How to buikld an improv troupe - yes, and?
August 13, 2012 8:29 PM Subscribe
I am trying to form an improv practice group that will become (I hope) a performance group. I need tips across the board - how do we find rehearsal space for free/cheap, how do we run our practice sessions, how do we make the leap from practice to performance? What other questions am I not even thinking to ask?
posted by booksherpa to media & arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
About a year ago I took my first improv class through a local group and was hooked. I've just finished my 3rd 8 week class with them. All 3 classes were level 1, but had variety from different classmates and two different teachers. I've also taken an 8 hour intensive with the same folks. They're looking at offering an advanced class this fall which I'll take, and I'll be doing 5 weeks of drop in sessions with a completely different group. I've performed 4 times- one graduation show for each class.
What I really want is to do improv every week with cool people, and not have to worry about when a class session is over, or working with people who make me crazy. I've reached out to people from my classes and the intensive, and there's 7 of us who are interested in meeting. Yay! All 7 of us have at least the intensive or one 8 week class as experience, and most of us have more, but no one has a ton of experience. BTW, we're a short form group; I don't know that any of us have any long form experience at all.
- How do we find free or cheap rehearsal space? Where should we look? We can probably use my church basement once a month, but need space for the other 3 weeks.
- None of us have run a troupe. How do we manage that part, and getting more done in our rehearsal time than just playing, fun as it is? It would be good to have someone coaching, but I'm not sure if we should try to get someone experienced, take turns doing it ourselves, or what?
- We have a standing invite to open for the troupe I took classes from once we're ready for that. My teachers know I'm trying to get a group going. How did you know you were ready?
tl;dr: Give me your personal experiences and suggestions for getting an improv troupe up and running, both the practical and performance sides. What worked, what didn't, what would you do differently?
EXTRA CREDIT: free spaces in suburban central NJ to rehearse.