Laura Allcorn is a creative director, experience designer, and humorist. She founded The Institute For Comedic Inquiry (IFCI), a comedian-led research group. At IFCI she creates interactive objects and participatory performances that point out absurdities through a technique she calls ‘Participatory Satire.’ Her work focuses on how humor connects people to each other and new ideas–especially the ones that challenge narrow assumptions. She has studied all forms of comedy including satire writing, improvisation, sketch, and stand-up comedy.
Her work with IFCI has been shown around the world at Science Gallery (Dublin); CCCB (Barcelona); ArtScience Museum (Singapore); Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome); Design Week Portland, Risk/Reward Pavement Festival (Portland); Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland); Portland Fashion Week; and featured in The Guardian, Wired UK, GOOD, Dwell, and Design Bureau Magazine.
Laura also has over 10 years of experience designing award-winning interactive experiences and exhibitions for museums and brands. Most recently she was an Associate Creative Director at Second Story Interactive Studios where she worked with California State Parks, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Thomas Cole Historic Site, New York Public Library, Harvard Business School, Target, Nokia, and others.
Laura earned an MFA in Applied Craft and Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art where she focused on speculative design and imagining more desirable futures. She holds a BFA in Marketing from Mount Union University. She also completed the Art Action Academy with Center For Artistic Activism at Queens Museum in 2017.