2021-2022 Season!

We’re back with a brand new season of original works from playwrights across the country!

New this season, WSRT is introducing a donation-based ticketing system for our monthly live-streamed readings. Ticket holders will have one week of exclusive access to our live-streamed readings at the end of each month before the video is released to the general public! Suggested donations begin at $5 per person, but any amount is appreciated.

Those unable to make donations may receive complimentary tickets by contacting us via the directions on our Ticketing page.


By Ryan Stevens

A re-imagining of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. Laura Potter is a college drop-out, living on her father Clint’s farm, unsure about the future, and struggling with her depression and dissociative episodes. When Laura and Clint go to a local bar and meet the mysterious new bartender Carmilla, Laura makes a deep connection with her. As Laura and Carmilla’s relationship develops, Laura discovers Cami has killed a man, and later discovers Cami is in fact a centuries-old vampire, who has had to kill men who harass her to stay alive.
Content Warnings: Adult language, Sexual assault, Substance use, Domestic violence

Ryan Stevens (He/They) is a playwright/director currently based in Chicago. They received an MA in Theatre from USC and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA  Stevens has worked with Silver Spring Stage, MeetCute LA, Inkwell Theatre, St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre, Retrograde Reading Series, New American Theatre, Whiskey Radio Hour, Theatre Viscera, Festival D’Avignon, Broken Slate Productions, The Plagiarists Chicago, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, T. Schreiber Studio, Seoul Players, and an upcoming commission with Theatre Above The Law. They have also had their script Player King published through Stagescripts, Ltd., and participated in the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference. They co-host the cartoon book club podcast and run the tabletop rpg anthology podcast Blank City, Nowhere.

To watch readings from earlier this season, or readings from previous seasons, check out our Readings page or YouTube channel.

About WSRT

Walking Shadow’s mission is to provide a virtual platform for playwrights to hear their in-development works read aloud. Playwrights receive interdisciplinary feedback from our company members to develop their work. We provide feedback from a panel of professionals in fields including writing, editing, playwriting, education, acting, directing, and technical theatre. We also have experts bringing perspectives from fields such as mental health, technology, and theology. We help new and experienced playwrights refine their works through performance and constructive feedback.

Walking Shadow Readers Theatre was originally launched in 2005 as Walking Shadow Theatre Company. It was founded by alumni of South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, who reunited to produce theatre in Washington, DC. The company transformed into a virtual readers theatre in June, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the changing world of American theatre.

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