How is virtual reality (VR) changing the future of storytelling? Kate explores how viewers are drawn into an immersive story and why virtual reality will change the way future generations conceive of and produce stories.

Kate Gardner ’16, is passionate about helping people tell their stories and spearheading media projects that communicate beauty, truth, and human connection. She hails from Washington D.C. and is currently finishing her senior year at Princeton as an English major, writing her senior thesis on virtual reality storytelling. From her early beginnings of writing fantasy short stories inspired by narrative video games, Kate has cultivated a lifelong love of technology, storytelling, and combining the two. For her thesis, she has travelled to San Francisco, Seattle, and the Sundance Film Festival to research virtual reality hardware, meet with developers, and immerse herself in the emerging genre of narrative experiences. Coming from a creative writing and theater background, she seeks to impart vision and aspiration to the next generation of writers, storytellers, and creatives.

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