We like to talk about how our first show was in a bathroom.
It was 2012, we were graduate students at CalArts, and it wasn’t technically allowed. We told the security guards we were filming and The Weird Sisters, our site specific witch-centric version of Macbeth, became the unofficial inaugural production of what would become The Speakeasy Society.
Ten years and 23 unique productions later, the company has become identified as the industry standard for independent theatre companies in Los Angeles, and immersive theatre companies nationwide.
In recent years, The Speakeasy Society has created and produced several major works, all of which were met with critical and audience acclaim: The Johnny Cycle, a cycle of four immersive plays adapted from Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun, which was lauded as “an artistic masterpiece” by No Proscenium; The Kansas Collection, a 10-part episodic alternate reality experience based on the Land of Oz novels; and Wild Party, adapted from Joseph Moncure March’s epic poem and produced in collaboration with The Broad Stage.
In addition to our theatrical work, The Speakeasy Society has partnered with major themed entertainment designers and operators to deliver intimate storytelling at massive scale, including Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Meow Wolf, and Two Bit Circus.
Diversity of voices leads to better and more inclusive storytelling.
Collaboration with actors is key to the process, and key to our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Audience autonomy, identity, and confidence in their role within the story world is paramount, as is respect for the audience’s intelligence, autonomy, safety, consent, time and presence.
Stories and experiences should be accessible to all, regardless of physical ability, exposure to source material, or experience with other immersive work.
The work is audience responsive. As such, it is always evolving.
Humility is key. When we’re not the experts, we bring the right voices to the table.
Intimacy over spectacle; interaction over reaction.