Powell is an XR developer, 3D artist, writer/director and founder of TimeWave, a transatlantic collective that explores the intersection of media and technology. See: timewavefestival.com.
TimeWave 2014-2017 conducted multiple seasons of XR Lab (formerly Virtual Reality Lab), the Virtual Reality (VR) Hackathon and the Transmedia Lab. XR Lab was hosted by the NYU Game Center and ITP/NYU and sponsored (at various times) by TIME Inc., Hearst Technologies and Samsung. Oculus contributed Rifts to the lab.
Powell was the Producing Artistic Director of TimeWave, an international theatre/tech festival gathering 75 artists and streaming in new work from London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Madrid and Montreal. The festival was hosted by Innovation Warehouse, a leading British accelerator located in Shoreditch, London. Sponsors included: Walt Disney Imagineering, Hathersage Capital Management, Arts Council England, Telestream and Vidyo.
Hosted by Google Campus London, Velocity Lab linked multiple cities (i.e., London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Singapore) to broadcast rehearsed readings of new plays, teleplays and screenplays.
Previous to TimeWave, Powell was the Producing Artistic Director of Brave New World on Broadway (2002), the major theatrical artistic response to the first year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Responsibilities included: assembling a board of directors, funding (corporate sponsorship and private donations), managing infrastructure (administrative and technical teams), recruiting artists, and vetting and developing content. Fifty new plays and songs were presented over four performances at Town Hall, New York City. Over 150 award-winning artists participated, including: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Olympia Dukakis, Neil LaBute, Alec Baldwin, Isabella Rossellini, Holly Hunter, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Amy Irving, Elias Koteas, Rosie Perez, Sam Waterston, Liev Schreiber, Eli Wallach, Paul Rudd, Julianna Margulies, Peter Gallagher, Neil Patrick Harris and John Turturro, to name a few.
Her plays include: Bliss Moon, The Impostor, Savage Light, Blackwater, Harry Black. Harry Black was produced in the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Works Series. Blackwater was selected for the National Playwrights Conference, O’Neill Theatre Center and by John Guare for the Lincoln Center Reading Series. The Impostor, featuring Calista Flockhart, Clark Gregg and Austin Pendleton, was twice nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and received an Honourable Mention for the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award. Powell has been produced by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Philadephia Theater Company’s New Works Series, Circle Repertory Theatre Lab, the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Duke University’s New Works Series; she has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre, Talking Wall Pictures, PBS Great Performances. Powell is a winner of the Writers Guild of America, East screenwriting fellowship (NYC) and won the Scriptapalooza (LA) competition. For Powell’s UCLA course on dramatic narrative, please see: http://timewavefestival.com/refresh-story-skills/.
Skills include: Maya, ZBrush, Motionbuilder, Unity 3D (C#), Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer, FL Studio, FMOD, Adobe Premiere, Autopano Video Pro, Autopano Giga, writing and storytelling. BA, Yale. MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), NYU.