Friday, December 28, 2007

State of the Scene, part 5: The KC Improv Festival is back

After years (and years and years) of planning, we brought back the festival. Thanks to the involvement of several different troupes (and the hard work of some highly committed folks), it was more entertaining, drew bigger crowds and ran more smoothly than ever. 

And the biggest surprise? The workshops made more money than the shows.

Why is that (um, sorry, Pete) awesome? Because it means that a whole bunch of people in Kansas City—at all different experience levels, from almost every troupe in town, and many who aren’t in troupes—are interested in getting better at improv.

I don’t think there’s a better predictor of future success than that.

Audiences alone can’t sustain a community. The work gets better when there’s more competition and cross-pollination, and that doesn’t happen without new people and new troupes. Full classes are a sign of good health—or at least the potential for it.

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