Inside The Odyssey Project, an interactive documentary

Inside the Odyssey Project is an interactive documentary presenting the 2019 workshop of The Odyssey Project in the Ventura Juvenile Correction Facility, in California.

Lead by Michael Morgan, Senior lecturer at the University of Santa Barbara, California, this workshop is a two months collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in California and undergraduate students from the University of California Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer’s Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus or in a detention facility to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater or in a detention facility. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life-affirming choices.

The Odyssey Project is supported by the California  Art Council and IHC of UCSB, California, USA.

Since a few years, I’ve been curious to explore how to add interactivity to the documentary form. This year I had the chance to test it (in a very limited form) with this project. Discover the web documentary and learn more about The Odyssey Project at: