The Loop is a club for people interested in practicing and performing long form improv comedy. Members enjoy the opportunity to attend weekly practices where they are guided by a professional coach to hone their skills in this art form.
The Loop is also a ‘show generator’. Members are assembled into ensembles in order to gain performance opportunities at CSz Seattle’s Other Theatre. Training is largely format-focused (ie. Montage, Harold, Armando, Pretty Flower etc)
The Loop’s purpose is to produce and curate high-quality long form improv shows in CSz Seattle’s The Other Theatre in weekend primetime slots. In order to accomplish this, The Loop trains improvisers to be bold risk-takers who demonstrate resilience and energy, to offer hilarious performances with honesty and heart.
When is it?
Practices are Sundays from 6pm-8:15pm at CSz Seattle.
How long is the commitment?
The Loop operates in “seasons” of 3 months.
Are there any Prerequisites?
Anyone who auditions must have taken a minimum of three course levels with an established improv comedy theatre organization.
Once I audition, do I need to re-audition for future seasons?
No, you don’t. However if it’s determined that your involvement isn’t a good fit, you may be informed you may not re-join, or that you must re-audition on a future date.
If I get in, how much does it cost?
$60 per season ($20 per month)
What am I paying for?
Professional coaching with individual-specific feedback.
Being a member of The Loop removes many of the burdensome aspects of being in an improv ensemble, The Loop provides:
Regular weekly practices
Space to practice
How are groups decided?
Members of The Loop will pitch ideas for shows. A number of those shows will be selected. Selections will be based on the number of people in The Loop, their availability, and the available performance slots. Loop members will be divided into groups to perform one of the selected show pitches.
How Many Performances Do I Do?
This will depend on the number of shows produced per season and the number of Loop performers. Our goal is to give as many performance opportunities as possible without inducing "burnout".
Meet the Coaches!
Photo Credit: Yolanda Suarez
Erica McIntyre is an improv and sketch comedian, and all around comedy nerd. She is a member of long-form improv teams Captain and Yeah Okay, as well as a CSz Seattle Pro Player. Erica has performed at the Del Close Marathon, Women in Comedy Festival, and has headlined with her sketch team, Doesn't Even Rhyme, at Seattle Sketchfest. Erica loves teaching improv and sharing her passion for comedy with others.
Alex Grindeland is the founder of CSz Seattle. He performs weekly in our long form and short form improv shows. Alex has been improvising for 17 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre-Education and enjoys teaching, coaching, and directing improvisers of all ages and experience levels.
A typical practice at The Loop:
6pm-6:15pm: Group warm-ups
6:15pm-7:15pm Main Lesson w/ All Loop Members and the Head Coach
7:20-8:15pm Break-off Practices w/ your Group and a Coach
Season 5 Dates:
Audition: Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 6pm-8pm
Practices on Sundays 6pm-8:15pm, May 10th through July 19th, 2020
Shows begin June 6th. Shows continue past season practices. Final Show is August 22nd.
Last Sunday of each month is a show/jam 6:30-8:00pm, featuring one or two Loop groups, followed by a jam for any Loop members.
Questions? Email Alex Grindeland. ALEX@CSZSEATTLE.COM
Ben Lidgus loves improv even more than you. He has been sen around town at all the CSz Seattle shows, holding puppets at the Cotton Gin, doing some Jet City stuff, and doing whatever someone asks him to do at The Pocket. His teaching credits include CSz Seattle, independent workshops, and 8 years of improv at Garfield High School. He's been doing improv so long that you were in grade school when he started.