Posts tagged iO
Posts tagged iO
My iO class had its first show tonight. It was just a taste of the 7 week run we’ll have starting in September. It was really cool to get back in front of an audience on a proper stage and perform again. I made some good moves and I made some less-than-good moves, but I had fun throughout the entire night. The 70-ish students were split into 8 different groups, but many of us stayed for the whole 3+ hours to watch our friends in the other time slots. It was absolutely wonderful to have a room so full of love, so full of people celebrating each other.
Before my group went on (the last one of the night), I walked behind the stage and stood in the greenroom. On the walls and cabinets were posters for iO teams, both past and present. I saw the names and faces of people from my old college team (which has been going strong for 23 years) plastered throughout the room, many of whom had gone on to perform at iO. Some of them are on teams who have been performing for close to a decade, some are teachers or coaches, but all of them started out where I am now and they are all a huge inspiration to me.
I want very much to add my name to iO’s list of successful improvisers to have come from TSF. Who knows if that will happen, but I think my classmates will agree that with all the love and positivity we have for one another, it feels like anything is possible.
I was selected to be an intern at iO and tonight was my first shift. I already know most of the interns, and most nights I’ll stand with them and talk before the shows start. So without realizing it, I’ve been subliminally learning how to do their job over the last six months. This, plus the fact that I’ve worked at six different restaurants, means interning at iO is a breeze. I work one night a week at the theater along with two other interns. It’s our job to take tickets, seat people, help the bartenders, and clean up the place after the shows. In exchange for this, I don’t have to pay for my classes and I get to register before everyone else. There’s also the added benefit of meeting a lot more people (students, bar & wait staff, house managers, performers, etc.)
After everybody’s seated and the performers are on stage, I just stand by the bar and watch the show. I’m basically just meeting people and picking up a few beer glasses in exchange for free improv classes from some of the best improv teachers in Chicago. When you factor all of that in, this is probably the most useful job I’ve ever had, and I’m not even being paid!