Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration (STAGE) was created in 2005 to encourage collaboration between artists and scientists. Originally, it began as a partnership between the Professional Artists Lab and the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. STAGE, which is housed at California NanoSystems Institute, hosts a biennial international script competition and a Collaboratory.
The founder and director of STAGE is Nancy Kawalek, a Studio Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The STAGE International Script Competition awards a $10,000 prize to the best new play about science and technology.
A panel of artists and scientists serve as jurors for each cycle of the competition. Judges have included
Playwrights who have won the competition include
In 2009, STAGE launched The Collaboratory, an artistic laboratory for the development of theatrical works that have a multi-media component and that feature science and technology. The first play being created in The Collaboratory is The Brain Project.
Participants of The Brain Project include
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