The KC Improv Company will hold our 2020 Spring Auditions on Saturday, April 18th at The KCIC Comedy Theater in Westport.
We are looking for funny people with a recommended 1 year* of improv experience to join our cast of professional actors!
What is improv? Improv is short for improvisational theater. It was originally implemented as an exercise to aid in the production of scripted work, but then it was decided there was merit to the act itself. We agree! As such, we and countless other teams gather in rooms with strangers where we ask them for words, and make up scenes and play games based off of that. This isn’t stand-up.
Who are we? The KC Improv Company (KCIC) was founded in a basement. 20 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 Kansas City laugh, based off of their suggestions.
Who can audition?
Anyone over 18 years of age by April of 2020! We’re looking for experienced improvisers, actors, comedians, and other performers who think they would be a good fit for the KC Improv Company. We encourage at least one year of improv experience, and/or the completion of levels 1 – 4 of the KCIC Training Center, but that is a suggestion. Use it as you will.
What do I need to bring to auditions?
Yourself! As everything will be improvised, you won’t need to prepare anything. You don’t want to wear a suit or dress, as some of the warmups can get pretty physical. Performance resumes and Headshots are encouraged, but not necessary, and in fact, can be submitted on your application so we can save trees.
How do auditions work?
We do warmups, scenes, exercises, games, and long-form sets. You, the auditioner will do this with other auditioners, and at times, members of KCIC will step in to play. Anywhere from 10 – 20 people from KCIC will be watching 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 someone is in or out. We will send an email shortly after auditions to notify those who we would like to see at callbacks.
How many people are you taking?
It changes with each audition. We don’t have a set number we are looking for. What do you look for? -Being funny is an important part of what we do, but at auditions we don’t look for the funniest person in the room. We look at who is confident and competent with his or her improv and who knows when to make a bold choice or when to make his or her scene partner look good. We look at performers who add to a scene rather than take away. 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.
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