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BYOI’s Annual Auditions

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BYOI is looking for new talent to round out our cast. We will be having auditions Monday, July 31st at 6:30 pm.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 900 shows all across New England. We are a short form improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us.
This audition will be held Monday, July 31st at 6:30 pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, RI. Make sure to be on time and dress to move.

We are looking for two performers who can commit to the following:
Are at least 18 years of age
Can pass a Rhode Island Background Check
Works well with children
Be silly when needed
Commit to two Friday nights per month
Have reliable transportation and arrive at things on time
Can be available during the week, during the day for school shows
Brings no drama or ego

Please email us at info@bringyourownimprov.com to let us know you will be attending.
Visit: www.bringyourownimprov.com

First Adult Workshop for BYOI!

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Tonight, BYOI had it’s first Adult Acting & Improv workshop at the WCFA! This was the friendly group of folks who participated and a lot of learning and fun was had by all. We worked on some of the key skills of really listening to a partner and learning to acknowledge the environment and facts of the scene. If you would like to join this merry bunch and join in the next class, you can do so by clicking here. Looking forward to the next workshop on Monday, March 27th! Maybe we will see you there!

Adult Acting & Improv Workshops by BYOI

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Bring Your Own Improv is now offering an Acting & Improv Workshop taught by Daniel Lee White. This workshop will be held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts. The focus of this workshop will be on both acting and improv skills utilizing the teachings of Spolin, Meisner and Adler. This class is open to any beginner and intermediate level performer or anyone just looking to improve their interpersonal communication skills.

Daniel Lee White is an award winning director and actor with over 20 years of experience, including his feature film Cost of the Living, numerous plays, short films, commercials, and industrials. He is currently the Theatre Artist in Residence at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts and a producer and performer at Bring Your Own Improv—an audience-participation improv comedy show. He also regularly directs performances at the Newport Playhouse.

The next two available workshops are February 27th & March 27th @ 7:00pm. The cost is $25 per workshop. If you are interested in purchasing a slot, click here for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2865557

BYOI Auditions in January

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BYOI is looking for new talent to round out our cast. We will be having auditions on January 8th and 15th to refill a couple of cast spot we need for our 9th Season.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 700 shows all across New England. We are a short form improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us.

This auditions will be held Friday January 8th & 15th at 5:00pm at the Warwick Museum of Art at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, RI. After the auditions, you are encouraged to stay for that night’s shows. Attendance at the audition will give you a free ticket to that night’s shows. Make sure to be on time and dress to move.

We are looking for two performers who can commit to the following:
Are at least 18 years of age
Can pass a Rhode Island Background Check
Works well with children
Be silly when needed
Commit to two Friday nights per month
Have reliable transportation and arrive to things on time
Brings no drama or ego

Please email us at info@bringyourownimprov.com to let us know you will be attending.
Visit: www.bringyourownimprov.com

BYOI is having auditions!

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It is that time a year again for BYOI’s annual auditions. As BYOI grows and evolves, we are always looking for new talent. This year we are looking for two new members to round out this cast.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 500 shows all across New England. We are a short for improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us.

This year’s auditions will be held Friday August 1st and 8th at 5:30pm at the Warwick Museum of Art at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, RI. After the auditions, you are encouraged to stay for that night’s shows. Attendance at the audition will give you a free ticket to that night’s shows. Make sure to be on time and dress to move.

We are looking for two performers who can commit to the following:
Are at least 18 years of age
Can pass a Rhode Island Background Check
Works well with children
Be silly when needed
Commit to two Friday nights per month
Have reliable transportation and arrive to things on time
Brings no drama or ego

Please contact us via email to let us know you will be attending.

See you soon!

BYOI’s First Youth Collective Class!

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YouthCollective1401Bring Your Own Improv moves into new territory and is happy to introduce our first students in our first ever Youth Collective!  Welcome to Allison, Alexia, Madeline and Emily!  They will be training with us for the month of January and then performing in our Sunday shows for February and March!  Come on out to see them and cheer them on.

BYOI – 5 Years of Comedy and Memories!

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ContactTomorrow night, Friday August 2nd @ 10:00pm at Theatre 82 in Cranston, RI, Bring Your Own Improv will be celebrating 5 years of comedy, over 500 shows and over 400 FAM members.

We want you there! If you have ever seen a show, you should come. If you have never seen a show, you should come. If you have always been promising to see a show, you should come!

As an added bonus, we will have a special guest performer you may never see coming and just to top it off, there will be cake!

We would love you to come out and support us and show us your love for what we do! Please come out tomorrow night, won’t you?

As a special note, for all of our family friendly audiences, BYOI will be celebrating again on Sunday Aug 4th too. So don’t worry, we will have more fun there too!

Auditions for BYOI

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ContactBring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that is about to celebrate it’s 5 year anniversary!  We are a short for improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyways) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us. The group has performed over 500 shows all across New England.  We have been growing in size and are in need of new talent.

Some of our current cast members who have been around for some time are off to grad school, moving to NYC and even having a baby.  Because they will not be available for shows, we are looking for new cast members to take their spots and to increase the size of our cast.  With two regular shows a week and six spots per show, we have a lot of spots to fill.

We are currently looking for six to eight cast members to join the cast of this show.  Performers should be ready to be silly when needed, have an open mind, be supportive to their scene partners, be able and willing to work with kids, are friendly and easy to get along with and do not bring drama or big egos with them.  A basic understanding of improv and comedy is needed.  If you are able to play guitar, that is a bonus, but not a requirement. Performers must be over 18 years old and can pass a RI state background check to be eligible to audition.

Auditions will be held on July 21st and July 28th at 2:30pm at the Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Rd. in Warwick, RI.  Please dress comfortably, be ready to move and bring water for yourselves.  Auditions start promptly at 2:30pm, so do not be late.  In fact being early will start you off right with us.  You may attend either audition, but are encouraged to attend both.  Auditions will last till about 4:30pm and you are encouraged to stay for the show at 6pm.  Attending the audition will grant you free admission to the show that night.

Please contact us at info@bringyourownimprov.com to let us know you are attending.  No head shots or resumes are needed.

Saying “Yes, And” to the Boston Marathon

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The picture above was taken today, April 16th, in front of the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. One day removed from the tremendous tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon, members of the Boston community run. Morning breaks, they rise, and they run. Some run right along the police blockade that currently separates the city’s inhabitants from a site that will never be traversed in the same way again. Boylston Street will forever be a place of remembrance. There will always be this unexplainable moment that lingers. That moment might fade as time goes on, but it will never fully go away.

I have a connection with Boston. I have had the privileged of doing some theatre work in that very area. It’s a slight connection in comparison, but I’ve had my moments walking down Devonshire at night, a mile away from the blast, and thinking that this was a city I could fall in love with. I’m someone that looks forward to riding the Red Line, and I’ve been pleasantly stranded at South Station at least once. I can’t say it is my home away from home, but I’ve found comfort and solace in Boston. On Monday, in one fell swoop, it was shaken. I was shaken. I know that the people are strong enough to move forward. Many of which moved forward in that moment, not thinking of themselves and doing what they could. But the adrenaline has gone down, my head is clear, and a good amount has been processed.

I’ve been involved with improv for about ten years. My philosophy on the craft and on life have sort of intertwined. I accept certain things much easier than I used to, and I don’t take reacting for granted as much. My experience has been built on the notion that if we don’t react, we cease in every way. And if we have not ceased, give it a minute. Our lives generally don’t erupt into chaos because every so often we say “no”, however there are some things we can’t negate.

I think it is very easy for all of us to want to negate what happened. Every aspect of this event is something we want to say “no” to. We don’t want to accept terror on our front steps. There are families and loved ones that will be saying “no” to this for the rest of their lives, and they have every single right to. If we could erase this event, along with its consequences, there is no doubt in my mind that we would do just that. We can’t do that. And like in improv, we can’t move forward if we say “no”.

There are those who might say that we have to accept that these things happen as a sort of normality. This is the world that we now live in. I don’t know if I agree with that, but I do know that we have to accept that this event happened. No one event can define the lives of a generation, but it does become part of those lives. It’s not easy to accept, but as an event, we don’t have a choice but to accept. I am not concerned with the “yes”. How we follow up is the important thing. What we do after accepting this terrible event into our beings is how our sons and daughters will define us. Yes, I witnessed a truly evil act in my lifetime right where I live. Yes, the tragedy at the Boston Marathon affected my life…

And now I’m going to appreciate the people around me that much more. And now I am going to acknowledge those who fought to make this better the second this happened and not those who merely seek blood. And now I am going to find patience and realize that the right thing will happen. And now I am going to love those I am meant to love and remind them of that. And now I will refuse to take this life for granted, and I will refuse to have this life dictated by fear.

We will take our time to mourn. We will always remember. When we accept, we will react with goodness in our hearts. We will move this life forward and upwards. Running.

BYOI adds New Cast Members!

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After a more than a month long process we whittled down the many people who came out to audition for us to just four fantastic people who are now a part of our cast!

We are pleased to welcome Coburn, Corey, Drew and Jessica to the BYOI family! Come see them perform with us and see why we think they needed to be a part of our team!

Come on out and play with us and them!