“The impact this ephemeral art form has had on popular entertainment is undeniable. Improv has replaced jazz as America’s most popular art.” Sam Wasson, author of Improv Nation
An exceptional panel of Philadelphia theater artists will gather for brunch and a spirited panel discussion about improvised and scripted theater, and how improv uniquely satisfies our need for communal artistic experience. The event will shed light on the many genres of unscripted theater available to Philadelphia theater-goers. The panel will include Q&A with the audience and open dialogue.
The idea for the panel came from Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd. “I have been thinking for a long time about the future of theater in America – scripted and unscripted,” he says. “I created White Pines with Bright Invention at its center as a new paradigm for American theater, based on the skills of the improviser. When I saw the invitation from Theatre Philadelphia to create events for Philly Theatre Week, I called Bobbi Block of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater and we got to work creating this panel. She will be joined by Philly actor Scott Greer, and Dave Jadico of Comedy Sportz among others!”
• Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
• Location: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets
• Doors open 11am — brunch and mingle
• Panel discussion: 11:30 - 12:30 (or longer, if the discussion warrants!)
• Bagels provided; mimosas and other beverages available at the cash bar.
Free event, registration required:
¥ Benjamin Lloyd, Artistic Director, Bright Invention: The White Pines Ensemble
¥ Bobbi Block, Producing Artistic Director, Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, Co-founder, ComedySportz Philadelphia
¥ Scott Greer, Veteran Philly actor, former ComedySportz company member; recently performed the one-man hybrid scripted/improvised play Every Brilliant Thing at Arden Theater.
¥ Dave Jadico, Artistic Director, ComedySportz Philadelphia, Actor/Writer and External Relations Director, 1812 Productions
¥ Tara Demmy, Instructor, Philly Improv Theater, Company member, Tribe of Fools
¥ Nick Gillette, Instructor, Philly Improv Theater, Co-Founde, Almanac Dance Circus Theater
Moderator: Mark Cofta, Theater Critic, Broad Street Review