To know a rose by its Latin name and yet to miss its fragrance is to miss much
of the rose's meaning.
An interactor is a performer who is trained in improvisation, acting, interactive performance, story, and technology. This broad training base makes interactors ideally suited to perform in training simulations or scenarios that include interpersonal interaction. Interactors make it possible for anyone, even people without any background in performance, to step into a simulation or scenario and participate.
Interactors are Behavior Performance Specialists who are trained to perform behavioral patterns and deliver specific, realistic interpersonal stimuli. As human beings, they are the best way to deliver human behavior when only complete realism will do. Interactors can repeat specific actions programmatically according to scripts, and they can improvise just as easily when called upon to do so. They also have the skills to detect slight and unconscious behavior cues on the part of simulation participants/trainees. This sensitivity gives the interactor a great advantage over current artificial intelligence, and it allows the interactor to seamlessly integrate his/her own reactions to these cues within a simulation, creating a compelling, dynamic and real-time experience for the participant.
Finally, interactors have the ability to specifically facilitate non-performers’ ability to act realistically within simulation so that the anxiety of performance on the part of the nonactor participant is removed. Participants can respond naturally and let the onus of performance and justification for the simulation be placed solely on the interactor. In short, interactors can act as real life human simulators to create the person-to-person stimuli that can be part of training and simulation situations.
View a video of interactors on NBC Nightly News.
Ken brings 15 years of experience in research and production of immersive media and interactive performance. Ken has developed training simulations for a wide range of industries including healthcare, business management, and education. In entertainment, Ken has produced three interactive films, including the NextArt grant film The Voice which was featured in the Florida Film Festival in 2006. He has also produced workshops in interactive performance for a variety of audiences including the University of Southern California and improvisers at the Chicago Improv Festival. As a consultant, Ken was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering in 2009 to design and test new forms of entertainment for theme parks, and in 2012, Ken was brought on to train Theatre students at the University of Central Florida in the fundamentals of Interactive Performance.
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