Virtual Production: Exploring Careers in a New Platform- MaryAnn Talavera2024-03-04T14:32:25-08:00

MaryAnn Talavera

Born in the Dominican Republic, MaryAnn Talavera is an award winning creative technologist, filmmaker, educator, and polyglot with a love of travel and storytelling. She studied XR and virtual production in the Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. MaryAnn is the Associate Director of Recruitment in Tisch Special Programs, where she produces promotional content for the school including audio and video projects, as well as graphic design for print and digital media. She is also a part-time instructor at the New School where she teaches XR world-building. In 2022, MaryAnn was an Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College’s Movement Lab where she worked on and showcased the ORIXA Project. This spring, she was accepted as a member of the Onassis Foundation’s ONX Studio and joined the Future of Storytelling Explorer’s Club. She has studied and worked all over the world, including Italy, France, Brazil, and Japan.

MaryAnn is a 3D artist, founder of Rolos Productions, and Co-Founder of the ORIXA Project. In 2021, she received a HEAR US(Helping Elevate and Recapitalize Underrepresented Stories) Award for “Root,” a project highlighting issues of representation within 3D, specifically the lack of afro-textured hair assets and Black character options. MaryAnn is passionate about projects that uplift Black and Brown narratives and transcend borders while tackling social justice issues like race, gender, and climate change.