House Team Program

Level up your improv on a performance team

Reno Improv’s new House Team Program (HTP) is an educational program designed to combine the best elements of an improv class and a performance team.  This is a great option for improvisers who want to hone their craft with regular rehearsals, receive personalized feedback and coaching, gain experience performing with new people, and experiment with different forms.

How it works

HTP is a 6-month program in which you form a performance team under the guidance of an experienced coach.  Each running of the program (we call them “cohorts”) consists of an audition, a rehearsal period, and live performances.

Audition

Each HTP cohort begins with an open audition, which is conducted as an improv jam.  This is an opportunity for you to meet other performers, have some fun, and demonstrate your improv skills.  The coach will assemble the team from those who attended the audition.

Rehearsals

The first 2 months of the program consist of weekly rehearsals.  During these rehearsals, your coach will offer their expertise and feedback as you take your first steps as a cohesive performing ensemble.  The rehearsal period is the perfect time to experiment with different forms (or create your own), try new things, and get that good group mind going.

Rehearsals + Performances

After rehearsing together for 2 months, it’s time to take the stage!  During the final 4 months of the cohort, your team will perform live every other week, while still keeping to a weekly rehearsal schedule and receiving feedback from your coach.  This is your opportunity to really gel as a team and show our improv community what you can do!

Then what?

HTP is a fixed-length commitment, but the fun doesn’t have to end just because your cohort did!  If you want to keep rehearsing and performing together as an independent team, by all means do.  If you want to audition for the next HTP cohort, that’s cool too!

Participant expectations

HTP participants are expected to:

  • Be graduates of Reno Improv’s training program, or possess equivalent improv training.
  • Participate in an audition.
  • Commit to the full 6-month program, including weekly rehearsals and 4 months of biweekly performances.
  • Be willing to accept feedback from coaches.
  • Recognize that HTP is an educational program first and a performance opportunity second.  The emphasis will be on learning and growth.

Coach expectations

HTP coaches are expected to:

  • Lead weekly rehearsals for 6 months.
  • Provide regular, constructive feedback to participants, both one-on-one and collectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Model positive improv behaviors both on- and offstage.
  • Assist the cohort in learning or creating a form suitable for live performance.
  • Prepare the cohort for 8 live performances.

Upcoming HTP cohorts

2022 Cohort A

Dates and times are subject to change.

  • Audition:  Saturday, January 22, 2022, 12-2pm
  • Rehearsals: Every Saturday, January 29, 2022-July 2, 2022, 12-2pm
  • Performances: Every other Friday, March 18, 2022-June 24, 2022, 8pm
  • Coach:  TBD