SEE LIVE IMPROV PERFORMANCES IN THE NC TRIANGLE!
Note to improv students: If you are enrolled in class, you will accelerate your learning by seeing live shows. Our Research Triangle area has many fine live shows staged in small theater spaces where you can sit close to the players and talk with them post-show. Go with your classmate(s) and make this a social thing. We will welcome you as part of the improv community. Join the Facebook group “North Carolina Improvisers” for other events and postings.
YOUR FIRST GOTO FOR SHOWS: CURRENTLY PERFORMING IMPROV TROUPES with Player Bios (entire RDU area). This is the most comprehensive listing so far. Go there first! I wish that every improv show would list here, but that just isn’t the case. If you are on Facebook, you have an advantage since most improv groups and/or shows list individually there. By ‘liking’ them you will get notified about performances. Alternatively, go to the theater or producer’s webpage and sign up for email notices (listed below). Finally, talk with other improvisers. Word-of-mouth is a great source. Scroll down here for a list of theaters and other shows.
I’ll post here for my performances. I’m a member of The Echoes.
We perform The JTS Brown, renowned as one of the most unique improv forms ever created. Highly theatrical by its nature, the ensemble follows dream logic and utilizes physical transformations throughout the performance. Perhaps best described as improvised experimental theater. You can read about us here. Next performances: (1) Mettlesome’s Devised Theater-Improv Night, Durham Fruit Company, Sat., February 16, 7 pm; (2) The PIT-Chapel Hill, Sat. Feb 23 @ 8 pm; (3) The Racket- Mettlesome, Monkey Bottom, Durham, Friday, March 1, 9 pm, (4) ComedyWorx Raleigh, March 21, 8 pm (4) NC Comedy Festival, Greensboro, April 18th, 7:30 pm; (5) The PIT-Chapel Hill, Sat., May 11, 8 pm.
Theaters or Show Producers with links to their events
CHAPEL HILL / CARRBORO
THE PIT-Chapel Hill – New comedy theater in the Triangle where you can watch shows, take classes in improv as well as stand-up, sketch and even acting. Improv performances usually Friday and Saturday nights, but check their calendar, since their programming is rapidly expanding. (Disclosure: I teach improv at the PIT.)
TRANSACTORS – Carrboro, Durham – adult and child-focused/family shows
IMPROV PERCOLATOR (FB) – Student shows and established troupes approx every 2 months.
THIRD DATE – Dan Sipp’s theater company produces slice of life/grounded improv.
METTLESOME – Most shows in Durham, sometimes in Raleigh/Chapel Hill. Mettlesome produces/promotes longform & sketch. Newsletter signup – bottom of their home page.
COMEDYWORX – Near the State Fairgrounds.
—THE BREAKDOWN and the BREAKDOWN on Facebook – LONGFORM usually on Saturdays, 10 pm.
—Long Form Improv Mixer Most Thursdays @ 8pm. $5 Admission at the door.
Join the Facebook group “North Carolina Improvisers” for other events and postings.