We had the good fortune of connecting with Simone Tetrault and Rich Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Simone, Rich, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 2015, we hadn’t heard of many theatre companies exploring science, so we wanted to create something that fulfilled our interest in the type of hybrid work we wanted to make. Since then, there has been a lot of expansion in the field across all art forms, and it’s been a joy for us to connect with so many like-minded people across the world!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Rich: We are truly devoted to making art at the intersection of art and science. We’re not a traditional theatre company, nor a traditional media company, we’re both. What’s more, our work isn’t really just about sciart fascinations or aesthetic choices. We are guided by our general curiosities and making work that will stand the test of time.

Simone: We’re very focused on creating work that is grounded in a process that values integrity–not only in concepts and ideas, but also in care for the people who are part of that creative process.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Simone: If you’re up for a long stroll, I love visiting the Huntington Gardens where you can get away from the noise of the city and immerse yourself in natural beauty.

Rich: I love hanging out at Resident DTLA to catch some good live music and enjoy the food trucks on site. It’s a very California vibe with outdoor fire pits and one of the first places we went when we first moved to LA.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Simone: My late friend and mentor, Mary Overlie, was incredibly influential in guiding the way we approach our work. In fact, the first performance piece we developed, “Symphony of the Fourth Dimension”, grew out of a project I had started as a deep dive into examinations of Time, one of Mary’s Six Viewpoints or “SSTEMS”. Outside of her creative influence, I think what Mary did for us both was exemplify a very different type of leadership than what is traditionally expected. Mary was a force, but had a quiet, gentle way of creating safe spaces that allowed artists and collaborators to be themselves, to be vulnerable, and to be thoughtful. Her methodology has very much informed the way I approach directing performances and the way we, as a company, lead our collaborators.

Rich: Since relocating to Los Angeles, we’ve found incredible collaborators and a supportive community within the Level Ground Collective. Through their open calls and group art projects, we’ve been able to create some of our most fulfilling projects here in LA.

Website: www.centrifugearts.com

Instagram: @centrifugearts

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/CentrifugeArts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centrifugearts/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXLQQsx_ahG7dt5vmF5parA

Other: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/CentrifugeArts

Image Credits
Max Sahn, Rich Johnson

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