Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative is a nonprofit production
company that combines socially relevant themes with an ambitious, multidisciplinary approach to storytelling. Selected works include immersive theater “Black History Museum…” Off-Broadway at HERE Arts (NYC),documentaries “Tangible Hope Project” (Best Doc - BNMWF), short films “The Fisherman” (HBO), XR installations “Hashtag Project” (Transmediale,
Berlin), and arts outreach (South Africa tour in partnership with US State Department). Our work is created through extensive research and partnerships with our community, artists of all mediums and backgrounds, and other nonprofit advocacy institutions. www.smokemirrors.org
Lisa Szolovits (Co-Creator, Producer, Design + Development Lead) is a Brooklyn-based director and developer of new performance and immersive tech with a particular interest in the relationship between digital and physical presence. She has designed and built XR and other tech-driven immersive experiences with Pig Iron Theatre Company, New
Georges, the Brooklyn Museum, PRELUDE Festival, Works on Water, and Forest Fringe. Coming from a background in directing new plays, she's collaborated with daring writers like Kim Davies, Will Arbery, and Emily Feldman and has worked as an assistant director at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Playwrights Horizons.
Jonathan David Martin (Co-Creator, Creative Producer, Narrative Designer) is an XR Director, Producer, and Educator. He is the Producing Co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative, a live performance and media production company focused on social impact stories. He has starred as a VR performer in “Loveseat” and “Finding Pandora X” by Double Eye Studios (Best Immersive award at Venice Int. Film Fest and Audience Award at SXSW) “Welcome to Respite” and the upcoming “Gumball Dreams” (Official Selections at Venice, SXSW, Raindance, and Kaohsiung Film Festivals). He teaches XR design at Univ. of Maryland and Cal State Northridge.
Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color, (SFX and Animation Designer) considers himself first and foremost a musician and is also passionate about writing, filmmaking, photography, performing, 3D design, and rainbows. His theatrical achievements include writing and performing a short one-man show about the life of Salvador Dali and
an autobiographical "electronic-dance-musical" called The Road to Dawn, which he first performed in 2017. He spent the greater part of 2020 designing and creating his world Gumball Lounge, which can be found on VRChat. He then created the special effects, animations and soundtrack for the award-winning VR show Welcome to Respite, and
isn't stopping anytime soon.
Robert Quillen Camp (Sound Designer) is a playwright, director, and sound designer whose plays include the Obie Award winning Chekhov Lizardbrain. As a theatrical sound designer, he has worked with a variety of downtown theatre artists and ensembles, including Young Jean Lee, Sarah Ruhl, Thomas Bradshaw, PETE, and Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom he created the mobile app audio adventure Franklin’s Secret City in 2021. He is an assistant professor of theatre at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA.
Stanton Nash (Developer) is a multidisciplinary artist currently exploring the intersection between art and technology. As a storyteller he has worked across the country, performing in live theatrical events, film, and television. His writings include numerous plays featuring hard-”ish” science fiction, people facing ethical issues with modern technology, as well as writing the indie time-travel film Recursion (Official selection at Palm Springs International and 30 additional film festivals). Recent adventures include co-creating and programming the award-winning VR experience Shakespeare’s Theater: All The ‘Verse Is A Stage, now available in Meta’s Horizon Worlds.