About

We produce and present live arts that interrogate the scientific innovations and technological changes of our times. We explore with artists and scientists how light-speed advances impact our lives and our planet. We create shared experiences to spark curiosity, wonder, and critical thinking. in order to forge a more informed democracy and inspire a better future. Join us!

In 2019, MAX’s first year of programming, we worked with over 100 artists and scientists to bring 25 performances, 10 presentations, and 5 museum installations to over 10,000 audience members across 3 cities in partnership with 7 premiere venues including The Exploratorium, Carnegie Hall, and the Norton Museum.

Our Strategy

To build a synergy between the artist and the scientist.

To engage audiences around innovative live arts to foster an informed and lively democracy.

To encourage artists and humanists to think constructively and critically about the influence of private enterprise on scientific innovation.

To find more ways to engage students at the university level in the arts and humanities.

To diversify science labs by engaging under-served populations of pre-college students, in particular focusing their intellects and imaginations on scientific missions.

To expand the breadth of both science and art, thus furthering humankind’s pursuit of a sustainable future.

Our Team

Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat
Producing Director
Kay Matschullat is an accomplished performing and media arts director, producer, educator, and founder whose work is dedicated to deconstructing barriers and exploring inventive collaborations. In 2013, Matschullat set her sights on driving innovation in performing arts through the intersection of technology and the arts by founding Scriptopia, the first software application for collaborative, online script development. After successfully launching Scriptopia, Matschullat secured angel funding for Media Art Xploration (MAX), a non-profit dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of performing and media arts with the goal of increasing artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry into the light-speed advances in science and technology. She most enjoys creating space for artists and scientists to change the world and to that end, she is curating MAX 2019: A Space Festival. Also currently producing America In The Balance, "AIB", a series of nonfiction theater episodes that explore critical moments in the American experiment through media, music, and storytelling. July 20, 2019 MAX's Young Americans, an episode of AIB presented at the festival, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Carnegie Hall. Directing credits include the classics Threepenny Opera, All’s Well That Ends Well, Skin of Our Teeth, and Love’s Labour’s Lost; stage premiers of Dimetos and Echoes of a Thousand Hills in Rwanda; and Carson McCullers Talks About Love with Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik and songwriter Suzanne Vega (nominated for a Drama Desk Award). She has directed premier productions by renowned writers including former Czech Republic president and playwright Vaclav Havel (The Conspirators), Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean playwright Derek Walcott (To Die For Granada, Pantomime), and Pulitzer Prize winner Ariel Dorfman (Widows). Matschullat founded the new play program at The Williamstown Theater Festival and InTheRaw at Red Bull Theater. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and recipient of a Master of Arts degree from NYU, Matschullat’s awards include an NEA Directing Fellowship, a TCG Fellowship, a Rubin Foundation Production Grant, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and Harvard’s Rudolf Arnheim Award for Interdisciplinary Work. As an artist and educator, Matschullat served on NYU’s Tisch full-time faculty for over two decades and taught in Princeton University’s Theater and Dance program. Matschullat has held artistic residencies at Dartmouth College, Harvard College, CALARTS, SCAD, Duke University, and she will be a lecturer at Harvard College in 2019
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum
Associate Producer/Production Manager
Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest and True/False. He has organized new media exhibitions and conferences at MIT Open Documentary Lab, Istanbul Independent Film Festival and Camden International Film Festival. He has an MS from MIT in comparative media studies and a BA from Bard College in film & electronic arts.
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme
Development Associate
Emma Orme is a Brooklyn-based theatre producer, actor, and non-profit administrator. She has worked as the Special Events Coordinator and Grant Writer for Williamstown Theatre Festival, as a video producer for The New York Times, as the producer of Guerilla Science's GS2018, and as an actor and producer The Flea Theater.  Producing credits include: Time Out Critics' Pick Brief Chronicle (i am a slow tide); NYT Critics’ Pick Red Emma & The Mad Monk (The Tank); Flea Fridays & SERIALS (The Flea); Polylogues (Dixon Place); and NYT Critics’ Pick AGNES (Lesser America)Performance credits include: The Daughters and Black Dick [readings] (New York Theatre Workshop); Tongue Depressor (Weasel Festival @ The Public Theater); LOCKED UP BITCHES and Not My Monster! (The Flea); Napoli, Brooklyn [reading] and Song For A Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and The Bacchae (LaMama Experimental Theatre).  BA: Dartmouth College. www.emmaorme.com
Veronica Burt
Social Media and Virtual Programming Associate
Veronica Burt
Social Media and Virtual Programming Associate
Veronica Sofia Burt is a Brooklyn-based, Los Angeles bred theater artist. She has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Washington National Opera and in Tokyo Broadcasting Service’s 360 Theater. She also works in the burgeoning field of intimacy direction, her most recent work being New York Musical Festival’s "Best Musical" Leaving Eden. Veronica has worked with non profits and schools such as United in Harmony, Education for the Children Foundation, and Laureate Academy developing arts programming for children in the United States and beyond. BA: Dartmouth College VeronicaBurt.com @veronbee
Asia Szczepanowska
Internal Accounting Officer
Asia Szczepanowska
Internal Accounting Officer

Organization

We provide a stage for artists and audiences engaged in innovation. We initiate collaborations between artists, scientists, and technologists, as well as present existing works from around the globe. This interdisciplinary approach to understanding our world has the important impact of more adequately assessing the ground-level effects of scientific innovations. Artists and humanists have the opportunity to constructively and creatively influence those who aim to change the face and the fate of humanity.

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