Friday – October 26th  @8PM

The Palladium Theatre

253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL

8pm As Per Usual (St. Petersburg, FL)

8:30pm FST Improv (Sarasota, FL)

9pm Intermission

9:20pm HEADLINER: ImprovBoston’s Musical AllStars (Boston, MA)

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$25 General Admission, $45 Reserved Seating

Saturday – October 27th  @8PM

Pinellas Ale Works

1962 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL

8pm Definitely Not Murderers (St. Petersburg, FL)

8:20pm Dear Aunt Gertrude (Tampa, FL)

8:40pm BREAK

9pm The Marvelous Marvin Show

9:20pm Improv Jam with ImprovBoston

9:50pm BREAK

10:05pm CARL

10:20pm HEADLINER: Hawk & Wayne

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$15 General Admission

NOTE: Friday tickets must be purchased via The Palladium, and Saturday tickets must be purchased via American Stage. See links above.

 

IMPROVBOSTON (Boston, MA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showcasing their unique approach to musical improvisation, ImprovBoston’s improvisers expertly blend scenes, games, music, lyric, rhyme, “choreography,” harmony, and audience participation into an unforgettably unique performance. Featuring some of the country’s best musical improvisers, the ensemble explores a musical adaptation of ImprovBoston’s signature AllForm — an anything goes approach comedy that reinvents itself with every performance. With more than 35 years in the art of making stuff up, ImprovBoston has one simple mission: follow the fun.

For over 35 years, ImprovBoston has been one of the country’s leading theaters and schools dedicated to the art of comedy in all its forms. Hailed as “Comedy Masters” by The Boston Globe and voted “Best of Boston” by The Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig, ImprovBoston performers, teachers, and students have included film stars, Emmy Award-winning comedians, and acclaimed producers, directors, musicians, and writers. ImprovBoston alumni are featured on The Daily Show, America’s Got Talent, Funniest Wins, Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Comic Standing, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, to name a few. As a nonprofit arts organization, ImprovBoston serves the community through laughter with youth outreach programs, workshops for businesses, scholarships, a national touring company and, of course, performances at its theater complex in Cambridge.

HAWK & WAYNE (St. Petersburg, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in their 10th season at American Stage, Hawk & Wayne‘s newest show, #AskUsAnythingLive, addresses your burning questions with (totally made-up) answers.  Laugh-out-loud funny and 100% improvised, these Best of the Bay Critic’s Pick winners will bring to life an uproarious and ridiculous cast of characters.

FST IMPROV’s “Were Doomed!” (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a world where blockbusters come and go, FST Improv entertains with unforgettable, original and fully improvised motion picture! The cast of We’re Doomed will perform an improvised horror movie based on a title provided by the audience! We’ll leave the fancy equipment behind as we use unique staging, special effects and onstage acrobatics to recreate the excitement and magic of the silver screen. You’ll even get to see improvised previews of upcoming attractions.

AS PER USUAL (St. Petersburg, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘As Per Usual’ is the improv comedy house team at American Stage. We perform UCB style, longform improv with rich characters & a touch of surrealism.

DEAR AUNT GERTRUDE (Tampa, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAG has been around for ten years, they long form improv, it’s when you make things up, in a long form.

CARL (Tampa, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

Improv bad boys doing good improv

THE MARVELOUS MARVIN SHOW (St. Petersburg, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to The Marvelous Marvin Show! This completely improvised, late-night talk show will take you on set and behind the scenes. Meet the guests, musical act, producers, director, stage manager and cast that put the show together. Each night, the special guests are based on audience requests, as the shenanigans unfold.

DEFINITELY NOT MURDERERS: Musical Improv (St. Petersburg, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sing. Dance. Improv. A one-act improvised musical! All the scenes and songs are created live and in the moment. We take a title and location from the audience, and premiere a new musical each night.

AS IF! Workshops

Workshop Offered
Laughter! with Patrick Jackson of ASI
Freeform with Will Luera of FST Improv
Advanced Musical Improv with Mike Descoteaux & Deana Criess of Improv Boston
Sing It!: Beginner’s Musical Improv with Mike Descoteaux & Deana Criess of Improv Boston
When Things Get Weird with Kathleen Taylor & Tiffany Ford of ASI

DETAILS & ENROLLMENT BELOW!

Workshop Location: American Stage
163 3rd Street N, St. Petersburg, FL


Laughter Workshop with Patrick A. Jackson (American Stage Improv)

10AM-12PM
$30

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ASI’s Laughter Workshops are geared to give you a break from the weary ways of the world. Workshops are geared to introduce participants to the simplest elements are improv: fearlessness, connectivity and communication. Filled with high energy short-form games, exercises and just plain silliness we want all participants to feel free to release, let go and simply…laugh! Good Humor, Good times and Good Laughter for ALL.

Patrick Jackson is the Education & Improv Associate at American Stage Improv, where he is also a cast member of Definitely Not Murderers. As an improviser, Patrick is a core cast member of FST Improv and produces the monthly comedy brunch, Flamingo Laugh Factory at the Flamingo Resort. In addition to improv, Patrick is a professional actor and teaching artist, as well as a proud member of Actor’s Equity. www.patrickajackson.com

 

 


Freeform Workshop with Will Luera (FST Improv)

10AM-12PM
$30

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This workshop explores the makings of the unique style of Big Bang free-form improvisation. This mindset is built on the concept of “follow the funny” and proposes that every single moment, beat, line and movement in a show can be deconstructed and used to lead you to the next scene. During this exploration and deconstruction of content, a language and pattern are established that help define form where previously there was no form. Students will review the tools that will enable them to create a unique free-form performance every time they hit the stage. We will review the ideas of listening to what the show wants, what can be funny, fluid editing and creating an experience that is a result of the space, the cast and the audience itself.

Will Luera is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston, Artistic Director of the Pilsen Improv Festival, Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, Artistic Advisor to the Women in Comedy Festival and Part-time Faculty at Boston College. Will is co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Will tours globally as an improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.


Advanced Music Improv: Game of the Song with Mike Descoteaux and Deana Criess

12:30PM – 2:30PM
$30

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Discover the simple joy and comedic power of ImprovBoston-style game-driven songs. Using two fundamental structures, participants will explore the ridiculous fun that comes through effortlessly heightening the lyrical, emotional, physical, situational and musical patterns that present themselves in the scene leading up to a song. We’ll play with the emotional and reactive scenic building blocks that lead to the best improvised songs. Experience how the success of the song is virtually guaranteed before the first note is even sung (the secret’s in the scene). With over 15 years of singprov directing, teaching and music direction across the country, Mike is thrilled to share his passion for mind-melting musical improv.

Sing It!: Musical Impov for Beginners with ImprovBoston’s Mike Descoteaux and Deana Criess

3PM – 5PM
$30

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Sing it! introduces students to the fundamentals of how to improvise songs that sound as if they had been written. Explore rhyming (and effective alternatives to rhyming), common song structures that lend themselves to improvising, creating memorable hooks, and how to convincingly get into songs from an improvised scene. Discover the many connections between traditional improv and “singprov,” allowing students to heighten emotion, strengthen relationships, and access new characters instantaneously. By the end of the day, students will be singing off the cuff with confidence and joy. Take this workshop and unlock a new, deeply rewarding approach to improvisation.

No previous singing experience required.

Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike has lead workshops in music improv around the world.

Deana Criess is the Director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company and of Night Wingz, the country’s only musical improv team dedicated to a musical bat (a completely improvised musical, completely in the dark). She is a member of ImprovBoston’s Musical Improv Cast and has performed to packed houses at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival, the Sarasota Improv Festival and many more. Deana’s industry leading workshops have been featured on PBS, NPR, KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System) and in The Boston Globe. Her comedy has been featured on CNN and Slate.com. A veteran of ImprovBoston’s Mainstage cast and Family Show cast she over 15 years of professional experience with audiences of all ages performing and teaching musical, longform, shortform and IB’s signature style of improvisation, AllForm. During her years in comedy she has worked with some amazing artists including Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Eric Drysdale (Full Frontal), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), Sasheer Zamada (SNL) and many more. She is also the Director of ImprovBoston’s applied improv division, IBcreative.


When Things Get Weird with Kathleen Taylor, Tiffany Ford & Patrick Jackson

3PM -5PM
FREE!
Note: This workshop is intended for improvisers with some experience who are in an upper level class or perform on a team. 
($5 suggested donation to support the AS Sponsor-A-Student financial aid program)

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We’ve all been there. That moment when you or your scene partner says something you wish you could erase – something that alienates the audience and/or the players. Maybe it’s an accent, a poorly timed joke, an uncomfortable physical interaction – the list goes on. How do you work together to recognize when it’s happening and move beyond it? Regardless of how you find yourselves in this moment, can you find a place of agreement where the team feels safe to explore, yet not limited? How do you stay in tune with each other and your audience?
Improv can be sensitive, elevating, AND funny when we practice ongoing awareness. In this workshop we’ll explore questions and conversations to have with your team, and some exercises that help us stay connected, present, and comfortable even when we find ourselves outside our comfort zone. Elevate your artistry and your team; create an environment where we can freely play. #StayWoke

   Tiffany Ford is the Director of Education & Outreach, and the Director of Improv at American Stage. She is dedicated to igniting artistic, intellectual, and emotional growth through Devised Works, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Improvisation. She has worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, The American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Washington Improv Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, and more. Tiffany is a graduate of Theatre UCF, and the founder of Wobble Rocket Stage, a youth-focused improv theatre in Washington DC.

 

Kathleen Taylor is a graduate of the American Stage Improv Training Program. She currently performs with the ASI house team THE MARVELOUS MARVIN SHOW, as well as several indie improv teams including PREVIOUSLY ON and EX SNACKINA. Previously, she performed on the 2017-2018 ASI House team, POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS.  Kathleen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with her own healthcare consulting practice focused on helping clinicians develop communication skills, emotional intelligence, and empathy. She was originally drawn to improv as a way of better understanding communication between patients and health practitioners, and she is interested in the science of applied improvisation.

 

Patrick Jackson is the Education & Improv Associate at American Stage Improv, where he is also a cast member of Definitely Not Murderers. As an improviser, Patrick is a core cast member of FST Improv and produces the monthly comedy brunch, Flamingo Laugh Factory at the Flamingo Resort. In addition to improv, Patrick is a professional actor and teaching artist, as well as a proud member of Actor’s Equity. www.patrickajackson.com

 

 

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