Show ScheduleBBCF 2011TOP 

WED 9/15 8PM

THU 9/16 8PM

THU 9/16 10PM

FRI 9/17 8PM

FRI 9/17 10PM

SAT 9/18 8PM

SAT 9/18 10PM

SUN 9/19 6PM

DramaTech
Cineprov – Atlanta
The Village Theatre – Atlanta
Your Mom’s Mom – Atlanta
Laughing Matters – Atlanta
Intensive Students – Mixed
FuseBox – Richmond
Dad’s Garage Theatre Co. – Atlanta
In Harm’s Way – Atlanta
Banana Breakup – Carrboro
The Naked Stage – San Francisco
Babies Mit Bearden – Atlanta
Feral Chihuahas – Asheville
Get Up – Austin
2 Girls 3 Eyes – Atlanta
Drum Machine – Minneapolis
Get Up – Austin
THE BIG SHOW
50ft. Vermin – BBIT Champions
Switch – Austin/Minneapolis
The Naked Stage – San Francisco
Student Center
Intensive Students – Mixed
Dummy – Chicago
MixTape – Atlanta
Snackers – Austin
Biological Necessities – Raleigh
Heartbreaker – Carrboro
Ragamuffins – Atlanta
SuperCrab – NYC
Intensive Students – Mixed
Mock Turtle Soup – Clemson University
3 Men and a Little Lady – Charleston
Plan B – Baltimore
D.U.C.K. – Atlanta
Astronaut University – Atlanta
Extemporaneous Theatre – Birmingham
S’morror Stories – Atlanta

Workshop ScheduleBBCF 2010TOP 

FRI 9/17 1:00PM-4:00PM

WORKSHOP 1: REAL. FUNNY. PEOPLE.
INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Doyle
Too often, improvisors create characters by trying to be funny: funny accents, physical affectations, etc. Unfortunately the more we try, the less we succeed. As is true in all aspects of improvising, you're probably working too hard. This workshop will focus on creating heightened versions of yourself to find characters that look and sound like real people. Real. Funny. People.

WORKSHOP 2: SIMLIFY YOUR SCENEWORK
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Shotts
A teacher at Chicago's iO Theater for over four years, Jason Shotts has been cultivating a method to make improv scenes straightforward for the struggling improviser. In this workshop we'll focus on hard listening, truly honest reactions and discovering the "Meaning" in your scene. Be prepared to work hard.

WORKSHOP 3: BIG STORIES SMALL CAST
INSTRUCTOR: Shana Merlin
Get Up specializes in playing multi-character narrative shows, which involves each of the two actors playing several characters, sometimes in the same scene. This workshop will focus on narrative structure, character archetypes, narration techniques, sound design, and other elements that allow a small cast to embody a cast and story much much larger.

WORKSHOP 4: INTRO TO SKETCH WRITING
INSTRUCTOR: Brian Godleski
Are you a fan of sketch comedy? Ever watch a "skit" and think "hey, I could write something like that!" Now is your chance to get your ideas on paper. Learn how to format your sketch and get to what's funny/interesting as quickly as possible and make it even more funny (with a side of awesome). Each student will bring a sketch to be read aloud and critiqued. Also, you'll never call it a "skit" again.

SAT 9/18 10:00AM-12:00PM

WORKSHOP 1: COMFORTABLE NOTES: AN INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC IN IMPROV
INSTRUCTOR: Eric Frampton
This workshop is for actors who are interested in improvising music on stage. We'll start with well-known improv warmups, add notes to them, add harmony to that, get comfy with rhyming, then experiment with song structures, finally practicing what we've learned in short scenes. We'll do all this using lots of different musical genres.

WORKSHOP 2: TENSION VS. CONFLICT
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Karwisch
The word "conflict" is often interpreted in improv to mean arguing or fighting. Learn how to have positive and energetic scenes using the tension built from the wants and obstacles of your characters. This workshop will also help you make the most out of teaching scenes, transaction scenes and arguments that are already happening.

WORKSHOP 3: COMEDIA DEL ARTE FOR MODERN IMPROVISERS
INSTRUCTOR: John Brandt
When I first heard of Commedia Dell'Arte, I was very intrigued, but knew absolutely nothing. After just my 1st class with John, I was amazed at the amount of Commedia knowledge he poured in my brain. His approach is interactive, hands-on and focused on fun. John's knowledge and passion for Commedia combined with his years of experience teaching and coaching the form make his workshops intriguing, inclusive, and incredibly worthwhile. Don't miss it. -Bill Worley, Automatic Theatre

WORKSHOP 4: THE LIVING CHACTER
INSTRUCTOR: Josh Warren
This workshop focuses on building physical characters and living in the body of your character. You will learn how to do scenes and actions eliminating "talking heads" by using your whole physical self. You will learn to tune up the most important instrument you have as an improviser: your body. And you will also learn to utilize creative physical edits, theories of acting as inanimate objects, and how to add texture and life to the scene.

WORKSHOP 5: DRAMATIC ACTION IN COMEDY IMPROVISATION
INSTRUCTOR: Matt Stanton
This workshop will focus on understanding dramatic relationships in improvisational theater. Using Sanford Meisner's repeat exercise, students will drop into scenes connected and focused on their scene partner. Afterward, each scene will be discussed in terms of its dramatic action and its character's wants.

SAT 9/18 1:30AM-3:30PM

WORKSHOP 1: GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
INSTRUCTOR: Asaf Ronen
There are a hundred things that you end up doing on stage instead of what you want to be doing. Your brain is clouded with all sorts of things that you think you are supposed to do instead of what you are inspired to do. Learn to throw all conventions to the wind and just have fun in your scene work. Learn how to pull from all your learning and find the school of thought that works for you, because it comes out of you.

WORKSHOP 2: BE SPECIFIC
INSTRUCTOR: Mandy Butler
The devil's in the details...and so is good improv. In this workshop, you will learn how to make clear and specific vocal choices that will free you from the compulsion to verbally vomit onstage. By describing your circumstances with precision, you will allow for discoveries that will make your scenes richer and more engaging.

WORKSHOP 3: BREAK OPEN THE MONKEY BARREL
INSTRUCTOR: Kit FitzSimons
Have you been getting "in your head" during shows? Are you at a loss for what scene "comes next"? Do you find yourself getting "stuck" in scenes you don't want to be in? Learn how to grab onto every exciting idea and catapult your scenes to new heights and new worlds. It's not What If; it's What WHEN.

WORKSHOP 4: FEEL THE RYTHM
INSTRUCTOR: Rick Andrews
When we speak about rhythm in improvisation, what do we mean? In this workshop, we'll distill scenic rhythm down to its two main components and explore "intra-" and "inter"-scene rhythm. We'll also play with "non-traditional" rhythms as a method of introducing some much needed variation into our scenes, and explore the wonderful results of varying rhythm with other tools like status, energy, and stage picture.

WORKSHOP 5: THE FOUR C'S OF SCENIC IMPROVISATION
INSTRUCTOR: John Sexton
This workshop offers a new way to think about improvised scenework. The Four C's -- Confidence, Clarity, Commitment, and Connection -- capture the essential skills an improviser must possess to succeed in scenic improvisation. At FuseBox, we believe anyone can embrace these principles and quickly improve their long-form improv abilities. Through guided scenework, this workshop empowers players to make strong, clear choices based on these guiding principles.

SAT 9/18 4:00PM-6:00PM

WORKSHOP 1: FIREBALL THEORY
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bernard
This workshop presents Jill Bernard's Fireball Theory and offers exercises to help you improvise faster and harder than you can judge yourself. You will learn to metaphorically hit the scene running and outrun the explosion of self-loathing and doubt like an action movie hero outruns a fireball thus defying the laws of physics. Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.

WORKSHOP 2: DYNAMIC SCENE STARTS
INSTRUCTOR: Tim Orr
How do we make scenes spring to life? In this workshop, we'll look at ways of establishing location, emotion, and relationship with commitment, energy and specificity. How to achieve the context of the situation while bringing our partners on board for the ride.

WORKSHOP 3: KEEP IT SIMPLE
INSTRUCTOR: Regina Saisi
Pay attention to your scene partner, because the two of you are about to create magic. After a show, ever find yourself regretting missing the moment? This workshop will focus on making your partner the most valuable asset you have and vice versa.

WORKSHOP 4: BEGINNING THE IMPROVISED STAGE PLAY FORMAT
INSTRUCTOR: Dave Dennison
Improvising a full-length three act play has its own set of challenges: only one character per player, only two time jumps (between acts), and a single location where all the action takes place. First you have to have a solid foundation: defining, repeating and reinforcing the tone, location, relationships, and characters that will see this story through to the end. In this class, we'll look at ways of building that foundation together.

WORKSHOP 5: QUICKFIRE SHAKESPEARE
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Rowland
If you freeze upon getting Shakespeare as a suggestion, or you find yourself falling back on simply adding "eth" to every wordeth you speaketh, then come take a closer look at the Bard's language in this workshop. So often, Elizabethan speech provides a barrier to really playing in the stye of Shakespeare. This workshop will demystify the language and arm you with specific tricks and techniques for making your words sound like they might have come from one of Shakespeare's long-lost plays.

MASTER CLASSES :: SUN 9/19 12:00PM-4:00PM

WORKSHOP 1: THE FIX'EM UP SHOP
INSTRUCTOR: Jill Bernard
A session with Jill Bernard to provide individual assistance on topics of the participants' choosing. An opportunity to get personalized instruction and face what's challenging you. Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.

WORKSHOP 2: IMPROV DIAGNOSTICS
INSTRUCTOR: Asaf Ronen
No lesson plans. Instead, the focus is on pinpointing the individual students' tendencies. Find out what your strengths are and where you could explore further. Working in a non-stop series of short, quick scenes, you will learn what your patterns are and how to break them through personalized challenges. Maximized stage time guaranteed. Great for beginners who want to develop new skills and for professionals who want to keep fresh.

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOP :: SUN 9/19 2:00PM-4:00PM

WORKSHOP 1: FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT
INSTRUCTOR: Lew Lefton
Making jokes and gags in improv is considered bad form because it can easily distract from the focus and flow of the story. On the other hand, humor and comedy are frequently part of a great improv scene. How can we reconcile this apparent paradox? In this workshop, we'll work on being funny without resorting to gags. Through both exercises and examples we'll work toward a better understanding of what makes something funny, and how to use the techniques of comedy writers in improvisation.

Performance GroupsBBCF 2010TOP 
Astronaut University ASTRONAUT UNIVERSITY
SHOW: SUN 9/19 5:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Four Improvisors, Four Astronauts... Think Armageddon/Bad Ass space epic journey meets long form improvisational comedy! Everything you want to see in improv and SPACE!
BABIES MIT BEARDEN
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
In the latter part of the last century, four babies were born with beards. By a series of fateful events, they came together to form one of the most intriguing and important improv groups of our time. Inspired by Schadenfreude, BmB extracts the essence of comedy from tragedy, dishes out samples to the audience in real time, and sells it in bottles after the show (side effects of essence include pee'd pants and overflexed facial contortions).
Babies Mit Bearden
Banana Breakup BANANA BREAKUP
SHOW: FRI 9/17 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Everyone remembers the childhood mantra: "The floor is lava!" where you climb around on the furniture and aren't allowed to touch the ground. That's Banana Breakup's motto. Kit FitzSimons and Eitan Lees perform the highest energy two-man longform improv you will see this side of Saturday morning television as they perform every scene ABOVE the stage. Banana Breakup will amaze you, they'll entertain you, they'll make you fear for their safety. Banana Breakup: GO!
BIOLOGICAL NECESSITIES
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Despite the eternal bond Biological Necessities now shares, the group was originally cast solely to represent NC State at the southeast regional of the College Improv Tournament in Atlanta. However, once the group (and the rest of the world) got one little taste of the sweetness, there would be, and could be, no going back. Now BN is here for good, feeding off of the laughter and energy that every audience gives.
Biological Necessities
The Cascade THE CASCADE
SHOW: THU 9/16 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
The Cascade is about the importance of small changes. The Cascade follows a single moment in two characters' lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities and the difference that a look or tone can make. The show, featuring Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews, is fully improvised and guaranteed to satisfy your insatiable need for art on the nature of time and consequence, or we'll travel back and do it again so that it does.
CINEPROV
SHOW: WED 9/15 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Cineprov is Atlanta premier movie mockery show, performing every Friday night at Relapse Theatre in Midtown. We make fun of movies so you don't have to. It's a live improvised version of MS3K... without the puppets.
Cineprov
Dad's Garage Theatre Co. DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE CO.
SHOW: THU 9/16 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Dad's Garage is a casual theatre in Atlanta where you can get a drink, sit with your friends, and watch award-winning Comedy Improv and never-before-seen plays. Theatre in America is often thought of as elitist and Dad's Garage is a perfect example of artists working to change that label. We do the kind of theatre we would want to see. Our improv shows are made up on the spot, our mainstage shows are all innovative and original, and our children's show is the only one of its kind being done. When we're on stage, there are few boundaries and hardly any rules. We believe in taking chances. The riskier, the better.
DRUM MACHINE
SHOW: SAT 9/18 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Drum Machine is Jill Bernard's one-person unscripted muscial featuring multiple characters in scenes, monologues and songs accompanied by the mad beats of the Zoom-Rhythmtrak 123 which Bernard calls, "Nature's finest drum machine." Typically the show opens by interviewing a member of the audience, and weaving details of their life into a historical period suggested by the audience.
Drum Machine
D.U.C.K. D.U.C.K.
SHOW: SUN 9/19 5:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
The Decatur yoUth Comedy Krewe (D.U.C.K.) is a troupe of high-school-aged comedy improvisers from the Decatur, Georgia. You have to check us out. No, seriously, we know you have stuff to do, but you actually _have_ to. It's like a law or something. Someone we know got in trouble for not doing it. D.U.C.K. - we'll quack you up! (Our parents liked that corny slogan, so we kinda feel like we have to keep it...)
DUMMY
SHOW: FRI 9/17 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Jason Shotts and Colleen Doyle are a couple. They are also the long-form improv duo named Dummy. They've performed together at the iO Theater, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, and the Playground Theater. They've also performed for audiences at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon (UCB New York) and the Out of Bounds Improv Festival (Austin, TX). Prepare for things to get funny. And personal. And super gross.
Dummy
Extemporaneous Theatre EXTEMPORANEOUS THEATRE
SHOW: SUN 9/19 5:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Extemporaneous Theatre Company, founded in 2008, is Birmingham, Alabama\'s premiere professional improv company. ETC performs in a broad range of improvisational styles from variations on the Commedia dell\'Arte, to classic short form, to long forms in the style of the Harold, and beyond. ETC also maintains an active educational mission to spread the magic of improv to local performers and business professionals.
FERAL CHIHUAHAS
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Drawing from several different styles, the Feral Chihuahuas love to create comedy with social and political commentary, absurdism, satire and even existentialism. Their biggest influences are disparate but notable and include: Monty Python, Mr. Show, Upright Citizen's Brigade, Kids in the Hall and numerous other non traditional sources. With a nod to Lenny Bruce, they are also known to push the bounds of comedy to at times an offensive level. Not without a purpose, a message is often embedded in even the most disturbing moments. Working hard not to skimp on production value, a Chihuahuas show is always a multimedia affair; complete with live sketches, detailed sound effects, elaborate costumes, music, well crafted video sketches, songs and yes, they own lots of wigs.
Feral Chihuahas
50ft. Vermin 50FT. VERMIN
SHOW: SAT 9/18 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
50 Ft. Vermin are the 2010 Black Box Comedy Tournament champions. No where to run. No where to hide. 50ft. Vermin's brand of improvisational theater strikes fear in the bowels of grown men and women. Escape from their wit is not an option, even in the vast reaches of inner and outer space or the depths of the mariana trench. We know because we routinely perform there.
FUSEBOX THEATRE
SHOW: THU 9/16 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Our show will knock you out and drop you in a forest of sycamore trees. You won't know how to get home, and our show will have stolen your phone and shoes. But something inside you will have awakened, and you won't need that phone or those shoes anymore. And that night as you weep tenderly under a blanket of fallen sycamore branches, you will rock gently back and forth and whisper, "Thank you, FuseBox."
Fusebox Theatre
Get Up GET UP Get Up is two master improvisers from Austin, Texas presenting narrative long form at its best. Expect multiple characters, quick edits, and sophisticated comedy as they make up a complete story on the spot.
HEARTBREAKER
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Kit FitzSimons and Travis Edgerton know so many awesome people they want to perform with, it's ridiculous. So they decided to make one team and play with ALL their favorites. ... Just never the same favorite twice. It'd be awesome if EVERYBODY could be on their three-person team, but that's mathematically impossible, so the world will just have to take turns. This week's special guest: JILL BERNARD!
Heartbreaker
Instensive Students INSTENSIVE STUDENTS After four days of study with Tim Orr and Regina Saisi of the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, the BBCF 2010 Long-Form Intensive students will be performing with their instuctors in a series of 8PM shows on THU 9/16 - SAT 9/18. Each show will feature a different cast of students. The intensive focuses on the core elements that make San Francisco-style Long-Form successful - ensemble, narrative, acting and genre/characters. Explore San Francisco's unique style of sustained, improvised narratives as taught by these master coaches.
IMPROV MONSTER WITH THE SHUT-UPS
SHOW: THU 9/16 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
The long-form improv comedy meets new-wave power-pop for a mind-blowing performance when Improv Monster joins with The Shut-Ups. Taking inspiration from the songs played by the band, the Improv Monster cast will weave a night of hilarious magic not to be missed.
Improv Monster with The Shut-Ups
In Harm's Way IN HARM'S WAY
SHOW: FRI 9/17 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
They are mercenaries who, with the help of the ever dependable DMV, discarded their previous identities. These soldiers of misfortune do not belong to any one affiliation, but are instead a movement for the people, by the people. Since 2004, they have been performing ground breaking improvisational comedy together with nothing but their wits and a crud audience suggestion. They are In Harm's Way. Let them save you, too.
LAUGHING MATTERS
SHOW: WED 9/15 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Laughing Matters is Atlanta's longest running improvisational comedy troupe. We've performed for thousands of groups since 1985 and have been voted Atlanta's best improv troupe by Atlanta Magazine! Let us get you involved in a great time! Laughing Matters is also the leading provider of interactive corporate entertainment on the East Coast! Troupe members and alumni regularly perform on stage and screen! Laughing Matters has also developed programs that have been used in product launches, national team building exercises, and award presentations. Whether you want to come see one of our public improv shows, book a private murder mystery, or help your organization communicate more effectively, Laughing Matters is your turn key solution!
Laughing Matters
Let's Try This! LET'S TRY THIS!
SHOW: THU 9/16 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Let's Try This! is the offical theatre improv troupe of DramaTech. The troupe was formed in the summer of 1989, inspired by workshops taught by Robert Lowe, who has remained a constant source of help and inspiration to us. As our name suggests we will try many things, from games to short scenes to long-form to what-in-the-world-was-that? We have many directors with different styles amongst ourselves making our shows quite diverse, however we all share a common belief in being in the moment and making our partners perfect.
MIX TAPE
SHOW: FRI 9/17 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
MixTape is a one man show that is fully improvised in front of a live audience. A 10 track mix tape is created by a friend, audience member or local musical artists and is presented to Jim at the start of his performance. The music fuels Jim's characters and scene-work.
Mix Tape
Mock Turtle Soup MOCK TURTLE SOUP
SHOW: SAT 9/18 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Mock Turtle Soup is the official improv troupe of Clemson University. Formed in the Fall of 2002, MTS has provided Clemson and the surrounding area with 6 years of quality Short-form and Long-form improvisation.
THE NAKED STAGE Hugely popular in San Francisco and at the 2009 Black Box Comedy Festival, The Naked Stage returns Atlanta. Presented by the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco and starring Tim Orr, Regina Saisi, Dave Dennision and Lisa Rowland - it takes place on a single set, in traditional stage-play style. The improvisers play one character each with no built-in transitions or scene breaks. All the actors have is the bare stage, a simple suggestion from the audience, and each other. The Naked Stage
Plan B PLAN B
SHOW: SAT 9/18 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Plan B gets along well with others and practices good self-hygiene. Go on, take a smell! They were voted "Improv Group You Would Most Like To Have As Houseguests" by their mothers.
RAGAMUFFINS
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
The Ragamuffins have played theaters, corporations, universities, high schools, churches, camps and conventions all over North America. They collectively bring over 35 years of acting experience and have performed over 1000 hilarious shows. Each show is tailored for the audience or clients needs which has made The Ragamuffins experts at both long form and short form improv.
Ragamuffins
S'morrow Stories S'MORROW STORIES
SHOW: SUN 9/19 5:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
From the Dad's Garage General Company - Cuddle up next to the campfire with the Fright Club for a spooky evening of storytelling...and s'more! On the night of Sunday September 19th, a group of friends will meet in the woods to tell (and act out) a new scary story based on your suggestions. What's that? Improv scares you?? Don't worry - we'll have some delicious marshmallow-y treats to warm you up and Fright Club friendship bracelets to protect you and your soul.
SNACKERS
SHOW: FRI 9/17 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Snackers is a group of fun loving, experienced improvisers who have been playing together for three years. They specialize in the off-beat, the goofy and the just plain weird.
Snackers
SuperCrab SUPERCRAB
SHOW: FRI 9/17 10:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Supercrab is an indie improv team based out of New York City. Currently we perform The Slacker, but have done Harolds and Montages. We tend to play pretty fast paced and high energy-- we once did something over 30 scenes in like 15 minutes during a slacker. Anyway, we like comedy, romantic Algae dinners, and slow walks along the beach sideways.
SWITCH
SHOW: SAT 9/18 10:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Improv Legends Jill Bernard (Drum Machine) and Asaf Ronen (imp.) have long been fans of each other's character work. Now, they have the chance to walk in each other's improvised shoes. In SWITCH, Bernard and Ronen will launch into character-based scenes with permission to, at any time, jump into the other actor's persona, forcing them to take on theirs.
Switch
3 Men and a Little Lady 3 MEN AND A LITTLE LADY
SHOW: SAT 9/18 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
What weighs 875 pounds, is 23 and a half feet tall, and full of chuckles? Three Men and a Little Lady! With a white board full of your suggestions and minds full of wit, Three Men and a Little Lady are out to make you laugh! Join David Appleton, Jason Groce, Betsy Harper and Tommy Hutchins as they prove that comedy really does come in all sizes. And who said size doesn't matter?
2 GIRLS 3 EYES
SHOW: SAT 9/18 8:00PM - DRAMATECH THEATER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Diversity is the key to 2Girls3Eyes. Our lives range from lawyers, engineers, recruiters and event planners to baristas, writers, vending machine franchisees, and mortal combat champions - and that's when we're not improv'ing!! 2G3E is a troupe of friends who fulfill dreams together and support each other. The strength in their friendship is seen through scene-work which will pull at your heart strings and tickle your funny bone!!
2 Girls 3 Eyes
Village Theatre VILLAGE THEATRE
SHOW: WED 9/15 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
The Village Theatre is a professional improv comedy theatre based in Atlanta. Our improv comedy troupe has been performing together for over a decade in and around ATL. We perform long and short form improv comedy and have shows Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm. Tickets are only which provides Atlantans with a very affordable evening of outrageous entertainment. We also offer improv classes, workshops and private shows. Visit villagecomedy.com
YOUR MOM'S MOM
SHOW: WED 9/15 8:00PM - STUDENT CENTER - DRAMATECH THEATRE
Your Mom's Mom will make you laugh in that uncomfortable way your own Grandma always has. We'll put that plate of warm, delicious smelling cookies out to entice, but have no problem smacking the crap out of your hand as soon as you reach for them. They're not ready yet. Why don't you go outside and play for a while? Alright, so the metaphor got away from us a little bit there, but we think you'll really enjoy our harold style, group edit, audience inspired improv.
Your Mom's Mom

Workshop InstructorsBBCF 2010TOP 
RickAndrews.pngRICK ANDREWS
WORKSHOP: Feel The Rhythm!
Rick Andrews has been improvising for over 11 years, beginning at Improv Boston in Cambridge, MA and continuing in Saint Louis, and now NYC at the Magnet Theater. He's studied with Armondo Diaz, Will Luera, Mark Sutton, Joe Bill, Jill Bernard, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Asaf Ronan, Zach Ward, and others. He has been teaching and directing improv to all ages and experience levels for the past 3 years.


JillBernard.pngJILL BERNARD
WORKSHOP: Fireball Theory & The Fix'em Up Shop
Jill Bernard has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is also a founding member of HUGE Theater. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Jamboree, the Miami Improv Festival, Philadelphia Improv Festival, and the ComedySportz National Tournament, among others. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Canada, and over thirty of these United States, in cities that include Juneau, AK; Spokane and Seattle, WA; Washington DC; Bowling Green, KY; Phoenix, AZ; and also on an episode of MTV "Made." She has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, the Brave New Workshop and other organizations; and is the recipient of the 2005 Chicago Improv Festival Avery Schreiber Ambassador of Improv Award, and the 2007 Miami Improv Festival award for Best Solo Show.


JohnBrandt.pngJOHN BRANDT
WORKSHOP: Comedia del Arte for Modern Improvisers
John Brandt has been a practitioner and teacher of the commedia dell'arte style for more than a decade. He has created a teaching format that allows modern improvisers to quickly adopt the techniques of the commedia dell'arte and fuse them into their own work. John holds a Master's Degree in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis and is the current Patron Services Director at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta.


MandyButler.pngMANDY BUTLER
WORKSHOP: Be Specific
Mandy Butler is co-Founder, Artistic Director and Youth Program Director for FuseBox Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Georgia College & State University and has been studying and practicing the Meisner method for eleven years. Mandy is currently pursuing an MFA in Performance Pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches undergraduate classes in audition technique, intro to acting, and longform improvisation. In addition to her experience in scripted theatre, Mandy has also studied and performed improv at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre, Improv Nashville, and the Richmond Comedy Coalition. Mandy has coached youth improv for the YMCA artEMBRACE program and headed up the improv curriculum at Bravo Creative Arts Center in Nashville.


DaveDennison.pngDAVE DENNISON
WORKSHOP: Beginning the Improvised Stage Play Format
Dave's love affair with improvisational theater began at BATS Improv in 1993. He has been a member of the Mainstage Company at BATS since 1998 and served as the Artistic Director from 2005-2008. Dave has played with a number of improv troupes including Scratch Theater, The Particulars and Start Trekkin and as a guest with True Fiction Magazine and the Secret Improv Society to name a few. In 2003, he developed the Family Drama 3 act stage play format at BATS. Dave and Lisa Rowland developed the Awkward Dinner Party format in 2008. He has been teaching Improv for five years at BATS and Stanford University, working with beginning, intermediate and advanced students.


ColleenDoyle.pngCOLLEEN DOYLE
WORKSHOP: Real. Funny. People.
Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland, where she wrote greeting cards and performed with The Second City. Since then she has had the good fortune to play with ImprovAcadia, The Second City aboard the Norwegian Dawn, and the ensembles Chairs and Showpony at the Chicago Improv Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, DC Comedyfest, Del Close Marathon, and Out of Bounds Austin. Currently she performs with Dummy and The Diplomat Motel. Colleen is very happy to teach at iO Chicago.


KitFitzSimons.pngKIT FITZSIMONS
WORKSHOP: Break Open the Monkey Barrel
An alumnus of Georgia Tech's Let's Try This!, Kit FitzSimons is Theater Manager and Instructor at DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, NC. He has been performing, coaching and teaching improv for over 11 years. His two-man show Banana Breakup has been a featured act at Black Box Improv Festival in 2008 and 2009, and it guested at Jackpie earlier this year.


EricFrampton.pngERIC FRAMPTON
WORKSHOP: Comfortable Notes: An Introduction to Music in Improv
Classically trained in piano from age five, Eric is a first-call keyboardist, producer, composer, and technician. He has toured and/or recorded with such artists as the B-52s, Paul Simon, Mother's Finest, Stuck Mojo, Yanni, Ed Roland (of Collective Soul), the Hollywood Hills Orchestra, and Fozzy. Eric has written four musicals including the award-winning Song Of The Living Dead, performed on over 150 album projects, produced dozens of radio and television spots, and recorded cues for several feature films. He is allergic to chicken.


BrianGodleski.pngBRIAN GODLESKI
WORKSHOP: Intro to Sketch Writing
Brian has been studying and performing extensively in New York at the the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He's studied under such greats as Michael Delaney, Will Hines, Curtis Gwinn, Zach Woods, and a host of others at the UCB. He currently performs all over the city with his team Exit Strategy, and with his travelling team the Ragamuffins


JimKarwisch.pngJIM KARWISCH
WORKSHOP: Tension vs. Conflict
Jim Karwisch is the owner and Artistic Director of Jackpie Theatre in Atlanta. He is currently a member of the Jackpie House Team Kevin, Splinter Team Guttersmack, Solo Show MixTape, Duo Project Gemini and is the coach for Babies mit Bearden and Einstein meets Elvis. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a BFA in Theatre. He toured the US for three years as an actor and director before moving to Chicago to study long-form improvisation.


LewLefton.pngLEW LEFTON
WORKSHOP: Funny You Should Say That
Lew Lefton likes to keep both the right and left sides of his brain working. His day job, as a faculty member in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, includes being the Director of Information Technology for the College of Sciences. But Lefton is not just your ordinary geek. He's also an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy for over 25 years. Throughout his comedic life, from the 1980's in Illinois, through the 1990's in New Orleans, where he was a driving force behind the long running Improv group "Brown!", Lefton has always been a supporter and mentor of young and local comedy talent. Now in his hometown of Decatur, GA, Lefton directs a youth Improv comedy troupe called D.U.C.K. He is a natural teacher, and his broad experiences, sharp wit, and unique perspectives make both his classes and performances truly engaging and effective.


ShanaMerlin.pngSHANA MERLIN
WORKSHOP: Big Stories Small Cast
Awarded "The Best Improv Teacher" and "Best Female Improviser" by the Austin Improv Collective, Shana Merlin has been a professional improviser since 1995, performing from Calgary to San Francisco to Atlanta to Las Vegas to London. Shana founded Merlin Works in 2003, providing custom training, interactive presentations, and comedy shows to businesses and organizations using improvisation and founded The Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation in 2008, offering shortform gameplay and narrative longform improv classes to adults in central Texas. You can see Shana perform in the improv troupes Get Up and the winner of "Best Improv Troupe" in Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals. For information on training, workshops, and shows head to www.merlin-works.com.


TimOrr.pngTIM ORR
WORKSHOP: Dynamic Scene Starts
Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase's groundbreaking longform troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed (and taught) improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Helsinki, Leuven, London, Paris, Stockholm). He is currently the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.


AsafRonen.pngASAF RONEN
WORKSHOP: Getting Out of Your Own Way & Improv Diagnostics
Asaf Ronen is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of YESand.com, a website devoted to improvisation, and is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way. He has been involved in improv since 1990, starting in college and working with Theatresports, ComedySportz and directing his own longform improv troupe, Hiatus, where he helped create original formats. Asaf has taught improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-two of The United States. His directing credits include the all-girl group goga, the improvised comic book adventure show Ka-Baam!!, and Death in the City, a dramatic longform improv piece, at the NY Fringe Festival. Asaf has taught throughout NYC's public school system as a resident artist through LEAP and New Horizons and as part of Weist-Barron's ACTeen. In 2000, Asaf worked with Cirque du Soleil as a scout for improvisational talent. Currently, he resides in Austin, TX where he is the Managing Director of the Austin Improv Collective.


LisaRowland.pngLISA ROWLAND
WORKSHOP: Quickfire Shakespeare
Lisa began improvising in The Devil Mountain Improv League at her high school in Walnut Creek, CA in 1997. She moved on to become an active member of the Stanford Improvisers at Stanford University and then joined San Francisco's BATS Improv Company in 2005. At BATS, she has directed shows, taught improv classes in dialect and Shakespeare, as well as leading corporate improv trainings. She coaches high school improv teams and is also a regular guest improv coach at Stanford University. She and Dave Dennison developed Awkward Dinner Party in 2008.


ReginaSaisi.pngREGINA SAISI
WORKSHOP: Keep It Simple
Regina Saisi has been a professional actor/improvisor and teacher for 25 years. Her theatrical experience includes work with such directors as Maria Irene Fornes, Jose Rivera, Darrah Cloud and Gary Leon Hill. The focus of her work throughout her career has been improvisational theatre. She has been deeply involved in the fertile San Francisco improvisation community, helping to start several improv companies including Riot Squad, Improv Theatre, Pulp Playhouse, and her current company True Fiction Magazine. She is currently the Dean of the BATS School of Improv.


JohnSexton.pngJOHN SEXTON
WORKSHOP: The Four C's of Scenic Improvisation
John is co-Founder and Managing Director of FuseBox Theatre. He has trained and performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theater and Second City, and with members of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, iO, and Dad's Garage. John was also a co-Founder, Director of Development and Instructor for Improv Nashville. He is currently Development Consultant and ensemble member for the Richmond Comedy Coalition. John also has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Please don't pick on him.


JasonShotts.pngJASON SHOTTS
WORKSHOP: Simplify Your Scenewoek
Jason Shotts has been teaching long-form improvisation at iO Chicago for the past four years. He's also been lucky enough to perform with Henrietta Pussycat, Cougars, The Lindberg Babies 2.0, Brad Renfro and FELT. Jason has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, the Raleigh Longform Improv Festival, the Dirty South Improv Festival, and Chicago Sketchfest with the ensembles Dummy, BirdDog, OTIS, and Sketchcore.


MattStanton.pngMATT STANTON
WORKSHOP: Dramatic Action in Comedic Improvisation
Matt Stanton is a founder and former artistic director of Dad's Garage Theater. Before receiving his BA in Theater from Florida State University, Matt was a director of the collegiate comedy group Whammo Players. This became the award-winning Dad's Garage, where Matt has performed in and directed hundreds of improv shows such as TheaterSports, Scandal!, Micetro, Long Johns, BRAWL, Gorilla, Captured!, and Road Trip. Mr. Stanton has also appeared at Dad's Garage in Griefers, Psycho Beach Party, The Lights, subUrbia, O Happy Day!, Cannibal! the Musical and The Homage that Follows. His writing credits at Dad's include the sketch comedy show Free Parking and adapting the film Cannibal! the Musical for the stage. In the metro Atlanta theater scene, Matt has played in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Theater Gael), Stakeout at Godot's (7 Stages), Henry IV Pt.1, The Miser, Measure for Measure (GA Shakespeare Fest), A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theater),As I Lay Dying (Haverty Marionettes), Bremen Freedom, screwmachine, Finer Noble Gases, The Festival, Macbeth, The Frog Queen, God of Hell (Push Push). In cinema, Matt has appeared in The Hawk is Dying, Warm Springs, and in The Signal, a full-length feature originating from Push Push film workshops. His performances (most likely the best) have been cut from the films Mr. 3000, Talladega Nights and Soul Men. On broadcast television he appeared in the Fox Network drama Dawson's Cree. More recently, Matt has voiced characters for Cartoon Network animations, including Bigsby in Xtacles and D&D Wizard in Frisky Dingo.


JoshWarren.pngJOSH WARREN
WORKSHOP: The Living Character
Josh Warren began acting at age 14, began studying improv at age 17, and by age 21 was a part of the Upright Citizens Brigade. There he took instruction from Ian Roberts (a UCB creator) and acted along side fellow actors such as Dan Fogler, Gavin Speiler, and Law Tarello. In 2004 Josh relocated to Atlanta, Ga and joined with forces with Whole World Theatre. Since then he has become a founding member and instructor at The Village Theatre, has created and been a part of multiple improv troupes, sketch comedy troupes, comedy shows, short film groups, comedy websites, and is a regular occuring feature in the commerical and voice over markets. In January of this year Josh starred in and created his first ever television show. It is called 'Mlarky' and it is coming soon to Comedy Central and Atom Films. And scene.


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