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 to sign up.
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Feb 17, 2017

Jeff Leinenveber and Jarrett Lantz have been around the immersive scene in LA for a minute. The two Imagineers (you know what this is, right?) have worked on Delusion and helped out Third Rail Projects when they popped into town.

Now they are turning their theme park sharpened skills on their own immersive work with the newly announced The Nest, coming this April: and we're here to tell you all about it.

Well, that and the usual nonsense we get up to.


All that plus a massively NEWS focused News and Notes.

Feb 10, 2017

Rubber Ducky Optional!

Thrills! Zay-our man in NYC-sits down with Siobhan O'Loughlin, creator of Broken Bone Bathtub, the globe-trotting solo show that takes place in bathtubs. 

Chills! Noah butchers some names, as usual!

News! Notes! Surprises! Stick around for the end credits: there's one!




Feb 3, 2017

Friend of the show Abel Horwitz‬ stops by to talk about the month-long residency of his Serial Killer Speed Dating at The Bunker Experience escape room in Pasadena. It's been a while since Abel and Noah have had a face-to-face chat so, naturally, things get weird.


Also: in the News & Notes section this week a little tale of community and connection from our MC.

All this is brought to you by our amazing Patreon backers. Like Jessica Lachenal and Brett Kuehner, who are the latest to join the cause!

Jan 27, 2017

They call themselves THE ORGANIZERS and they're looking for a man named Jake. You know him. That Jake.

Welcome to another great episode of the No Pro podcast as we get wonky with two members of the creative team from the immersive event series Have You Seen Jake? which involves a search for a missing man through a surreal mindscape.

We're protecting the creator's identities, since there's a whole metafiction going on, but to be clear: this is NOT an in-character podcast. This is a full-on, glorious No Pro wonkfest.

These folks GET the power of immersive, and I think you can learn a lot from this episode whether you're a new maker, a fan, or an old hand. One of my favorites. -Noah




Jan 20, 2017

John O'Malley has had a storied career behind the scenes in immersive theatre. He was part of the producing team on Sleep No More back when the show started up in NYC, and he currently works for Space in the Raw--a group who navigates the liminal space between real estate developers and artists.

Host Noah Nelson sits down with John in his West Hollywood apartment and the two talk about the business, John's career journey, and a certain Mouse House. In other words: we get hella wonky in this one. A great episode for you immersive nerds.

Brought to you by our fantastic Patreon backers. Folks like Tim Redmond and Taylor Winters of Find out how you can join the cause at

Jan 13, 2017

Screenshot Productions' Nicholas Sherwin & Meghan McHale-Sherwin join host Noah Nelson to talk about the all-new version of Screenshot's Fear Is What We Learned Here that they are bringing to SF. They also chat about adjusting to life in the Bay Area, the ART side of immersive, and more.

All THAT plus a RAFT of news & notes from around the country.

Brought to you by PATREON backers like you!

Jan 7, 2017

A wrap up of immersive theatre news and notes from NYC to LA with a stop in one of our new haunts--Atlanta--by host Noah Nelson.

Dec 30, 2016

We check in with Zay, Dean, and Albert--the curators of the New York, Chicago, and San Francsico newsletters--to get their immersive highlights for 2016.

Oh, and we also check in with some of YOU to get a broader picture of our immersive world.

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So long, 2016. You've been... a thing.

Dec 23, 2016

The first part of our two part end of the year spectacular. This episode sees friend of the show Juliet Bennett Rylah (LAist, Thrillist) joining host Noah Nelson to talk about some of their favorite immersive experiences of the year. Juliet's a big fan of the haunt stuff, bringing a Team Spooky perspective to the festivities.

All that plus the usual News & Notes.


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Dec 17, 2016

Friends of the show Lauren Ludwig and Monica Miklas stop by to talk about lessons learned from the recent remount of Hamlet-Mobile, which was pretty much host Noah Nelson's favorite thing in 2015 that wasn't a Star Wars movie.

All that plus: we've got some free tickets in the Bay Area to David Byrne's Neurosociety thanks to our friends at Epic Immersive, Noah embarrsess himself no less than TWICE during the news and notes, and you can update your NYE plans in LA.


It's No Proscenium! Brought to you by our friends at and Patreon backers JUST. LIKE. YOU.

Dec 9, 2016

Jon Braver, the mastermind behind Delusion--backbone of LA's immersive horror world--joins host Noah Nelson for a quick chat on the patio lounge of the show. Get a glimpse behind the forces that put this powerhouse show together, and peer into the virtual future of Delusion on this episode of your faborite (we hope!) immersive entertainment podcast.


Oh, yeah: News & Notes and a Call to Action! Plus we promise you a Christmas present.


All brought to you by our friends at and Patreon backers like YOU!

Dec 2, 2016

From NYC: Zay Amsbury talks with Kendra Slack and Jordan Chlapecka of Linked Dance Theatre, who have been working on some exciting stuff.

Meanwhile, in LA, Noah makes some dumb jokes about Krampus and pitches us all on becoming Patreon backers. Whatever, Noah.

All that and a modicum of News.


Brought to you by our friends at and brave, tolerant Patreon backers like you.

Nov 26, 2016

Noah here with some updates, a call to action for our End of Year episode, and the latest show annoucements we've got!

Back next week with a full show!

Brought to you by our friends at Drafty ( and Patreon backers like you!

Nov 18, 2016

Lisa and David Spira of Room Escape Artist join Zay in New York City to talk about how they got into reviewing escape rooms, and the trio breaks down their reaction to Paradiso: Chapter One--the theatrical escape room game that's been the talk of NYC.

All that plus news and more.

Brought to you by our friends at Drafty ( and Patreon backers like YOU.


Theme music by Chris Porter.

Nov 11, 2016

Marlee Delia and Anna Mavromati of Shine On Collective join host Noah Nelson to talk about their show Devoted, one of the gems of LA's Spooky Season.


Plus News & Notes.


Brought to you by our friends at Drafty: and Patreon backers like you.

Nov 4, 2016

Bryan Bishop, senior reporter for The Verge, has been on a quest for all of October. He's been digging into the immersive horror scene in Los Angeles and joins host Noah Nelson to talk about The Tension Experience, how immersive is bigger than any one medium, and what gets him excited about our rapidly evolving art form.

And, yeah, the News & Notes.


Brought to you by our friends at and Patreon backers like you!

Head's up: there's some profanity if you listen open air style.

Oct 28, 2016

This week, a vacationing Noah takes some audience questions about the nature of immersive and the International scene. Then he delivers a rant about value and cost in live immersive entertainment.

Plus the usual News & Notes!

Oct 21, 2016

Noah journeys into the man cave of Bob Glouberman... wait. That's not right.



MEET: the creator of Get The F Out: The Virus, one of the most enjoyable escape rooms in LA!

MARVEL: at how he and host Noah Nelson pack so much nerditry into such a short span of time!

WONDER: how many more exclamation marks we have in this Costco pack we bought last week!!!!

All this plus the news, notes, and a reminder to send us your questions for next week's OPEN FORUM via email and voice message to


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Oct 14, 2016

Zay talks to Andrew Hoepfner and Melinda Lauw of Whisper Lodge, a recent experiment in live ASMR experiences in New York. Zay caught up to the creators right after his experience in the lodge, so it's all super fresh.

Meanwhile: we've got a raft of News & Notes from headquarters-- new shows, new reviews, and a tiny little breakdown of what's up at IndieCade's NIGHT GAMES this Saturday night in LA.


Brought to you by our friends at Drafty ( and the generous support of Patreon backers (

Oct 7, 2016

Before you go any further, we just want to remind you that puns were once considered the highest form of wit...

What happens when you put old friends in a room and get them talking about theatrical games? This episode of No Pro, that's what. Noah sits down with Myles Nye and Greg Snyder of The Wise Guys--whose careers have involved building challenges for Survivor-- to talk about their upcoming immersive gaming event Heritage Scare: An Evening of Competitive Murder on Oct. 30th in LA.


Bonus: you can catch a preview of one of the games at the upcoming IndieCade: Night Games event on Oct 15th.


All that plus the usual News & Notes, and a coda about The Grand Paradise from Myles.

Sep 30, 2016

East Coast Represent! West Coast Represent!

It's the return of the AFTER DARK podcast. Hosts Noah Nelson and Zay Amsbury plug in their microphones and open up the good stuff to get down to some no holds barred talking.

Bad marketing, hidden burlesque shows, what drives us nuts and what keeps up turning up for show after show.

Pour yourself your favorite drink and settle in. But only... After Dark.

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Sep 23, 2016

Host Noah Nelson sits down with creator and performer Jenapher Zheng to talk about her "video game theatre" piece Oblivious, performing in immersive, movement-based work, and how gaming influences her sense of design.


All that plus the usual News & Notes!

Sep 16, 2016

From the Think Tank podcast studio in DTLA comes the latest episode of NO PRO.

Host Noah Nelson is joined by Think Tank's Jacob Patterson to talk about, the art show/escape room/immersive venue that Think Tank is popping up for Spooky Season in LA. Annnnnnd to announce the advent of Think Tank's own podcast A.R.T.- Artist Real Talk, which is bowing this week.

All that plus the News & Notes-- featuring the announcement of No Pro's involvement with IndieCade's NIGHT GAMES event on October 15th, and our BRAND NEW THEME MUSIC by Chris Porter.

So, you know, just your average episode. ;-)

Sep 9, 2016

Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff Rack are the creators of the perennially popular WICKED LIT in Altadena--a triptych of literary adaptations that provide an immersive twist on Halloween fun. The team, best known as Unbound Productions, sits down with host Noah Nelson in the Think Tank Podcast Studio to talk about this year's Wicked Lit, the history of the company, and the non-Spooky Season shenanigans they get up to.

All that plus the News & Notes, and Noah makes the case for why you should be backing No Pro on Patreon. (Hint: because we need you to!)

Sep 2, 2016

THE TIME OF THE HARVEST IS UPON US! ALL SHALL... oh, sorry. Wrong podcast.

THIS WEEK ON THE SHOW: Mike Fontaine & Russell Eaton of My Haunt Life join us to talk about the best that LA's Spooky Season has to offer. We go IN on haunts large and small, extreme and home. If you want to know what to do in LA for Halloween scares THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE.

All that plus a whole lot more. (How "a whole lot more" is even remotely possible, I don't know. But it is!)

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