hatch escapes began...
with two childhood friends, Terry Rolapp and Tommy Wallach. Terry and Tommy met in 1998, at an NYU summer program for high-school kids interested in writing musical theater. Here they are, looking sleepy:
In the summer of 2016, Terry and Tommy did their first escape room (for the enthusiasts out there, it was Cold War Bunker at Room Escape Live in West Hollywood), and immediately decided they had to build one of their own. As luck would have it, Terry had just enrolled in the UCLA Executive MBA program, where he pitched the idea to his fellow classmates. In short order, the team had another five members, making for a total of seven founders.
That we at Hatch have gone from envisioning an escape room company to opening our first room in less than a year and a half is a testament to our passion for this project.
We believe that escape rooms represent something truly unique in the entertainment space, both as an artistic medium and a business opportunity. We believe that people are tired of digital experiences, of spending the whole day tethered to their phones and their computers.
We love escape rooms because they’re physical and analog, because they involve communication and collaboration. We plan to design and build the best rooms in the world,
both from a technological and a narrative perspective. We want to move the form forward, to create experiences so entertaining, engaging, and (dare we say it?) thought-provoking, that everyone who comes to Hatch leaves believing the same thing we do—that escape rooms are freaking awesome.
In the months and years to come, we are going to build a lot more rooms at our headquarters at 1919 3rd Avenue. We will also be rolling out a robust and innovative curriculum to serve businesses looking for an effective team-building experience (read more about our curriculum work here). [Dafna, provide link when ready.] We can’t wait to share our vision with all of you.