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Smart. Theatre. Improvised.

Theatre Momentum is proud to be a host venue for The Chicago Improv Festival!

 

Join us at our studio, Pendulum Space, for these excellent productions!

 

Pendulum Space is located at

1803 W. Byron St, Suite 216. (directions here)

 

Open Stage performances on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th!

 

Friday, 8:30 PM shows: Friday, 10:30 PM shows: Saturday, 10:30 PM shows:
No More Words - Silent Improv
Last Chance
Dan & Kate's Book Club
Hippohorsey DonkeyMonkey

Get your tickets here!

Graffiti on the 4th Wall
Wunder Kidz
Time Traveler Improv
Let's Eat

Get your tickets here!

OMG Improv
Come On Jackson
Smeared, Inc.
Flakey Jake

Get your tickets here!


The 15 Hour Project, all day on Saturday, May 7th!

 

Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our signature event, The 15 Hour Project, now part of the Chicago Improv Festival!

Join us for an entire day of workshop, rehearsal, and performance, with some great improv directors- Jill Eickmann, Shaun Landry, and Jessica Landis!

Join us on May 7, 2016 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 (1-3:30 PM), a rehearsal period (4-7 PM) and an evening performance (8:30 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 May 7, 2016. Performances will begin in the Stage Studio at 8:30 PM.

 

Cost: $30!
Slots are limited!

This entire day of workshop and performance is just $30, to cover the costs of coaches, space, and pizza lunch.

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!
 

SIGN UP HERE!


Performances are FREE, so invite whoever you like for some great, smart improv!
Questions? Check out our FAQ below, or drop us a line at info@theatremomentum.com.


And don't forget to catch Fugue at the Emerging Artists stage on Wednesday, May 4th!

 

FUGUE
An official Chicago Improv Festival Selection!

 

Join us at the Emerging Artists stage:

 

Wednesday, May 4th

10:00 PM

at The Public House Theater House Theater

3914 N Clark St

 

Get your CIF tickets here!

 

Come see the show that the Chicago Stage Standard called "definitely a play worth seeing; it’s well-acted, funny, and has some pretty serious subject matter to boot."


 

Fugue is a complex show that captures the elements of a musical fugue through three simultaneous improvised one-act plays that explore similar themes. This is a signature Theatre Momentum production. It is a unique improvised production that harmoniously folds in elements of comedy and drama in equal measure.

FUGUE is Connor Doyle, Dennis Episcopo, Danny Galvin, Quinn Hatch, Ryan Haynes, Kyle Hendrix, Dan Jackson, Jessica Landis, Mike McCarron, and Yazmin Ramos. Directed by Tony Rielage (Artistic Director)

 

Can't make it to CIF? Join us for our ongoing run at Pendulum Space!

Saturdays, 10 PM
March 26-June 4, 2016

(No show May 7)

 

at Pendulum Space,
1803 West Byron St, Suite 216
 

Tickets: $10
 

 



SCHOOL OF LIFE

Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our newest Mainstage production, School of Life.
 

Thursday nights, 8:30 PM
Open run, starting March 24, 2016

(No shows 6/16, 6/30, 9/1, 11/24)

 

at Pendulum Space, 1803 West Byron St, Suite 216
 

Tickets: $10

 

 

SCHOOL OF LIFE is Theatre Momentum's ongoing serialized soap opera, with every actor playing the same role throughout the production. Each week’s performance folds in the narratives of the previous performances, creating an expanding world of complex lives.

Join us for the ongoing soap opera that is the College Prep School of Leif County. Learn a little something in the SCHOOL OF LIFE.
 

School of Life is Jeremy Adler, Colby Carlson, Duane Deering, Dennis Episcopo, Erika Hood, Dan Jackson, Mike McCarron, Alicia McDermott, Mike Reynolds, Ellen Sawyer, Margeaux Temeltas, Tony Tran, Maggie Ward, and Michael Zimmermann. Directed by Tony Rielage (Artistic Director)

 


The 15 Hour Project at
The Chicago Improv Festival!

 

The 15 Hour Project Details:

Join us for an entire day of workshop, rehearsal, and performance, with some great directors.
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 rehearsal studio, Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron Street, Suite 216).

The 15 Hour Project consists of four parts:
A morning workshop (9:30 AM-12:30 PM), followed by an afternoon show development workshop (1-3:30 PM), a rehearsal period (4-7 PM) and an evening performance (9 PM).


Cost: Just $30! The entirety of the 15 Hour Project is just $30!
That's right, this entire day of workshop and performance is just $30, to cover the costs of coaches, space, and pizza lunch. Spots are limited, so get signed up as soon as slots are available!

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:

9:00 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 provided.

1 PM-3:30 PM  — Show development Workshop session with Tony Rielage and Jill Eickmann, Shaun Landry, and Jessica Landis

A 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.
3:30-4 PM — Break.
4-7 PM — Rehearsal.
After break, the three show forms are handed off to our three directors, Jill Eickmann, Shaun Landry, and Jessica Landis. 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.

7-7:30 PM — Break.
7:30 PM — Call Time.
Actors arrive at the Stage Studio and are given the run-down on how the evening will be structured.
8 PM — Doors Open
Doors open. Performances for the 15 Hour Project are FREE this year, so invite everyone you know!
8:30 PM — First of The 15 Hour Project shows begins.
Performances will run about 25 minutes apiece, with no intermission.

 


The 15 Hour Project 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 of  TM's Improv as Theatre training center.

 

  Jill Eickmann
Jill Eickmann is the Artistic Director of Leela, a holistic San Francisco based improvisational theater and training center. She is also a Producer and Board Member for The San Francisco Improv Festival and Executive Producer for Femprovisor Fest: SF's all women's improv festival. Jill has directed over 100 original productions. She has taught her signature style of improvisation to thousands of improvisors at Leela, EndGames Improv, Pan Theater, San Francisco Comedy College, Stanford University (GSB), the University of Chicago (GSB) California Improv Festival, Improvaganza: Hawaii Festival of Improv, San Diego Improv Festival, The San Francisco Improv Festival and the Gainesville Improv Festival. Jill Eickmann currently performs in Shades of Grey, an improvised duo with Marcus Sams and Leela's Armando Company. She directs many ensembles through Leela's Performing Improv Ensembles (PIE) Program. Most recently she taught a six week private improv class to cast members of Disney’s The Lion King – Broadway Tour. Jill was the founder of the three person improv ensemble, Road Dawgz, where she performed with Tony Award Winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Law Tarello (Photo City Improv- Rochester) throughout NYC. She studied in New York and Chicago with some of the best from Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB), The Second City, IO (Formerly Improv Olympic), Annoyance Productions, and Magnet Theater. Jill is also an in-demand play therapist, psychotherapist, drama therapist, and self-revelatory theatre director who continues to research and teach the psychological implications and therapeutic benefits of improvisation. She also enjoys facilitating workshops with SF local start-ups, established companies, and business leaders to support a positive working environment while fostering boundless collective creativity. Past clients include The Clorox Company, Adobe, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google (among others.) Jill blogs at http://www.femprovisor.com
 

 

  Shaun Landry
A Native of Chicago Illinois living in Los Angeles via San Francisco, Shaun Landry is the Artistic Director of Oui Be Negroes and founded The West Coast Improv Alliance and The San Francisco Improv Festival. She is also half of the Duo of Landry & Summers with husband Hans Summers).

Shaun has worked for The Second City Chicago Tour Company & Children's Theater, Geese Theater Company, African American Shakespeare Company and has been in the improvisational festival circuit teaching, performing and directing at The Kansas City, Big Stinkin Improv Austin, The Funny Women's New York, Miami, Hawaii, Duofest Philedelphia, Oberlin College, Chicago, Amsterdam, Seoul, Hong Kong, Toyko and Sweden Improv Festivals. She has performed and taught improv recently in London, Barcelona, Brussels and Dublin.

She can be read in numerous dissertations on improvisational theatre and in the the book "Whose Improv is it Anyway: Beyond the Second City".

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she can be seen in the movies Read You Like a Book with Danny Glover and Karen Black as Marcia and The Oscar Award winning movie Milk with Sean Penn as Gwenn Craig. She can currently be seen in the upcoming show "Broke" with Quinta Brunson and Buzzfeed Motion Pictures.

She is happy to be coming home for a week via CIF. Hans and her last stop before moving to Dublin Ireland. Why Dublin?

Why not. #wanderandwonder
 

 

  Jessica Landis
Jessica Landis is an actress and improviser, which means she spends a lot of time pretending to do things and be people. She is thrilled to be a Theatre Momentum Artistic Associate. Chicago audiences may have seen her perform with long-term-long-form group FrankenReagan at Mullen's, or doing improv at the One Group Mind theatre, or in a musical or two at the Annoyance theatre. Other co-creations in the city include Truth in Science, an improvised experiment; and Science!, a band with jokes. She has taught improv at Theatre Momentum, the Improv Toolbox, and One Group Mind. She also coaches independent improv teams on a consultative basis. She has performed at national and Canadian improv festivals, and she is loving every minute of this.