ARCANE PRODUCTIONS

Film / TV / Web / Theatre / Audio / Interactive / Creative

Nathan Shelton founded the production company, ARCANE, with a few of his closest friends & creative collaborators.  Together, the members of ARCANE are a cabal of like-minded creatives who share a passion for all things dark, twisted, and mysterious. The artists of ARCANE create numerous stage, screen, live event, and audio productions as well as the design and fabrication of specialty makeup effects, masks, & props for industry and consumer applications.

Arcane’s foundational goal is to enhance the visceral connection between audience and the art.  Too often in this modern fast-paced world we consume our media and art in a passive manner.  Arcane strives to break down the barrier between passive viewing and enhance the visceral interactive nature of the art being created.  The audience is just as much a part of the creation as the film, or theatrical piece, etc. 

With Shadow Bound, Arcane’s first larger film production, the series was developed as a black and white, silent, horror piece.  This forced audiences to read the dialogue and become more emersed in the story as it went along.  With the silvery tones and black shadows of the web series, audiences had to focus in to see the disturbing elements happening all around the hero of the story. 

Arcane regularly uses multimedia, innovative staging, audience participation, and immersive sound designs to enhance the interactive nature of live theatre.  It Arcane’s hope that their production will drive new audiences to live theatre who wouldn’t normally attend.

Founder / Executive Producer

NATHAN SHELTON

NATHAN SHELTON (AEA . SAG/AFTRA) is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, & SFX makeup designer working in the areas of theatre, film, and television.  He grew up working on stage and screen in Springfield, MO, and currently resides in Chicago, IL with his family.  Nathan has been acting professionally for 30 years and his work as an SFX makeup artist can be seen in such films as Winter’s Bone (starring Jennifer Lawrence), Above Ground (Showtime), and The Rake.  As founder of ARCANE, Nathan set out to bring together a cabal of like-minded creatives who share a passion for all things dark, twisted, and mysterious.  Together, the artists of ARCANE have produced numerous stage productions (including Nathan’s horror/comedy adaptation of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead) as well as screen productions (such as the international award-winning web series, SHADOW BOUND).  THE FRIGHTMARE THEATRE PODCAST is one of the many artistic endeavors currently in production with Arcane.

Co-Producer

KEVIN KEPPY

KEVIN KEPPY is a Los Angeles-based actor, creature performer, and producer in film and theatre. He has credits in award-winning web television productions and has wide experience in short and feature films, music videos, and theatre productions. Most recently, Kevin has been featured in the critically acclaimed feature film, SMILE, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix.  His creature performance skills have also been seen in the Disney production, The Quest!   Kevin’s work in Arcane began with several theatrical stage productions in Springfield, Missouri.  Soon after ARCANE was formed, the company moved forward with the international award-winning web series, SHADOW BOUND. Despite growing his continuing career in Los Angeles, Kevin continues to serve as an Executive Producer with Arcane and aids in overseeing film projects.

Co-Producer / Writer

HEATH HILLHOUSE

HEATH HILLHOUSE is a writer/performer in the Springfield, MO area, where he has been involved with a multitude of exciting projects over the past two decades.  Heath is a well-known stage performer, working with Missouri State University’s Equity summer series, Tent Theatre (4 seasons), multiple productions with Shakespeare in the Park,  Arcane Co-productions such as portraying Dr. Seward in “Dracula,” Dr. Sweet in “Bug“, the Creature in “Nick Dear’s Frankenstein,” and both Dr. Frank-N-Furter and The Narrator in two separate productions of “The Rocky Horror Show“!  Heath performed as his alter ego, Dr. Pete Killhouse, for several years with Springfield’s own Cherry Bomb Burlesque Troupe, and had been a writer/performer for sketch comedy teams such as The Jabberwocky Guild and Blackout Sketch Comedy.  As a writer, two of Heath’s one-act plays were produced for MSU’s One-Act Play Festival and he is currently pursuing publication for his novel, “HUMIDITY” (the 1st installment in his existential horror trilogy).

Co-Producer

ANDREW McMURTREY

ANDREW McMURTREY is a native of Springfield, Missouri, where he has been involved with many local stage and screen productions.  He is the Co-Creator, Lead Writer, Producer, Editor, and Star of the local hit broadcast television series “The New Uncle Gregory Horror Hour”.  Andrew serves as a Producer and Content Creator for The Frightmare Theatre Podcast and other sinister projects with Arcane.  Recently Andrew has been seen by local theatrical audiences as Dr. Frederic Treves in The Elephant  Man with Springfield Contemporary Theatre and as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps with Springfield Little Theatre at the historic Landers Theatre.

Associate Producer / Creative Developer

SHAWN YOUNG

SHAWN YOUNG is a Los Angeles-based, award-winning writer, director, producer, actor, & fight choreographer for stage and screen. He received his Bachelor’s degree in theatre from MSU in Springfield, MO where he met and collaborated with many of the creative masterminds behind Frightmare Theatre. Recently he has transitioned from a focus on acting to creating Coldertomb Productions with his wife/producing partner, Lillie Young.  With Coldertomb, he has written and directed multiple short films including the award-winning “Are You Sure” and “The Interview” (currently on the festival circuit). Aside from creating Coldertomb Productions, Shawn & Lillie have produced a human boy child! Shawn has two daughters, living in MO  that often pop up in his creative endeavors.  Find out more at coldertombproductions.com

Writer / Director

BRITTNEY GREER

BRITTNEY GREER  is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based out of Nixa, MO. She holds a  Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media, with an Art minor from Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri.   Brittney also holds a Certificate in Screen Writing from the prestigious MSU Media, Journalism, & Film Program.   Over the years, Brittney has worked on numerous award-winning web series including Drifter the series, Stage Fright, Strange Happenings, and Arcane’s Shadow Bound. She is excited to be getting back to her horror roots with her feature film, Happy Halloween! Brittney wrote and directed this Halloween/Slasher film which is currently in post-production.  When Brittney was asked to once again join the team at Arcane with The Frightmare Theatre Podcast, she jumped at the chance to write horror for a new medium! 

Writer (Frightmare Theatre)

DREW DIVELEY

DREW DIVELEY is a writer/performer based out of Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he received a Bachelor’s in Theatre with a minor in Creative Writing. Drew is an avid fan of Stephen King and is excited to be part of the creative team of The Frightmare Theatre Podcast. Drew has previously collaborated with Arcane on the stage production,  Night of the Living Dead: Undead on Stage and the internationally acclaimed web series,  SHADOW BOUND.

Writer / Music Production / Content Developer

JEREMY SHELTON

JEREMY SHELTON  is a writer and musician from Springfield, MO.  He writes snarky short fiction for his online blog, “Irreverent Nation“, and snarkier alternative “thought-rock” under the musical moniker of The Archimedian Point.  Jeremy is also the twin brother of Arcane founder, Nathan Shelton, and has been involved in many artistic collaborations over the past 30 years.  Jeremy continues to collaborate as a writer and musician with The Frightmare Theatre Podcast as well as helping develop other new and exciting projects with Arcane.  Listen to Jeremy’s audiobook series, YELL FIRE now wherever you get your audio fiction.  

Resident Composer – Film / Theatre / Podcast Host

BRYAN ARATA

BRYAN ARATA grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from MSU in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  He then taught orchestra at Pipkin and Carver Middle Schools as well as Parkview High School in Springfield, MO.  After that Bryan moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a film/tv composition career. Since moving he has worked with Seth MacFarlane on the tv shows “Family Guy” and “American Dad” doing mock-ups, orchestrations, score supervising, and pre-recordings.   Also, he was an orchestrator for composer Tyler Bates for the Marvel movie “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and composer Robert Duncan on the tv show “Timeless”. In addition to being an orchestrator, he has been a composer for several film projects.  He was nominated for Best Original Score for the short film “Surface of the Moon” at the 168 Film Festival.  As well as being nominated for the Winter Award for Best Music for the short film “Saved Rounds”.  He won Outstanding Achievement in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Series for Best Score for “Shadow Bound” at the LA WebFest.  Currently, he contributes original compositions for 3 online music libraries and his music can be heard in tv shows like Making it and Lego Masters.  Bryan & Nathan joined forces in 2022 to co-host Arcane’s newest podcast, Life, Love, & Existential Dread.

Music Composer – (Frightmare Theatre / Theatrical)

CHRIS PORCELLI

CHRIS PORCELLI is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based composer and pianist. He has been composing for film and theatre for over ten years, providing the score for Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s “Nick Dear’s FRANKENSTEIN” and “THE ELEPHANT MAN” (both directed by Arcane’s, Nathan Shelton). He has been honored with nominations for best score in the SATO48 Film Festival in 2016,17,18 & 2019. In addition to scoring short films, Chris writes original music and is a freelance pianist. Check out his music on his website: www.chrisporcellipiano.com

Music Composer / Writer  (Frightmare Theatre)

ALLISON JOHNSTON

ALLISON JOHNSTON grew up in Springfield MO and has played violin for over 20 years. She has a degree in music from Oklahoma State University. Allison has been involved in the composition of several award-winning scores for short films, & the upcoming feature film, “Happy Halloween”. She is having a great time co-composing with Chris Porcelli for Frightmare Theatre.

Film & Web Productions

Films, videos, & web series created by Nathan Shelton and the creatives of Arcane Productions.

Podcasts & Audio Productions

Podcasts & Audio productions from Nathan Shelton and the devious minds at Arcane.

Theatre Productions & Live Events

Stage productions directed and designed by Nathan Shelton with Arcane Productions