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Upcoming Events...
Theatre Momentum holds a variety of events every year.

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Theatre Momentum is fully committed to opening our new studio, Pendulum Space, at this time. We're just held auditions for our upcoming production, Consequence, and will be posting information about The 15 Hour Project and Improv as Theatre Classes soon.

 

More details to follow... Watch this space!


 

80's Dance party Fundraiser!  With a Lip Sync Contest!

Buy your tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/80s-dance-party-with-a-lip-sync-contest-tickets-15653585295

 

 

 

 

  Theatre Momentum is throwing a massive fundraiser party to build out our new stage in our new theater space, and we're hosting a big 80's party!

The party will go on at Duffy's on Diversey and Sheffield, on Saturday, February 21st.

There will be drinks, dancing, costumes, and a lip sync contest!

Put on your best 80's duds, slap on the lip gloss and get your Flock of Seagulls pompadour going, people. The 80's are back, one night only!

And don't forget the Lip Sync Contest!

We'll be spinning some great 80's songs, and at midnight, the best lip sync'ers will get a chance to win big prizes! A panel of judges and audience applause will decide who does the best dancing/lip syncing. So dust off your 80's playlists- how well do you know the biggest pop songs of the 80's? Can you moonwalk? Flashdance? Can't wait to find out!

Since this is a fundraiser, there is a small cover, to help Theatre Momentum with building our theater stage. If you order a ticket in advance, it's only $5!

It's $10 at the door, and all proceeds go to helping TM continue to put on some great productions and build our theater stage.

But that's not all! Everyone attendee gets a free pass to Theatre Momentum's upcoming serialized improv show, Consequence, which opens in March. Tickets for the show usually are $10 by themselves, so it's a great deal.

If you're ordering a ticket in advance, please go through the EventBrite link, below. Make sure to print out (or pull up on your phone) your receipt, so the door person will know you're already paid.
 

The 15 Hour Project Returns!

April 19th, 2015

 

Sign up here!

 

Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our signature event,

The 15 Hour Project!
Join us for an entire day of workshop, rehearsal, and performance, with some great Chicago directors. This time our shows will be directed by Bill Arnett of the Chicago Improv Studio, Jason Geis of pH Productions, and Connor Doyle of Theatre Momentum!
Every time we run this event, it's been a complete blast, so we hope you can join us.

The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at the TM's new space, Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron Street, Suite 216).

The 15 Hour Project consists of three parts:

A morning workshop (10 AM-4 PM), followed by an afternoon rehearsal period (5-8 PM) and an evening performance (10 PM).

The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron St, Suite 216), beginning at 9:30 AM (check-in) on Sunday April 19th. Performances will begin in the Stage Studio at 10 PM.

Early Bird Special!
Order before March 19th, and your price is just $20!
The entirety of the 15 Hour Project is just $20!

That's right, this entire day of workshop and performance is just $20, to cover the costs of coaches, space, and pizza lunch. Price will go up to $30 after March 19th, so act now!

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!

Performances are FREE, so invite whoever you like for some great, smart improv!

Schedule is as follows: 
9:30 AM — Check in
10 AM-4 PM — Workshop session with Artistic Direct, Tony Rielage
Tony Rielage, Theatre Momentum's Artistic Director, will run a 6 hour workshop to generate three 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 three groups, to work on one singular format.
4-5 PM — Break. Pizza provided.
5-8 PM — Rehearsal.
After break, the three show forms are handed off to our three directors, Bill Arnett, Jason Geis, and Connor Doyle. Workshoppers will rehearse the formats they created that morning, tweaking, polishing, and preparing them for performance. The shows being prepared will aim for a 30-35 minute show length.
8-9 PM — Break.
9 PM — Call Time.
Actors arrive at the Stage Studio and are given the run-down on how the evening will be structured.
9:30 PM — Doors Open
Doors open. Performances for the 15 Hour Project are FREE this year, so invite everyone you know!
10 PM — First of The 15 Hour Project shows begins.

Performances will run about 30 minutes apiece, with a brief intermission.

Cost: $20! (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL)
That's right. This entire day of workshop, rehearsal, and performance is just $20, including lunch. We're absolutely capping things at 30 people, so if you are planning to attend, it's first come, first served. Payment must be received via PayPal to book your spot.

Questions? Drop us a line at info@theatremomentum.com.

DIRECTORS    

Tony Rielage, Artistic Director
Tony is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum, and has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 20 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, and then Theatre Momentum. He is the head instructor in TM's Improv as Theatre training center.

 

Bill Arnett
Tony is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum, and has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 20 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, and then Theatre Momentum. He is the head instructor in TM's Improv as Theatre training center.

 

Jason Geis
Jason has been a veteran of the Chicago improv scene since 2000. He has enjoyed playing all over including ten plus years at The Playground and iO. Other credits include Self Centered Girl at Second City and Steamwerkz The Musical at The Annoyance. Jason has studied at all the major places and has taught all over the country at festivals in NYC, Minneapolis, Boston, LA, Colorado Springs, Providence, Miami and more. Jason has also coached oodles of teams all over and has directed a number of critically acclaimed shows, including The Breakfast Club Musical, Women On Top and The Room: The Musical. Jason's proudest achievement is founding The pH Comedy Theater back in 2002. He serves as the Co-Artistic Director and has helmed a ton of shows, taught a ton of classes and had a ton of fun. He encourages you to check out all their amazingness at whatisph.com. Thanks for reading all this, and thanks to Gavin and my family for being supportive of silliness.

 

Connor Doyle
Connor Doyle is Virginia born, raised, and educated. He moved to Chicago in 2012 to improvise, make friends, and be cold. He can be seen improvising around the city with his friends in Cooper Manning and Rumple. Past show highlights include Parade, Elephant’s Graveyard, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Gruesome Playground Injuries, all at the University of Virginia. 

 

CONSEQUENCE, Opening March 20th

Opens March 2, 8 PM on Friday and Saturday nights

Consequence is Theatre Momentum's next production, an ongoing serialized performance, with every actor playing the same role throughout the production. Each week’s performance will fold in the narratives of the previous performances, creating an expanding world of complex lives. Actions have consequences.

 

Tickets on sale soon.

 

 


The Collider (formerly The Bracket)

Coming Soon!
 

Theatre Momentum's Bracket competition will return in late April.

Big prizes to the best improv teams in Chicago!

 

Signup starts soon. Keep an eye out here for details, or like us on facebook or follow us on twitter for updates!


The Kinetic Jam!

Coming Soon!
 

The Jam has been on hiatus for a while, and we'll be returning later this summer on Sunday nights!

Theatre Momentum's Kinetic Jam is our signature weekly improv jam. Soon it will be back on TM's roster, every week.

Tickets on sale soon. Keep an eye out here for details, or like us on facebook or follow us on twitter for updates!


Improv as Theatre classes

Coming Soon!
 

We put these on hiatus, but they will be coming back shortly after our next show opens, so keep an eye out!

 

Theatre Momentum's Improv as Theatre class series will teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, smart, and treat improv as a powerful tool to create instant theatre. To find meaning in every movement and expression. To mine your own personal experience to flesh out your characters. To explore your environment and subtle turns of language and staging that are heavy with meaning. TM also allows performers more stage time to develop characters and dialogue worthy of a scripted play, with actors creating characters they will keep for an entire 45 minute performance.

Classes starting soon. Keep an eye out here for details, or like us on facebook or follow us on twitter for updates!