Janet K Howe
immersive / interactive / site-specific
director - producer - consultant
Janet K Howe is an immersive, interactive, and site-specific director, creator, consultant, and producer. For seven years Janet served as Artistic Director of (re)discover theatre in Chicago, producing eighteen shows, eight large events, and ongoing programing. This included creating and directing large scale productions such as ‘Farewell My Friends’ and ‘FOR ONE’. Janet's background in dance and design creates highly visual and multi-sensory experiences. Janet has an interest in how interactive experiences and play can be used to unpack challenging and complex topics. Recently, Janet completed an MA studying immersive theatre in London, focusing on this interest as well as accessibility in immersive forms. Janet has trained with Punchdrunk, Third Rail Projects, The Neo Futurist, Frantic Assembly, and has worked with companies such as Blast Theory, ZU-UK, and Coney.
Mars Raiders is a piece of interactive playable theatre, shared through zoom. Players tune into a Q&A with beloved astronaut Jamie Spelt. Jamie is on a return mission from retrieving samples collected by the Mars Rover Perseverance, launched 15 years ago, back in 2020. The capsule returning the samples had been halted just outside of the Earth’s orbit and required a special human operated mission to retrieve it. No one seems to know just why that happened but the chons-mineral contained in this sample is so valuable that the mission was launched with all due haste. The mission was launch by the newly formed INASA (InterNational Air and Space Association – a Canada/UK/US collaboration). The exciting discovery of this mineral has covered recent news because its plastic dissolving quality promises to fix Earth’s plastic waste issue. The Q&A starts as expected until Jamie’s ship is attacked and cut off from INASA communications. Jamie is dependent on the people who have tuned in, to help her get home safely with the precious mineral. They face off with space-pirates, international space competitors and corruption from the Blue Orizon corporation.