Virtual Reality Storytelling Workshop

Virtual Reality Storytelling Workshop

May 31, 2024 TO
Jun 2, 2024


May 31, 2024 TO
Jun 2, 2024

Virtual Reality Storytelling Workshop
May 31 – June 2, 2024

Join us for a practical 2.5-day Virtual Reality Storytelling Workshop. This is perfect for theatre artists who want to “up-skill” and learn about digital storytelling. As spatial storytellers, theatre-makers are well suited to storytelling in the spaces created by immersive technology.

This workshop is open to artists from Hamilton and the surrounding regions. Theatre Aquarius will cover the course fees for the selected participants. Artists are asked to apply by April 19, 2024 and participants will be chosen by May 1, 2024. Participants are chosen by matching digital skill level within the group for maximum learning potential. Please follow this link to register for the workshop.

Suggested R&D Participants/Artists include: directors, writers, actors, set/costume designers, lighting designers, sound designers, video designers/editors, stage/project managers, and producers.

Workshop run by Christopher Lane, Digital Storytelling Consultant, Theatre Aquarius


Theatre Aquarius Arts Centre
191 King William Street, Hamilton

Over the course of a weekend, artists will explore the following:

  • A brief history of VR
  • The impact of theatre, gaming, and film on VR storytelling
  • The technology of VR
  • 3DOF and 6DOF and their impacts on storytelling
  • Agency and Empathy
  • Spatial storytelling
  • The VR Audience-Participant and an exploration of their various roles
  • Spheres of influence/intimacy
  • Writing for VR space
  • Radial Storyboarding
  • Acting in 360° space
  • Directing actors/performers in a 360° space
  • Spatial audio as a storytelling tool
  • VR Transitions
  • Production and technical workflows/pipelines (video, audio)
  • Stitching, editing, rendering 360° footage
  • Exploring story possibilities – classics, contemporary writing, musicals, short stories, myths, legends, devised content, branching narratives, non-linear formats


Date and TimeOverview
Friday, May 31
6:00-9:00 PM
– Introductions
– Deep Dive into Virtual Reality and Immersive Storytelling
– Exploring Virtual Reality content in headsets
Saturday, June 1
10:00 AM-6:00 PM
– Introduction to the technology
– First storytelling exploration – created in teams.
– This first exploration will give participants an opportunity to take the concepts learned and apply them to a very simple narrative structure. No more than 3 minutes in length. They will be given the afternoon to create this, capture it and render the content.
Sunday, June 2
10:00 AM-6:00 PM
– Review Saturday Content and discuss it.
– Second Storytelling Exploration – Create, capture, render.
– Sharing second explorations
– Plenary session