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Artist Residence

Birch House’s Artist Residence provides artists with space, guidance, and a network of support for their current artistic endeavors. Meetings are held weekly to work on current projects, create goals, and workshop new materials

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We seek to accomplish one thing: remove the barriers that typically exist between performers and audience. We extend a hand across the proscenium, inviting you, the audience, to join us on equal footing in exploring (and sometimes creating) the story. We invite you to engage with the world of the play in tangible ways- exploring the space, interacting with characters (in groups and one-on-one), and completing tasks that drive the story forward and put you at the center of the experience.


Supper Club

Birch House Supper Club focuses on the vital tradition of artists breaking bread together. Our monthly supper clubs are themed and are an opportunity to commune together, celebrate our current members, and initiate new members during an immersive evening filled with food and fellowship.

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Birch House Staff


Lauren N. Fields

Curator of Immersive experiences.

For the past several years Lauren has been focused on creating new immersive experiences in a variety of spaces across the city. In addition to co-founding Birch House, she is also the founder of The Horror! Ensemble. Her work is primarily driven by the desire to create a visceral relationship between the audience and the artist. Her immersive projects explore this idea by annihilating the barriers established in traditional theatre and creating a tangible, participatory, audience-centric experience. It is Lauren's hope that creating this kind of theatre will encourage honesty, vulnerability, and intimacy in both the artist and the viewer.


Janie Killips

immersive creator.

She is committed to building stories that are hand-made and hand delivered. Striving to provide a completely immersive and well-crafted experience, she seeks not to disturb the comforted but to comfort the disturbed. Janie beckons artist and audience alike to remove themselves from the synthetic world and reflect upon the deep dark woods of the natural human experience.


Bryce Fields

Bryce Fields married into this world. He usually works as a technical advisor and prop maker for Birch House events. He recently parlayed this into his own enterprise: Fields Wood and Steel. 

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Dean Corrin
Experience Design

Dean Corrin joined Birch House for the opportunity to test in practice the theories developed in work with the research fellows of I-SITE (The Institute for the Study of Immersive Theatrical Experiences), which he founded in 2011.  His path as a playwright and educator has led to his interest in the creation environments and circumstances that invite audiences to actively engage in imaginative play.


Sarah McElroy


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Ebony Chuukwu


Chelsea Lyons
Supper Club Chef

Birch house
Chicago, IL
Est. 2017
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