Fall Building Tours
This fall, a series of EMPAC building tours will offer guests a range of perspectives on EMPAC’s unique infrastructure and growing impact within the international performing arts world.
Each tour will be led by a different member of the EMPAC team with particular focus on their area of expertise. Tours will run the first Saturday of each month at 11AM. Visitors should meet at the EMPAC box office on the 7th floor.
SEPT 1: Building Tour with Director Johannes Goebel
Join EMPAC’s founding director Johannes Goebel for a tour of the building (and overview of the program) that he helped realize and has led through EMPAC’s first 10 years. Goebel will take visitors through the EMPAC building with an eye and an ear to the “human-scale” functions he strove to achieve in taking the project from a lofty vision to one of the world’s most advanced media centers.
OCT 6: Building Tour with Senior Network Administrator Dave Bebb
This tour offers a look at the center from an information technology perspective. With miles of fiber optic cable linking all four venues as well as the audio and video recording facilities, EMPAC is an environment where physical and digital worlds seamlessly intersect.
NOV 3: Building Tour with Director for Stage Technologies Geoff Abbas
Each of EMPAC’s performance spaces were designed as a blank canvas, endlessly customizable according to the needs of EMPAC’s diverse productions. Join director of stage technologies Geoff Abbas for a behind-the-scenes tour of all the nuts and bolts that make the space work, including the robotic rigging system and 80-foot Theater fly tower.
DEC 1: Building Tour with Curator of Theater and Dance Ashley Ferro-Murray
Working across the disciplines of theater and dance, Ferro-Murray’s curatorial work highlights the intersections between body movement and technological media — including popular culture media, moving-image, and interactive sensors. This tour will focus on the flexibility of EMPAC’s performance venues and public spaces as they serve new approaches to dance and theater.