronicle a curious tale.
It's 1822. A fur trader named Alexis St. Martin gets shot (by accident) and is left with a gaping wound in his chest, leading directly to his stomach.
His doctor, William Beaumont, uses him and his wound to conduct studies on digestion for the next 11 years.
And yes, this really happened.
Coming September 2023 in Chicago.
Eleven Months of Nuclear Summer
By Sophie McIntosh
The staff are just starting to settle into their roles at Camp Aster when an unfortunately-timed nuclear apocalypse derails their summer plans and strands them in the Maine wilderness. As the months wear on and the hope of rescue grows slimmer, camp director Dawn and her team of young employees must fight for survival while navigating interpersonal relationships, decision-making responsibilities, and disaster after endless disaster.
Performances are April 1-3rd at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.
"Cold Cuts" is the newest thing in audio drama. This event is a reoccurring show that premieres LIVE every week. But here’s the twist… the actors have never read the script…In other words, these are new shows that are being read aloud for the FIRST TIME EVER!
Tune in to this show every Saturday 8pm EST. on our Twitch!
Oh Wayward Nights
Oh Wayward Nights is a six part audio drama that follows a tight-knit group of five high school seniors on the brink of leaving their hometown to go off to college, but this audio drama is being done in a style never before seen on the platform! Actors were be given extensive details about their characters and plenty of material to prepare for the role but were not allowed to see the script until the day of recording.
Each episode begins with a round table of the actors discussing with the creator, Declan Grogan, about what they expect from the story, where they think it’s going, and having general goofs and gaffs. Then, they dive into the script delivering amazing performances on the fly!
Once the reading is done, the actors return to the round table to discuss what they just read, what they expect for the next installment, and have more general goofs and gaffs.
One Gorgeous Little Moment
One Gorgeous Little Moment was written by Maggie Behan and directed by Kylie Fletcher
Synopsis: As she’s grieving her sister’s unexpected death, romance is the last thing on beauty livestreamer Wren’s mind. Naturally, that means she quickly finds it with Cole, a true crime livestreamer. To bridge the gap between their respective audiences, Wren begins streaming her ongoing research into the perfect beauty/true crime mash-up: the case of Ellie Summers, a successful makeup mogul from the 1930s with a tragic legacy of deaths among her loved ones. As Wren and Cole’s relationship progresses and the research on Ellie deepens, Wren begins to discover that, even on a livestream, things—and people—aren’t always what they seem.
January 7, 2020
First Official Announcement
First Official Announcement
“Platform Projects: Writer's Edition” was a series of workshops for playwrights developing new pieces. The 9-week program was designed for those who wanted an environment of artists with whom to develop their work. During this time, writers were provided with resources to help them create their best possible work including guest speakers, access to directors, dramaturges, and actors for table reads. The workshop culminated in a presentation of an excerpt of each new piece.
SummerYoung,An original play by Sophie McIntosh
Using our Open Door Policy, Sophie McIntosh reached out, pitched her original play, SummerYoung, and collaborated with Platform to put on a virtual version of the full length show!
Sophie was a writer in our 5th Wall Festival, and we were excited to hear about her new play when she approached us. The world-first reading of SummerYoung was directed by Elena Cramer and debuted on August 29, 2020
To learn more about SummerYoung, the playwright, director, and cast, visit our Instagram! The full length show is also up on our YouTube HERE.
The 5th Wall Festival
The 5th Wall Festival was Platform's first creative performance. Actors, directors, and writers came together virtually for 2 weeks and created six 10 minute plays with the sole intention of the pieces being performed over the new medium of Zoom.
The performances are available on YouTube HERE.
The 5th Wall Festival opened on May 30, 2020
"It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with Platform during the inaugural Fifth Wall Festival and our Zoom reading of my play SummerYoung. I owe much of my current passion for digital theatre projects to the Platform team and their enthusiasm for exploring the possibilities of this new medium. Through Platform, I have had the opportunity to share my writing with a vast virtual audience, explore an entirely new avenue of theatrical presentation, and network with actors, directors, and playwrights from all across the country—several of whom I have come to count as dear friends. I will always be grateful for Platform’s dedication to creating a space for new writers and for providing me with such incredibly enriching experiences."
-Playwright of SummerYoung
"I’m currently in the process of working with Platform for the second time as a writer and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Platform has been unfailingly accommodating and enormously helpful throughout both of these processes; they’re always communicative and flexible in order to best cooperate with the changing demands of projects across a range of—you guessed it!—platforms. The result is unique, unhindered, and timely pieces from passionate artists who might not otherwise be heard."
-Writer and Director in the 5th Wall Festival