When Alex Wright of the New York Times called New Albany-Plain Local Schools back in March 2012, he was researching the use of robots in theater. He discovered that New Albany High School was doing pioneering work alongside a handful of college programs. The resulting story appeared on the New York Times website on July 5th, with a print version planned for Sunday, July 8th.Click here to view the New York Times article.
Herman made it quite clear that the production would not have been possible without the vision and efforts of Elliott Lemberg, the High School Drama teacher, and the Actor’s Studio students.
Technology Department Chair Arleen Piper devoted several hours of her time to making sure we had quality video footage. As part of their assignment, robotics students – with crucial help from Ms. Anne Blaha in the Digital Eagle Innovation Center – turned that raw footage into finished YouTube videos. Click here to view the Robot Theater Videos
Finally, the challenge of bringing all the pieces together was handled this year by student producer Jeannette Newton. She deserves a huge round of applause!
The New Albany High School Robot Theater is known for its pioneering efforts. The theater completed its third season in the 2011-2012 school year. Herman and Lemberg plan to advance the program next year by adding a new robot capable of speech and a number of other advanced features.
According to teacher David Herman, a few facts didn’t make it into the New York Times article. Click here to view a full cast picture and the names of the entire 2012 student team.