The Female Role Model Project


“Engaging, entertaining, and just plain cool” - NewYorkTheater
“combines theatre and neuroscience for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience…” –
“You Can Hear What She's Thinking - Literally” - TDF Stages
“Gender- and generation-transcending” - Lavender After Dark
“Lighthearted and thoughtful… some striking revelations!”-
Ferme’s impersonation of Melania Trump and Dodd’s of Kim K will send you doubling over into laughter.” -

November 7th - December 2nd

3LD Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10006

The Female Role Model Project, an interactive theatrical experience incorporating live neuroscientific recordings, is coming to the New York City’s premier hub for arts and technology- 3-Legged Dog (3LD) for a four week engagement November 7th through December 3rd, 2018.

Thematically the piece explores representations of female role models and their evolution in a time of great sociopolitical change and the possibility of transforming our brains. It combines theatrical performance and interactive games with live recordings of neural activity from both actors and audience members using Emotiv EEG headsets.

The Female Role Model Project (TFRMP) explores each performer’s own experiences of being a female in the world. The piece's framework identifies and tests the notions of traditional female role models, with the potential of creating new ones to better serve us in the current world of great sociopolitical shifts. The project's artists perform as different role models (e.g., Mulan, Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, Kim Kardashian) while the electrical activity of their brain is monitored with portable EEG headsets (provided by tech sponsor Emotiv). The performers' neural functioning is projected for everyone in the theatre to see live and in real time. Composer and music producer Justin Mathews (artist on Selena Gomez’s new album) also created a program that converts the live brain waves of performers’ into an intricate sound design. Audience members and collaborators witness how such role models are represented and processed, according to what they trigger and how they potentially affect us throughout our lives.

The design and content team includes Brooklyn College cognitive neuroscientist and psychology professor Dr. Natalie Kacinik -- who provides science text, and insights about the live neural activity that is observed; esteemed video designer John Jannone, the founder and former director of Brooklyn College’s MFA program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts -- who is responsible for the media design, and the composer and music producer Justin Mathews -- who creates a live adaptive score using his own program that converts brain waves into sound. EEG (electroencephalogram) headsets are provided by tech sponsors Emotiv and Brainbit.


Produced by Transforma Theatre Inc.
Founded by Jacob Sebag, Natalie Kacinik, Tjaša Ferme

Created by Tjaša Ferme

Developed with and Directed by Ana Margineanu

Devisers/Performers: Meggan Dodd, Tjaša Ferme, Gina Simone Pemberton, Yiqing Zhao

Sound design by Justin Mathews

Audio Programming Consultant: James Mathews

Video Design by John J.A. Jannone

Video Design Assistant: Alexandria Grajales

Light Design by Ayumu Poe Saegusa (CMsl)

Movement Designer Joya Powell

Cognitive Neuroscientist: Natalie Kacinik

Live Neuroscientific Interpretation by Phoebe Chen

On-stage Techies: Stephen Bryson and Maryam Choudhary

Stage Manager: Mariah Plante

Tech Sponsors: Brainbit and Emotiv

Managing Director: Jacob Sebag
Director of Sciences: Natalie Kacinik
Artistic Director, President: Tjaša Ferme
Company Manager: Jeremy Goren
Marketing/Business Development Assistant: Andrew Farina
Casting Director: Carly J. Bauer
Photography by Jaka Vinsek
Web design by Doug Barron
Postcard design by Yasmin Chavez

Tech Sponsor:

Emotiv BrainWear

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