Oculus is Developing an Immersive Virtual Reality Theater Experience With Real Actors

Oculus is working on an immersive theater experience featuring real life actors who perform in virtual reality in real time.

In an interview with CNET, Yelena Rachitsky, an executive producer at Oculus described the project as indie video game Journey meets interactive theater show Sleep No More.

The main idea of the project is to use professional actors who perform lie while viewers interact with them via virtual reality from their own homes. Of course, everyone involved will be using Oculus Rift headsets to experience the interaction. Rachitsky said Oculus is “really interested in, how do you create that experience of live actors without needing to be in a site-specific location.”

Lately, immersive, interactive theater has been getting more and more popular. It was introduced by productions like New York City’s Sleep No More and San Francisco’s The Speakeasy where viewers are able to participate in the production with the actors performing live.

– Blair Halliday