Thanks for your interest in the 2023 Countdown Improv Festival ensemble. Initially launched in 2022, the ensemble is the latest iteration of our commitment to creating spaces for experimental improv and comedy. Ensemble members will work together before and during the festival to create a cohesive, experimental show that is rooted in improv but will probably also incorporate bits, runners, ongoing themes, and the like.
This opportunity is available exclusively for those improvisers who wish to participate in Countdown, but do not have an existing trio, duo, or solo act. We anticipate casting 8-10 improvisers in the 2023 festival ensemble; the ensemble, together with ensemble director Liz Marcucci, will work collaboratively via Zoom in the months leading up to the event, both to craft a vision for the ensemble’s performances, and to rehearse together. We also will provide on-site rehearsal time during the day on Thursday and Friday for the group.
Two final points: First, you can’t be in the ensemble and also bring a team or a solo show to the festival. You have to pick one, you can’t do both. Second, if you performed in the ensemble last year, you can’t apply to the ensemble again this year. We’d love to have you back at the festival with a solo, duo, or trio show, but you can’t do the ensemble for two years in a row; it’s only fair.