Some creative projects don’t fit into the standard categories, but rather blur the lines between multiple disciplines. These special projects call for the services of a creative firm possessing the broad range of core competencies required to achieve a cohesive and memorable expression.

Large and small, Clear Story has conceived and produced special projects for a variety of clients including cultural institutions, international rock and roll stars, real estate developers, and inspired performance artists.

Explore the special projects below to see how Clear Story responds to unique creative challenges:

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts: Theatre of the Senses

In 2008, Clear Story managed the production of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a city-wide, 16-day performing and visual arts festival featuring exclusive U.S. and World premieres by highly-acclaimed international artists and contemporary performing arts companies. The festival was presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in association with other Pittsburgh cultural organizations to offer intimate audience experiences at various traditional and non-traditional performance venues within the downtown Cultural District and throughout the city.

International Coordination Meets On-site Production Management

In their leadership role, Clear Story was responsible for the advance international coordination of participating artists and featured exhibits, as well as the production and management of the festival’s three-week program of challenging performances across multiple venues.

Theatre of the Senses - "The Echo of the Shadow"

The most demanding and transformational of projects during the 2008 Festival of Firsts was "El Eco de la Sombra" by Barcelona-based Teatro de los Sentidos.  This innovative company has pioneered an intimate style of "theatre in the labyrinth", through which each audience member travels to experience a personal journey full of heightened perception and self awareness.  Staged in a former U.S. Military Armory complex, Clear Story collaborated with the company's astute artistic and technical team to develop the implementation plan and facilitate the company's process for this complex theatrical work.  This production was critically acclaimed and generally regarded as the standout "theatrical experience" of 2008.

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

While serving as the Production Managers of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, Clear Story also led the original production design and technical direction of 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a theatrical cinematic concert featuring a selection of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Test” film series with live musical accompaniment by New York-based musicians Dean & Britta.

A total of thirteen four-minute silent “Screen Tests” are projected behind the four- member ensemble as they perform a score composed for each film segment. Since its premiere at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh in October 2008, 13 Most Beautiful… has been featured at film and music festivals in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Continuing Leadership

Clear Story continues its role as Directors of Production as the performance travels to venues throughout the world. For every engagement, members of the Clear Story creative team direct the production design and are responsible for the high-quality presentation of the Warhol film projection. A Clear Story specialist travels with the artistic team and implements the production in collaboration with technical crews working at such varied and prestigious venues as the Allen Room at Lincoln Center in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Sydney Opera House, and the Barbican Theatre in London.  As of May 2013, 13 Most Beautiful… has been presented in more than 60 venues in 16 countries.

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