Thank you for choosing to perform at Finest City Improv! We love having guest teams perform at FCI.
How we schedule shows
The programming schedule at Finest City Improv is comprised of the following types of teams/performances:
Developing Guest Teams — New guest teams who have performed on the Finest City Improv stage less than 10 times; These teams rehearse regularly, have a coach and may perform at other venues but their performance history is not extensive
Established Guest Teams — Guest teams who have performed on the Finest City Improv stage more than 10 times; Most established guest teams perform on a semi-regular basis (once a month, once a week, bi-monthly, etc.) at Finest City Improv; These teams rehearse regularly, have a coach and may perform at other venues on a regular basis; Most established guest teams have an extensive performance history
Visiting Artists — Teams or solo artists who Finest City Improv has booked for special guest appearances as a part of the Visiting Artist Program; Most of these artists present workshops in addition to their performance; Finest City Improv books at least one visiting artist per month
House Teams — These are teams comprised entirely of Finest City Improv Ensemble Members; These teams rehearse regularly, have a coach (who is also a Finest City Improv Ensemble Member) and perform regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) on the Finest City Improv stage; Ensemble Members are selected through an open audition process and are supported by Finest City Improv with free rehearsal space, coaching, complimentary tickets and discounts on training.
Student Shows — Finest City Improv regularly programs student shows as an extension of the Training Center
Sketch Shows — Finest City Improv regularly creates sketch comedy performances that are typically scheduled on Saturday nights
New Guest Teams
New guest teams may submit their interest in performing at Finest City Improv by completing the “Submit Your Show” form below. Once this form is received, it is reviewed by the Artistic Director who then works to schedule at least one performance for the team. This first performance should be considered an audition or trial run. Guest teams are then booked based on the success of this first performance, and are continued to be booked based a combination of criteria.
Audience reaction and engagement — Is the audience engaged in your performance? Are they laughing? Are they shuffling in their seats? Are they listening? This is observed by the Finest City Improv Stage Managers and reported to staff members regularly based on a rating scale. Finest City Improv staff members also regularly attend performances in order to gauge audience reaction.
Attendance — Did a new guest team bring a lot of guests? Do guests continue to attend performances on a regular basis? Is this a team we can tell our patrons want to continue seeing based on attendance?
FCI Staff Member Feedback — Finest City Improv staff members regularly attend performances to assess the quality of performance. They are looking for improv that is bold, fun, interesting, professional and well rehearsed. Finest City Improv staff members are always happy to chat with guest team members regarding their performances so that feedback is transparent and helpful in the development process.
Professionalism — Every guest team should have a team captain who is responsible for professionally communicating with Finest City Improv staff members, including our Stage Managers. Team captains should respond to emails in a professional and timely manner, particularly emails that relate to logistics and scheduling. Team captains are also responsible for communicating any technological needs to our Stage Managers in advance of their performance. Teams should arrive for performances on time and as scheduled. Teams should dress professionally. Teams should maintain a positive, constructive attitude and contribute the overall positive environment of Finest City Improv.
Submit Your Show
Please use this form to submit the details of your show to us. We enjoy providing space for improv teams (and some solo shows, storytelling, or other “fringe” acts) to perform for our awesome community. Please note that we do not have the budget to pay guest performers but we also do not charge teams to play. Out of town teams may be offered a gas stipend or hotel accommodations if available.
In addition, we operate a Visiting Artist Program, in which we invite well-established performers that also work as professional teaching artists from other cities. These artists may be invited to teach a workshop in conjunction with their show and receive a portion of the workshop revenue. We also provide accommodations for them at the on-site Lafayette or hotel or another nearby hotel. We host one Visiting Artist per month and we schedule these at least 4 months in advance. Please make a note in your application if you are interested in and qualified for this program.
We hope you can join us! We try to respond to all requests within 2 weeks. If you don’t hear back from us by then, feel free to contact us.
Guidelines for Performers
As a guest team or organization performing a show at our theatre, and we want to welcome you and familiarize you with some guidelines we expect of all of our players.
Dress for the Show
Please invite the audience to see your bits on stage, not your naughty bits that should be under you clothing. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the show. Shorts, low cut tops, old or stained t-shirts, torn or ripped clothes, banana hammocks, or other excessively revealing clothes are distracting. If you’re wearing a skirt or dress, please make sure to wear tights or leggings or something (protect your bits). Wear shoes (yes, for real) and let’s go ahead and see those feet covered (no flip flops or high heels, please.) In short, if the audience is thinking about what you were wearing, or knows what color your underwear are, you’re wearing the wrong thing. As proud as you might be about your rock hard abs, save it for your photo shoot for the Sexy Improvisers of San Diego Calendar.
Show up for the Show
If you are here as part of a previously arranged show with an established rehearsal schedule, you and your team are expected to be on time and present for all rehearsal times. In all cases, you and your team should be present and ready to go for all established show call times. We wanted to write this one down, even though we think it’s pretty obvious.
This is improvisation, we get it. It may take you to strange and bizarre places, some of which may be considered “blue” or “off-color”. You are invited and encouraged to play to the top of your intelligence.
There’s a whole world of things going on out there beyond boners, gynecologists offices and smoking ganja. Get inspired/agitated/joyful/confused and bring a point of view to the stage. Respect yourself and your fellow players. We are an inclusive and diverse group and welcome all to our theatre. Respect the audience. Denigrating social groups just makes you look like a ding dong. Not the yummy chocolaty kind.
We of course encourage all performers to seek out every available performance opportunity. That said, when you have been scheduled for shows at FCI, we consider that a handshake. Once we shake on it, we’re counting on you. Don’t leave us hanging. That’s just not cool to your ensemble or the theatre.
It’s that easy!
If you have questions, ask. We hope that our relationship with you is a long lasting and mutually beneficial one. Most importantly–have fun, and keep striving to produce the finest, highest quality shows out there for our audiences.
To use your guest team comp tickets you MUST submit a guest comp form by noon of the day BEFORE your show. NO exceptions. Please send one request form per show.SUBMIT COMP REQUEST
Need rehearsal space?
Call 619-306-6047 to book our classroom or Greenroom for rehearsals. Just $20 an hour for improv teams. Discounts for weekdays 9-5 and longterm bookings.