Capital W

INTIMATE IMMERSIVE THEATER

 
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Lauren and Monica at Capital’s W inaugural show.

 
 

CAPITAL W is the joint venture of longtime collaborators Lauren Ludwig (Director/Writer) and Monica Miklas (Producer). After many years of working together in the comedy group Lost Moon Radio, Lauren and Monica created Capital W in 2015 to explore their shared passion for unconventional, immersive, and site-specific theater.  LA Weekly called the company’s first production, Hamlet-Mobile, “pure gold” (Bill Raden) and an “enthralling embodiment of ‘all the world’s a stage’” (Steven Leigh Morris).  Hamlet-Mobile went on to win “Best Game Design” at the 2016 IndieCade Festival and was published in the Applause anthology Best Play From American Theatre Festivals 2015.

Capital W has produced five original immersive works with an emphasis on intimate audience experience and narrative. Their production Red Flags, a one-on-one recreation of a bad first date, was called “a journey that is as uncomfortably self-revealing as it is deeply affecting” (Stage Raw) and "the most interactive immersive experience I’ve attended" (No Proscenium). Red Flags has since toured San Diego, Denver, and Los Angeles and won the Immersive Critic's Circle’s “Best Overall Immersive Work" award at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival .

Capital W’s has grown more ambitious with time. Its production Rochester, 1996, chronicling one Sunday in the life of a queer Christian teen, spanned five locations in Los Angeles and was called "downright perfect" by No Proscenium. Capital W’s latest work was a commission for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Between Us: The Blind Date explores grief and ritual through the lens of a blind date at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

Leaders in the burgeoning field of immersive entertainment, Capital W regularly gives talks on their work. In 2019, they were artists-in-residence at the Unit One at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Capital W’s director Lauren Ludwig was a speaker on non-linear narrative at the Immersive Design Summit in 2018. Capital W is committed to knowledge-sharing and teaches workshops across the country on audience experience, narrative in immersive, and intimacy and consent.


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LAUREN LUDWIG // WRITER + DIRECTOR

Lauren is an award-winning immersive theater creator and founding member of Los Angeles experiential company Capital W. With Capital W, Lauren created Hamlet-Mobile, a migratory adaptation of Shakespeare’s play staged in and around a cargo van. Hamlet-Mobile won “Best Game Design” at the IndieCade Festival of Independent Games and was published in the anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festivals 2015. Lauren also created Red Flags, a one-on-one audience encounter that recreates the experience of a bad first date. Red Flags was named “Best Overall Immersive Work” by the Immersive Critic’s Circle and has toured to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Denver. 

Lauren regularly works in television and film. She was a writer on the branching-narrative interactive series EXP for Eko, and has created projects for FX, NBC Universal, Participant Media, and truTV. Lauren is also a member of the in-house design team at OA Experiential, an immersive marketing company specializing in large-scale activations. Most recently, Lauren completed an immersive commission for the Denver Center, in collaboration with the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, exploring grief and ritual through the lens of a blind date at the museum.

Lauren is the current Director of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. She is a passionate educator and has spoken about immersive work and experience design at venues across the U.S., including the Immersive Design Summit, the University of Southern California, and the University of Illinois. Lauren is also a founder and creative guide at Wayward, a Canadian retreat for womxn artists. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and grew up in Syracuse, NY. You can see Lauren's work at laurenludwig.com.


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MONICA MIKLAS // PRODUCER + WRITER

Monica is a creative producer with a career-long specialization in new work and live events. As the co-founder of award-winning immersive theatre company Capital W, she produces intimate, emotional experiences, including the one-on-one hit Red Flags and the bildungsroman epic Rochester, 1996, that draw the audience into the world of story.

A veteran of Los Angeles cultural institutions, Monica applies the audience-centered strategies of immersive work to fundraisers, events, and mission-driven programming at organizations including Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and the Autry Museum of the American West. At the Orchestra, Monica curated events for the guest artist residency program, and developed a tiny immersive concert experience called the MusicBox.

Monica is an aerialist, performing on and teaching aerial silks and hammock. She has appeared in Aeriform Artists’ Dorothy & Alice and Giselle, and at Angel City Brewery’s Broken Hearts Circus and Avocado Fest.

Monica is a co-founder and board member of the League of Experiential and Immersive Artists, an industry group for producers and creators. She is a graduate of Stanford University as well as Cal State Long Beach’s MBA/MFA Theatre Management program. More information on Monica's freelance event producing and theatre consulting can be found at monicamiklas.com.