Escape The Planet!


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You accidentally crash-landed on a planet outside of our solar system – will you be able to make this our new home or will you have to escape the planet? Well, the planet we’ve landed on isn’t right for us at all, so we need your help gathering supplies before we can escape! Come on this inter-planetary adventure with us and you’ll get an appreciation for how special Earth really is.

Join us during the month of July for a 15-minute space adventure created by artist Andrew Scoville and scientist Moiya McTier. Escape the Planet! was created as part of NYSCI’s ACCESS 2018: Space Exploration Festival, which paired artists and scientists to create museum experiences around a theme of space exploration.

Free with NYSCI admission.

About the Artists and Scientists

Andrew Scoville
Andrew Scoville is a Queens-based, Chicago-born theater director who uses math and science as source material to create theatrical experiences. He is the co-creator, director and co-host of the podcast People Doing Math. The live recordings of People Doing Math have been produced by The National Museum of Math, Strand Bookstore Special Events, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, Ars Nova Theater and The Sheen Center for Art and Culture. Most recently, Scoville directed Memory Retrograde, with Harunalee Theater Company, which took a unique approach to theatricalizing the science of memory. He is the director of Love Machine, a high-tech, interactive performance in three parts, utilizing actor and audience responsive technology. As part of Love Machine, he was lead director on The Interactivity Salon at 3LD Art and Technology Center, which brought together theater artists and programmers to develop unique ways of collaborating. He has worked on two distinct projects that were created for Bina48, the world’s most advanced social robot.

Scoville graduated from New York University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in theater arts. He has held internships with Theater Mitu, The Wooster Group and Temporary Distortion. As a technician, he toured two of Temporary Distortion’s shows to France, Hungary and Australia. He teaches at Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU) and at various public schools in New York and New Jersey through The Metropolitan Opera Guild. He is a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. He lives in Ridgewood, Queens with his wife, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, and their son Ernie.

Moiya McTier
Moiya McTier grew up in a small coal-mining town in Pennsylvania, with a clear view of the night sky. However, she didn’t begin to pursue astronomy professionally until her sophomore year at Harvard College. At the same time, she was learning from Harvard’s folklore department how to study people and tell their stories. Her college years were filled with struggles brought on by the weakness of her science and math background and rude awakenings about what it means to be a woman of color in STEM.

After graduating in 2016, she continued her education in the astronomy doctorate program at Columbia University. It was there that she realized her double training in scientific research and narrative storytelling made her an excellent science communicator. Now, her professional time is split between doing science, talking about it, and making it easier for people to follow in her footsteps.

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