Welcome to Paradiso. Immersive theater disguised as an escape room.
Tired of the usual movie night? If Get you’re looking for something new and unique, escape rooms Creative are for you!
Do you want something epic for your next NYC night out? If you’re seeking an unforgettable experience in the Manhattan area, our three Paradiso experiences deliver a fully immersive, high octane adventure on a grand scale. Paradiso is more than a simple escape room — it’s a futuristic thriller, where participants take the lead in their own story.
Every challenge, each twist and turn has immediate urgency. Designed by acclaimed theatrical and entertainment industry innovators, every detail is crafted to achieve maximum theatrical effect and integrates seamlessly into the story environment so each challenge, puzzle and obstacle feels like a real world task.
What makes Paradiso the best escape room experience in New York?
The most compelling immersive theatre experience in NYC, Paradiso escape rooms offer cutting-edge video installations, individualized plot lines and site-specific events with a single goal in mind — to place you in the starring role of a Hollywood suspense thriller.
Paradiso is the next generation in escape room entertainment, pushing the boundaries of the genre in a live action role playing game that takes place throughout Manhattan, beyond the four walls of a room. It’s like playing a video game outside the comfort of your home.
Your fast-paced escape room experience begins the moment you purchase your ticket, and your heart will pound until the very end. Are you ready to suspend your disbelief and accept the reality of the Virgil Corporation?
Move quickly. Think quickly. Have fun!
Check out our rooms
Very detailed and interactive!
A few co-workers and I did this as a team building exercise and it was awesome! Very detailed and interactive! It makes you feel like you’re in an action movie!!
A totally unique and interesting escape room!
The characters and environments in Paradiso make this a totally unique and interesting escape room! The journey from when you buy a ticket to the end of the experience is much more mysterious rather than the typical corporate team building activity.
One of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had in New York City!
The Path of Beatrice was one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had in New York City! It felt like we were in the middle of an action/spy movie. The level of detail and customization was really quite incredible!
This alone made my trip to New York worthwhile. Blown away!
Meet our talented staff here at Paradiso Escape.
Michael Counts – Creator and Co-Producer
Michael Counts is a theatrical designer and stage director, visual artist, and media and entertainment entrepreneur who has been focused on creating large-scale immersive installations, theatrical productions and innovative media and entertainment experiences, often in unconventional spaces, for the last 20 years. He is one of the early pioneers of immersive theater and has been called a “visionary” and a “mad genius” by the New York Times and “one of the most fertile imaginations working in New York City, today” by Time Out New York Magazine. Two of his recent productions were listed on the New York Times Top 10 Lists for 2011 and 2013 and his projects in a wide range of media have been critically acclaimed and featured in press and media around the world. His recent partnership with Skybound Entertainment (the LA based media company lead by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman) and The Walker Stalker Convention resulted in his creation of The Walking Dead Experience, an immersive touring attraction that has received broad critical acclaim since it began its national tour in the fall of 2015. (http://www.countsprojects.com). Contact
Jennifer Worthington – Co-Producer
Worthington joined Jerry Bruckheimer Films, one of most successful production companies in the motion picture industry, at just 21-years-old as a development assistant. In less than one year, she was promoted to a vice presidency position with the company and by the time she was 23-years-old, Worthington was promoted to senior vice president. While employed by Bruckheimer, she worked on numerous film projects including “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “The Rock,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Remember the Titans” and “Crimson Tide,” as well as “Dangerous Minds” and “Soldier of Fortune” in the television sector of the company. Worthington herself was the subject of an E! Entertainment Television documentary titled “The Women of Vegas,” as well as features in The Washington Post and W Magazine.
While producing the blockbuster film, “Coyote Ugly,” she envisioned a Hollywood version of the original Manhattan bar. She believed Las Vegas would be ideal for the concept and took a career gamble in leaving the film industry for the high-risk business of bar/nightclub ownership. She developed a plan with her partners to incorporate her background in entertainment, revolutionizing Las Vegas nightlife. In November 2001, Worthington turned her vision into reality with the grand opening of Coyote Ugly Las Vegas. Since then, she has opened four more successful projects in Las Vegas and range of immersive entertainment properties in New York. Contact
Lindsay Pitzer – Producer
Lindsay is a project manager and producer with a wide range of experience in the live events, theatrical entertainment, video, and interactive media fields. Having begun as an assistant during the startup phase of The Ride New York, Lindsay ended up running the day-to-day operations of that production which employed over 50 people and involved managing a production budget in excess of $10 million. Since the successful launch of The Ride New York in 2010, Lindsay has been the lead producer on large scale special events for leading financial and tech brands and has played a critical role in events including the opening of the Observation Deck of One World Trade Center.
Ashley Tata — Creative Director
Ashley Tata is a director of new opera, multi-media performance and site-specific experiences. She works with Michael Counts as an associate and is co-Director of Paradiso: The Escape Test and The Path of Beatrice and director of Paradiso: The Memory Room. Her previous work includes Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit, hailed by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross as a “21st-Century Masterpiece”; thingNY’s This Takes Place Close By a new opera staged in the 50,000 square foot Knockdown Center; the site-specific performance series and video installation “Out of Bounds” for PROTOTYPE ‘16 and multi-media productions of new works of opera that have been seen in places as far flung as the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and The Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. She was the recipient of the Lotos Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize in the Arts and Sciences and a winner of Opera America’s Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Grant. MFA, Columbia University.
Justin Cox — Art Director/Props Designer
Justin Cox is a New York based art director and prop designer for television, film and theatre. He comes from a line of Texas artists and artisans – his grandparents were carpenters, fine art painters, and toy makers. From them, Justin learned the importance of creating things with his hands. His tangible connection to objects and how they work, architecture & environments, as well as his eccentric aesthetic, has charmed the arts and entertainment gamut from MTV, Nickelodeon, BBC, and McCann ad agency to Broadway. www.justincox.design
John Fram — Writer
At age twenty-one John Fram enjoyed his first major publication, appearing on The Atlantic with an article that went on to become one of the site’s most popular pieces of 2011. Since then he has appeared on Pacific Standard, The Billfold and Thunderbolt Games, writing about such varied topics as the modern face of HIV in America, income inequality and the cut-throat world of self-published romance novels. His reviews for the video games website Thunderbolt Games were consistently chosen by the site’s readers as the best features of the month. He has worked as a writer on independent game projects, in addition to writing fiction. His interest in combining the power of narrative with the tangible pleasure of interactive design led him to Michael Counts and since to writing the script and designing the puzzles for Paradiso: Chapter Two. He is represented by Ross Harris at Stuart Krichevsky Literary.
Katie Pedro — General Manager
Katie Pedro is a Brooklyn based director interested in immersive theatre and historical source texts. She is Associate Director of Paradiso: The Escape Test; The Memory Room and The Path of Beatrice and Associate Video Designer of Memory Room. Directing: Monte, Tennessee (Exquisite Corpse Company), Fefu and Her Friends (Sarah Lawrence College), The Cherry Orchard (Dyckman Farmhouse), Love Stories My Mother Told Me (Dixon Place) Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Perry-Mansfield). Video Design: A Circular Play, Marisol, And Then They Came for Me, I Will Be Gone. BS Russell Sage College. MFA Sarah Lawrence College. www.katiepedro.com
Ryan O’Gara — Lighting Designer
Katy Tucker — Co-Video Designer (Memory Room)
S. Katy Tucker is a video and projection designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work in theater and opera has been seen around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera; the Sydney Opera House, Dutch National Opera, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, Carnegie Hall; the New York City Ballet; the Kennedy Center; BAM, The Park Avenue Armory, LA Phil, among others. She has collaborated with composers and musicians like Paul McCartney, John Zorn, Jeffrey Ziegler, Amanda Gookin, Helga Davis and Paola Prestini. Her artwork has been seen at The Corcoran Museum, Artists’ Space, The Dillon Gallery, Brookfield Place, and The Kitchen.
Brad Peterson — Co-Video Designer (Memory Room)
Brad Peterson is a New York based projection and video designer. Recent designs: Cats (Broadway Revival); Fish in the Dark (Broadway); If I Forget (Roundabout Theater Co.); Bring It! Live! Tour (A+E Networks); Ipsa Dixit (EMPAC); This Takes Place Close By (thingNY); Empire (McCoy-Rigby / Marquee Ventures); Camino Real (Columbia Stages); Carousel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music (Stratford Festival); On The Town and 9 to 5 (California Music Theater); Encounter (Beijing, China); Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway); The Wiz and Frost/Nixon (Maltz-Jupiter); Jesus Christ Superstar and Big Fish (Casa Mañana); The Tempest (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); On The Town (Merry-Go-Round); Shuffle Along…(Video Consultant, Broadway). Associate designer: First Date (Broadway), An American in Paris (Broadway); Oslo (Broadway). Upcoming: Between the Lines (Kansas City Rep.), Heartbreak Hotel (Ongunquit Playhouse). www.bradpetersondesign.com
Broken Chord — Original Music & Sound Design (Memory Room)
Broadway: Eclipsed. New York: Atlantic Theater (Scarcity, The Jammer,The Lying Lesson), The Incubator Arts Project (OZET), Labyrinth Theater (The Insurgents), LCT3 (Bull in a China Shop), Manhattan Theatre Club (Spirit Control, When We Were Young and Unafraid), Primary Stages (A Lifetime Burning, Harrison TX, Informed Consent), The Public Theater (The Good Negro, Eclipsed, Party People), Rattlestick (Stay, Massacre, Charles Ives Take Me Home), Second Stage Theatre (10 Things to Do Before I Die, The Other Thing), Signature Theatre (The Dance and the Railroad, Appropriate), Women’s Project (Lascivious Something, Row After Row). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Berkeley Rep (Ruined, Party People), Centerstage (American Buffalo, Pride and Prejudice), Cleveland Play House (Fairfield, How I Learned to Drive), Dallas Theater Center (The Tempest, The Odd Couple, Deferred Action), Hartford Stage (Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean, Snow Falling on Cedars), Huntington Theatre (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun), La Jolla Playhouse (Ruined), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ruined, UniSon), People’s Light (End Days, A Wrinkle in Time), Shakespeare Theatre Company (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), Trinity Rep (The Glass Menagerie), Yale Rep (These Paper Bullets!). Film: Fall to Rise. www.brokenchord.us
Max Silverman (Associate Sound & Lighting Designer/Puzzle Master/Performer) is an actor, singer, composer, lighting designer and all around theatre guy. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Westminster College of the Arts and has worked for Encores! Off-Center. He began working in Immersive Theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, composing and performing with Michael and Sharon Counts.
Jason McDowell-Green (Director) is a freelance theatre director and runs the Professional Training Program at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His directing work has been seen at The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Two River Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Huntington Theatre Company, the Atlantic Theater and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He’s an alumnus of The Acting Company where he toured nationally for two years with productions of Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. His training comes from Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Lisa Renkel (Associate Video Designer) Lisa is a video and projection designer based in New York City. Her passion for collaborative design has allowed her the opportunities to work on a wide variety of productions ranging from theatre to music festivals. Her select design and associate credits include: Village Orpheus (Poetic Theatre Productions), Bring It! Live (Tour), The Spoils (The Signature Theatre), Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse), WikiMusical (NYMF), On The Town (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), In Your Arms (New York Stage and Film), Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Linda Duci Dance Ensemble, and Broadway Bares / Equity Fights Aids. Check out her work and upcoming projects at: lisarenkel.com
Chris Naka (Director of Photography) Chris Naka is a Creative Director at Blue Man Productions. He received a BFA in Fiber & Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA in Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two guinea pigs.
Nick Auer (Experience Architect/Performer) is a director, stage manager, and performer. He co-founded The Brouhaha Theatre Project and has co-directed its first three productions: Tunnel Odyssey (Prospect Park), Wrestling with Lesbians (The Tank), and Research & Development (Dixon Place). Other directing highlights include The Breasts of Tiresias and Genesis 22 (Gov. Island). He also works with Third Rail Projects as an ASM: The Grand Paradise and Ghost Light (LCT3).
Ian Mather (Experience Architect/Performer) is a Brooklyn based actor/improviser and a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Additional Programmers: Justin West, Joe Naftal
Creative & Production Interns: Callum Bayle-Spence, Adrien Kemper
Taylor Myers – Co-Director (Escape Test/Path of Beatrice)
Taylor Myers is a theater director and actor living in New York City, specializing in large scale immersive work. He has directed work at strange times in strange places – from a river at dawn to a cemetery at three AM – and loves to stretch outside the normal parameters of theatrical experience. He has appeared as a performer in almost every long-running immersive show in NYC including Punchdrunk’s Hitchcock-meets-Shakespeare “Sleep No More”, Third RailProjects’ 1970’s tropical resort “The Grand Paradise”, and again for Third Rail Projects in their smash hit Alice in Wonderland tale “Then She Fell”. He serves as Artistic Director of Roll The Bones, an immersive theater company he co-founded in 2013. www.rollthebonestheatre.com
Katie Fleming – Associate Scenic Designer and Art Director (Escape Test)
Katie Fleming is a production designer whose work spans traditional and experimental theatre as well as film and wide range of immersive and special events. She has collaborated on the creation of the tactile worlds that define the core of many immersive theatrical productions including Sleep No More (Boston and New York), Queen of the Night and The Empire Travel Agency. Driven by the belief that artists have always expanded the methods and form of storytelling and today that involves complete immersion. She his proud to work with the Paradiso team in building a thrilling and expansive world, and ultimately to elevating the puzzle- heavy escape room genre to a sensorial and narrative immersive experience.
Cayla Sharp – Associate Creative Director and Sound Designer (Escape Test)
While pursuing an industrial engineering degree at Virginia Tech, Cayla Sharp landed unexpectedly on America’s Got Talent as a part of the black light illusion performance group Fighting Gravity. Her non-traditional approach to theater led her to New York and working with Michael Counts on a variety of projects including Play/Date, The Beacon at the Lake Nona Town Center, and The Walking Dead Experience. Cayla is excited to contribute her longtime background in photography, film and sound to the production design and overall experience of Paradiso.
Conor Mulligan – Associate Lighting Designer (Escape Test)
Conor Mulligan is a New York based lighting designer who spends his time freelancing between design and assistant design work. As an assistant designer Conor has worked with a wide range of top companies including: Lincoln Center Festival, San Francisco Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. While Conor’s work has been primarily in theatre, and in a traditional format, he is excited to be working on an immersive experience. The possibility for a visceral and tactile experience for an audience makes Paradiso a thrilling project that he is proud to work on.
Tricia Barsamain – Costume Designer (Escape Test)
Tricia Barsamian is an artist and costume designer with a wide range of experience in traditional and immersive theater. As an associate costume designer for Susan Hilferty, Tricia worked on the Broadway productions of Annie, Hands on a Hardbody, Wonderland, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Additionally, she served as the associate costume designer on the groundbreaking immersive theatrical nightclub production, The Queen of the Night at The Diamond Horseshoe.
IMMERSIVE ESCAPE PERFORMERS
- Samantha Amaral, an NYC dancer, choreographer, actress was last seen in Play/Date, Naked Holidays, ID network’s Stalked and dancing as Grover for the national tour of Sesame Street Live.
- Steve Austin. Florida. Georgia. New York. Actor. Dancer. Singer. (In that order). Director. Film. Television. Stage. Improv. Combat. Cabaret. Bat Boy. TWD. Classical. Shakespeare. Contemporary. That’s it.
- Caroline Banks Off-Broadway: The Fall (Fringe Encores). Regional: Unknown Soldier (Williamstown), Pippin (McCarter). New York: The Death of a Black Man (Theater for the New City). Princeton graduate. www.carolinebanksactor.com
- Leonie Bell is a German-American multi-disciplinary theater-maker and performer. She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.
- Felix Birdie A graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and member of the NYC based theatre company, Shakespeare in the Square. felixbirdie.com
- Matthew Brown Originally from Texas, Matthew has lived in New York for several years. Most recently he appeared in the one man show, Oh Boy!, at The New Victory Theater. Favorite works include collaborations with The Wooster Group, 3LD, and The Met Opera. www.matthewbrownactor.com
- Devin Burnham is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer. He makes movies through the Abandoned Gas Station and frequently collaborates with Sister Sylvester theatre.
- Doga Celik is a NYC based actor, originally from Ankara, Turkey. His recent NYC credits include ‘ Lost and Guided’, ‘Heart of Fire’ and ’subText‘. Learn more about him at dogacelik.com
- Vincent Cooper. NYU Tisch graduate. Event & immersive theatre producer.
- Kate Fallon trained with Adelphi University and the London Dramatic Academy, has been working in NYC for six years, and is thrilled to join the Virgil Corporation.
- Mieko Gavia is a writer, actress, art model and producing ensemble member of Black Revolutionary Theater Workshop. You can find her at http://www.blackrevolutionarytheatreworkshop.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/miekogavia.artist/
- Mischa Ipp lover of sunshine and cheese, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at the LA Webfest, Artistic Director at Little y. Lots more at www.mischaipp.com & www.littley.co
- Lizzie Kehoe is a theater artist currently attending NYU Tisch. She has done and hopes to do many things with her time on earth.
- Jesse Koehler is an actor and playwright located in Bedstuy. He recently obtained a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied multiple aspects and forms of theatre as well as literature, writing, and Chinese philosophy.
- Melissa Mahoney is an actor and singer from Long Island, New York. Since graduating NYU Tisch in 2014, she has played various roles, including a shepherd boy named Todd, a princess disguised as a pirate, a boat named Fishizzle, and the id of French dramatist Antonin Artaud. When she’s not performing, she can be found teaching young, aspiring actors at the Atlantic Acting School. www.melissamahoney.me
- Madeline McKenzie is a Texas native and a graduate of The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Recent Credits include The Lady and the Manhole at Gallery Players.
- Nicole Orabona holds her BA from Boise State University. With a focus on interactive theatre, she has recently worked with Live In Theater, The Sterling Renaissance Festival & Interactive PlayLab. Upcoming: The Aurora Project (Navigators Theater) & The Untold Yippie Project (Sunglasses After Dark). nicoleorabona.com
- Claire Sanderson is originally from England and has lived in New York for six years. Recent credits involve dancing around a Brooklyn warehouse in Othello and getting hit in the face with teabags for a commercial for Avon. When she’s not being abused by British-based beverages, she likes to run. Like, a lot. She’s ran two marathons so far this year and plans to add three more to that total in the fall. She’s very excited to be a part of Paradiso! Check out her website at www.clairesanderson.com
- Joyah Love Spangler – Joyah is an actor/musician/writer who hails from California. She is a company member of Reckless theatre, and has performed with The Viewpoints Collective, A.C.T., Williamstown Theatre Festival and NYMF. TV: The Following (FOX). www.JoyahLoveSpangler.com
- Dara Swisher is a dance artist, physical actor, improviser, and creator. Her most recent credits include: the immersive theatre experience Play/Date, EndTimes Productions’ The Ded Sullivan Show, and choreographing for August Strindberg Rep’s Kristina. Dara is a veteran member of Kinetic Architecture Dance Theatre and is currently a model and performer for bodypainter Trina Merry’s prestigious core team. www.daraswisher.com
- Andy Talen New York: Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), The Tempest, Iphigenia 2.0 (Classic Stage Company), The Fallen (Abington Theatre), The Two Reds (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Church & State (New World Stages) Regional: Madison Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Over ten Productions at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires. Television: “A Crime to Remember”, Training: MFA Columbia University.
- Lia Tamborra is a writer and performer, NYU Tisch grad. Credits: Old Bones, Robin Hood, Atlantis, Polyamory, Dangersparkle and the Lion, Stop Shopping Choir, Theatrino. Liatamborra.com
- Neda Marie Valcheva is a Bulgarian-born maker of theatre things that are hard to explain at family dinners. Sarah Lawrence MFA ’17. #StopVirgilCorp. nedamarie.com
Malka Wallick is a RADA trained actor based in NYC. She has just completed an off-broadway run at Signature Theatre. For more malkawallick.com
- Max Henry is an actor and writer. Originally from Minnesota, by way of New Hampshire, Max graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami. He did so while earning a dual degree in Motion Pictures and English. Max began his time in New York at Late Show with David Letterman, recently worked on the Drama Desk Award-winning Queen of the Night. www.themaxhenry.com.
- Nick Ong is a New York based actor originally from San Francisco, CA. New York credits include New Dawn: The Musical (Secret Theatre), Midsummer (Tiltyard) and The Muscle in Question (FringeNYC). Other favorite credits include Beethoven in Dog Sees God and Adam in The Shape of Things. George Washington University ’15. @nickong26