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ImprovBoston Auditions

 

SUMMER 2017 AUDITIONS

 
ImprovBoston holds auditions every 6 months for IB Resident Casts which include: Mainstage, Family Show, All Access Improv, Face Off, Harold Night Teams (Fresh Blend & Top Shelf), and our National Touring Company. Producers of other ImprovBoston shows are also there to check out new Boston Comedy Talent!
 

General Auditions: June 3 & 4

Callbacks: June 10 & 11
 

To attend ImprovBoston's General Auditions, performers should have at least one year of formal improv training and/or experience whether at IB or elsewhere. Resident cast performers at ImprovBoston are graduates of the ImprovBoston Comedy Schoool. Completion of the IBCS core improv program is required to ensure all resident cast members have a shared vocabulary reflecting our specific approach to improvisation. In order to be cast a performer must either be a graduate of the ImprovBoston improv program or currently enrolled in Improv 701 by the start of auditions. 

 
"I haven't graduated IBCS yet. Should I still go to auditions?"
Yes! Here are just some of the benefits of coming to Generals before you finish the core improv program:
-Get valuable reps to gain comfort, confidence, and skills with auditioning for future Generals.
-Producers/Directors for non-resident cast shows are in attendance and can consider you for various Main Theater and Studio projects.
-Receive consideration for invites to exclusive IB Grad School programs.
-Get on our radar. We are invested in cultivating comedic talent long-term. Be someone "to watch" this season and you'll be in a better position for a resident cast next season.
-Meet and perform with other awesome improvisers; believe it or not, these auditions are a ton of fun!
 


 

Audition/Shop for Diverse Voices in Comedy
Sunday, June 4 from 4-6PM at ImprovBoston
 
If you feel you reflect a voice of diversity in the Boston comedy scene and are interested in getting more involved with improv, our Audition/Shop is for you! Ok, so what’s an “Audition/Shop?” It’s part audition, part workshop. Basically, we’re going to spend an hour and a half playing with the fundamentals of improvisation. We’re setting the day up to work for performers who have a ton of improv experience AND actors who want to get involved with improv but don’t have any formal training. We’ll lead you through some fun exercises, games and structures in a casual workshop-style setting. At the same time, we’re scouting for talent for our resident casts (which audition every 6 months). We’re hoping to send some Audition/Shop participants through to our cast callbacks the following weekend. Beyond casting opportunities this season, we’re also looking to introduce new performers to ImprovBoston and showcase the many ways you can get involved in one of the most welcoming, rewarding, and immediate art forms around. Check out IBEverybody for more comedy opportunities at ImprovBoston. The Audition/Shop is 100% free and 100% fun. What do you have to lose? 
 
Sign-up for you spot here by Thursday, June 1 @ noon. 
No previous improv experience or training required.
The Audition/Shop is all-inclusive; anyone who identifies as an underrepresented voice in the comedy and theater scene is welcome! ImprovBoston strives to reflect the diversity of the vibrant Boston community both onstage and in its audiences. 
 
 
 
Free Audition Workshops
There are no signups for the following workshops. Simply show up at the date and time listed and have fun!
 
Seize Your Power: A Workshop for Women
Thursday, May 25 from 5:30-6:45pm in the Studio Theater
Instructor: Deana Criess - Director of ImprovBoston's National Touring Company 
 
We've all been there: a sea of new improvisers all trying to get stage time. Rookie moves are made, things can get out of hand, it can feel like you can't get stage time or do your best work. Let ImprovBoston National Touring Company director and Mainstage cast member Deana Criess show you how to level the playing field and liberate your best improv so you can have the fun you deserve to have and show us what you've got at generals. Get tips on how to handle any offer, flip status in a scene, be inspired beyond the usual and support by leading. Learn how to set yourself up to be able to play anything and everything you choose. While we can't get everyone to take a workshop on how not to be terrible people on stage, we CAN give you what you need to play above terrible moves. Let's lift each other up and get ready to kick ass at generals.
 
 
Harold-Specific Audition Prep
Wednesday, May 31 from 6-7:15pm in the Main Theater
Instructor: Taylor Cotter and Lauren Magnuson - Harold Night Producers
 
Harold Night, comprised of more than 40 longform improvisers, is ImprovBoston's largest resident ensemble. Come flex your longform muscles and and refresh your Harold skills. Taylor Cotter and Lauren Magnuson will be running exercises on strong scenework, game-based scenes, group scenes, and other ways to showcase your longform skills in general auditions and callbacks.
 
 
General Generals Workshop
Friday, June 2 from 6-7:30pm at 620 Massachusetts Ave
Instructor: Mike Descoteaux - ImprovBoston's Artistic Director
 
We'll cover how to be a better scene partner in Generals, how to play respectfully and generously with improvisers you just met 15 minutes ago, and how to showcase your talents while embracing support. We'll hit the Top 10 things you can do to have a great audition. Mike will answer questions about the audition and callback process and give you the inside info you need to rock out the weekend.
 
 
Callback Schedule
 
SATURDAY (6/10)
10AM: TourCo
1PM: Family Show
4PM: Mainstage
 
SUNDAY (6/11)
10AM: Face Off
1PM: All Access
330PM: Fresh Blend
6PM: Top Shelf
 
 
 
 
 
More details will be posted closer to auditions.
Please email auditions@improvboston.com to be placed on our auditions notification list.
 

 

STUDIO 40 AUDITIONS 

 


Studio 40 Auditions will take place on Saturday, July 8 from 9:30am-5pm at ImprovBoston. 

 
Registration will go live closer to the time of the audition. 
 
What is Studio 40?
Studio 40 gives Boston’s most promising independent improv teams a place to hone their craft and build their fan base over a four month run - this season will run from February through June. 
 
How to sign up
Choose a 2-hour slot that works for your team. We'll follow up with an email to the listed coach/director and submitter telling you the exact time you'll be auditioning. 
Auditions are held at ImprovBoston on Saturday, January 28th starting at 9:30 am and running through 5 pm. Once a slot is filled, the registration form will no longer be accessible.
 
What we’re looking for
In the audition, you'll have 7-10 minutes to show us how you like to play. Give us a taste of the format you plan to explore in Studio 40 (short form, monoscene, armando, AllForm, etc). Show us what a show might look like - how your team likes to play, what makes your team unique, etc. Treat the audition like you would a show.  For this round of Studio 40 we are looking to cast approximately six teams who vary in their formats. 
Expectations
 
Teams must have an experienced director/coach who runs weekly rehearsals and attends your show
Directors/coaches may not be an active performing member of the ensemble
Directors/coaches are expected to send monthly progress reports on the group’s development
Please ensure you have your director’s consent before submitting the audition form
 
What do teams get?
 
Regular, prime-time stage time to develop their show and performance skills
Free workshops on performance, hosting, and branding
A chance to build up a fan base
If all the slots are filled, send an email to Studio40@improvboston.com. We may have a limited waitlist depending upon demand.