Collaborative Imagining

Ages 18 and up
October 6–27, 2023
6–8pm EST, Fridays

  • Instructor

    Anna Kroll & Chloe Engel

  • Pricing


  • Dates

    6-27 October

An online game campaign in which you and a group of strangers engage in a role-playing story.

The first session you enter as your avatar. With cameras off, you choose what you are: a cloud, an alien, a tree. We begin with the mechanics of the game: how to build the world we play in and how to propose physical contact.

Every session begins with grounding exercises and then, we play. Each player is given individualized prompts to utilize. At the end of each session, we map what happened so we can do a recap at the beginning of the next session.

Looking to try a world-building game, but feeling a little scared? This is a space to imagine and experiment, surrounded by support. We give you a container, drawing upon our work as teachers, improvisers and play therapists so you can dive into fantasy while maintaining a sense of self. Through multiple sessions we observe the evolution of the story and how it might mingle with “real” life.

This is a space to practice being present, listening and responding to something emerging. These are skills for collaboration and co-authorship with one another.

This class will be held virtually.

About Anna Kroll & Chloe Engel

Anna Kroll & Chloë Engel are interdisciplinary artists, improvisers, listeners and long-term collaborators. We swear we make dances, but they’re also phone calls, choose-your-own-adventure vignettes, living installations, games, and/or oracles for predicting our ecological destiny. Our work has been presented in Tendon magazine, re:semblance at New Media Artspace (NYC/ online), Spark IV: A New World? (Baltimore / online) and Mind on Fire (Baltimore/online). Our current project is an immersive tabletop game called The Space is a Body and You Are In It. We facilitate collaborative imagining workshops independently and through The Deep Play Institute (2021).

Anna’s work has been shown at No Theme Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY), in Philadelphia theaters, rivers and subway underpasses, at FringeArts’ Scratch Night, Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival, Invisible River’s Schuylkill River Arts Day, Cathy Weis' Sundays on Broadway (NYC), and Danspace's Draftwork series (NYC). MFA in Intermedia and Digital Art from UMBC.

Chloë’s performance work has been shown at Lifeworld (Brooklyn, NY), AUNTS (Brooklyn, NY), Open Performance at Movement Research, No Theme Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Middlebury College, and Bennington College. They work as an assistant play therapist and early childhood educator.

General Information

This class is curated in partnership with The School of Making Thinking.