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LEIA Education presents: Immersive Intensive- a full day immersive workout
Thymele Arts
Los Angeles, CA
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LEIA Education presents: Immersive Intensive- a full day immersive workout
The LEIA Education committee and Thymele arts are pleased to present our first Immersive Intensive- a collection of immersive workshops with some of the leaders of the industry!

For one low price, participants will choose one workshop in Performance, one in Business, and one in Design!  

The 6 hour Immersive Intensive is $100 until April 22
After April 22nd Admission is $125 - workshop preference not guaranteed*

The workshop will be held at Thymele Arts and takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 10am to 5pm, with a one hour break for lunch from 12-1.

Workshops are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  If your selected workshop is full, we will do our absolute best to assignyou to your second choice.  

Below please find details about our workshop  leaders:

We will be play and experiment with our relationship to space; with improvisation scores to heighten our awareness of ourselves in space, others in space, and the overall composition.

We will play with the rapid fire creative instinct "first thought best thought." We will develop an idea (a mini choreography) off-site and then explore how to transpose and adapt it to a new site.  

Haylee Nichele received her early professional training at Art Umbrella (Vancouver, BC) and her post secondary training at The Juilliard School (BFA, 2011). Haylee now works as a freelance dancer, teacher and actor in NYC and LA. In NYC shes worked for Punchdrunks Sleep No More, Third Rail Projects Then She Fell, Brian Brooks Moving Company, and the Met Opera. In LA shes adjunct faculty at LMU, has danced for BODYTRAFFIC, Clairobscur, and Heidi Duckler Dance and has acted in both Legion and Chained: A Victorian Nightmare by Justin Denton.

FEED/FORWARD/FEEDBACK: Fostering Connectivity in Immersive Performance
Immersive theater at its most intimate is responsive. It requires heightened awareness, social tact, and improvisation. In this 2-hour workshop, we will run through a few ensemble exercises that train participants in the art of connectivity.

Derek Spencer is a theatermaker whose work is typically devised, site-specific and immersive. He is the founder & artistic director of performing arts company Ceaseless Fun, a founding board member of LEIA, and the facilitator of Soft Focus, an ensemble devising & viewpoints jam. Recent directorial show credits include They Who Saw the Deep (2018), The Stars (HFF, 2018), Agnosia (2018), The Rose Theater Presents... (2018), and Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan (2017).

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Tommy Honton is a Los Angeles-based experience designer who specializes in connecting interactivity and game mechanics with narrative storytelling. Across the United States, he has produced work for audiences of all sizes, ranging from 1 to 80,000. He is also co-owner and lead designer of the escape room Stash House, which was named one of the top 20 escape rooms in the nation, and co-founder of The Museum of Selfies.


Writing for an immersive experience can seem overwhelming to even experienced writers. How does one convey the story to multiple audience members if they are on separate tracks? What if the audience does something unexpected? How do we script a rewarding interaction for both participant and observer? Join Chris Porter and Michael Bates from The Speakeasy Society as they offer some writing advice, unpack the ways you can approach an immersive script, and walk you through a group exercise to experience their techniques in action.

Michael Bates is an Associate Artistic Director of The Speakeasy Society and has acted with the company since 2014. In addition to his work with The Speakeasy Society, Michael recently worked on Chained: A Victorian Nightmare, for which he was the originating actor for Marley's Ghost and the spirits of the Past, Present, and Future. He can frequently be seen on the screen of your choice during commercial breaks, and occasionally after them.
Chris Porter, an Associate Artistic Director of The Speakeasy Society, is a Los Angeles-based writer, award-winning composer, and sound designer of concert works, film, theater, and immersive events that have been seen, heard, and experienced around the world.


Kirsten Hageleit has been playing, writing, running, and talking about larps for 30 years. Her larp credits include Limbo! - set in a tiki bar in Hell, The Game of Sunken Places - a meta-larp about game design. She has recently forayed into interactive theater, co-producing One Last Thing Before You Go with her husband Aaron Vanek for Hollywood Fringe 2018, and working on the extended version for fall 2019.
Jennifer Kretchmer is a professional Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master; appeared on Geek and Sundry and D&D Beyonds Heroes of the Vale.  Other projects include co-design of puzzles and multiplatform elements for Speakeasy Society's "The Kansas Collection."  Jen works on inclusive strategies for disabled gamers and characters in D&D.
Christoff Visscher is the owner of Cantrip Candles, a candle company that specializes in fantasy themed scents for tabletop RPG.  Aside from DMing multiple campaigns, he is the co-creator and performer for the 1-on-1 interactive Tales By Candlelight.
Aaron Vanek has been involved in the larping community for nearly 30 years. He adapted the Nordic larp Fallen Stars into an immersive play for the Hollywood Fringe Festival  and co-produced w/ Kirsten Hageleit the original award-winning immersive larp play One Last Thing Before You Go.

Negin Singh is the Executive Director of the Santa Monica Pier, where she leads the team in pier programming, activations, installations, leasing and more, all towards upholding the pier as a relevant world-class destination that is free and open to its 9 million annual visitors. Her team recently lead the successful reimagining of the 34-year-old Twilight Concert Series from a one stage beach and pier party into a 3 stage, Pier Wide arts and music festival. In addition to festival programming, Negin has brought in creatives and immersive producers such as Think Tank Gallery, Myriad Slits, The Guest and the Host, Interwoven Immersive, and many more to create one of a kind work on the Pier. She is also the founder and former CEO of cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, an experiential production company creating immersive experiences (BROKE LA, No Budget Film Festival) that focus on storytelling, discovery, and impact. Negin previously served as the Director of Inspiration at Augmented Reality company DAQRI, bringing new technology to life through cutting edge experiences

Josh Randall is a Live Event Producer and Creative Director based in Los Angeles. Best known as the creator of the internationally recognized horror experience, BLACKOUT (the extreme theater event of the year New York Times), Josh has also created multi-platform experiences for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Focus Features, the New York Times, CryptTV, Aviron Pictures, the DJ Skrillex, the band Queens of the Stone Age, and the Emmy-award winning Secret Location in Toronto. Having created and produced more than 30 immersive experiences in NYC, Josh has also worked in the administrative offices of New York City Opera, the Public Theaters Summer Play Festival, Second Stage Theater, and Manhattan Theater Club. He most recently wrote and directed HULU's Castle Rock Live Experience at 2018 Comic-Con for JJ Abrams and Stephen King and is currently the Creative Producer for Two Bit Circus.


Thymele Arts (View)
4414 Brunswick Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Business
Education > Classes
Education > Conventions

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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