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Welcome to the Performers' Bulletin Board. Members of our performing community can check here regularly for audition announcements, community meeting dates, and follow-ups on issues important to all who call ImprovBoston home. 

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Currently on the Bulletin Board:

2014 Spring/Summer Programming

IB Awesome Award

IB Questions Directory (who to ask about what)

2013 Artistic Vision Announcement

What We Stand For

2014 Resident Cast Rosters

Our Shows: a performer's guide

IP @IB

IB Organazation Overview

Building for the Future

Stand-Up@IB


Artistic Vision

Hello ImprovBoston Cast and Crew,
 
As promised, here is the roughly 35 page Artistic Vision in its entirety. The google doc is interactive and includes a section at the end with questions that might come up. If you're reading in one sitting, I'd leave 45-60 minutes. No initiative or decision in this Vision stands alone; please do read the entire document carefully so you have a solid understanding of the transparent intentions, context and larger goals at play. This is also a great opportunity to gain a fuller appreciation for the incredible mission and scope of ImprovBoston today. Make note of questions and ideas as you go along so you can bring those to any upcoming Coffee Break.
 
Happy reading!
 
 
With respect,
Mike D

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Artistic Director, Mike Descoteaux, talks with the ImprovBoston Blog about the mission of this remarkable nonprofit organization. If you have questions about what we believe in, how we serve the community (both performers and audiences), and the importance of the work behind the laughs, this is a quick read you don't want to miss:

Artistic Directions: an interview with IB's AD


2014 RESIDENT CASTS (january-june)

 

MAINSTAGE--director: Bobby Smithney

Ken  Breese

Deana Criess
Natalie Cunha
Nate Lopez
Mickey McCauley

Matt McLaughlin

Mike Morrell

Jenna O'Brien

Ellie Race-Moore

Ben Scurria

Holly Tarnower

Brad Taylor

Misch Whitaker


 

NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY--director: Deana Criess

Ken  Breese

Molly Cahen

Ryan Coil

Marc Hirsh

Emily Holland

Quentin James

MaryBeth Makara

Brendan Mulhern

Corey O'Rourke

Jordan Perry

Ellie Race-Moore

Ben Scurria

Ari Stern

Nils Vaule


 

FAMILY SHOW--director: Christine Toohey

Sarah Bell

Dan Chapman

Autumn Gillette

Mac Gostow

Quentin James

Nate Lopez

Britt Mitchell

Ceara O'Sullivan

Lauren Robinson

Ethan Selby

Rachel von Ahn

Zachary "Lou" Wilson


 

FACE OFF--director: John Serpico

Dana Jay Bein

Ryan Coil

Nick Garner

Emily Holland

Marcelo Illarmo

Jeremiah Jordan

Annie Kozakiewicz

Mickey McCauley

Shawn Musgrave

Jenna O'Brien

Ellie Race-Moore

Ari Stern

Nate Stoddard

Tim Stonelake

Tom Towell


 

TOP SHELF

INTERVENTION!--director: Lori Strauss

Brendon Bates

Amy Click

Jack McNamara

Katie Pentedemos

Russell Sickenger

Shane Tully

Eric Victor


 

MAXITOR--director: Rachel Klein

Jackie Arko

Shannon Connoly

Hannah Foell

Rachel Klein

Brian Stonelake


 

PETE’S DRAGON--director: Peter Fenzel

Dan Chonde

Brian Donnelly

Emily Gaudette

Rob Grace

Tim Hannafin

Greg Hernandez

James Lindsay

Ben Snitkoff


 

SPECTER--director: Will Luera

Conor Allen

Molly Cahen

Sasha Goldberg

Ryan Kiessling

Pete Overzet

Jeff Perry

Nick Schoen


 

FRESH BLEND

CIRCLE OF LIFE--director: Nils Vaule

Rachel Andelman

Danny Balel

Marissa Buie

Marc Campasano

Andy Devlin

Max Kreisky

Tao Yang

Mike Zakarian


 

LEGITIMO--director: Ben Scurria

Andrew Barlow

Kaitlin Buckley

Eric Frieden

Eric LaMonica

Christina Moreno

Corey O'Rourke

Todd Page

Ben Sandler


 

WAR CUPCAKE--director: Ken Breese

Drew Bligh

Sara Burns

Obehi Janice

Sam Lasman

Stuart Licht

Noel Naczi

Jo Sulin

Sarah Teague


THE FUTURE IS NOW

Big thanks to all who volunteered their time and talents to make our build-out a reality--especially Josh Garneau who has been a force of nature. Below is a list of the many upgrades you now have access to. We have several rounds of improvements coming in the next month or two.

Rest assured, we are still making adjustments and troubleshooting. Please be patient with our incredible techs as they learn completely new equipment and explore the vast capabilities of our new technical resources.

MAINSTAGE
~completely new, state-of-the-art lighting system including color-changing LEDs, specials, house lights and a fully programmable touch screen light board.
~removable stage extension giving actors loads more room to play and the ability to cleanly isolate scenes/environments
~booth build-out creating more shelf space, a professional equipment rack, new electric, and much more.
~completely new sound system with a 12-channel mixer and powered speakers angled to enhance the audio while cutting down on noise bleed to the studio.

STUDIO
~New larger and sturdier stage
~Red cabaret curtains to frame the stage
~tracked black curtains upstage and custom drapes surrounding the room for sound proofing and aesthetics
~custom-built tech booth with improved sight lines, equipment storage and durability
~New storage closet giving more room for audience and wings
~12 lighting instruments from the old mainstage system including, pipe system, a programmable light board and dimmer pack
~16 channel sound board, amp and repositioned speakers to reduce sound bleed to mainstage

STILL TO COME
~top-of-the-line projector and automated drop-down screen for mainstage
~projector and automated screen for the studio
~engraved IB logo for upstage in the studio
~red drapes to frame stage in studio
~new flooring for studio
~carpeting for the green room
~gels and gobos for mainstage lighting
~improved backstage lighting in mainstage
~industry standard video playback software for mainstage videos If you have ideas for how we can best put our new possibilities to work, send an email our way.



STAND-UP @ImprovBoston

Curious about ImprovBoston's unique approach to Stand-Up? This one sheet reflects the fantastic suggestions provided by our performers at Townhalls, in meetings with the artistic director and producers, etc. A more thorough picture of how Stand-Up features at IB is presented in the Artistic Vision. Any other suggestions, questions or ideas are always welcome.

IB Stand Up Principles


IB'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRINCIPLES

Congrulations, IB! We have triumphantly reached the end of a nearly two-year long research, exploration and review period of our approach to intellectual property. Far from technocratic, this extended conversation solidifies the very principles we, as a community of artists, believe in. We also are able to confidently put in writing what it means to be a truly collaborative theater. We intend to use the current policy and contracts for years to come. However, if changes are needed to future contracts, IB is committed to continuing its work openly with the community to ensure everyone's rights are clearly laid out and protected.  Major gratitude goes to Ben Snitkoff, Will Luera, the Board and all those in the community who helped shape the IP Principles.

So what does this mean for me?  Show submitters will be asked to read through our IP Principles and confirm that they're on board with the plain-English concepts laid out to protect both the artist and IB's ability to continue providing opportunities. If submitters wish to dive into contracting (for instance, in the case of a proposed rental or an exclusive-run scripted musical), they will have that option. However, our goal is to keep the IP considerations as simple and positive as possible.

Read the IB IP Principles


OUR SHOWS--WHAT PERFORMERS CAN EXPECT

RESIDENT SHOWS

Mainstage

Face Off

Family Show

National Touring Company

Harold Night--Top Shelf

Harold Night--Fresh Blend

Studio 40

FOR ACCEPTED PROPOSALS & SHOWS WITH ROTATING ACTS

Battle Royale

Comedy Lab

Cagematch

The JAM

Showcase Shows

SketchHaus

Studio Shows

BEHIND THE SCENES

Hosting Guide

IB IP Principles

Marketing for Independent Shows

Outside Opportunities: doing shows beyond IB

Performer Guest Comp Policy


ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Below are a few resources detailing what we do and how we're structured. Enjoy!

What We Do (a bird's eye view of the branches of ImprovBoston)

Org Chart (the management structure of ImprovBoston)