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 Episode 242: Shawn Taylor 03/27/2020
Episode 242: Shawn Taylor Story Engineer Shawn Taylor, a founding author of www.thenerdsofcolor.org, and a founding organizer of the Black Comix Arts Festival, first hit my radar at the 2019 IDS thanks to Mikhael Tara Garver. Shawn brought a perspective that was rooted in pluralism and the power of story to move people to action... and at that moment I knew I had to get him on the show/get him back on our stage.
info_outline Episode 241: The One Where The Gang Tries Discord 03/20/2020
Episode 241: The One Where The Gang Tries Discord Noah and Kathryn are in both segments today, and for round one are joined by Ricky Brigante (Pseudonym Productions), David Spira (Room Escape Artist), and No Pro's VR correspondent Will Cherry.
info_outline Episode 239: Everyone Agrees It's About To Explode 03/06/2020
Episode 239: Everyone Agrees It's About To Explode We talk with actor Katie Peabody and actor/Ceaseless Fun company member Scott Monahan about the upcoming Everyone Agrees It's About To Explode, the new immersive show from Ceaseless Fun ('Agnosia,' 'Why I Want To Fuck Ronald Regan') set inside a cell of revolutionary activists. The show opens March 12th in LA.
info_outline Episode 238: DTLA's Alamo Drafthouse Goes Immersive 02/28/2020
Episode 238: DTLA's Alamo Drafthouse Goes Immersive For years Los Angeles anticipated the arrival of Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin theater chain, and it seems to have been well worth the wait. From rowdy screenings of CATS which have since swept the nation to full-on ARGs there's something special happening at the DTLA Drafthouse. Host Noah Nelson talks with Ash Minnick, who handles the programming inside the Video Vortex, which we've come to think of as "LA's neighborhood movie bar" on the eve of their immersive EMMA. tea party.
info_outline Episode 236: 20 Years of Survivor 02/14/2020
Episode 236: 20 Years of Survivor NoPro's own Anthony Robinson (Survivor: Fiji) is joined by Peih-Gee Law (Survivor: China and Survivor: Cambodia) and Room Escape Artist's David Spira to talk about the 20th anniversary of the reality show, escape games, and more.
info_outline Episode 235: Exploring the New Frontier - Sundance 2020 02/07/2020
Episode 235: Exploring the New Frontier - Sundance 2020 Last week we were fortunate enough to have two of our staff at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, exploring all the XR goodies at the New Frontier.
info_outline Episode 234: Yuval Sharon of The Industry 01/31/2020
Episode 234: Yuval Sharon of The Industry This week Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director of The Industry and co-director of that company's upcoming opera Sweet Land, joins host Noah Nelson to talk about his approach to making opera. Yuval has created the seminal works Invisible Cities and Hopscotch here in Los Angeles, propelling the conversation about how audiences engage with opera forward and raising the bar for immersive creators of every stripe.
info_outline Episode 233: Mister & Mischief Escape From Godot 01/24/2020
Episode 233: Mister & Mischief Escape From Godot We first met Jeff and Andy Crocker at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018, where their piece Escape From Godot turned the festival on its ear for a whole day, only to fade into the night.
info_outline Episode 232: Cross Roads Escape Games 01/17/2020
Episode 232: Cross Roads Escape Games Luke and Madison Rhodes of Cross Roads Escape Games join us to talk about how these horror-loving theatre kids wound up running one of the most innovative and immersive escape game companies in Southern California. Join host Noah Nelson as we talk about their smash debut hit The Hex Room, the game-changing The Psych Ward, and the 2019's pop-up theatre piece The Seance.
info_outline Episode 230: Goodbye, 2019, Hello 2020 Parts I & II 01/03/2020
Episode 230: Goodbye, 2019, Hello 2020 Parts I & II This week the team gets together for the first time in a long while, and then we add beer and whiskey to the mix and…
info_outline Episode 228: The Under Presents 12/20/2019
Episode 228: The Under Presents Get ready to get weird as we touch base with the team behind 'The Under Presents,' the groundbreaking virtual reality experience that takes immersive theatre techniques and applies them to VR storytelling... and then layers in an experience with live actors dropping into the virtual world on top of that.
info_outline Episode 227: American Contemporary Ballet's Lincoln Jones 12/13/2019
Episode 227: American Contemporary Ballet's Lincoln Jones This month I had the pleasure of checking out American Contemporary Ballet's take on 'The Nutcracker Suite' -- the perennial holiday favorite -- which they frame with an immersive twist.
info_outline Episode 226: Crimson Cabaret 12/06/2019
Episode 226: Crimson Cabaret Director Lola Kelly joins us to talk about her new work with The Unmarked Door -- 'Crimson Cabaret' -- which invites guests into a den of spies at the height of the cold war. With original songs by The Unmarked Door founder Rolfe Kent, and puzzles woven into the show by MOON/SHINE Experiential, the cabaret is an unexpected holiday treat for Los Angeles.
info_outline Episode 225: 'Jumanji: Reverse the Curse' w/ Curtis Hickman & Jake Zim 11/27/2019
Episode 225: 'Jumanji: Reverse the Curse' w/ Curtis Hickman & Jake Zim We've wanted to get Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer of The VOID, on the podcast forever. This time out we finally get him, and we get Jake Zim -- Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality at Sony Pictures -- as part of a twofer. We talk about Sony and The Void's longstanding collaboration, the latest example of which is 'Jumanji: Reverse The Curse,' which is the most fun I've had at The VOID yet.
info_outline Episode 223: Sam Dubois of The Avenue Adventure 11/15/2019
Episode 223: Sam Dubois of The Avenue Adventure This week on the show we travel up to CalArts and talk with Sam Dubois, the creator of Albany CA's The Avenue Adventure. Sam, now a sophomore at the University, got his start by creating the Albany Haunt when he was 12-years-old. He then ran it for five years.
info_outline Episode 222: Safehouse '82 with Nick Rheinwald-Jones & Katelyn Schiller 11/08/2019
Episode 222: Safehouse '82 with Nick Rheinwald-Jones & Katelyn Schiller Nick Rheinwald-Jones & Katelyn Schiller are the co-writers of 'Safehouse '82,' a spy thriller that follows up on Rheinwald-Jones' 'Safehouse '77' which featured the two as actors.
info_outline Episode 221: Bernie Su, co-creator of 'Artificial' 11/01/2019
Episode 221: Bernie Su, co-creator of 'Artificial' Bernie Su is the multiple Emmy winning showrunner, co-creator, and executive producer of 'Artificial,' the first scripted narrative series on Twitch which also won Twitch its first Emmy.
info_outline Episode 220: The G8B4's keight leighn & Elisabeth Stranathan 10/25/2019
Episode 220: The G8B4's keight leighn & Elisabeth Stranathan As individual performers keight leighn ('bedrumplai,' snow fridge) and Elisabeth Stranathan ('blackout,' 'bedrumplaii')have an otherworldly intensity to them, as if they existed both in our reality and in a metareality just two steps to the left of our own.
info_outline Episode 218: Julia Henning of The Halogen Company 10/11/2019
Episode 218: Julia Henning of The Halogen Company Julia Henning, founder of The Halogen Company, is a familiar presence on the LA immersive scene. As an actor, she's performed with Just Fix It Productions (Haus of Creep), The Speakeasy Society (Johnny III), and in Darren Lynn Bousman's Lust Experience and Theatre Macabre.
info_outline Episode 217: After Dark w/ Ricky Brigante of Pseudonym Productions 10/04/2019
Episode 217: After Dark w/ Ricky Brigante of Pseudonym Productions Last week, at VIFF Immersed, Ricky Brigante of Pseudonym Productions gave the opening keynote and our own Noah Nelson moderated the closing panel with the competition judges.
info_outline Episode 216: Eric Gradman of Two Bit Circus 09/27/2019
Episode 216: Eric Gradman of Two Bit Circus Eric Gradman, CTO and Mad Inventor at LA's Two Bit Circus meets up with Noah at their DTLA headquarters to talk about the technical side of immersive and their all-new story room Dr. Botcher's Minute Medical School.
info_outline Bonus Episode - Everything Else: Survivor 09/25/2019
Bonus Episode - Everything Else: Survivor 'Survivor: China' and 'Survivor: Cambodia — Second Chance' player Peih-Gee Law joins NoPro's Anthony Robinson ('Survivor: Fiji') and Room Escape Artist's David Spira for a talk about how Survivor is the ultimate immersive experience for its players, and their shared love of escape games and puzzles.
info_outline Episode 215: John Henningsen of Thymele Arts 09/20/2019
Episode 215: John Henningsen of Thymele Arts John Henningsen, Artistic Director of LA's Thymele Arts sits down to talk with Noah about just what the performing arts incubator in East Hollywood is, its role in the immersive world, and the future of immersive in LA.