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

Awesome New Opportunity for FCI Grads!

We are excited to announce our brand new graduate program, THE CLUBHOUSE. We got together 20 of our house team members, teachers and artistic staff and asked them… “how do we give more opportunities to Level 6 grads so they can keep learning, keep playing, and of course… keep laughing together?! And, help them get ready to audition for a FCI House Team one day?” They came up with an exciting new program that takes the best of the Conservatory and the best of the “PDI” teams (Figment & Yer Baby) and combines them into one awesome 6-month “Sunday Company” … Read More

Learn the Secrets of the “Yes! And…” Sisterhood

Are you a female identified improviser? Want to work out your muscles in a safe and supportive environment? This class is for you! Each week, you will meet with a different kickass female teacher to deliver to you what they find special and unique about being a lady on stage. We asked Natalie Guerra, currently enrolled in the elective her thoughts on being a female identified player: “Being a female improvisor means being limitless on stage. It means honoring myself, and the scene. I started improv a year ago; and I always hear people talking about how improv affected their … Read More

Pumpkin Spice Love with October Single Lady Mayra Juarez

San Diego native and Trader Joe’s signage artist, Mayra Juarez is a little bit punk and a little bit comic book loving lady who wants to find someone that she “loves and she likes!”! That’s why she’s our Single Lady for October The first Saturday of each month, we recruit a different, real-life San Diego single lady to share her dating experience with a crowd of strangers and embrace the role of being the only non-improviser on stage. On Saturday, October 5th at 9pm, we’ll bring Mayra up on stage to find out… Act 1: Why she’s still single! Act 2: Who is her perfect match! … Read More

What to Expect at an Improv Show

So you’re about to see your first improv show. Hooray! Seeing improv can be a magical experience, to witness something so strange but so creative come together in front of your eyes — magic! And while it’s good to go into a show without too many expectations, it’s super helpful to know what exactly you’re getting into. Let’s start at the beginning. What is improv? Improv (or improvisation, if you want to be formal about it) is a performance art form where “players” or improvisers go out on stage without a script and attempt to make stuff up! Many times … Read More

Third Thursday is Going Back to School!

It’s September, which means school is back in session …and so is Third Thursday at FCI! Join this group of improvisers as they take us through the hurdles of the hallway. Get your tickets now for this A+ event! One ticket gets you in all night! It all starts at 7:30 on Thursday, Sept. 20th. Don’t be late or you’ll find yourself in detention! Open Jam – Anyone can join! NES Shermer High Gals & Dolls Subject To Change Iota Eta Pie Figment!

Submissions for the 2019 San Diego Improv Festival Are Open!

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The sun is shining, the breweries are brewing, the whales are singing in the bay, the fish tacos are sizzling, the bike lanes are open, the craft cocktails have one giant ice cube, someone is saying “woot woot” in the Gaslamp District, and love is in the air! That can mean only one thing. Submissions for the 6th annual San Diego Improv Festival are open! Submit to perform as a group or as part of our ensemble team Single Riders. Teacher submissions are now open also! We strive to have a diverse and inclusive presence at our festival so we … Read More

Musical Intensive Workshop with Robot Teammate!

On Saturday, September 15th, visiting FCI from LA is the musical team Robot Teammate. They are not only performing, but they’re offering a 4-hour Intensive Musical Improv Workshop! Take this opportunity to learn from true masters and the 2016 SDIC “Best of the Fest” winners! In Robot Teammate’s 4-hour intensive, students will learn the tools to create one-of-a-kind characters audiences will remember long after the curtain closes. Taking inspiration from their original narrative structure, the Robots will challenge you to tell nuanced and hilarious stories through lyrics, physicality, and form. Whether you’re the narrator, villain, sidekick or star, this workshop will … Read More

FCI Welcomes Robot Teammate!

The rumors are true! Saturday, September 15th,  Robot Teammate is BACK at FCI! Come out to see this award winning group create musical magic! Robot Teammate was the SDIF “Best of the Fest” winner in 2016 thanks to their unique and fast-past musical narrative structure. Whenever they come to down, they always sell out, so get those tickets early! ROBOT TEAMMATE is a musical comedy collective based in LA. Founded in 2012, the rag tag group of improvisers initially made a name for themselves with a world record-setting 86 week streak in an iO West cage match. As they honed … Read More

Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes Attacks… Heathers!

Chaos may have killed the dinosaurs, but we’re bringing the chaos right to the stage! Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes is taking on the ’80s cult hit, Heathers! How very. FCI’s feature team Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes will take this classic film and turn it inside out and upside down, all with the help of audience suggestions! There will be singing! There may or may not be shoulder pads, but there should be. Who knows? Join us Saturday, Sept. 8th at 9pm to see what this crazy cast will come up with. Our comedy is gold; let’s go get … Read More