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Project P.S. immersive theatre experience (Official Teaser Trailer)

An episode from "The Institute of Visionary History and Archives of the Deep Now" Roles: Series Concept, production, core creative team member, lighting, sound, music, projections, room design. Content devised with ensemble and core creative team. For video: camera, editing, music by Glenn Ricci. Performed by Mika Nakano. Created for "Project P.S." as it was re-visioned and re-mounted in Summer of 2019, using the set of The Institute of Visionary History.

Live Sound Design Station for "A Horse by the Tail in the Night," an 8-hour durational performance.

Live Sound Design Station
Featured in American Theatre Magazine's special Spotlight on Sound Design: "6 Productions That Pushed the Sonic Envelope" (July/August 2019). Because the 8-hour performance was largely improvised, I needed to perform the sound accompaniment live. My live sound design setup for "A Horse by the Tail in the Night" consisted of one computer (running Ableton Live), an iPad (running two sound manipulation programs), and a DJ mixer letting me cross fade between the two.

Trailer for Fall 2015 Edition of "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"

Role: Concept, Co-producer, Co-director, Composer, Sound Designer. Devised with Ensemble. A view into the immersive experience as well as an example of my video and sound work (directed and edited by Glenn Ricci). Video footage for this trailer was shot during a single performance of "Mesmeric Revelations" with audience members wearing body-mounted cameras. All sound and music heard was also a part of the live performance.

The Mastodon Scene - HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum

Role: Co-Director (Performance) with Lisi Stoessel and Glenn Ricci. "The Mastodon Scene" is the culminating scene of the two-hour devised, immersive production of HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM. This scene was the first time all the characters and audience were in the same space, where all the narrative threads came together for the end of the narrative of the two protagonists (Trustina Sabah's Aku Maxilla/The Humanoid Specimen & Sarah Olmsted Thomas' HT Darling).

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As a composer, sound designer, performer, lighting designer, and video artist, Glenn Ricci has been working with time-­based media for over three decades. As a founder and Co-artistic Director of Submersive Productions, Glenn has engaged with over one hundred local artists in a unique and evolving collaborative process that melds design, performance, and world-building to create unique, impactful audience experiences. For the past seven years, Glenn has focused on creating fully immersive artworks and... more

The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now (2018-2019)

Roles: Concept, production, core creative team, lighting, sound, music, projections, room design. Content devised with ensemble and core creative team.

Initial run throughout Fall 2018, remounted in Summer 2019.

I conceived "The Institute" with my wife and Co-artistic Director, Ursula Marcum, to be a broad platform for experiential performance and audience discovery. As the story goes... Discovered in the basement beneath The Peale Center, the Archives of the Deep Now are the records of a centuries-old secret society calling themselves The Institute of Visionary History. The Institute believed the building to be a kind of “thin place” where one can more easily transcend our present reality and contact other planes, places, and times. Submersive created The Archives from instructions left behind by The Institute of Visionary History before they mysteriously vanished in 1997. Each box from The Archives contains an experiment designed to conjure visions of the past in order to ask a specific question. Each resulting "episode" is a stand-alone, fully immersive experience for an audience of up to five people at a time. With an elaborate backstory slowing being revealed over time, and individual episodes exploring American history and identity, “The Institute” has become a vehicle for personal, intimate storytelling experiences. So far, we have created six episodes total, each using the space in very different ways. To create each episode, we chose to partner with performers to develop stories originating from outside of our daily lived experience. This collaboration helped us develop a unique voice and create space for identities that are not typically placed in the center of a theatrical narrative.
  • Project P.S. immersive theatre experience (Official Teaser Trailer)

    An episode from "The Institute of Visionary History and Archives of the Deep Now" Roles: Series Concept, production, core creative team member, lighting, sound, music, projections, room design. Content devised with ensemble and core creative team. For video: camera, editing, music by Glenn Ricci. Performed by Mika Nakano. Created for "Project P.S." as it was re-visioned and re-mounted in Summer of 2019, using the set of The Institute of Visionary History.
  • "Altar Ego"

    "Altar Ego"
    In "Altar Ego" (Fall 2018, Remounted Summer 2019), Kim Le leads a Vietnamese Mourning Ritual with several surreal suprises. The "Archive Wall" (left) contains a set of 25 boxes, each containing the start of an experiment. The wall also serves as a flexible projection surface, serving a different purpose in each episode. Seen here in "Altar Ego," the wall transforms into a jungle during a moment of silence for the ghosts at the table.
  • The Archives of the Deep Now

    The Archives of the Deep Now
    The Archives of the Deep Now was designed to be and intimate space, but detailed enough that it would be difficult to take it all in in one visit. We describe the room as a kind of machine designed to access the "thin place" where this world and others connect.
  • Induction Into the Institute

    Induction Into the Institute
    All would-be researchers in the Institute are put through an induction ceremony. There, they are told about the past and underlying principles of The Institute as well as given information about the particular experiment they are about to undertake. Pictured here, Mika Nakano provides visuals and gestures in sync with a voiceover narration before swearing in a new group of inductees.
  • Portrait Mirror

    Portrait Mirror
    One feature of the "Mod Wall" is a portrait mirror that transforms from the reflection of the viewer to other imagery. Pictured here in Episode One, Harriet Tubman (Rachel Reckling) gazes into a series of historical portraits and wonders why she finds it so difficult to recognize herself.
  • Mod Wall Modifications

    Mod Wall Modifications
    For each episode, the "Mod Wall" contains different objects and imagery. In a moment of of striking surrealism in Episode One, each shot glass gets filled with wine as Harriet squeezes the cotton ball above each one.
  • The Mod Wall

    The Mod Wall
    Opposite the Archive Wall (boxes on left) is what we call the "Mod Wall" (right). The modular design is meant to be flexible and responsive, changing and responding to the action depending on the story being told. Full of nooks and tangible objects, we treat the wall as a giant puppet that has a character all its own. The audience and characters alike can discover objects and tools in the wall that help spur their story along. Through various forms of communication, the wall can also provide prompts for the the humans in the room.
  • Harriet Ending Sequence

    For each episode, I composed a complete, continuous soundtrack, adding texture and underscoring changes in mood. This piece plays at the end of Episode One before Harriet makes her departure.

MASS/RABBLE (2019)

Roles: Production, core creative team, live sound design. Content devised with ensemble and core creative team.

As our bodies move, we tell a story. Where we have been, where we are going, what we hold on to, what we let go of. When bodies move in masses, they tell a larger story. Hope, fear, war, famine, the search for a better life. What does it mean to be just one body moving in humanity’s great crowd? This is a movement piece. Prepare to be moved.

MASS/RABBLE had the audience join a diverse ensemble of thirty movers to explore themes of mass migration and the borders and boundaries that separate us. Our largest production to date, the performance was experienced by over 500 participants during its two-week engagement in April 2019 at the Baltimore War Memorial.

  • Solos

    This original composition accompanied the ensemble as each simulatenously engaged in their own very personal solo performance.
  • Tsunami

    Tsunami
    The sounds of a symphonic tsunami roll through the room as the waves pass over the audience.
  • Utopia

    Utopia
    The audience and ensemble end the show lying on the floor, looking up to enjoy a light show and listening to the soundtrack.
  • MASS/Rabble Teaser Video

    Brief teaser video. Editing and music by Glenn Ricci, footage by Human Being Productions.

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere (2017)

Roles: Co-Producer, Co-director, Experience Design, Sound Design, Music, Video, Photgraphy, Projections.
Content devised in collaboration with the ensemble: Josh Aterovis, Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Alex Vernon

For "Musaeum," Submersive formed a team of over twenty artists to transform all four floors of The Peale Center into a museaum of artifacts from another planet. Every show night was the "Grand Opening" of H.T. Darling's exhibiton of aquistions from the planet New Galapagos, including his prized possession: The Humanoid Specimen. The audience was greeted as members of high society and museum supporters, thus implicating them in the proceedings. Our guests had free rein to explore the space and follow any of the many narratives that played out over a two and a half hour period. The story, as told through a science fiction lens, allowed us to simultaneously celebrate our love for museums while delving unflinchingly into the dark themes of colonialization and cultural appropriation.

In term of experience design, it is always my goal to present a world that is larger than one person can percieve in a single viewing. Audience members who returned to "Musaeum" reported seeing what seemed like a completely different series of events, and even those who returned upwards of a dozen times said that they were still discovering new things. While we encouraged a very open collaborative environment, I used my roles as Producer and Co-director to keep pushing in the direction of a broadening mystery with no easy answer or resolution. In keeping the audience at the center, we place a high degree of trust for them to discover meaning for themselves rather than provide easy answers that could shut down their own meaning-making.

Press quotes:

"...an exciting example of how historic spaces can be animated and made accessible through artistic experiences." -Hyperallergic "Best Of Baltimore: 
Best Theatrical Experience"
-Baltimore City Paper

“I was blown away by the quality of the work.”
-J. Wynn Rousuck, WYPR

"Museums spend years acquiring the sort of artifacts Submersive Productions assembled for this show. It’s one thing to stage a show in a real museum – quite another to flesh out an empty one."
-Baltimore Post-Examiner

  • The Mastodon Scene - HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum

    Role: Co-Director (Performance) with Lisi Stoessel and Glenn Ricci. "The Mastodon Scene" is the culminating scene of the two-hour devised, immersive production of HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM. This scene was the first time all the characters and audience were in the same space, where all the narrative threads came together for the end of the narrative of the two protagonists (Trustina Sabah's Aku Maxilla/The Humanoid Specimen & Sarah Olmsted Thomas' HT Darling).
  • The Dax and The Net Room

    Two examples of sound and projections used to create fantastical environments. The spinning portal and drifting starscape transformed an otherwise empty room into a gateway to other worlds. In the "Net Room" hanging fabric and a cone-shaped mosquito net form projection surfaces to create a full 3D effect. Sounds of an ominous, ever-rising Shepard tone (layered from recording sessions with the ensemble) provided rising tension even for those who spent a few moments in the room.
  • Trailer for H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum

    This trailer gives a good sense of the movement and characters of the show.
  • ABC News Interview for H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum

    Appearing with Co-director Lisi Stoessel on ABC's local afternoon show, we do our best to explain the Musaeum experience.
  • Percy's Desk

    Percy's Desk
    The desk of Dr. Percy Warner (Alex Vernon) in the downstairs back room demonstrates our production mantra that no detail is too small. We strove to make sure every performer is fully invested in the project. As a result, all participants brought in objects and ideas to flesh out the characters and world. This collaborative approach made the world especially rich and every set piece the audience encountered was intentional and fully considered.
  • Weaving the Narrative

    Weaving the Narrative
    The devising process unfolded in many stages, with performers working together with the directors to work towards an eventful sequence of simultaneous action. An early pass of the show seen here has us using sticky notes to track the unfolding of events and intertwined narratives over time. Later, we used the same placeholders to locate events in spaces throughout the building.
  • Grand Hall - Champagne Toast

    Grand Hall - Champagne Toast
    In one of just a few scenes when most the audience gathers in a single place, H.T. Darling is introduced and we all join him in a toast "To legacy!"
  • Anachronistic Dispute

    Anachronistic Dispute
    The Shopkeepers (Emily Hall and Martha Robichaud) look on as Dr. Percy Warner (Alex Vernon) and Curator Carole (David Brasington) argue over what, to Dr. Percy's memory, must be inaccurate appearances of him in a series of photographs. I created a set of historical photographs editing in Vernon's face in order to provide key factual clues to Dr. Warner's origin. We used the set in this way to provide layers of discoverable narrative throughout the piece.

The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe (2015)

Role: Concept, Co-producer, Co-director, Composer, Sound Designer. Devised with Ensemble.

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," was a many-layered immersive theater experience that ran through the Spring and Fall of 2015. The audience would freely explore the first floor of the Enoch Pratt House and observe one or more of nine overlapping stories based Poe's life and fiction. With a focus on the women in Poe's life, the fully devised work incorporated movement, spoken word, song, explorable sets, and private character encounters. All action was synchronized to a 2-hour continuous soundtrack that I composed in conjuction with the rest of the devising process. After a sold-out run in Spring 2015, the show was remounted with additional characters and a double cast for three more months of shows in Fall 2015. At 62 shows total, it stands as the longest-running immersive theatre piece in Baltimore history.

Press quotes:

"'The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe' proved that there are many corridors of the poet's mind yet to explore."
-Baltimore City Paper

"Surprisingly unpredictable, each performance draws a small circle of theatre goers into a world both bizarre and beautiful."
-Baltimore Post-Examiner

"Poe himself is not present, but is everywhere in the atmosphere."
-Hyperallergic

"An intensely immersive theatrical experience like no other in Baltimore, Washington, or any of the surrounding metropolitan areas, 'The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe' is quickly becoming Baltimore’s own 'Sleep No More'".
-TheatreBloom

"'Revelations!' is like going to a haunted house run by everybody’s favorite 'cool' AP English teacher...It’s the nevermost."
-The Bad Oracle

  • Hidden Areas, Secrets Disclosed

    Secret Upstairs Space
    In addition to the main floor where most of the scenes play out in full view, there were rooms upstairs and downstairs that could only be accessed by a character's invitation. In the pictured upstairs hallway, guests would be privy to a number of scenes performed for only one person per evening.
  • Virginia on Piano

    Virginia, a character inspired by Poe's wife, was portrayed by Natanya Sheva Washer (pictured) and Deirdre McAllister. For the first roughly thirty minutes, Virginia is exploring her parlor as if completely blind. She experiences a series of deaths, each of which transforms and evolves her character. The Parlor, her home base, was full of explorable objects, open-able boxes, and a collection of books hand-selected to enrich the overall atmosphere and context of the world.
  • Eliza on Stairs

    Madeline looks on as Eliza performs Ophelia's death from Hamlet (as told by Gertrude) many times over until delirious. Eliza Poe, Edgar's mother, had played Ophelia on stage and much of Eliza's text in Mesmeric Revelations was derived from the ill-fated Shakespeare character. Additional resonance comes from the detective Auguste, who investigates the bodies of two women dredged up from a river.
  • Auguste Monolouges

    Auguste Monolouges
    Auguste, portrayed by Alexander Scally and David Brasington (pictured) speaks over 2500 words of text throughout the two-hour performance. Here, he is illustrating time and train schedules using available materials. The character is based on C. Auguste Dupin, the first and original detective created by Poe. Auguste in "Mesmeric Revelations" finds his use of logic to be failing him in a world that is governed by different rules.
  • Soundtrack Excerpt from Mesmeric Revelations

    A snippet of music and sound that play during the final act, when narratives unravel and the fabric of the world begins to tear. Composed and recorded by Glenn Ricci, the full soundtrack is over two hours long with a mixture of music and soundscapes scoring every moment of the action. The soundtrack was composed concurrently with the rest of the devising process, resulting in a fully integrated set of themes and cues that unified the nine separate narratives. In addition to the main soundtrack, three private areas also had independently running soundscapes.
  • Barkeep and Sarah

    Barkeep, played by Lisi Stoessel (pictured right) and Caitlin Bouxsein, offers a paper rose and a glass of sand to Sarah, played by Ann Turiano (pictured left) and Shannon Graham. The character of Sarah was inspired by Sarah Helen Whitman, a poet, spiritualist, and fiancee of Poe's. Barkeep, an androgynous amalgam of Poe's characters, slowly discovers what and who they are over the course of the performance.
  • Ballroom Scene

    Ballroom Scene
    All characters (and most of the audience) converge for the first time during a ballroom scene at the end of Act I. As Virginia (right, played by Natanya Sheva Washer) enters, time begins to warp.
  • Workshopping

    Workshopping
    The Spring Edition of "Mesmeric Revelations" was devised over a nine-month period, starting in July 2014. The six original performers worked with the creative team to develop material off-site until early 2015 when they began assembling scenes in the Enoch Pratt House. Props, sounds, and sets were developed concurrently. For the Fall Edition, ten additional performers joined the original group and the double-cast of 16 spent ten more weeks learning and re-devising the piece for a more complex Fall Edition of the experience.
  • Original Characters & Portraits

    Original Characters & Portraits
    Inspired by (but not a reenactment of) women and characters from Poe's life and fiction, Mesmeric Revelations featured a cast of 9 caracters. I photographed each characger and collected these portraits, augmented with overlays taken from a blank dagguereotypes. The stories encountered in performance were extended online as each new portrait was released and other details revealed.
  • Trailer for Fall 2015 Edition of "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"

    Role: Concept, Co-producer, Co-director, Composer, Sound Designer. Devised with Ensemble. A view into the immersive experience as well as an example of my video and sound work (directed and edited by Glenn Ricci). Video footage for this trailer was shot during a single performance of "Mesmeric Revelations" with audience members wearing body-mounted cameras. All sound and music heard was also a part of the live performance.

A Horse by the Tail in the Night (2018)

Roles: Live-performed sound design, music, light, projections.

Written, conceived and performed by Francisco Benavides and Lisi Stoessel; with Josh Aterovis, Ursula Marcum, Glenn Ricci, and Susan Stroupe.

Three eight-hour performances in November and December 2018.

Billed as "Episode Six" of The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now, "A Horse" took a radical departure in the form of an eight-hour continuous performance. Because the performance was roughly half-improvised and eight hours in length, I decided to generate all sounds and music live while watching the performance on screen in a separate room. After their stay (between one and eight hours) in the main performance space, the audience could cross over into my area to experience the performance a whole other "behind the curtain" sort of mode.

Using a combination of audio software tools and live instruments, I wove a soundscape that lept between Renaissance stylings, more recent western film scores, and futuristic sonic journeys. As the audience came to slowly realize that the sound was responding to the action, they began to percieve it as a third character of sorts.

  • Chess and Bombers from A Horse by the Tail in the Night

    One scene from "A Horse by the Tail in the Night" with Lisi Stoessel and Francisco Benavides. An example of my lighting, projections, and live sound applied to create different moods, places, and times within the same room. Giving sharp relief to the violin textures, the sound of a western-style guitar and lighting shift to a nighttime atmosphere announced the transition to one of a series of episodes set in a different place and time.
  • Live Sound Design Station for "A Horse by the Tail in the Night," an 8-hour durational performance.

    Live Sound Design Station
    Featured in American Theatre Magazine's special Spotlight on Sound Design: "6 Productions That Pushed the Sonic Envelope" (July/August 2019). Because the 8-hour performance was largely improvised, I needed to perform the sound accompaniment live. My live sound design setup for "A Horse by the Tail in the Night" consisted of one computer (running Ableton Live), an iPad (running two sound manipulation programs), and a DJ mixer letting me cross fade between the two.
  • Barone and The Viscontessa

    Lisi Stoessel and Francisco Benavides as The Viscontessa and Barone, transforming into other characters as needed over the course of the eight-hour performance.
  • Guitar and Theremin

    Guitar and Theremin
    In addition to guitar, a theremin proved expressive enough to punctuate some of the more bizarre scenes.
  • Midnight Lighting

    Midnight Lighting
    The overall lighting scheme for The Institute of the Visionary History was surprisingly adaptable for the many moods of "A Horse by the Tail..." This shift to a nighttime feel was used for a set of stories involving the travel of a coffin that became a thread throughout all eight hours.
  • Another View on the Performance

    Another View on the Performance
    A view of the performance was projected live in a separate room I shared with audience members after they left the main space. Here, I was able to watch and play along to the performance in real time as it unfolded over the course of all eight hours. I created this setup to extend the audience experience, giving them a peek "behind the curtain" and allowing them to continue to view the performance for as long as they wished.
  • The Cardinale

    The Cardinale
    A reoccurring tale of a female Cardinal called for stark lighting fitting of Rennassaince portraiture.

The Stranger (2015)

Role: Concept, Design, Producer, Co-director. Devised by subset of larger ensemble.

The Stranger was a self-contained one-to-one experience added to the Fall Edition of "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe." Periodically throughout the evening a basket would descend from the floor above containing a note with instructions. Those instructions would lead to a room upstairs and a character who was only seen by 5-6 audience members per evening. Many found their encounter with The Stranger deeply moving.

  • Sand Cleansing

    The ritual concluded with the guest cleansing their hands with black sand.
  • Wall of Names

    Wall of Names
    After channeling a first-person account ending with the the loss of a loved one, the guest would be invited to write down the name of someone they had lost. They would then be led to a separate room where the guest added their name to a wall containing many others. Performer: Martha Robichaud. Extending the experience even further. the names were collected and "released" during a ceremony weeks after the closing of Mesmeric Revelations.
  • Historical Sources

    The hundreds of paper scraps on the floor were replicas of historical documents related to the stories told by The Stranger.
  • Mop, Card, Box

    Simple props used for The Stranger experience. The guest is asked to choose a card from the box, which prompts The Stranger to channel a particular tale of loss.
  • The Stranger's Room

    A handful of guests each evening are invited to climb the servant's stairs and enter the private room where The Stranger resides. Most of the audience below were oblivious to her presence or the experiences of these few audience members. Designed more simply than other rooms, The Stranger would mop her papers into a circle where the visitor would stand and hear one of a set of stories about loss. The paper would later be used to write names of those who have been lost.
  • Anonymous and Mysterious

    The identity and very existence of The Stranger was kept secret until the last weeks of the run. Halfway into the Fall run, notice was first posted on Facebook (accompanying this image) that "on certain nights, certain visitors" may encounter the character. For all but a few, their experience was entirely a surprise.
  • Burning of the Names

    Burning of the Names
    Many months after the closing of Mesmeric Revelations, the cast gathered to complete the ritual. Each name left on the Stranger's wall by audience members was read aloud and ceremonially burned. It was yet another reminder that we had created something that had extended well beyond any single performance.

BATS! (2018)

Roles: Production, sound, lighting, projections, core creative/devising team.
Run: March 15 -31 2018

Written and performed by Michele Minnick, devised by Minnick, Caitlin Bouxsein, Ursula Marcum, Glenn Ricci, and Jess Rassp.

"BATS!" was Submersive's first newly devised solo work, performed in the then-dormant Marquee Lounge at The Creative Alliance. Through conversation, interaction, stories, sound, original illustrations by Baltimore artist Chelsea Demitras, and some accordion songs, "BATS!" explored the tricky landscape of reason and insanity.

The performance used all aspects of the room as the audience, while seated, were invovled to a high degree. Using the fiery mural wall behind the bar as a projection surface, I wove light, sound, and motion into the experience as the rest of the action was being devised.

  • Projections on Mural Wall

    Projections on Mural Wall
    The busy (and beautiful) mural wall at The Marquee Lounge provided both a challenge and opportunity as a projection surface. In the devising process we discovered that the overhead projector (center) could overpower and hide the digital projectors, creating some interesting effects, revealing images underneath others.
  • Reviving the Patient

    Reviving the Patient
    The audience "revives" Michele by shining flashlights into mirrors at their tables.
  • Lithium is the One that I Love

    Lithium is the One that I Love
    A chemistry-inspired series of images are projected behind her while Michele sings about her love of lithium.
  • Working the room

    Diary entry
    Projecting a personal diary entry in an alcove on one end of the room while Michele is attempt to give a lecture on the history of madness was one way to interject the personal, underlying reality to what can be a depersonalizing system of diagnosis.
  • Mood check-in

    Mood check-in
    Audience involvement, such as the occasional "mood check-in," was used to reframe the story around their own personal fears and anxieties.

Plunge: An Interactive Storytelling Lab (2017)

Roles: Concept, production, sound, lighting, design and content devised with ensemble.

Plunge included five stories and installations exploring the theme of "the other." Five performers (“tellers”) were paired with five installation artists (“makers”) to present unique immersive environments and one-to-one experiences for audience members during one full weekend of performances. Inspired by how The Stranger had connected with audience members in and individual and personal way, Plunge was created to further explore the potential of one-to-one performance as well as work with a new and diverse group of artists.

To create Plunge, we designed and conducted a series of workshops focused on storytelling and intimate performance, with both makers and tellers participating together in all stages of learning and creation. Part-way through the process, makers and tellers were paired up to jointly develop their experience. The result was an eclectic set of small worlds each containing short performance, all joined by a “Hub” space where the audience could pause to collect their thoughts and engage in a number of activities that reinforced the main theme.

  • who are you? what do you want? are you sure?

    who are you? what do you want? are you sure?
    In a nearly wordless encounter, performer Alisa Brock guided her guests through a series of written questions and responses, ending with her visitor discovering a new direction or sense of purpose. Running between five and twenty minutes, she would take as long as needed to reach her visitor's moment of transformation. Environment designed by Ada Pinkston and Alisa Brock.
  • Team Plunge

    Team Plunge
    The Makers and Tellers of Plunge: Tellers: Alisa Lashana Brock, Cori Dioquino, Abby Becker, Ashley Minner, Mike Smith and Kevin Griffin Moreno. Makers: Marie Claire Macadar, Samantha Callanta, Ada Pinkston, Ursula Marcum, and Ashley Minner, Glenn Ricci, and Josh Aterovis.
  • The Hub

    The Hub area of Plunge
    Each experience space fanned out around The Hub—a common area where audience members could spend time between their experiences. Because each experience could be emotionally intense, the audience would “decompress” while participating in various activities. Activities included drawing prompted by the theme of “the other,” taking instant photos on which they wrote a wish for whomever will take it, a refrigerator poetry-style sets of words focused on the show theme, and other areas where the audience could respond to a set of prompts.
  • Audience in The Hub

    Audience in The Hub
    Audience members participating in The Hub area (see prior description).
  • Chance meeting on the subway

    Chance meeting on the subway
    Each space in hub was a distinctly different world. Here, the audience member would be joined by performer Cori Dioquino in a subway car (designed by Ursula Marcum) as she was traveling along across Europe. Because of the open-ended nature of the interaction, I created a soundscape that had the subway car chime for each "stop" every ninety seconds so the performer knew when to end the performance.
  • Workshopping

    Plunge Workshops
    Even with our focus on one-to-one performance, we treated the group as and ensemble and created a series of workshops for them to all develop their work together.
  • Five Items

    Five items
    Arranged in semi-circle around The Hub were five items, each representing one of the experiences. A spotlight shown on each one. I devised a system by which when the light was turned off on the corresponding item we would know that the performer was ready for another guest.
  • Good Damn Shoe Shop

    Good Damn Shoe Shop
    Another experience had guests encountering performer Mike Smith in a shoe shop designed by Marie Claire Macadar.
  • Home Space Recreated

    Home Space Recreated
    Ashley Minner and Samantha Callanta created a living room space recreated from their joint memories of their family's homes. Each guest was made to reflect upon what, for them, makes a home.
  • A Unique Proposition

    A Unique Proposition
    A journey upstairs revealed Abby Becker and Kevin Griffin Moreno inhabiting a tent -- possibly from a circus or gypsy encampement. The two attempted to entice their guests to sign a contract for a somewhat intangible sense of salvation. Some signed and some did not. Environment desgined by Ashley Minner and the two performers.

Character Portraits

As a photographer who is in constant collaboration with performers, I have captured hundreds of character portraits in and around each production.

  • Lisi Stoessel

    Lisi Stoessel, Tia Nina (2019)
    Lisi Stoessel, Tia Nina (2019)
  • Auguste

    Auguste (David Brasington) from "Mesmeric Revelations..."  (2015)
    Auguste (David Brasington) from "Mesmeric Revelations..." (2015)
  • Siobhan O’Loughlin

    Siobhan O’Loughlin, Broken Bone Bathtub (2016)
    Siobhan O’Loughlin, Broken Bone Bathtub (2016)
  • Eliza

    Eliza (Jenna Rossman) from "Mesmeric Revelations..." (2015)
    Eliza (Jenna Rossman) from "Mesmeric Revelations..." (2015)
  • Kelly

    Kelly (Kim Le) from "Altar Ego" (2019)
    Kelly (Kim Le) from "Altar Ego" (2019)
  • Mika Nakano #2

    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika a month-long Instagram project (2019)
    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika, a month-long Instagram project (2019)
  • Mika Nakano #1

    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika, a month-long Instagram project (2019)
    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika, a month-long Instagram project (2019)
  • Harriet

    Harriet (Tina Canady), "The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now: Episode One" (2018)
    Harriet (Tina Canady), "The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now: Episode One" (2018)
  • Mika Nakano #3

    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika, a month-long Instagram project (2019)
    Mika Nakano, #31daysofspookymika, a month-long Instagram project (2019)
  • Megan Stanton, Chara Bauer

    Megan Stanton, Chara Bauer, "Mr. Burns" Cohesion Theatre Company (2017)
    Megan Stanton, Chara Bauer, "Mr. Burns" Cohesion Theatre Company (2017)

Music, Sound, Video (2008-2013)

Music and sound are the most immersive of media and lie at the foundation of everything else I do. I began writing and recording music at a young age, first on acoustic guitar, then on simple multi-track devices, eventually evolving into using all the technology that has democratized recorded sound. These song selections represent my more recent, from indie rock to electronica to ambient soundscapes. This project also contains original videos I created to accompany some of my songs.

Delirium Dog emerged from the need to create original music for the haunted attraction "Delirium 3-D" at The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh in 2009. I was asked to produce an original set of compositions in a "Techno Goth" style which played throughout the haunt. Having just released my first solo album as "Lunatic Dog," I thought that "Delirium Dog" would make for a fun, but temporary alter-ego. Due to the music's popularity online, I released two albums as Delirium Dog: "The ScareHouse" in 2009 and "FEVER BRAIN BATTERY" in 2011. I have done all work under that name ever since.

  • Awaken

    Opening track from Delirium Dog's second album, FEVER BRAIN BATTERY.
  • Absinthe Cola [Official Music Video]

    Song from 2011 album by Delirium Dog, composed and recorded by Glenn Ricci. Video shot, directed, and edited by Glenn Ricci.
  • Cotton Mouth

    From the 2008 album "70 West" by Lunatic Dog, composed, performed, and recorded by Glenn Ricci. "70 West" is a trip of road trip songs. On this track that closes the album, Glenn captures the feeling of an adventure coming to a close as one ponders where future roads may lead.
  • Squeeks [Official Video]

    Directed, shot, and edited by Glenn with the cast of Delirium 3-D and many, many balloons. Music composed and recorded by Glenn.
  • Glenn Ricci 2009 Interview at Scarehouse

    This interview provides an overview of Glenn's sound design work for ScareHouse in 2009. Shot and edited by Glenn Syska.
  • Out

    From the 2008 album "70 West" by Lunatic Dog, composed, performed, and recorded by Glenn Ricci. Additional vocals by Ursula Marcum.
  • Vortex [Official Video]

    Song from 2011 album by Delirium Dog, composed and recorded by Glenn Ricci. Original motion graphics by Glenn Ricci.
  • The Ritual

    A meditative, yet unsettling soundscape used in the entry to the ScareHouse Basement each year from 2013 to 2015.
  • T.O.L.S.

    From the 2009 release by Delirium Dog, T.O.L.S. uses original samples of accordion, guitar, and drums blended with synthesized instruments to create a powerful, pulsing soundscape.
  • Standing

    From the 2008 album "70 West" by Lunatic Dog, composed, performed, and recorded by Glenn Ricci.