About Secret City Adventures

We are pioneers in theatrical escape room games and immersive experiences in Toronto! Founded by Patrick Keenan and Tina Santiago Keenan in 2012 as Company & Co., our mission is to write, produce and deliver experiences that push the boundaries of storytelling. We don’t just put you in a room – our collaborations with Casa Loma, Murdoch Mysteries and Black Creek Pioneer Village let us place you right at the centre of a unique story. At every corner there’s puzzle or clue – just look closer, ask the right questions, stay curious, and you’ll uncover new worlds of adventure.

As well as bringing Real Escape Games to Canada from Japan, we also write and make completely original games. Our puzzles are hand-crafted and our storylines and game mechanics perfected by a team of award-winning creators with backgrounds in science-fiction and comic-book writing as well as stage, film and alternate reality gaming. Read about our talented team!

Leonardo Dell’Anno

Leonardo Dell’Anno

Production and Business Development Manager

As Secret City Adventures’ General Manager, Leonardo Dell’Anno has overseen the development of Toronto’s critically acclaimed Casa Loma Escape Series. Assembling a diverse team of designers from a variety of industries, Leonardo has shepherded three hit immersive experiences, all set in a historic castle. Outside of work, Leonardo is an award­ winning producer of film, theatre and digital media. With Secret City Adventures’ current experiences still selling out, Leonardo is hard at work on the 2017 development slate and looking to push the company’s experiences in bigger and bolder directions.

Michael Keenan

Michael Keenan

Creative Director

Working as one of Secret City Adventures’ creative leads since its first Toronto endeavour, Michael has played a key role in establishing some of the most entertaining and immersive experiences Toronto’s ever seen. In both production and design, Michael has helped deliver a variety of Secret City Adventures’ experiences, from their very first, to their latest offerings. Michael’s amalgamated knowledge from his degree in Psychology, combined with his extensive first-hand experience in all things gaming, results in a keen analytical mindset, fine-­tuned to the metafabric of fun, immersion, and gamification of life.

Kevin Parnell

Kevin Parnell

Designer

After playing Secret City Adventures’ first escape game in Toronto, Kevin jumped at the chance to join the team. With a background in producing arts events, writing for film, TV, theatre, and comics, and a passion for adventure and immersive experiences, Kevin was a natural fit as one of the company’s game designers. Since joining, Kevin has worked on the development of the immersive Casa Loma Escape Series set in Toronto’s historic castle, the Murdoch Mysteries Escape Series, and the Black Creek Pioneer Village Escape Series.

 

Jayd Matyas

Jayd Matyas

Designer

With a background in industrial design, wearable tech, and the performing arts, Jayd is a multidisciplinary designer and storyteller. Interested in human-centered design and the gamification of life, she utilizes design thinking and creative methodologies in her approach to exploring meaningful play. Highly curious about both how things and how people work, and an overall big nerd, Jayd is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the exciting potential of the immersive gaming experience with such a talented team.

Braydon Beaulieu

Braydon Beaulieu

Producer/Designer

Braydon is a game designer, writer, editor, and researcher living in Toronto. Because of his experience as a doctoral candidate in creative writing with the University of Calgary, Braydon approaches escape rooms as ways to tell stories. His creative work focuses on themes of memory, loss, and hybridity, and his writing has been published in various chapbooks, anthologies, and literary journals. He has worked on alternate reality games and tabletop roleplaying games. He loves pizza, poetry, and stories about aliens.

Steven Waters

Steven Waters

Manager/Jack-of-all-Games

One of the key figure heads in their very first escape game, Steven has had his fingers in nearly all projects Secret City Adventures has produced since then. Leaving his past life behind, Steven started as an actor within the games but quickly found himself in the position of Manager/Administrative front-liner for the Real Escape Games. With a strong background in illustration, writing, filmmaking and acting, Steven has utilized nearly all of his collective experience during his time with the company.

Melanie Neves

Melanie Neves

Operations Manager

After completing degrees in History and Education, it’s no wonder that Melanie also looks at escape games as a way to tell tales of history. While she day dreams of travelling the world, living abroad, and wondering what it was like to live in the past, she prefers to spend her waking hours playing board games, trying new cuisines, creating costumes, and dancing the nights away.

Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander

Designer

Nick has been tinkering with games for his entire life, starting when he created a room-spanning board game out of Playmobil for his little brother. After graduating from theatre school at York University and Halifax’s Neptune, Nick returned to Toronto where he got into immersive education. Since then he’s created themed co-curricular educational experiences for children as young as 4, become an archery coach, and developed a deep fascination with meditation and mindfulness. Secret City Adventures is a perfect alchemical mixture of Nick’s three great loves: games, theatre, and the art of Dungeon Mastery.

Karen Thai

Karen Thai

Graphic Designer

Karen is multidisciplinary graphic designer with a passion for editorial, data visualization, and packaging design. She enjoys working with different mediums in order to provide a more visually unique experience for her projects. Karen loves how graphic design can shape and contribute to the overall narrative and atmosphere of escape games for the players. Her favourite font is Comic Sans, bold and italicized.

Laura Davey

Laura Davey

Marketing Coordinator

After completing a degree in Marketing, Laura started her career in market research with a key interest in digital marketing. After moving from the UK to Toronto nearly a year ago, she quickly got involved with the city’s culture and heritage scene. A personal passion for history and architectural conservation, she loves the historic storylines of Secret City Adventures’ games and how they breathe new life into heritage buildings. When she’s not busy at the office, Laura can be found exploring the streets of Toronto, drinking coffee or listening to the latest episodes of her favourite podcasts.

Jesse Gazic

Jesse Gazic

Black Creek Manager

Escape games combine Jesse’s love of immersive theatre, video games, and roleplaying, so it’s no wonder he’s found himself on the Secret City team. A recent arrival to Toronto, he has been thrilled to explore the sights, sounds, and cultures of the city. You may spot him at a gamedev workshop, a punk concert, playing with dogs in High Park, or hanging out at your local vegan pizza place. Jesse currently manages the Black Creek Pioneer Village Escape Series, and can’t wait to see what Secret City Adventures does next.

Izzy Aslam

Izzy Aslam

Marketing Intern

Initially joining on as a Game Master for Real Escape Game in 2014, Izzy had no idea how massive the escape game genre would truly become.  Finishing his degree in Business Technology Management at Ryerson University, his passion for gamification and innovative technologies continued to grow with each set of new players. He loves French, eating fries, hip hop culture, urban exploration and parkour, but these days he gets a thrill out of sharing stories on Snapchat. Working closely with the marketing team he hopes to find new ways to reach puzzle enthusiasts and out-of-the-box adventurers alike!