The KC Improv Company will hold our 2021 Fall General Auditions on Saturday, August 28 at The KCIC Comedy Theater in Westport.
We are looking for comedic actors with a 1+ years of improv experience and/or completion of at least Level Four in the KC Improv Training Center. Must be over 18 and younger than 118. Auditions involve performing 2- and 3-person scenes based on simple suggestions, some short-form games, and long-form sets.
What do you do? We do improvisational theater. It was originally implemented as an exercise to aid in the creation of scripted work, but people realized the entertainment value of the act itself. It has been popularized by productions such as Second City shows, Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, and Middleditch & Schwartz. If you are new to improv, check out our classes.
Who are you? The KC Improv Company (KCIC) was founded in a basement. Now, 21 years later, we put on 5 shows a week at The KCIC Comedy Theater in Westport, teach classes and perform throughout the city in both educational and entertainment capacities. We make people laugh, inspired by their suggestions.
Why should I audition?
Being a member of the company means you'll be a paid performer at our public and private shows. Each month, as an actor/improviser, you are expected to attend 3-4 rehearsals (or "workshops") and appear in 1-8+ shows, depending on availability. We will aid in your development -- you may attend any KCIC classes for free. You will hone your skills and voice. You'll connect with other talented comedic humans. You'll be treated with respect by the company. You will have the chance to teach, direct, or produce. Oh, and you will have fun, and show people what you can do.
What do I need to bring to auditions?
Yourself! And comfortable clothing & shoes. As everything will be improvised, you won’t need to prepare anything. You don’t want to wear a dress, skirt, or suit that might limit your mobility. Providing performance resumes and headshots before or at the audition is encouraged but not necessary.
How do auditions work?
We do warm-ups, 2- and 3-person scenes based on suggestions, short-form games, and long-form sets. You would do this with other auditioners and possiblywith members of KCIC. All the members of KCIC can attend auditions. We make it a point to create a fun, comfortable environment. We may ask certain individuals to stay longer than others, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anyone is in or out. We will send an email shortly after auditions to notify those we would like to see at callbacks. We are definitively anti-racist, anti-sexist, pro-LGBTQ, and we value different perspectives and experiences of all kinds.
Who will you add to the group?
We never have a set number of people we want to add. We look for comedic talent of course, but that is not the only thing. We look at who is confident and competent with their improv, and who knows when to make a bold choice and when to make their scene partner look good. Someone who is versatile in terms of style and character type. We look for performers who add to a scene rather than take away. For people who aren't picky about who-vs.-whom. We expect those auditioning to be proficient with long-form improv. Experience and skill with short-form is also a plus.
If you have any questions about our audition process or our company, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will not be accepted after April 15th, 2020.
If you are taking classes through the KC Improv Company Training Center, we strongly recommend that you wait until you’ve completed at least 4 levels to audition.