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The intention of this thesis is to design an inclusive experience of immersive theatrical events andstudy how people respond to various conditions of these events without human actors. Severalperformances in New York City, Buffalo, Chicago, and Toronto were examined to determinepotential building typologies for site-specific work, content and formats that attract and entertaindiverse populations, and methods for producing immersive theatre. To test theories developed inthis study, a production was developed utilizing resources in the Buffalo community, from the siteto content creators to pilot audiences.In the Dark is a site-specific, immersive experience set in the Perot Malt House at Silo City, inBuffalo, NY, using silent disco headphones and a prescribed path through the building usingrecorded verbal directions. The audio content weaves together excerpts from the dramaticscript Interior by Maurice Maeterlinck, spoken word poetry by Tom Dreitlan, historical narrativeby Jim Watkins, and ambient music, to create a story that can be accessed through multiplemodes. The production used space, objects, air, light, and materiality as active components of theevent, replacing live performers and challenging the audience to interpret stories in a new way.Dense overlapping of content, time, space, place, meaning, memory, and action, created adynamic event where each individual experience was simultaneously intimate and communal.An online survey was given to audience members to gauge the success of various inclusive designfeatures and video documentation was analyzed to make observations about the audience’sbehaviors. These findings were synthesized into a set of design recommendations for futureproductions that considers both successful interventions and suggestions for improvements.