Using empirical data, this research suggests that key features of a typical theatrical rehearsal process can significantly improve the sense of presence for participants within a shared virtual environment. Research of shared virtual environments (VEs) for the production of theater shows suggests that theater applications have specific requirements for presence. These can be summarized as characterization, repetition, and group dynamic, while the level of presence is dependent on the actor-avatar, actor-space, and actor-actor relationships.

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