Hip Hop Playground with Seamus Scanlan

Join us on November 23rd from 10 am to 1 pm for a one time opportunity to play and learn like a Hip-Hop pro, improv style! This workshop is great for those who want to try musical improv in a low pressure environment, or if you want to infuse #improvswag into your normal performances. It’s all about confidence and belief in you! What you will learn: stage-worthy words and how to rhyme them; fantastic rhythms and how to find them; being hype AF about your choices; finding volume  notch 11 on your voices; and how to have FUN every damn second … Read More

A Community of Comedy with Pride

The Evolution of the IMPride Comedy Festival and LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness in San Diego Comedy By Jesse Suphan Eight years ago, I was living on the east coast performing standup comedy. I started to become mildly successful in the New England area performing regularly at places like Big Tim’s Giggle Factory and Joe’s Laugh Hut in New Hampshire (that was later shut down for too many stabbings).  Comedy was everything I wanted to do yet every time I would perform I was terrified. I wasn’t terrified about performing I was terrified because more often than not I was the only queer … Read More

How Improv Helped Brenna Follow Her Feet and Increase Her Happiness

how improv helped brenna find happiness

Brenna Judkins, once held back by agoraphobia, bravely shares how improv helped take steps to expand her comfort zone. Her big improv takeaway… “follow your feet!” Watch the 2-minute student spotlight video In Brenna’s Own Words: “I just finished Level 3 and I’ve been going to FCI since May of this year. I started improv as a means of exposure therapy for myself. I had really bad agoraphobia for a while and I was afraid to leave my house and afraid to socialize. I finally pushed myself to do something that I always wanted to do. I did some research … Read More

Hiring For PT Security Guard

Position Summary Responsible for maintaining the safety of the staff, patrons, and the venue. The majority of time will be spent maintaining a good reputation while performing with the utmost efficiency, ensuring quality customer service, and building loyalty and trust with guests and staff. Will work hand-in-hand with the General Manager to maintain all policies and procedures and maintain the integrity of the venue. Duties and Responsibilities Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Patrolling outside and inside venue Checking IDs at entrance Executing incident reports with supervisor when appropriate Maintaining a clean atmosphere inside and outside of the venue … Read More

Niki Kalmus Found Her Voice Through Improv and Public Policy

Niki Kalmus, is not only an awesome improv teacher and performer at FCI, she is a 2020 Masters of Public Policy candidate at UCSD. She was recently featured on the UCSD Global Policy and Strategy website talking about how improv helped her find her voice. Check out the full article in which she takes about valuable lessons learned from her career in improv and her work in social justice.

$2500 Raised for San Diego LGBTQ+ Youth Arts Programs at 2019 IMPride Improv Fest

Impride, our LGBTQ+ charity improv festival, celebrated its fourth year this June and has now raised over $10,000 dollars for local LGBTQ+ charities in its time! This year, festival founder and organizer Jesse Suphan, brought 21 improv teams representing 2 countries 8 workshops, raising $2500 for SD Pride youth programs while increasing the visibility of and opportunities for LGBTQ+ improvisers and comedians. New to the line-up this year was a highly popular standup show with local LGBTQ+ comics and FCI students. Impride continues to be a top Pride Partner with San Diego Pride. Most shows were sold out and received … Read More

Michael Davis

Michael is a graduate of FCI’s Training Program and is apart of the FCI Work Study Program. Michael performs on Saturdays at 10pm with The Clubhouse and is currently venturing into his passion for making and performing live music by taking FCI’s Musical Improv courses, and has played previously with Benny and Freeze Frame! When not performing, he can be found spending time working with children and families through non-profit work and as a youth sports coach. If he is not doing yoga or napping on the beach, he is probably watching some form of sports or drinking coffee while … Read More

The GALE

June 29th The GALE will be blowing into San Diego to perform at the 4th annual Impride Festival. THE GALE is an entirely improvised comedy show which premiered on the world famous Groundlings stage in 2015 and has been selling out monthly performances ever since. Created by Groundlings main company member Chris Eckert, developed by Holly Mandel, and directed by Groundlings alumni Karen Maruyama, The GALE features some of the best and funniest queer (or LGBTQ) improvisational actors in the United States. Guests have included talents such as Academy Award winner Jim Rash, Chelsea Lately’s Fortune Feimster, Emmy winner Bruce Villanch, Savage Garden’s Darren … Read More

How Improv Increases Self-Esteem

by JillAnne Aden, FCI Community Manager That voice inside your head that everyone has- is it being kind to you lately? No matter who you are or what your situation may be,  life can sometimes take its toll on your self-esteem, causing you to doubt yourself and your abilities. Have you always struggled with your own perception of yourself? Or have events recently made you feel less than worthy at things you once found easy to do? No matter your position in life, having a healthy self perception makes a huge difference. Self-confidence is a key ingredient for positive mental … Read More