Houston Matters

It’s not just Meow Wolf. More elaborate social experiences are all the rage in Houston.

We talk with representatives of Meow Wolf, Home Run Dugout, and the Dept. of Wonder about interactive art and sports across Greater Houston.


An audience member manipulates interactive video animation at Dept. of Wonder in Sugar Land


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Last month, ground was broken here in Houston for the newest location of Meow Wolf, an immersive, interactive art experience that also has locations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Denver. A North Texas location is also opening next month. It's just one example of a type of entertainment option that appears to be on the rise: multimedia, immersive environments.

An installation at Meow Wolf in Las Vegas

Escape rooms, selfie museums, and other, smaller forms of interactive theater have been around for a while, as have technologically enhanced sports experiences, like Top Golf. But the number and scope of these venues has been growing in recent years. In the audio above, we talk with three people from three such examples in the Houston area:

Kevin Holden, the theatrical manager of Sugar Land's Dept. of Wonder

Colby Smith, the director of ops and general manager of Katy's recently opened Home Run Dugout

Didi Betherum, chief communications officer for Meow Wolf.

Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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