Audiences LOVE ‘Gumball Dreams.’ Winner at the SXSW Film Festival.

Winner of the 2022 Audience Award XR Exhibition Competition, ‘Gumball Dreams’ is an intimate Virtual Reality experience featuring live theatrical performances. The use of live actors in Virtual Reality highlights the potential of this storytelling medium to create human connection.

Having world premiered at the SXSW film festival, from the producers of the award-winning The Severance Theory: Welcome to RespiteFerryman Collective and Screaming Color, have brought their fourth VR production, Gumball Dreams to SXSW and wins the Audience Award for XR Experience Competition. 

Gumball Dreams is a live, hour-long immersive experience that takes three audience members on a fantastical journey in a VR headset. A powerful and intimate experience that allows us to discover a mythic world beyond the reaches of our reality.

“Austin is my home, it has the heart and soul of an artist. Knowing the history and prestige of SXSW, with its focus on tech, film, music and culture, it is the perfect place to bring something as eclectic and experimental as Gumball Dreams, that embodies all of those things” says Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color, “bringing home this award means so much to me.”


With the development of numerous streaming services, cable TV and other technology; the myriad entertainment options are competing for audiences every day. VR has the potential to offer something different, a live experience from your home that feels as embodied as standing in a theater lobby. For theater in Virtual Reality, audiences no longer have to leave their home or drive to big cities to experience a one-of-a-kind show, that is temporal in nature because it is not pre-recorded content. 

“There is a growing theater movement in VR, because of its native similarities, theater artists are grabbing this new platform and running with it. With an internet connection and a VR headset, new audiences are being introduced to the magic of theater, and they don’t even have the disadvantage of getting people to venture outside of their home,” says Deirdre V. Lyons, director, producer and performer on Gumball Dreams, “they can connect to actual live artists in the same digital space, where they can be present for the creation of a single authentic moment that used to be the exclusive domain of a live stage show.”


You have been called by an alien creature named Onyx to a mythical planet on which they are living out their final days. You, and two others, are asked to help them transition from this reality to the next. Each interaction with this majestic creature is illuminating and fascinating as you are asked to delve into your past and share stories with your fellow travelers in moments out of time.

But before Onyx can lay infinite wisdom at your feet, the weight of your spirit must be assessed. If found ready, you shall embark upon the journey of a lifetime, skipping among the stars, floating above the spheres, and remembering who you truly are.


Gumball Dreams is performed live with one actor playing multiple roles. Audiences can attend from anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a VR headset. Through the magic of VR technology, participants feel fully immersed in our 3D world.

“There are things that can be done in VR that can only be seen in the movies, however, with VR, we allow the audience to be immersed inside these 3D worlds, in a way that 2D mediums cannot achieve.” says Stephen Butchko “There is a sense of awe about the scope and scale of things that can be accomplished in VR.”


The Award-winning VR experience The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite is coming to Los Angeles- attend a live immersive installation, or view from anywhere in the world with a VR headset.

The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite 

Produced by CoAct Productions in collaboration with Ferryman Collective

Opening to the public for the first time ever, creators have curated a unique experience for audiences with this IRL/VR hybrid event.

Participants will visit an undisclosed Los Angeles location to participate in this thrilling VR experience- headsets provided! In addition, audiences have the option to attend these same shows using their own personal VR headsets from the comfort of their own homes.

Coming off its worldwide festival tour, this hour-long immersive journey with two live actors performing in virtual reality, Welcome to Respite is a powerful and intimate immersive theater experience that has struck the heart of audiences around the world. Through the magic of VR technology, participants feel fully immersed in our 3D world.


“This show was inspired by Club Gumball and Gumball Lounge, the existing worlds of Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color,” explains Deirdre V. Lyons, “With such beauty and grandeur, I felt this was the perfect environment to bring a new kind of story alive, almost as if it had been waiting for Onyx to step into the world and take a breath.”

With the award-winning success of the festival darling The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite, Ferryman Collective continues to trailblaze in this new storytelling medium, Ferryman Collective is also known for PARA and Krampusnacht, a finalist for the PGA Innovation Award.

“VR allows us to combine the centuries old traditions of theater and performance with exciting and boundary breaking technology to bring people into an entirely new world.” adds Whitton Frank.


Gumball Dreams is produced by Ferryman Collective and Screaming Color and is directed by Deirdre V. Lyons. 

Artistic Director, World & Animation Design by Christopher Lane Davis, a.k.a Screaming Color with support from Ferryman Collective members: Brian Tull – Producer, Braden Roy – Producer, Andy Aloisio – VR Consultant and Prefabs, with coding by Eli Goodale.

Avatar Designer and Creator. Braden Roy and Brian Tull

Screaming Color – Original Music and Sound Design.

Story by Deirdre V. Lyons and Christopher Lane Davis, aka Screaming Color. Inspired by the VRChat Worlds Club Gumball and Gumball Lounge, created by @screamingcolor

The production Team Includes Deirdre V. Lyons, Braden Roy, Whitton Frank, Stephen Butchko, Brian Tull and Christopher Lane Davis, a.k.a Screaming Color.

Cast members include Brendan Andolsek Bradley (Onboard XR: Below Deck and Cruise, Resident Evil Village, The Haves and the Have Nots), Stephen Butchko (PARA, Krampusnacht, Welcome to Respite), Christopher Lane Davis (Welcome to Respite), Whitton Frank (The Under Presents, Tempest, PARA, Welcome to Respite), Kelly B Jones (Strikeback, The Letting Go, The Marine 2), Dasha Kittredge (The Under Presents, Tempest, Onboard XR), Deirdre V. Lyons (The Under Presents, Tempest, Finding Pandora X, Welcome to Respite), Jonathan David Martin (Finding Pandora X, Loveseat, War Horse), Braden Roy (PARA, Krampusnacht, Welcome to Respite) as well as Melinda Dekay (The Willows, Ashes, Torment) making her VR debut.  

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Company Name: Ferryman Collective
Contact Person:  Deirdre V. Lyons
Phone:  323-634-1960
Address: 6016 Whitworth Dr, #4 Los Angeles, CA 90019
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