The Syracuse Improv Collective are improvisers and improv enthusiasts who join in community to enable the creation of shows, teams, workshops, and art. The only barrier to entry is participation, through performance or volunteering or classes.
Here are answers to some common questions. If you have more questions, please contact us!
1. Who is a Collectivist?
You are an ‘official’ Collectivist if you’ve met these three criteria:
- Have completed the SIC Intro, Scene Work, and Harold Classes OR are a member of a SIC-sanctioned team.
- Have performed or volunteered for a show in the last six months
- Want to be considered a member of the SIC
2. How do I join a team?
SIC teams usually come together out of friendship, chemistry, or by proximity through classes (hopefully all three!). There is no limit to the number of teams you may join. Ideally, teams form out of Collectivists’ own initiation, or are created by a coach.
We expect teams to practice regularly in order to improve their craft, become better partners, and put on excellent shows. Any team that demonstrates this commitment to quality is eligible to be voted in by the board as a SIC-sanctioned team. Sanctioned teams receive two primary benefits: your team name goes on our website, and you can bill yourself as a SIC team in sundry performances.
2a. How do I get more practice time?
Continuing education through classes is a great way to improve. The SIC also offers opportunities to jam with different performers. Practices with a team are typically done in a member’s home, or in a reserved public space like a library. Teams are encouraged to engage a coach for practices.
2b. Can I coach a team?
Any member of a SIC-sanctioned team who has completed the SIC classes, and who wants to, can be a coach. A SIC coach is typically compensated $20 for a 2-hour practice or $5 per performer, whichever is greater.
3. Who runs the SIC?
A volunteer board of Collectivists, including at least one member from each SIC-recognized team. The board is responsible for approving expenditures and deciding on the direction of three items: shows, classes, and the recognition of SIC teams.
3a. Can I join the board?
Any Collectivist who wants to join the Board can – we admit new members twice a year, unless a new team forms.
3b. Who is on the board?
The current board members are: Matt Adams, Mike Baker, Mike Borden, Phil Gross, Mike Intaglietta, Jeremy Johnson, Michelle Kivisto, Ken Keech, Chris Malone, Stephen Peters, Genevieve Sponsler, Ron Sweet, and Jill Tibbett.
4. How can I get involved?
We love our community. Our shows often feature an artist (like Meghan Hickox-Grant) who will create drawings in real-time, based on the scenes performed. At the end of the show, we raffle off her art, and the money goes to the artist. Soon we are collaborating with a lovely local story slam group. If you have a fun idea for adding some creative zest to our improv, let us know. Otherwise, see you in class or at the next show!