The No Proscenium Podcast
Exploring the renaissance in immersive theatre and interactive events. Hosted by Noah Nelson, creator of No Proscenium, a free events listing newsletter in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. Visit NoProscenium.com to sign up.
info_outline Special Episode: Stand With Asians 04/09/2021
Special Episode: Stand With Asians Stand With Asians is a community call to action that kicked off with a day of protest and programming on March 26, 2021 as a direct response to the mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16th, which came after a year of rising violence and discrimination targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities here in the United States.
info_outline Episode 288: Of The Night 03/19/2021
Episode 288: Of The Night Courtney Nichols & Blakeshine are the co-founders of Of The Night, a new experiential party-in-a-box company that evolved out of Nichols' work in LA – the beloved Disco Dining Club – and Blakeshine's work on the music festival circuit creating large scale experiences.
info_outline Episode 287: Lou Doye 03/12/2021
Episode 287: Lou Doye Working out of England, Lou Doye is an executive producer in the immersive field whose projects often mix immersive theatre and immersive tech. Projects where XR meets the boards. She's also one of my favorite people to talk to, having met while working on the board for the Artizen Transformations Grant. On this episode of the show, Lou and I talk the business of immersive and as always it's an education for me. Plus a little bit about what The RSC's Dream was before the pandemic pivot. Show Notes
info_outline Episode 286: Violeta Ayala, creator of Prison X 03/06/2021
Episode 286: Violeta Ayala, creator of Prison X Violeta Ayala's Prison X — Chapter 1: The Devil and The Sun, stunned us at Sundance this year. The Quechua film and theatre-maker blended lessons learned from those disciplines to put the audience inside a Neo-Andean myth via VR. (Check out our enthusiastic review.)
info_outline Episode 285: Shine On Collective on 'Welcome Home' & 'Spirits of Tillinghast' 02/26/2021
Episode 285: Shine On Collective on 'Welcome Home' & 'Spirits of Tillinghast' Marlee Delia and Anna Mavromati are the co-founders of Shine On Collective, the LA immersive theatre company that made its name creating intimate horror experiences with a strong audio signature. Like so many others in the pandemic, Shine On had to pivot if they wanted to keep producing, and what that landed on came as a surprise.
info_outline Episode 284: The VRChat Prefabs Community 02/19/2021
Episode 284: The VRChat Prefabs Community This week we talk with VRChat worldbuilders CyanLaser and Fionna, who are both part of the team that created the award-winning The Devouring VRChat experience and are admins of the VRC Prefabs Community: a collective of creators doing innovative work in the user-generated virtual worlds of VRChat.
info_outline Episode 283: Sarah Ellis of The RSC talks ‘Dream’ 02/12/2021
Episode 283: Sarah Ellis of The RSC talks ‘Dream’ Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development for The Royal Shakespeare Company joins us to talk about 'Dream' the upcoming experimental live-streamed performance that merges live actors, the Unreal Engine, and an audience feedback loop to create a first-of-its-kind interactive performance delivered to desktops and mobile devices.
info_outline Episode 282: Darkfield Radio 02/05/2021
Episode 282: Darkfield Radio David Rosenberg and Glen Neath, the co-directors of Darkfield Radio join us for an in-depth discussion of the art of spatial audio and audience-centered design. Darkfield creates some of the most amazing immersive work, and the delivery method is a pair of headphones. This is a can't-miss episode of the podcast.
info_outline Episode 277: The 2020 NoPro Awards 12/18/2020
Episode 277: The 2020 NoPro Awards Welcome to "The Immies." The first-ever No Proscenium awards for Outstanding Achievements in Immersive & Experiential Production are hereby unleashed upon the world. This episode features both our juried awards and the Audience Choice Awards, as presented by members of the NoPro editorial board and staff: Kevin Gossett, Laura Hess, Patrick McLean, Blake Weil, Executive Editor Kathryn Yu, and Publisher Noah Nelson. The various categories were limited to work that was accessible online, by telephone or post so as to create a somewhat level pool of candidates. Location-based experiences were excluded this year, as they require a regional approach. This is the third and final part of NoPro's Year in Review coverage. For more of the highlights of 2020, including location-based work, and immersive adjacent projects see: Correction: In the podcast, Taylor Feld, recipient of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance 2020, was verbally misgendered. Feld uses they/them pronouns. We regret the error.
info_outline Episode 276: 2020 End of Year Journalist's Roundtable 12/11/2020
Episode 276: 2020 End of Year Journalist's Roundtable This week Noah and Kathryn are joined by: Kent Bye of the Voices of VR Podcast; Todd Martens of The Los Angeles Times; Alexis Soloski, contributor to The New York Times; and Scott Stein, Editor-At-Large of CNET to talk about their encounters in the immersive world in 2020.
info_outline Episode 275: Wolves in the Walls w/Pete Billington of Fable 12/04/2020
Episode 275: Wolves in the Walls w/Pete Billington of Fable This week we're honored to have Pete Billington, writer & director of 'Wolves in the Walls,' the VR adaptation of Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's beloved story as our guest. Pete is one of the co-founders of Fable, which not only created Wolves, but are now pioneering in the realm of virtual beings.
info_outline Episode 274: 5th Wall Forum 11/26/2020
Episode 274: 5th Wall Forum Creative technologist and author Stephanie Riggs (“The End of Storytelling: The Future of Narrative in the Storyplex”) joins hosts Noah Nelson and Kathryn Yu to talk about the upcoming 5th Wall Forum, which will bring immersive technologists and theatre-makers together on December 4th & 5th.
info_outline Episode 273: Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge 11/20/2020
Episode 273: Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Jose Perez III and Alyssa Finley of ILMxLAB join us to talk about 'Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge,' the latest release from Lucasfilm's pioneering immersive entertainment studio. The virtual reality experience dropped on the Oculus Quest platform this week, and we take a dive into what the studio has learned about storytelling in the new medium.
info_outline Webbed Toes VI: Racecars, Lasers, Areoplanes 10/20/2020
Webbed Toes VI: Racecars, Lasers, Areoplanes It's the penultimate episode of our deep dive into the 2017 Ducktales reboot. This time out we get ever closer to the final mysteries of season one, and learn more than we ever expected to learn about Mrs. Beakley.
info_outline Episode 269: All We Have To Fear... 10/16/2020
Episode 269: All We Have To Fear... Dragon Productions Theatre Company's Max Koknar, Ariel Aronica, and Jacob Vorperian join us to talk about 'All We Have To Fear: Party at the End of the World,' their new theatre/game hybrid that uses Gather to recreate the experience of an immersive theatre space like the former 'Speakeasy' in San Francisco, along with some tweaks to the system created by the Dragon to add a game layer to the proceedings.
info_outline Episode 268: 13EXP & Rio Reveals 10/09/2020
Episode 268: 13EXP & Rio Reveals Mikhael Tara Garver of 13EXP is back, and she's bringing along some friends who are all working on the upcoming RIO REVEALS series, created in collaboration with RIVER LA the new series will extend to both digital and physical experiences about and around the LA River.
info_outline Episode 266: After Dark w/Tara O'Con 09/26/2020
Episode 266: After Dark w/Tara O'Con Tara O'Con is an experiential artist and transformation coach whose work you may be familiar with as a performer in Third Rail Projects' 'Then She Fell' and 'The Grand Paradise.' Tara's performance in 'Then She Fell' is a key part of our host Noah Nelson's own immersive origin story.