SOO ANNE MAHABIR
Technical Theatre & Experiential Design
Soo was born and raised in Trinidad, an island well known for a variety of traits, creative productions being one stand out feature seen especially during local festivals and rituals. Like many, she was raised in a multicultural household. Growing up, she was always passionate about art and stories. She graduated from U of T with a double major in Music and Culture, and English while learning technical theatre on the side.
Soo is currently a freelance theatrical stage manager, a job she has been doing professionally for about 9 years, not including those done during her undergrad years. She works with multiple performance companies, with a wide range of age groups, and on a variety of shows where she draws on her complete range of skills as an artist, musician, storyteller, and mentor to contribute to the creation of the best feasible production and experience.
Oral histories are a part of all cultures and societies, however, our knowledge and interest in these practices has waned, and arguably with it, a sense of social identity and belonging in many contemporary communities and cultures. This paper pulls from aspects of experiential and theatrical design, generative art philosophy, physical computing, and machine learning in artificial intelligence research combined with a theoretical foundation of Adorno, Benjamin, and Ong to discuss and propose the creation of an embodied and immersive story experience. This project will overturn key aspects of traditional orality to encourage interactivity with, and ownership of, the stories and will prompt discussion about its use as an archival process that will promote perpetuation rather than preservation, moving beyond the current processes of audio and video recordings.
Soo in 3 words
Cheesy joke lover.
First thing Soo wants to do after she graduates
Take a nap & eat some junk food!
Soo's dream job
Cultural & Creative Experience Designer/Production Manager...or Batman