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As a company, Swim Pony creates joyful interactive experiences that mine the potential of live performance and play. Founded in 2009, Swim Pony’s genre-defying work is created with a shifting ensemble of multidisciplinary collaborators. The company’s original projects include SURVIVE!, a 22,000 sq ft choose-your-own-adventure installation exploring humanity’s place within the universe; LADY M, a feminist re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth; THE GIANT SQUID, a “crypto-zoology-horror-comedy” performed in science lecture halls across Philadelphia; and THE BALLAD OF JOE HILL, a play with music created for Eastern State Penitentiary about the execution of a historic labor icon. Most recently, Swim Pony has become known for its melding of game design with theater in projects like TRAILOFF – an immersive mobile app created in collaboration with the PA Environmental Council using GPS to embed original BIPOC stories onto nature trails; AQUA MAROONED!, a wildlife card game commissioned by the Alliance for Watershed Education; and WAR OF THE WORLDS, a theater/game experience created with Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio which explored alien invasion as a metaphor for gentrification.