Vigilance is an immersive theater group dedicated to creating intimate, experiential productions in Pittsburgh. Drawing inspiration from high art and pop culture alike, Vigilance is determined to explore the boundaries and possibilities of the growing immersive theater movement.
Vigilance Theater Group was founded by Sean Collier, Dana Custer, Ariella Furman, and Renee Rabenold. Since 2018 Vigilance has produced original immersive productions in site-specific locations, mini interactive theatrical experiences, and yearly Vigilance Cabaret Fundraisers.
The central themes of our works have emerged organically. We have created conversations on the effects of power structures, the inhumanity of class divides, the haunting effects of violence, and the challenges of action in an era of injustice. While our works are meant as entertainment, we constantly seek to ensure that the messages and meanings are clear and always in pursuit of encouraging more equitable worldviews in our audiences.
Meet the Creative Directors & Producers
Renee Rabenold is a director, performer, and teacher. She has a BFA in Acting from Point Park University. She has recently returned to her alma mater to teach Improvisation for the Actor. Renee also teaches improv classes at Arcade Comedy Theater. Renee performs with one of Pittsburgh’s longest-running improv comedy teams, Irony City. Through Vigilance, she has directed 3 fully original immersive productions: Hollow Moon, Welcome to Moonside, and Blood Moon, an original radio show, Reverberations, and several Vigilance Cabaret Fundraisers.
Sean Collier is a writer based in Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as the Managing Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine, he makes weekly appearances on KDKA's "Pittsburgh Today Live" and the WDVE-FM Morning Show, where he has served as a movie critic for more than a decade. His reviews also appear on Rotten Tomatoes and pittsburghmagazine.com. He is an active stand-up comic and has performed alongside Iliza Shlesinger, Harland Williams, Bert Kreischer, Guy Torry, and many others. A co-founder of Vigilance Theater Group, he wrote the scripts for the company's first three immersive productions.
Senior Production Manager
Saige Smith is a Pittsburgh-native actor, singer songwriter, and a Production Manager for Vigilance Theater Group. She holds a musical theater degree from Point Park University and is a member of the Actor's Equity Association. She has performed with Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT Classic Theatre, City Theatre, Corningworks Theater, Quantum Theater, and Vigilance Theater. She formed her neo-pop band, Samurai Velvet, in 2018.
Marisa Postava is a native-Pittsburgh actress with a passion for immersive theatre and Vigilance’s Company Manager. She completed a BA and PharmD in Pharmacy with a concentration in business administration at the University of Pittsburgh all while taking part in 7 Pitt STAGEs productions. Some of her favorite roles include Sonya in Uncle Vanya (Throughline Theatre), Ann in Blood Moon (Vigilance), and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Pittsburgh Classic Players). When she is not actively working on productions, Marisa is training for stage combat certifications with the with the Society of American Fight Directors or spending time with her cats.
Director in Residence
Brooke is an Actor, Director, Theatre Arts Educator, Audition Coach, and Pittsburgh Native! Brooke was a part of the Opening Entertainment Teams for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and the Disney Wish. She is also currently a Teaching Artist with City Theatre! Brooke has trained at the London Dramatic Academy as well as Bucknell University.
Marketing and Social Media Director
With over 17 years of theater experience, Anna loves working on the stage and behind the scenes to bring a production together. She has worked with the Vigilance crew as a performer, stagehand, beta tester, and props master. Additionally, she is the DEAI coordinator at Arcade Comedy Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh, where is has previously performed, coached, and stage managed. Additional past works include: producing and directing Donatella: a Queer Variety Show, assistant directing The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, curating the art show Yes, and... at Boom Concepts in Garfield, Pittsburgh, and being a guest speaker and artist at the New Jersey Fringe Festival and Kean University with Flash, Float, Fall. When she is not running around the theater, Anna can be found designing & renovating houses, baking cupcakes, and knitting herself into a blanket. You can find her at annamarierose.com or on IG @a.rose_blooming
Social Media Content Creator/ Production Associate
Jeremy Beveridge is a recent graduate from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University where he received a BFA in Acting. He has performed on the Pittsburgh Playhouse stage in Much Ado About Nothing (Balthasar), It’s a Wonderful Life (Henry Potter), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear). During his time at school, he has had the opportunity to bring stories to life by helping design and run the lighting for the world premiere of The Old Man and the Sea in the Highmark Theater in the Pittsburgh Playhouse. He has also directed Constellations by Nick Payne with the longest-running student-led theater group on campus, Pinnacle Productions. He later went on to serve as the Technical Director and Artistic Director for the group. He last worked with Vigilance Theater Company in their original production of Blood Moon.
Rory Janney is a writer, playwright, actor, and costume designer based in Pittsburgh. She has performed in The New Modern Product Theatre’s debut production Anything Good Makes Me Want To Die (Girlfriend, Prostitute, Nurse), in Point Park’s shadowcast Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia, MC), and Denison University’s The Wolves (#2). She was also the stage manager for Vigilance Theater Group’s Blood Moon and wrote The Arrival, a one-act play currently being put up in Point Park’s One-Act Festival. You may have seen her excellent performance and wardrobe collection in Vigilance’s immersive The Crucible. Rory is Theatre Arts student at Point Park University currently studying creative writing, costume design, performance, and production.
Allie Lampman-Sims joined Vigilence Theater in 2022 when she portrayed Wallis in "Blood Moon" and she loved the idea of progressing what Immersive Theather is. She joined Vigilence as Production Assistant the following year. Her roles vary from assisting in the creative process of horror elements, practical effects, safety protocol, backstage management, Scream Coach, acting, hair, makeup and coordinates snacks for events. When not designing fuel for nightmares, Allie lives in the Zelienople area on her homestead with her husband Jp where they raise ducks and chickens. They have 2 cats, Jinpo and Scooter, with their dog Irie. Allie has her degree in Culinary Arts and owns a pet sitting business. A true Jane of all trades, Allie is apart of theater to unleash her creativity onto the world in an unconventional way.
Our Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Vigilance Theater Group is committed to sharing the stage with a diverse group of performers from the Pittsburgh region. We strive to make inclusiveness and equity goals in our productions; while we know that we, like all theater companies, always have room to improve, we will continue to ensure that our cast and crew members are representative of our community. At Vigilance, that also means inviting and encouraging the involvement and professional development of performers and crew members from outside traditional theatrical backgrounds. We believe that Pittsburgh is full of talent, and that talent does not only lie inside the theatrical community; we will continue to search in non-traditional performance spaces for new collaborators.
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