• What I Do

    I specialize in immersive entertainment, both as an actor and behind the scenes.

    Photo by Forest Casey for Drunken Devil

    Performing

    Using acting and improvisation techniques to bring stories to life

    Photo by Annie Lesser for Whisperlodge

    Producing

    Managing immersive projects independently and with companies

    • I co-created and produced Snow Fridge, a critically-acclaimed, award-nominated immersive show for the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
    • With #metaforyou, I am part of a production team that creates interactive experiences for brands like New Balance, Nickelodeon, the Santa Monica Pier, Hotel Indigo, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, and Pasadena Playhouse.
    • As a production manager of Whisperlodge, I oversee operations for all Los Angeles productions of this immersive ASMR spa.
    • Coming soon: an immersive show for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe festival!
  • Now Playing

    Tickets are on sale now for The Place You Once Forgot, the immersive show I am co-creating and performing in at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival! If you'll be in Scotland in August, check it out!

  • Bio

    What led me to immersive.

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles (but the only tangible way that fact affects my everyday life is that whenever I meet someone new, they tell me how rarely they encounter LA natives). When I was little, I asked my mother what she thought I'd be when I grow up. She pondered about it for a while and answered, "Something new that there isn't a name for yet." I figured that must have meant something to do with computers or technology, but I kept the idea in the back of my mind as I grew up and pursued my interests.

     

    In 2012 I graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley's department of Theater & Performance Studies, a program that emphasizes critical analysis, research, and diversity in addition to the creative and practical aspects of performance. To supplement my college education, I took acting courses at the Yale School of Drama and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, studied Irish Theatre abroad at Trinity College Dublin, and completed the full improvisation training program at Upright Citizens Brigade. The amalgamation of all the techniques I studied in these programs - Meisner, Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Laban Movement, Viewpoints, Fitzmaurice Voicework, long form improvisation, and more - provided me with the tools I use now to be present and engaged while interacting with audiences in immersive theatre.

     

    After graduating, I spent some time in San Francisco working in theatre administration, performing in stage plays, and occasionally designing, producing, and assistant directing. Subsequently, I worked for five years as a production manager for a startup animation studio and YouTube network, where I honed the organizational, budgeting, and scheduling skills I use as a producer today.

     

    In 2017, I found out about the immersive theatre community in Los Angeles, and became fascinated by this innovative form of storytelling. I began to audition and perform, and eventually started creating my own work. One day, while I was crafting some customized mementos to give to audience members of my show, Snow Fridge, I came to a realization. I had found my mysterious purpose that did not yet exist, the one my mother had predicted when I was a child. It was to be an immersive artist.

  • Reviews

    Nice things the press has said about some of the projects I've worked on.

    Photo by Annie McGrath for Snow Fridge

    Snow Fridge

    DR3AMLOGiKK (co-created by me), Hollywood Fringe Festival, 2018

    • Stage Raw: "Dr3amlogikk is part of a wave of emerging immersive theater artists whose experiments with physical intimacy and the extreme subjectivity of “one-on-one” participatory performance is quickly becoming a hallmark of L.A.’s immersive avant-garde." (Also listed on Stage Raw's Top Ten!)
    • Haunting: "It isn’t just that Karlie Blair and Keight Leighn have taken the time to understand each audience member, and they have; it’s that they’ve created a safe space for someone to understand themselves." 
    • No Proscenium: "It’s one of those shows that you cannot really describe in a way that fully captures what it is." 
    • HorrorBuzz: "Let’s just make this short and sweet: Go see Snow Fridge. It’s fantastic." 
    • Media Geeks: "Snow Fridge is at once a chaotic display of emotion, and a quiet confirmation of love in this vast universe." 
    • Haunting: "The show is relentlessly, unstoppably optimistic, and just like Karlie’s small talk at the beginning of the night, casts a cheery, wide-eyed perspective on some truly enormous topics." 
    • Nightmarish Conjurings: "Snow Fridge is a silly, fun, and introspective offering at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival that you won’t want to miss." (See their other review of Snow Fridge's remount here!)
    • My Haunt Life: "It was a playful dream, filled with whimsy and bizarre connections of thought to action to words." 
    Photo by Larry Duncan for Echoes in the Dark

    Echoes in the Dark

    Shine On Collective, 2018

    • Haunting: "Blair’s performance as Victor’s equally brilliant lover... is  the lynchpin that drives the success of the narrative." 
    • HorrorBuzz: "Blair is incredible in every immersive show I’ve seen her in thus far and that is is no different here." 
    • Nightmarish Conjurings: "I’m not sure if either of this could have been accomplished without the deft acting handiwork of Blair... To have the ability to take audiences through such an emotional whirlwind in the span of a half-hour is nothing short of amazing." 
    Photo by Annie Lesser for Safehouse '77

    Safehouse '77

    Spy Brunch, 2017-2018

    • HorrorBuzz: "Kudos especially to Karlie Blair for thinking so quick on her feet, as she was the shining star of the show for the duration of the game of “Never Have I Ever” we all played. Hell, pretty much every thing out of her mouth during the show had us rolling. Her comedic timing was amazing and spot-on." 
    • Haunting: "Karlie Blair... carries a delightfully open crassness about her slender, almost angelic frame. Blair, with her ability to subtly tout Connie’s sense of self-importance throughout her engaging demeanor, is extremely well chosen as both guest’s initial contact point and as the common thread of casual decadence that serves as a reminder that this is still a party, after all." 
    • Nightmarish Conjurings: "I spent a lot of time with Connie (played by Karlie Blair) who was a firecracker with her stories, especially during the game “Never Have I Ever” and her insistence on trying everything and anything under the sun."
    • No Proscenium: "With talent of this caliber drawing the audience in, it was impossible to stay on the sidelines."
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  • Podcast

    I was recently interviewed on the No Proscenium Podcast about my work as an immersive artist.

  • Interview

    Check out my interview with VoyageLA Magazine!

  • Immersive?

    For those who are curious about what I do but aren't familiar with the word "immersive" or some of the other terms I've used here, this article from one of my favorite websites, No Proscenium, explains it all clearly and concisely!

  • Headshot, Reel, Resume

    Actor basics.

    My Headshot

    Photo by Molly Hawkey

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    My Reel

    A little sample of my on-camera acting.

    My Resume

    My Acting Resume

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    If you'd like to view my business resume, which details all of my non-acting-related experience, please send me an email in the contact section below!

  • Connect With Me

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