ScareHouse Creative Director and co-owner Scott Simmons has worked within the haunted attraction industry since 1985, when he first started volunteering at local Pittsburgh haunted house fundraisers for various organizations.
Scott manages a talented team of artists, producers, and performers in the year-round process of planning and producing completely unique and original characters and attractions. Scott will reveal just how much Pittsburgh haunted houses have changed over the last 30 years, the weird and wonderful challenges of working at ScareHouse, and what it's like to scare people for a living.
June 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 27 mins
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Allen Hopps is the "Forrest Gump of the Haunted Attraction Industry" having contributed to several of America's iconic haunted attractions over the last 20 years. Days after high school graduation he drove a moped from Baltimore to Orlando to perform as an actor in a haunted house, and he's never regretted it for a moment since. Allen and his wife Shannon join ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and ScareHouse actress Jennifer Dallas for an inspiring and entertaining look back at the early days of the haunted attraction industry and a look forward to the new era of highly themed and immersive experiences.
May 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 43 mins
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Scott Simmons and Kate "Dudders" Dudas join fellow haunters, hustlers, and provocateurs John Laflamboy (Zombie Army Productions) and Pat Konopelski (Shocktoberfest) for an extended conversation about modern haunted attractions.
May 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 32 mins
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Creative Director Scott Simmons travels to Baltimore to catch up with former ScareHouse audio masters Glenn Ricci and Ursula Marcum from Submersive Productions to talk about immersive theater.
May 15th, 2017 | 48 mins 8 secs
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Creative Director Scott Simmons catches up with Todd McDevitt and Jon Engel from New Dimensions Comics at Rock Bottom to chat about the comic book industry, pushing your ventures, and 3 Rivers Comicon.
Episode 112: Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and The Mad Muse Lori Howsare Discuss Wearing Your Weird on the Outside and Atrocity Exhibition IX
May 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
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The award winning Atrocity Exhibition’s ninth performance will take you to hell. Katie “Dudders” caught up with Macabre Noir, Aaron Doctor Morose, and Lori Howsare “The Mad Muse” at Atrocity’s command center, aka Macabre’s living room. They talk about the creative process, theater theory, and Atrocity Exhibition IX: Inferno.
Episode 111: Over Caffeinated Chat with Rob Johnston About Social Media, Adapting, and Being Genuine with Your Audience
April 28th, 2017 | 56 mins 28 secs
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Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” hang out on a loading dock in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with Rob Johnston to talk about social media and the importance of being genuine with your audience.
April 21st, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
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Katie “Dudders” sits down with Pittsburgh Burlesque performers and members of the ScareHouse family, Boom Boom Bridgette, Moon, and Thea Biss. The ladies discuss Pittsburgh’s current burlesque scene, what attracted them to performing, and how burlesque is all about loving yourself and your body.
April 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" sat down with Tami Dixon, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Rod Schwartz from Bricolage Production Company. Bricolage works to remove the fourth wall to differentiate themselves from traditional theater productions and...
March 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
Factory of Terror is one of largest indoor haunted houses in the WORLD. Scott and Dudders sit down with owner John Eslich to talk about what it takes to become a Guiness World Record winner, helping customers get their scare on in the offseason,...
February 22nd, 2017 | 46 mins 34 secs
Congratulations to our new Operations Manager Nino Balistrieri! We're going to go back to December 2015 for Nino's first starring role in a podcast when he was our Tech Manager. Nino and Pnuematics Assistant/Actor Maryane Kimbler are...
Episode 106: Recap of Valentine's Day in The Basement with Costume Manager & Designer Madison and Design Manager Nicole
February 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
This season's Valentine's Day event in The Basement took customers down the rabbit hole to a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", Costume Manager & Designer Madison, and Design Manager...
Episode 105: Pittsburgh's "Podfather" Michael Sorg Talks About his Podcast Evolution, Creating Your own Space Online, and Niche Entertainment
February 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
Michael Sorg is known as the "Podfather" and has been podcasting in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. He began with a Juggalo podcast and now hosts weekly shows discussing pro-wrestling, technology, and awesome things happening in and around Pittsburgh....
Episode 104: The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini
February 1st, 2017 | 56 mins 25 secs
ScareHouse veteran actress, Christine Mancini, got her first lesson on sarcasm from a nun and her acting chops from studio wrestling. She has a unique voice and large presence that ScareHouse and Basement customers remember long after they leave....
January 25th, 2017 | 35 mins 24 secs
Froggy's Fog provides fog, haze, snow, bubbles, and even smells for haunted houses across the country (and probably the world). The company started in the roller skating industry then expanded to haunts, mega-churches, emergency and military personnel...
Episode 102: Embrace Your Weird: Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews Curators of Planet Weird's Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult
January 18th, 2017 | 32 mins 20 secs
Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" and Design Manager Nicole Conniff traveled to Gettysburg, PA for Strange Escapes in December. While they were there, they had a chance to chat with Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews, the currators of...
January 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
A Look Back at her ScareHouse Career, Rampage Memories, & her Role as "Dream Killer"