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Recording Audio from a Theatre Show

We run a small improv theatre company. Potential sponsors and clients always ask about videos of our shows, so we're looking into recording our shows. We're okay on the video side but we can't get good quality audio. What kind of setup should we use? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

When will the Del Close Marathon tickets go on sale?

When will the Del Close Marathon tickets go on sale? And is this the sort of thing that sells out really quickly? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk on May 13, 2014 - 1 answer

How do I get useful things out of people in an audition scenario?

I'm not an actor/director/casting professional (outside of that one play I directed in college that wasn't very good), but I need to audition roughly six actors this week and I don't know how to do that in a constructive way. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Mar 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Best place to take an improv class in NYC for a nonactor?

I'd like to take an improv class for various reasons unrelated to acting -- to think better on my feet, to be more spontaneous, less shy in groups, etc. I live in NYC where I suspect even an intro class will be filled with experienced actor types. This is fine, I guess, but I wonder if anyone can recommend a place where regular people like me might be in the mix. I'm also in my 40s, which makes me feel like I'll be too old, but I'll hopefully get over that soon enough. Thanks for any ideas.
posted by swheatie on Dec 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Logistics and advice for digital/physical improv skit?

Help me think through a smart/simple/clean way to project text from two different sources onto a screen. And - have you seen/been in any shows that mix digital/physical worlds? I'm all ears for advice about how to make this an especially delightful experience. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Oct 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Best resource for cheapo improv travel?

What are the best resources for last-minute improv traveling on the cheap? I'm not looking for a specific destination, I'd rather peruse deals and pick one that looks good. I've found the Delta page for these, but wondering if there are more general forums?
posted by wrok on Sep 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Living for 3 weeks in NYC - now what?

I'm going to be living in NYC (UWS near Lincoln Center) for 3 weeks in August, as well as taking a class in Chelsea. Help me make my way in the big city and make the best of my not-in-class time! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Can I get an occupation, please?

I'm making several lists of suggestions/call fors - the things that an audience would call out at an improv show. Help me, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on May 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Improvisers, how do you prepare?

At first I thought good improv meant walking onstage with absolutely no plan and just reacting to whatever happened - the cue word or whatever. After lots of very awkward scenes, I heard someone mention going onstage with an emotion in mind and I was like WAIT A MINUTE - you can have a strategy? So I've gone up for exercises with a couple of concrete ideas, such as an activity to start with and it definitely helped a lot. And then I started wondering if I could practice improv by myself. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Mar 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Timer app with random durations

I'm looking for a timer app, for either iPhone or iPad where I can set a series of random alarms according to certain requirements. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

I Need Some Relationship Suggestions

I teach an improv workshop from time to time, and one of the most popular games that I created is "Dysfunctional Relationships." [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Jan 17, 2013 - 25 answers

Hell and Choking on a Grape

Where can I watch this skit? I think it's called Satan's Mystique. [more inside]
posted by defmute on Dec 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Please help me think of improv scenarios for an audition I am running.

Please help me think of improv scenarios for an audition I am running. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Oct 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Improv audition experiences

Improv class. Audition for the performance track, or take a beginners' class first? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Sep 4, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I start being skechy?

What are good resources for someone looking to start writing sketch comedy? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How to buikld an improv troupe - yes, and?

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? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Ba da da duuuuuuummm

What are the most catchy, memorable musical themes you know of? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Apr 7, 2012 - 28 answers

Video to improvise to?

What are some short, cute/ funny/ entertaining videos that could be improvised to on a piano? [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Nov 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Upbeat "Memphis Soul" music?

Help! Looking for (I think) upbeat "Memphis Soul" music... [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Aug 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Improving my improv

How do I practice improv by myself? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jul 26, 2011 - 21 answers

I need a suggestion for a location the size of this stage.

I joined an improv group through meet-up.com. Our current practice space is part of a set of mall storefronts that have been converted into a haunted house. At the end of summer they are going to resume haunting folks and we will no longer have practice space. Any thoughts on where in Portland OR. we might be able to find relatively private rooms that have seating and an open area that are either free or extremely cheap? [more inside]
posted by 0bs01337 on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Shows like Whose Line

What are some shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

I need advice for setting up an improv group.

I'm setting up an improv theater group and would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Oct 22, 2010 - 9 answers

It's funny because he's old.

My geeky, standup and improv-performing friend is turning 50 today. I'm supposed to bring a joke to his party. I got nothing. Any suggestions?
posted by donpardo on Sep 24, 2010 - 42 answers

How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco?

How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on May 7, 2010 - 15 answers

What should I expect from an improv comedy workshop?

What should I expect from an improv comedy workshop? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Need London music scene

Help me find my music scene in London [more inside]
posted by patrad on Mar 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I get a location?

Improvisers: I'm an actor with some professional improv background. I'd like to brush up on my improv skills and get back in the game. Where should I go to train? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Spontaneous ravioli help

Ravioli help! I need a creative, fast, tasty sauce idea... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Oct 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Bitten by the New York comedy bug, but out West

Bitten by the New York comedy bug, but I'm out West. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 - 6 answers

UK Fringe Resources Wanted

What are some great resources, preferably online, of fringe arts (burlesque, cabaret, circus, improv, street theatre, etc) in the United Kingdom? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Which theaters offer quality improv classes in the Bay Area?

Which theaters offer quality improv classes in the Bay Area? I'm planning on moving to the Bay Area and am an improv junkie - taking classes concurrently at UCB, iO, Second City, The Groundlings and The WE in Los Angeles. So far I've only had BATS recommended to me... any others?
posted by ebness86 on Sep 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Where can I advertise an improv comedy show?

My improv troupe is looking for ways to publicize our shows, beyond the word-of-mouth and email lists we've been working with so far. As part of this effort, I'm looking for websites with listings and schedules for comedy shows--particularly improv comedy--in the Los Angeles area. Specifically, of course, I'm looking for sites that allow you to post your own listing, or submit it for posting. Any suggestions?
posted by fermion on Jul 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Improvisation in Singapore: Where?

What's the Improv scene in Singapore like? Help me get a more optimistic picture than the one Google provides. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Making a career in theater, sans stage

I think I'd like to make a career in the management side of (preferably non-profit) theater. How should I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Apr 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Where's free rehearsal space in Minneapolis?

Minneapolisfilter: anyone from Minneapolis know of free spaces that an improv group could rehearse in? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Mar 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Play it again, Sam! Uh... Sam? Where'd Sam go?

Where would I look/advertise to find a improvisational keyboard player for an improv group in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Shecky on Jan 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Second City Improv Class

I am new to Chicago and just signed up for Second City's beginner improv class. Do any of you have any experience with this? What can I expect?
posted by jules1651 on Jul 11, 2007 - 9 answers

So an improv wannabe walks into a bar....

Improv Comedy Filter: I just moved to Chicago and everyone tells me "To meet people like you, you gotta join an improv troup!" The problem is: there's like 30 of them, and they're all different. So Chicago (or improv) fans: What's the deal with these improv classes, which do you recommend, and what's the best way for a newbie to the city to get situated in the scene?
posted by moooshy on Jun 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Good books/sites on acting/public speaking?

Are there any pro or amateur actors out there who can recommend some good books (or sites) on acting or public speaking? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz on Jan 28, 2007 - 16 answers

.org-Filter: What's a good free financial management platform for a non-profit startup?

Seeking open-source (free) financial management software for a not-for-profit start up. Has anyone used something they were pleased with? [more inside]
posted by wmeredith on Oct 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Thinking/Speaking on My Feet

Good improv classes/courses/teachers in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 8, 2006 - 3 answers

Philosophy of Transience

What can be said of a philosophy of transience? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on May 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me find a Video -- Opera + College Classroom

I'm 99% sure I found it on metafilter, but my google-fu fails me. I'm looking for the video of several Improv/Pranksters singing to their professor in a vaguely opera style.
posted by hatsix on May 6, 2006 - 3 answers

games

Hey Theatre Geeks! What are your favorite warm-up/improv theatre games? Bonus points if they work well for kids!
posted by stray on Jun 27, 2005 - 9 answers

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