MadameThespian Underhill has been a member of the Second Life virtual community since 2002 — when SL was in the beta stage. Prior to Second Life she had been experimenting with many early versions of visual/3D/virtual community platforms since 1997. She was also a beta tester and active member of a precursor to SL — Active Worlds. Initially fascinated with the ability these communities afforded to connect with people all over the world, MadameThespian then became intrigued with 3D object modeling for virtual worlds. Later on she combined her former theatrical experience and love of theater with this new medium and began to explore, with a small group of other like-minded individuals, a new way to do theater – i.e. live story telling – using the virtual world.