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Who Are We?

The Murder Mystery Company is an immersive theater experience. We bring our Clue-style comedic capers to guests all over the United States!

Years of perfecting scripts, creating a network of talented directors and actors, and providing excellent customer service has made us America’s favorite theater company.

The Murder Mystery Co. believes that everyone, regardless of age, gender, or race, should engage their imagination. Our shows create the opportunity to do so. All guests are transformed into sleuths and suspects in a game of murder they get to play! If you’ve always been curious about being a part of a murder mystery, give us a try. Don your flapper dress or neon jumpsuit and become a different character for the night.

You’ll fit right in.

We’re breaking down the walls of traditional theater, and this is only the beginning. It’s all about creating moments that will be remembered by our guests for years to come. Sure, we may be dying for a living–but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Each state has its own director and a cast of local actors—and they are all kept very busy! Not only do they perform dozens of shows every month at some amazing host venues, but they do hundreds of private shows, as well. Added together, they perform more than 6,500 shows for over 500,000 guests every year!

New troupe locations are added yearly as we continue to grow. Many of our directors and actors have been with us for years. Their passion for the company’s vision shines in every show they put on. We couldn’t do it without them!

A Little Mystery History...About The Murder Mystery Company

The Murder Mystery Company was founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2002. It was a modest performance company whose rehearsals, booking, script writing, and auditions were all conducted in the living room of a small apartment. Performances took place anywhere space could be found and a small crowd could be gathered. Since then, it has grown across the United States into 40+ venues in 20 states, each putting on multiple shows every month. Today, The Murder Mystery Company is the largest theatrical company in the United States. When it comes to quality comedy murder mysteries, there is no need to look anywhere else.

The Murder Mystery CompanyIgnites the Immersive Renaissance

If you’d like to stay up to date on all things murder mystery (and then some), check out our podcast from our parent company, American Immersion Theater. The Murder Mystery Co. is one of the founding companies of the immersive entertainment movement that has grown with and around us since the beginning of the millennium. Scott and Anessa discuss acting tips, the ins and outs of the American Immersion Theater improv method, and interview special guests every week! Available on all streaming platforms.

Scott Cramton: CEO, The Murder Mystery Co.

Scott Cramton was born in 1980 in Detroit, MI with a severe cleft palate. His parents were told that he would have incredibly limited communication, and that it was unlikely that he would be able to be understood over a telephone. After several surgeries and hundreds of hours of speech therapy, Scott recalls a pinnacle turning point in the fourth grade.

“I remember one of my speech therapists talking to my parents and expressing the progress that I had made. My speech therapist was elated, saying that I had the whole world in front of me. She told my parents I could do anything. She then paused to laugh and say, ‘except be an actor or public speaker or something.’ She explained that she wasn’t a miracle worker. I remember to this day hearing that and thinking I could be an actor. I could do it.”

Now, Scott is the CEO of The Murder Mystery Company, an interactive whodunnit comedy show so popular that it has sold over 500,000 tickets to its public shows.

Scott by the numbers:

  • had 7 surgeries
  • took 18 years of speech therapy
  • runs the #1 most popular dinner theater company in the United States
  • has played the lead, Detective Peter Ness, over 1,000 times
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What Sets The Murder Mystery Company Apart?

Our Philosophy: The Fair Play Murder Mystery Method

One of the things that sets us apart from the competition is that we play fair. As fans of murder mystery shows ourselves, we found that nothing was more frustrating than an inconsistent ending. Too often, we would go see a show and find out at the end that it really could have been any of the suspects, and that the guilty party was chosen by popular audience vote. That is NOT how it works, and that’s part of the reason we got into the business.

In our shows, there is only one answer. There will only be one person who meets all three criteria:

  1. They have the motivation
  2. They have the opportunity
  3. They are capable of utilizing the method

There will be characters who may have one or two, but never all three. If you can figure out who has all three, you have found the killer.

It makes the scripts harder to write, and each one takes us years to fully develop, but to us, it’s worth it.

We play fair.

The Perfect Party Promise

Unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, The Murder Mystery Company provides fun costuming, a wide array of themes to choose from, and hilariously original story arcs. You won’t be bored out of your mind with a creatively drained, convoluted plot that takes itself too seriously. We put our guests in the action, as opposed to hiding an actor plant in the audience and making them the star. Over 15 years of experience and innovation is proof we are the Experts in Mystery Entertainment.

A Killer Party Idea

Ready to turn your friends into sleuths and suspects? Let’s leave the mystery out of the planning. Send us a little bit more information about your event and we’ll get you one step closer to uncovering the killer!