The Female Role Model Project


“combines theatre and neuroscience for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience…” –
“You Can Hear What She's Thinking - Literally” - TDF Stages
“Gender- and generation-transcending” - Lavender After Dark
“Lighthearted and thoughtful… some striking revelations!”-
Ferme’s impersonation of Melania Trump and Dodd’s of Kim K will send you doubling over into laughter.” -
“Engaging, entertaining, and just plain cool” - NewYorkTheater

November 7th - December 2nd

3LD Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10006

The Female Role Model Project, an interactive theatrical experience incorporating live neuroscientific recordings, is coming to the New York City’s premier hub for arts and technology- 3-Legged Dog (3LD) for a four week engagement November 7th through December 3rd, 2018.

It combines theatrical performance and interactive games with live recordings of neural activity from both actors and audience members using Emotiv and Brainbit EEG headsets. (It’s part performance, part game show, part storytime, and part psychology/sociology lesson packed into two hours that definitely won’t leave you bored. PlaysToSee) The piece explores representations of female role models and their evolution in a time of great sociopolitical change and the possibility of transforming our brains.

The project's artists perform as different role models (e.g., Mulan, Marilyn Monroe, Melania Trump, Kim Kardashian) while the electrical activity of their brain is monitored with portable EEG headsets. The performers' neural functioning is projected for everyone in the theatre to see live and in real time. Composer and music producer Justin Mathews (artist on Selena Gomez’s new album) created a program that converts the live brain waves of performers’ into an intricate sound design. (“You Can Hear What She's Thinking - Literally” - TDF Stages) Audience members and collaborators witness how such role models are represented and processed, according to what they trigger and how they potentially affect us throughout our lives.

The design and content team includes Brooklyn College cognitive neuroscientist and psychology professor Dr. Natalie Kacinik – who provides science text, and insights about the live neural activity that is observed; and esteemed video designer John Jannone, the founder and former director of Brooklyn College’s MFA program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts — who is responsible for the interactive media design.

TRANSFORMA Theatre Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated to creating interactive theatre experiences at the convergence of science, consciousness and ritual. Tech sponsors are Emotiv and Brainbit.



Produced by Transforma Theatre Inc.
Founded by Jacob Sebag, Natalie Kacinik, Tjaša Ferme

Created by Tjaša Ferme

Developed with and Directed by Ana Margineanu


Tjasa Ferme