Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our signature event, The 15 Hour Project!
The 15 Hour Project is TM’s take on the traditional 24-hour theater project. Starting with improv actors who may never have worked together, we develop 2 improv shows from scratch, rehearse them, and perform them, all in under 15 hours. It’s a unique experience, and we hope you can join us for the day!
Join us on March 9, 2019 for an entire day of workshop, show development, rehearsal, and performance!
The 15 Hour Project consists of four parts:
A morning workshop (9:30 AM-12:30 PM), followed by an afternoon show development workshop (1:30-4:00 PM), a rehearsal period (5:00-8:00 PM) and an evening performance (9:30 PM).
The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron St, Suite 216), beginning at 9:00 AM (check-in) on Saturday March 9, 2019. Performances will begin in the Stage Studio at 9:30 PM.
That’s right, this entire day of workshop and performance is just $25, to cover the costs of coaches, space, and pizza lunch. Spots are limited, so get signed up!
To make sure all participants are on the same page, we require a minimum of 6 months improv or acting experience to participate in the 15 Hour Project. Thanks!
This time our shows will be directed by Allison Asher and Jackie Sestak of Theatre Momentum!
Every time we run this event, it’s been a complete blast, so we hope you can join us!
Performances are FREE, so invite whoever you like for some great, smart improv!
Questions? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule is as follows:
9:00 AM — Check in
9:30 AM-12:30 PM — Scenes Workshop session with Tony Rielage
Get tons of scenes under your belt and get personal feedback from TM’s Artistic Director, Tony Rielage. Sharpen your skills before we dive into the remainder of the day.
12:30-1 PM — Break. Pizza and drinks provided.
1 PM-4:00 PM — Show development Workshop session with Tony Rielage and directors Allison Asher and Jackie Sestak
A workshop to generate two brand new show formats. The structure of this workshop will use input from all workshop participants to create some truly unique shows. These shows will be performed a few times, polished a bit, and prepped for rehearsal. At the end of the workshop session, the participants will break into two groups, to work on one singular format.
4-5 PM — Break.
5-8 PM — Rehearsal.
After break, the two show forms are handed off to our directors, Allison Asher and Jackie Sestak. Workshoppers will rehearse the formats they created that afternoon, tweaking, polishing, and preparing them for performance. The shows being prepared will aim for a 25-30 minute show length.
8-8:30 PM — Break.
8:30 PM — Call Time.
Actors arrive at the Stage Studio and are given the run-down on how the evening will be structured.
9 PM — Doors Open
Doors open. Performances for the 15 Hour Project are FREE this year, so invite everyone you know!
9:30 PM — First of The 15 Hour Project shows begins.
Performances will run about 25-30 minutes apiece, with no intermission.
11 PM-ish — Last show closes. Usually we end up at a nearby bar, to celebrate!
The 15 Hour Project Directors:
Tony Rielage (Artistic Director)
Tony Rielage is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum. He has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 27 years, notably with the Nothing Sacred Players, Trespassers Only, and International Stinger. He has trained at iO, the Playground, and Annoyance, and founded TM’s precursor workshop, Workshop-in-Progress. He is Theatre Momentum’s head instructor, and firmly believes that the best improv is about vulnerable human beings acting naturally, bravely, and honestly.
Allison Asher started off as an exclusively scripted actor over 20 years ago, and added improv to her life in 2011. She has trained in improv at iO, the Annoyance, Second City, the Hideout Theatre and the Institution Theatre in Austin, and studied scripted acting a a ungodly large number of venues across the world, including ACT in San Francisco, the Stella Adler Studio in New York, and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. She received her MFA in Acting in 2010 and has taught Meisner Technique for over a decade. She first appeared with Theatre Momentum in the last 15-Hour-Project and was most recently in the improvised soap opera Circle Place with TM.
Jackie Sestak is excited to be sharing the Theatre Momentum style; a form of improv where players can take their time and create a world based in reality. She’s performed in several Theater Momentum shows including Elements, Porch Play, Lies, Damned Lies, & Statistics, and Circle Place. Starting at the Neo-Futurists, Jackie dove into performance art which led to studying improv at The Second City, Annoyance Theatre, and ComedySportz. Jackie is also a teaching artist for Room2Improv (room2improv.com), where she works with veterans and students emphasizing the value of ‘Yes, and’. Jackie is looking forward to working with you in the 15 Hour Project!