Are you passionate about improv? Do you have experience in arts or theater administration that you want to apply to BIG’s mission of advancing the art and appreciation of improvisational theatre in greater-Baltimore? Want to help BIG thrive and grow?
The nonprofit Baltimore Improv Group is seeking a part time Development Director to lead the organization into our next decade of improvisational theater, performances, classes, festivals and more. This role will be a part time, independent contractor position.
Read below for the full position description and information on how to apply.
For 16 weeks, Loyola University Maryland students worked with Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) as part of their public relations senior capstone class.
The team of Loyola students completed an awareness campaign highlighting the culture, community and creativity that BIG brings to this vibrant city. As a team, the four students visited The BIG Theater on Charles St. to kickoff their time in partnership with the organization.
For many years we’ve relied on media and strangers visiting school assemblies to teach us valuable lessons.
You probably think I’m talking about hiring BIG to visit your school. You might even expect me to plug that we’re a rostered artist with Young Audiences of Maryland. And yes you're right, we total will do a true and actual educational program that visits your school and does an actual assembly. Sure, you could totally hire us!
However!! That’s not what this post is about. This time we're presenting a comedy show in response to all of the adults who taught us valuable lessons as kids. Producer Alexa Sciuto tells us about the improvised school assembly show Ready, Set, NO in the below interview transcript.
Cake Walk solves life's little mishaps, situation comedy style! Always unscripted, the show also features commercials, memorable characters and crazy costume changes. They're a must see improv comedy team
Spend your Halloween at The BIG Theater. For 2019, the evening of spooky comedy shows ends with a dance party on our stage.
The Haunting at BIG House explores a grand tour of the fictional haunted BIG House. With the theme of ghost stories, the show dives deep into Halloween lore.
The show is produced by Liz McKenna who loves ghost stories. Liz initially fell into improv at The Annoyance in Chicago in fall 2014. She graduated with a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Leadership and Development, in conjunction with a Certificate of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management from Loyola University Chicago.
"Join us for 'The Haunting of BIG House' to learn local lore and possibly encounter some playful spirits," said Liz. "Just like how there is a small divide between this life and the afterlife, there is a thin line between comedy and fear... "
Liz started taking BIG classes summer 2018 and likes to jump into jams whenever possible- often she can be heard in the audience laughing and clapping loudly when she finds something hilarious.
With Paranormal Comedy, iprov comedian Terry Withers takes on the role of professional astral projectionist merges his ability to speak with the dead and improv comedy into a dark and funny one-time-only show.
Halloween falls on October 31st this year. See our show calendar for details.
For one night only, The Greatest Sketch Show in America comes to The BIG Theater. What is the difference between sketch comedy and improv? Both sketch comedy and improv are theater-based performing arts, with scenes, dialogue, and characters.
When you see a sketch comedy show, it is scripted – written and polished before. Improv is completely created in the moment. Some TV shows employ some level of improvisation framework of a script, they still use enough of a script to understand the story and characters beforehand.
In between their many practices, Kim Scarfe checked in to talk about producing the sketch show. Kim previously brought comedy competition Comedy Deathmatch 3000 to the stage. Before moving to Baltimore, Kim originally began performing improv comedy in Iowa.
Hear a podcast about the Baltimore Improv Group. If you haven't heard the show yet, Gettin Biggie With It is a podcast with an ambitious goal: to interview and play with every member of the Baltimore Improv Group.
Baltimore Improv Group's interview and comedy show BIG Time was named Best Improv Show by Baltimore magazine.
"You know you’ve made it in this town when the Baltimore Improv Group comes knocking," Baltimore magazine writes. "This free [weekly] improv show celebrates a local mover and shaker by making them the subject of on-the-fly comedy scenes, and everyone from cookbook author John Shields to WTMD’s music coordinator, Sam Sessa, has taken a turn in the spotlight. "
What is the true nature of time and the universe? I can’t really speak on behalf of the Baltimore Improv Group as an organization or even in this blog in any official capacity.
Unofficially speaking, I believe the below interview with improviser* Richard Gorelick of Tuesday's Harold Night team Thick Mints answers this and other questions about the nature of the universe. Especially when we speak of the part of universe with local public speakers and improvisors*.
Read the below interview transcript for burning answers about Richard and the show he created – BIG Time.
We at Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) noticed a trend across Instagram. Visitors and players love one spot in The BIG Theater more than any where else:
The chalkboard wall.
This is that story.
Face-Off Brawl is a comedy battle. Witness a one-night only show including two indie improv teams compete to win over your audience votes.
This live event gives each team only about 20 minutes to show you what they have to offer. You'll see whatever they choose to do with that time. Often this is a standard improv set where they might introduce themselves, ask for ideas from the audience, and create theatre scenes and make up comedic characters.
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