chad eschman

content creator x audio dramatist

From audio drama to site-specific theatre, I tell immersive stories that explore strange worlds.

I'm an NNPN affiliated playwright, a core artist with Second Site, a founding member of Trap Street and Living Room Playmakers, and a Northwestern MFA grad.

As a content creator + producer, I’ve worked with brands such as Adobe, Beer Nuts, eBay, Hyatt, Plaid, and VinePair.

Below are a few of my current and recent projects.

The Radiograph

the radiograph

A pirate radio station from another dimension. The Radiograph broadcasts strange stories, audio anomalies, and music from outer space. Subscribe on any podcast app, or visit

Sticking Points

sticking points

How can we have difficult conversations about the things that make us feel the most vulnerable? Sticking Points is the audio series where we give you the space to share your perspectives on uncomfortable topics.

Wants and Needs

wants and needs

An immersive performance exploring the search for meaning and healing (while shopping), created by ten writers. Audiences experience both audio and live performances in two Chicago-Reader Award Winning shops in Ravenswood: District and Ponnopozz. Produced by Second Site.

My Peacock Tale book cover

my peacock tale

Shelley Herman’s new book takes you behind the scenes at NBC in the 1970s, where she had plenty of adventures (and misadventures) with a slew of celebrities. I handled the copy editing, photo restoration, and cover art.


anti-heroine - season 1

A new audio anthology/podcast series from JaZzyMaE Media. This mix of short-form “audio movies” all feature bold and unconventional female leads. Check out Houseboat, Angela-01878, and Garbage People.

Live from the Moon

purple urchins

Live from the Moon, the debut album from Purple Urchins, is out now. Watch the music videos here.

Never Stop

never stop

A hallucinatory short film inspired by the bizarre worlds and methods of William S. Burroughs. Official Selection of the 2020 Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival.You can watch the film below:

Darkness Comes Alive

darkness comes alive

An immersive audio tour of a haunted neon gallery.Trap Street collaborated with neon artist Lili Lakich to create a new piece of site-specific theatre for her studio, combining the true history of her work with a fictional narrative.Three audio tours guide you through the space and introduce the artwork. But you quickly learn that this is actually an electric graveyard — and these buzzing tubes contain the souls of the dead.

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