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Hello ImprovBoston Cast and Crew,
Thanks to the many of you who were in attendance at tonight's Town Hall. We covered a lot of ground. As promised, here is the roughly 35 page Artistic Vision in its entirety. While we dove into philosophy and the creative directions that will lead IB in the coming years, many of the plan details are left for you to discover here.
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 one of the upcoming Coffee Breaks devoted to discussing the Vision.
These conversations are for discussion and answering questions. We won't be re-mounting tonight's presentation, please read the Vision before you come.
-Saturday, 11/23 at 5pm
-Monday, 12/2 at 530pm
-Friday, 12/6 at 6pm
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:
Greetings ImprovBoston Community,
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Spataro as ImprovBoston's next Managing Director.
Tom joins us from the Boston Crusaders, a 70 year old nonprofit performance organization, where he served as the Executive Director. Tom was responsible for cultivating the organization over his 8 years there to support an administrative team (comparable in scope to ours) with the singular goal of providing the best possible arts opportunities to his community. Tom's strategic leadership of a mission-driven performance nonprofit with a large, enthusiastic core of volunteer performers and a strong educational component make him an excellent match for ImprovBoston.
The mission of the Managing Director is to facilitate ImprovBoston's Artistic Vision through financial and organizational well being. Tom’s experience with and passion for social media marketing, fundraising, event planning and volunteer management will all be incredibly valuable in supporting Mike D and the community at large. Tom will ensure that all of the individual components of the theater (our audiences, our casts, our performances, our comedy school, our outreach, our administrative team, our staff, and our Board) are all working together to support the organization that we love, provide the best resources for our creative endeavors, and ultimately, serve our community through laughter.
I would like to thank the representatives from our admin team and community - Emily Holland, Jeff Perry, Dana Jay Bein, Christine Toohey, Josh Garneau and Sasha Goldberg - for meeting with Tom during the interview process. Their input into the decision-making was invaluable and reflected the excitement that Mike and the Board also felt for Tom's candidacy. Also deserving of honorable mention for their considerable dedication is Community and Board Member John Serpico, who spent countless hours with our search firm ensuring that the process was absolutely as thorough as possible.
You are invited to a special Town Hall in the Mainstage onfrom 630-8PM. You'll have the opportunity to meet Tom and hear about ImprovBoston's revised Org Chart. The meeting itself will only take about 25 minutes. We'll have pizza and a bartender ready to make the remaining time a fun, laid-back meet n' greet. I know you're going to be as impressed with Tom as we all are. Make him feel at home!
On behalf of the entire IB Board, Thank You for all the dedication and funny business you do to make ImprovBoston the vibrant community that it is today!
President of the Board of Directors
The Sketchhaus Producer must have an ongoing passion for sketch comedy as well as a talent for organization. S/he is willing to seek out and canvas sketch teams at ImprovBoston (and sometimes beyond) to find the best teams to perform at and represent the Sketchhaus brand. Promotion is key; producers are expected to hype Sketchhaus on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and occasionally physical media, like postcards and posters. Booking is done three months in advance. In case of a last-minute cancelation, the Producer must be able to think on his or her feet to fill those vacant slots. The Producer is responsible for booking headlining, opening, and interstitial acts; frequent contact with acts and hosts is essential to make sure they are on time, promoting the show, and communicating their needs to the tech producer of the night(s) they perform. Producers should be willing to be at most performances of Sketchhaus to make sure the night is running smoothly. The Producer with work with the Artistic Director and Managing Director to ensure all shows meet ImprovBoston artistic and attendance standards. Contact Mike Descoteaux with interest.
MAINSTAGE--director: Bobby Smithney
Mainstage CONNECT will feature members from resident casts theater-wide on a rotating basis in Mainstage shows and rehearsals.
NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY--director: Deana Criess
FAMILY SHOW--directors: Mike Descoteaux & Christine Toohey
Zachary "Lou" Wilson
FACE OFF--director: John Serpico
Dana Jay Bein
BANKWOLF--director: Jackie Arko
MAXITOR--director: Rachel Klein
RICH UNCLE--director: Jeff Perry
SPECTER--director: Will Luera
The ABUNDANCE--director: Ken Breese
BILLINGSGATE--director: Ben Scurria
INTERVENTION!--director: Lori Strauss
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.
~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.
~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.
Thank you to all who came out to our Community Townhall on April 1, 2013. One of the topics at this Townhall was the ImprovBoston approach to Stand-Up. We submitted a draft document for community review. This latest version reflects the fantastic suggestions provided by our performers at the Townhall. Any other suggestions, questions or ideas are welcome.
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
FOR ACCEPTED PROPOSALS & SHOWS WITH ROTATING ACTS
BEHIND THE SCENES
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)