Story Studio

A tool that anyone can use to tell an interactive story


Team StoryStudio is creating a tool to facilitate interactive storytelling at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) in MuseumLab, a space which features exhibits and workshops for youth and teens. Our team of six designers, artists, and engineers will investigate what it means to become truly immersed in a story and examine how to enhance the experience using mixed-reality interactives.

Our goal is to develop a “beta-level” tool and interface that can be used by high-school students and adults to generate meaningfully interactive storytelling events for children. At the end of the semester, we will pass our prototype on to the museum along with a set of demonstrative stories exhibiting the tool’s features and limitations. Ultimately, we hope it will support CMP’s initiative to blend digital and analog interfaces in novel and entertaining ways, and specifically spark further interest and support for interactive storytelling events.

Meet Our Team

Lori Kipp

Lori is currently a second-year student at the ETC who hopes to go into location-based entertainment. In May 2021, Lori graduated with both department and university honors after completing her BS in Mechanical Engineering, an additional major in Psychology, and a minor in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. She has participated in several themed entertainment design competitions and is a member of TEA and IAAPA.

Wenlong Yan

Wenlong Yan is a programmer and a game designer. He passionate about the game industry and multiplayer games. He wants to become a gameplay programmer postgraduate.

Ouyang Randi

Randi Ouyang is an interdisciplinarity new media designer. She has experience in a wide range of creative fields, including textile, game, illustration, and installation.

Xinyu Felicia Li

 Felicia Li is a UX / UI designer passionate about improving the lives of others through design. She has experience in web UX & UI design and is constantly looking to learn new things every day.

Lauren Platt

Lauren Platt is a mechanical engineer and experience designer with a background in haunted houses, escape rooms, puzzle hunts, animatronics, and location-based entertainment. She plans to work in theme park design and engineering after graduation.

Damian Xie

Damian (Zongze) is a professional narrative designer and technical designer focusing on game design and storytelling. He worked for several companies in the game industry. He used to be a full-time narrative designer in YOOZOO Games for a year and finished internships (as a narrative designer intern) at Respawn Entertainment (EA) last summer.

Hours of Operation

Monday 9:30AM – 1:30PM & 3:45AM – 5:00PM

Wednesday 9:30AM – 12 :00PM & 2:15AM – 6:00PM

Friday 9:30AM – 12:00PM & 1:00PM – 6:00 PM

Find Us

700 Technology Drive, #2310

Pittsburgh, PA 15219