Today we’d like to introduce you to Stepy Kamei.
Stepy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in San Francisco. I acted in school plays as a kid but ended up gravitating towards the Stage Management side of theater throughout high school and college.
I moved to Los Angeles right after I graduated to pursue a career as a horror filmmaker. I went to film school and started working as a 1st AD before realizing I actually really missed acting, so I started pursuing that route again. Soon, I realized I preferred working in theater as opposed to film, so that’s what I focused on.
After working in a few haunts, I discovered immersive theater. That’s where I think my career really began in earnest. I have a strong background in theater, improv, and haunts, which is really the perfect mix for immersive theater. Now, I work with various companies and am always looking for the next opportunity within this extremely exciting new art form.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a twisting, unexpected road. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I moved here six years ago, I was planning to be the next James Wan or Alfred Hitchcock. Instead, I’ve stumbled upon an explosive new type of theater that I simply couldn’t have predicted even existed when I first moved out here.
As for obstacles, it has been a unique challenge to learn how to navigate such a new type of performance. Actors, creators, and audience members alike are all working together in any given immersive show, so it’s important to always be open to new ways of bringing a character to life while immersing the audience into the world as well.
But when it comes down to it, I’ve been in some groundbreaking, amazing shows, and I am constantly motivated to be involved in the next great show.
So let’s switch gears a bit and tell us more about your work.
Currently, I am primarily an immersive theater performer.
I have worked with Mycotoo, They Played Productions, Shine On Collective, Force of Nature, and others. I tend to specialize in horror-based productions, but I love performing in more mainstream productions as well. I’ve often played villains, including a version of the Dragon from Sleeping Beauty, a modern/female version of Dr. Frankenstein, and Bathsheba from The Conjuring universe.
When it comes down to it, I feel so lucky to have moved to Los Angeles right at the time when immersive theater was starting to really take off. I’m fortunate to work with truly innovative creators as we build this exciting new platform together.
I also perform stand-up comedy. I’ve recently been featured at The Comedy Store and The Ice House. I’m hoping to combine my talents to act in an immersive comedy show!
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Immersive theater is such a new and unique platform that all I can say with certainty is that it’s growing, which is very exciting!
Each year I see and am part of, more and more new and innovative productions. There are many potential facets to immersive theater, including site-specific shows, LARP-esque performances, dance, and movement pieces, escape room/game shows, etc. There are so many possibilities, and I’m grateful to be able to explore them all as a performer. Hopefully, in the near future, I’ll explore as a writer/director as well!
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