Larry Shea is an artist and educator working with a wide variety of digital and analog media, creating visuals and interactivity for theatrical productions and fine artworks around the world. Recent production work and research has been focused on using smartphones for live events, connecting audiences and performers in meaningful new configurations. He led the team that created an augmented reality “app” used throughout "The Elements of Oz," and developed a phone-based interactive site, where remote audiences competed with each other over menial micro-tasks, for the recent online performance “I Agree to the Terms,” both with the acclaimed media-theater company The Builders Association. He continues to work with the Builders on several new projects in development.
Earlier career highlights include his work on Julia Scher’s surveillance-art installations in the late 90’s; “Securityworld” (Galerie Hussenot, Paris); “Wonderland” (Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY); and “Predictive Engineering 2” (SFMOMA). And also his work as the media & technical designer for Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson’s large-scale outdoor, train-based performance & projection extravaganza “Geyserland,” (2003, Montana).
Larry holds an MFA from The Massachusetts College of Art and a BA from the University of Virginia. He dedicated 8 years to the internationally acclaimed MIX: New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, serving on the Programming Committee from 1997-2002 and as Executive Director from 2003-5. He has taught at The New School & Pratt Institute in NY, & The Museum School, Boston. Currently he’s an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he founded and runs the Video & Media Design MFA & BFA programs and is the Area Chair of Design for the School of Drama.