What is Candle House Collective?

Created in 2018 by Evan Neiden, Candle House Collective is a theatre company that creates and produces original immersive experiences. Our experimental, multidisciplinary work places participants – often one at a time – at the heart of narrative-rich, interactive realities. We are committed to storytelling as a conduit for personal understanding and social impact; crafting emotionally transformative work in service of self-exploration, queer expression, and human connection.


What kind of work do you create?

We specialize in the creation and production of remote experiences: live, highly interactive theatrical encounters conveying narratives entirely via continuous remote immersion – phone calls, texts/IM, emails, social media, physical mail, and so forth, all comprising a “friendly invasion” of one’s long-distance avenues of communication. Throughout our experiences, individual participants will interact with characters and make meaningful choices, influencing high-agency narratives and exploring intimate immersive realities outside of a physical venue.

For those who participate in our work, involvement is expected, and investment is rewarded.


How intense are your experiences?

We endeavor to tell a wide variety of meaningful, provocative stories. While remote theatre entails no physical contact, please keep in mind that our highly interactive work frequently features thematically intense and potentially disturbing subject matter. Discretion is advised.

We are committed to the safety and welfare of our participants, and welcome any questions concerning content or intensity at storyteller@candlehousecollective.com


Who can participate?

All participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless otherwise specified for a specific event.

Our remote experiences can be accessed by anyone with a text-enabled mobile phone, USA phone number, and good reception. (Note: at present, we cannot accommodate international numbers or data/wi-fi calling apps). Locations forthcoming for in-person events.


How do I stop an experience?

Candle House Collective's universal safe phrase is "TRAFFIC LIGHT". If you communicate this phrase aloud or in writing during an experience with us, all elements of that particular experience will immediately end for you.

Note: Should you choose to end your experience, no refunds can be issued. There is, however, no shame or judgement in using the safe phrase and "casting the red light." We understand that some stories are not for everyone.


Where do I start?

Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified about tickets, and to receive detailed information about our events. Each of our experiences is ticketed independently… for now.

For current updates concerning upcoming projects, follow us on Instagram at candlehousecollective.