First Year Seminar 2016

Our show is just about ready…The theme is the Technological Singularity: When artificial intelligence meets (and then exceeds) human intelligence. The robots take their place in our society, and these skits demonstrate how the students envision the future.

The show will take place on October 1, 2016, at 2:00 PM in Theatre B of the Theatre Building. The show is appropriate for people of all ages, and is free to attend.

The Final Day: Week 5

Today was the final day of our ‘Storming the Castle: Robot Theatrics’ class. Over the last few weeks, we’ve learned how to create, test, debug, and polish all of our scripts. Now, the final day, is when we put it all to the test. When class first started, two of us had already finalized and submitted their presentations, and decided to help with the other groups’ presentations.

I was one of the two who finished my presentation early. The week prior, I came in during office hours to get a bit of work done (ended up staying 5 hours). During this time, we worked on finishing my presentation. We were also able to work on some of the basic movements for the other groups to use if they fell short on time.

I don’t actually know if any of the groups used the actions we made last week; I was mostly focusing on helping my partner work on his presentation. My presentation was simply a dialog with a random arms loop, but his- his was a whole marching band routine with dancing, music and instrumental (imaginary) performances. Needless to say, a lot of testing was needed for this.

Eventually class came to a close. Most groups, if not all, were either complete, or near-complete with their presentations. More likely than not, some people are going to drop by the office hours to do their presentation polish. The only thing now to do is wait and see how things go on Saturday.


Performance Info:

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts presents:

Robot Theatre

October 1, 2016

Saturday   2:00 PM

University of Iowa

200 North Riverside Drive (Theatre B, Theatre Building)
Iowa City, Iowa


Tickets: This event is FREE and open to the public.

Categories: Performing Arts

Robot Theater: Week 3

For the third meeting of robot theater, we brought in our skits that we wrote and read them to the group. Not everyone had their skit on hand, but because only half of us could work on our skits at a time, it wasn’t too big of a problem. After reading the skit, we split into pairs to put them together in Choreographe. We had to first get the robot’s lines copied into the Choreographe speaking blocks, then we had to get the robot to listen for certain words, as my skit was a conversation between a robot and a human. To get the speaking cues right, we had to time the activation of the robot’s cue and when it actually began to speak. After getting it right for the first blocks, it was simple to get the rest in the program. However, since there is a lot of back-and-forth between the human and robot, it was very tedious work. All of this, plus some discussion of how to improve the skit as a whole, took most of the meeting, and left little time to work on the robot’s actions. Luckily, there isn’t a big need for motion in the skit, so work on movement can be done quickly.

Overall, it’s been great working with these robots, but it’s a shame we don’t have more time to work with them. I’d love to see all that these guys can do.