Black and white photo of Adrienne Mackey.

Adrienne Mackey

Adrienne Mackey is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the potential of performance and play. With her company, Swim Pony, she’s created works including Survive!, a 22,000 square ft choose-your-own-adventure installation exploring humanity’s place within the universe; Lady M, a feminist take on Macbeth; The Giant Squid, a “crypto-zoology-horror-comedy” performed in science lecture halls; and The Ballad of Joe Hill, a play with music created for Eastern State Penitentiary about the execution of a historic labor icon.  Most recently her work has focused on explorations fusing games and theater with works like TrailOff– a mobile app performance created with the PA Environmental Council using GPS to embed original BIPOC stories onto nature trails; The End – a month-long mixed reality game exploring fears about mortality; Aqua Marooned!, a wildlife card game commissioned by the Alliance for Watershed Education; and War of the Worlds, a game/theater hybrid with Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio looking at gentrification as an invasive force. Currently, she’s working on a new transmedial game to combat loneliness called The Forgetting. She’s also a classically trained soprano and funk musician (featured on America’s Got Talent), former chemist, and teaches acting, directing and devising for University of Washington’s School of Drama.

Artist Support Program 2024: The Forgetting, an interactive game combining site-specific theater and geolocative audio