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Performers' Bulletin Board
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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IB Questions Directory (who to ask about what)
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.
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:
MAINSTAGE--director: Bobby Smithney
NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY--director: Deana Criess
FAMILY SHOW--director: Christine Toohey
Rachel von Ahn
Zachary "Lou" Wilson
FACE OFF--director: John Serpico
Dana Jay Bein
INTERVENTION!--director: Lori Strauss
MAXITOR--director: Rachel Klein
PETE’S DRAGON--director: Peter Fenzel
SPECTER--director: Will Luera
CIRCLE OF LIFE--director: Nils Vaule
LEGITIMO--director: Ben Scurria
WAR CUPCAKE--director: Ken Breese
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.
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.
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)