Second Year MFA Presents New Performance Work in Multiple Spaces Around Chicago

Megan Pitcher, second-year MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts, and founder of Solid Ground Studio in Pilsen, is experimenting with a new performance work as part of a summer Directed Graduate Project course at Columbia. The performance will be completely open and interactive, with the intention of exploring how different audiences navigate the viewing process.

The first appearance of the performance work took place on a steamy July 2, and was comprised of an “open rehearsal and experimentation” session. Workshopping the piece utilized the large Raw Space of the 1104 South Wabash building, which provided options for lighting, projection, and sound, and plenty of space for performers to move with an audience present. A second session of work-in-progress showings will take place on Friday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Solid Ground Studio during the Chicago Arts District Second Fridays event. This monthly open studios event has frequently been the origination point for new and experimental visual and performance arts, and Pitcher’s work-in-progress showing will provide a catalyst for possible open improvisation and experimentation.

The final performance and feedback loop session will take place back at the InterArts Raw Space on July 16 (1104 South Wabash Avenue, 2nd floor). All events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required due to limited seating in some venues. For more information, contact Megan Pitcher at