Adam J. Thompson is a designer working with video in live performance. He has worked previously as a director and a producer and is the Founding Director of The Deconstructive Theatre Project, a non-profit multimedia creative laboratory which he founded and led from 2006 - 2016.
His work as a director and as a designer has been produced and presented in theatrical and gallery settings including Terminal 5, City Theatre, The Flea, Atlantic Theatre Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, HERE, La Mama, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, FiveMyles, Gowanus Art & Production, the VIA Festival, the Special FX Festival, LAX Festival, OutFest Austin, Bard College's Fisher Center, Carnegie Mellon University, the MIT Media Lab's Hacking Arts Festival, and as video documentation at Edge Arts in Lisbon, Portugal. He is an alumni of The Public Theater’s Devised Theatre Working Group and the HERE Artist Residency Program and is a collaborator with the multimedia performance collectives Big Art Group and The Builders Association. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation among others and he was recently selected to exhibit at and as an ambassador to the 2018 Beijing International Design Biennial.
He has taught and guest lectured in devised and multimedia performance creation and in video design at The School of Making Thinking, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NYU, the University of North Carolina, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a BA in directing and dramaturgy from Emerson College and an MFA in Video & Media Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adam’s work has been called “a multimedia fantasia” (Time Out New York) and praised for “masterfully…illuminating the utter complexity and subjectivity of our own consciousness” (ArtLab), and for being “so purposeful…unique, [and] innovatively reflective on the future of the performing arts” (Letters from the Mezzanine).
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