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Developed by Kelsey Rice, Patrick Bender, and Bianca Marquez

at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts

Kelsey Rice – Artist and Co-designer

Patrick Bender – Lead Play Tester and Co-designer

Bianca Marquez – Producer and Co-designer

Semios is a cooperative storytelling experience which explores social interactions through performance.  You and a partner will each play a distinct role in improvising a story together.  One of you will “write the script” by placing symbols, and the other will “read the script” by interpreting them.  The script is written and read in real-time. Each player has a unique communicative constraint so that neither participant will know for sure how the other will interpret the meaning of a symbol or the story itself.


Example Cards
Example Glyphs



Trailer by Patrick Bender

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