Stephanie Riggs is internationally recognized as a virtual reality pioneer. Her forthcoming book “The End of Storytelling” is a must-read for anyone trying or wanting to tell stories with immersive technology.
A former Disney Imagineer with a background in both theatrical narrative and computer science, she began creating interactive virtual worlds two decades ago and continues to revolutionize the immersive technology industry. SIGGRAPH recently invited her to present on VR topics such as “Creating Digital Societies in VR” and “Using Human-Computer Interaction to Tell Better Immersive Stories”. As a traditional storyteller, Stephanie directed the New York Times Critics Pick film “The Standbys,” and produced the award-winning and Netflix top-rated thriller “Banshee Chapter
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Recent Immersive Work: First feature film on the Oculus Rift (2014); First person invited to film a US President in 360 (Obama, 2015); 2015 World Record for simultaneous VR experience attendees; “Kanju,” (Tribeca, 2016); Using HCI to create better immersive stories (SIGGRAPH, 2016); “Monet in Giverny” (InceptionVR, 2017); “Angst:A Panic Attack” (IndieFlixVR, 2017); Holojam in Wonderland (Future of Storytelling, 2017), the first co-located live performance with multiple actors and multiple audiences members completely in virtual reality.
Select clients & collaborators: Intel, Disney Imagineering, Fox Innovation Lab, Unity Labs, GoogleVR, Facebook/Oculus, NYU Future Realities Lab.
Stephanie is committed to increasing diversity and access to VR education as a mentor for Facebook/Oculus “VR For Good”, co-founder of the AR/VR Academy NYC, and guest lecturer at Yale University. She is a Phi Beta Kappa and Andrew Carnegie Scholar graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama (Directing) and School of Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction).