The Collage is a form that can expand or contract to the needs of the performers and the show slot, but in essence it is a long form with lots of short form options. Every style of play and player can fit into this form. The players will learn the process of The Collage as well as several of the different moves that are available to utilize in this very audience friendly form. All players need is a sense of fun and a willingness to jump into any moment as well as support every moment.
A version of The Collage is currently being performed by Chicago’s Octavarius in their weekly show atComedySportz. Back in the early “00”‘s, The Rooftop Players set the all-time consecutive win record in iO Comedy Theatre’s Cage Match by playing The Collage. Both teams learned The Collage from CIF’s co-founder and executive producer Jonathan Pitts. He’s also taught this workshop in Honolulu at the Improvaganza Festival and other festivals across the country.
Date & Time: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 – 11:00pm-2pm
Location: Torch Theatre Annex
Prerequisite: Torch Alumni, Performer or at least a year of longform experience.
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Jonathan Pitts is the executive director of Chicago Improv Productions. He’s also the co-founder and executive producer of the Chicago Improv Festival, the creator and executive producer of the College Improv Tournament, the creator of CIP’s three educational outreach touring shows, and the creator of Storybox, a form which has been improvised around the world. He has taught at The Second City for 17 years and he’s a contributing writer to The Second City Improv Almanac. He's taught improv in many cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and internationally in England and Norway. He’s played in over 1,000 improvised shows and was a member of iO’s first ever house team, Stone Soup. He’s been selected three times by New City magazine as one of Chicago’s “Top 50 Theatre Players”.