Educational larps at WonderCon®

I thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating the educational power of live action role playing (larping) at WonderCon. Thank you to fellow panelists Ndindi Kitonga, Scott Stubbe, Shawn Crosby, Emily Nguyen-Hoai, and Noah Sutton-Smolin. Thanks to Kirsten Hageleit for printing and PowerPoint layout, the Horde for envisioning some splendid Secret Societies, and Michael K. Young for letting us use his free party larp Secret Societies for the event.

Photo by Scott Stubbe, from r to l – Scott Stubbe, Ndindi Kitonga, Emily Nguyen-Hoai, Noah Sutton-Smolin, Shawn Crosby, and me (not paying attention)

Larp Design Jam

Kirsten and I are facilitating a larp design jam at the Burbank branch of New York Film Academy on April 6 & 7. FREE to all, beginners welcome. You can either be a designer or a playtester. More info here, and see the flyer below.

“Let’s Play With Fire!” used at Rutgers University

This essay, co-authored by Bettina Beck and I, was used as part of hte below course at Rutgers.

Hi Aaron – I shared your co-authored essay with students in this course 08:206:722 MFA Thesis Production/Creative Theory-Method-Practice in the Dance Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. I don’t have contact info for your co-author – can you share with her? Thanks!

Featured artist at Little Death #4

little death #4:
@ The Mortuary

Sun, 1/27/19 @ 7pm, $7

The Mortuary is an RSVP ONLY performance lab.
RSVP by emailing
Lincoln Heights (90031) address disclosed upon RSVP

Patricia Sazani
Cordelia Istel
Alexx Shilling
Carmina Escobar
Saewon & Kwonyin
Kathryn Shuman
Kirsten Hageleit & Aaron Vanek

little death is a monthly salon of unclassifiable performances and experiences. On the last Sunday of every month, The Mortuary invites transdisciplinary artists to take risks in a room of humans and discover one another. Each little death curates a heterogeneous bunch of ~7 artists around the monthly prompt, to perform ~10 minute events sequentially. January prompt: Indoor/Outdoor Use Only.

The little death salon series is at the heart of The Mortuary’s overarching mission of envisioning studio visits for experimental performance practice, and renegotiating the relationship between process and presentation. The Mortuary encourages participating artists “to be yourself, to not be yourself, to dive further into your compulsion or to adventure outside of your usual patterns, and to propose alternate paradigms of art and experience.”

RSVP? Questions?
Want to perform in the next little death?

The Game Academy’s First Grant

Wow! The Game Academy just received our first grant--$10,000 from the Benjosh Foundation! And we’ve raised over $2,000 on our GoFundMe campaign, but are still hoping to meet our goal of $30,000 by the end of this year.

Please consider helping underprivileged youth attend our camps who can’t normally afford it by donating–even $1 helps! And share this post freely.

The Game Academy is a 501c3 educational non-profit organization that uses role-playing games and larps to teach kids at summer camp and afterschool enrichment. We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area with four locations, expanding to seven. For more information on the company, click here:

Thank you!

The Game Academy’s First Grant

Hot town, summer in the city

Los Angeles has had a lot of record breaking heat lately, mostly due to man-made and preventable global climate change. Here is what has been going on over here:

One Last Thing Before You Go, the immersive/interactive play I directed, produced and co-wrote with my wife, won an Encore producers award as well as a combined critics/audience “Double Sweet” award from Better Lemons for 100% approval from both audiences and critics. The discussion/fan group for the play is here. Kirsten and I are mulling ideas to expand it later.

I moderated a panel on using RPGs and larps for social-emotional learning in education at San Diego Comic-Con®. It was taped, but the video is forthcoming. Review here. I also screened my thesis movie Morning Commute there.

I (barely) finished designing (again with Kirsten) and ran Redefining Pi, my second Delta Green larp at GenCon. This was the largest player group I’ve ever worked with (48), and we had an offsite experience at the Indiana Medical History Museum with custom made interactive props. Photos here.

I am pleased to have a short article I wrote a year or more ago published in the latest issue of The Unspeakable Oath (#25) from Arc Dream Publishing. It’s about a mystical book that promises everything and provides nothing.

Before beginning classes at the Creative Learning Place (I have left Kabbalah Children’s Academy/International Children’s Academy) in September, I hope to get a number of projects finished as well as clean the apartment and sell a lot of items via ebay and a garage sale.

Reviews of “Fallen Stars at the Charity Sale”

Reviews of my first play, a staged adaptation of the larp Fallen Stars, are aggregated here and here.

We closed yesterday, and while not a runaway debut, I am pleased with our production and cast. I think we got something working, and working well.

L to r; Brandie Chernow, Luke King, Noelle Rodriguez, Anna Dawahare, me, Shelby Monaghan, David King, Mary Rachel Gardner, with Shoshanna Ruth Green below.