The Waiting Room NYC

Immersive Experience Powered by Artificial Intelligence

10 transformative audio stories, and you are the protagonist of them all...

Breakthrough Genre of Storytelling

If you are a lover of immersive and interactive shows, you know the concept of "one-on-one" - a part of a show where an actor chooses you from the crowd and makes you the centre of a scene. It makes you feel special and allows you to contribute or change the course of action. However, this only happens to a few lucky participants per show. With The Waiting Room, we create a whole new genre, where you get a personalized "chosen" experience each time through the use of a Generative AI. Every story is based on your input, tailored to you, and is about you! Think of it as an audiobook that you become an inspiration for. 

What makes it more fun is that you can explore it in an impressive space with other people, living their own stories and navigating through this thoughtfully crafted environment and objects with hidden meanings within. 


At first glance, The Waiting Room is a clerical space frozen in time. It features an outdated electronic system calling numbers and a silent warden distributing mysterious packages to ten waiting individuals. Yet it’s only so on the surface. Behind each story is a powerful AI and a story related to it, that will make you reflect on your values and the state of humanity in the context of progress. Technology heightens our mundane environments and prompts us to think of who we are in this moment of history, in this moment of waiting... The waiting experience changes us. It gives us opportunities to experience self-reflection, patience, dependency, boredom, frustration and bond with others over seemingly simple interactions.

 Once stepping into The Waiting Room, you won't walk out the same person.

Writer, Director: Natalia Yandyganova
Producer: Joyce Lao
Co-producers: Sabrina Morabito, Anna Bredikhina  


The edinburgh INTERNATIONAL fringe festival 

august 3-17, 2024


"...terrific use of new technologies in an audience participation setting". 

- Ariel Estrada

"...extremely impressive how well the AI works. Highly recommend"

- Warren McGinnis

"A unique shared experience that (gently) forces you to interact with
and discover the things that connect all of us! A novel and exciting concept..." 

- Richard Dean


We always look to connect with other artists, share our knowledge about AI or find events to perform our shows. For any inquiries or offers, please send us an email to one of the addresses listed below.

For collaborations & general inquiries -

For press and partnerships

We are also looking for Artists working with AI to interview for our TV Show! Please send your info and links to your work to and we will get back to you with details.  


Be a part of something great by donating to our project!  Any amount can make a huge difference.  Donate $5 via Venmo or Paypal, or make a large donation on our Fiscal Sponsor's website (linked below).  

Your donations will be tax deductible!

Interested in donating food, beverages, or other goods for our live fundraising events? Please shoot us an email.

We are fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts!

We would like to thank these sponsors for supporting the first iteration of The Waiting Room Series "SOULMATES (NOT) FOUND" at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023!



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