COMMUNITY SESSION OF BOARD MEETING | 9.23.2014

Community In Attendance: Max Kreisky, Ramy Abdel-azim, Bill Barnert, Christine Toohey

Questions:

Q: Any movement on flyering for IB on college campuses?

A: Now that BCAF is done, Tom should be able to focus on efforts like this.

Q: BCAF rocked.

A: We agree. Thank you.

 

Artistic Director Report to the Board of Directors

COMMUNITY

       Alumni Weekend 2014 showcased young alumni alongside alumni going back 3 decades

       IB Awesome Award given to Brendan Mulhern and Emily Holland

       Will Luera given ImprovBoston’s first recognition award at BCAF

       Disability and Outreach Scholarships announced, active

       BCAF 2014 fostered greater IB community ownership, enthusiasm than years past. Buzz on this year’s fest has been wonderful amongst our performers and crew

       Recording and streaming successfully debuted at BCAF to distinctly positive reception

       Recording game plan and IP assurances delivered to extended IB community; recording begins 10/1 for most shows

       Reached out to IB comics for dialogue to help us deliver camera capabilities in a way that honors standup-specific concerns. De facto recordings for standup shows on hold.

       2nd Annual StageSource Theater Expo yields new audiences, students and creative partnership leads.

       ImprovBoston receives 3 feature Boston Globe articles for BCAF, Jonathan Katz and BLANK! The Musical in 2-week stretch.

       Featured on Boston SAG/AFTRA panel in August

       IB supporting new Riot theater in JP, programming monthly IB performance there and will donate back any proceeds to Riot.

SHOWS

       Boston Comedy Arts Festival 2014 featured 90+ acts across 4 stages and 5 nights

       Boston auditions sent 5 IB improvisers to NYC callbacks for BLANK! the musical. 5 additional IB alumni made final rounds of auditions. Rehearsals begin October for November previews.

       Next round of show proposals due 1/15

       Wednesday/Thursday programming shift proving successful: Harold Night scoring better attendance than previous Thursday averages. Comedy Lab & Kerfuffle hold strong. Mainstage and Naked Comedy not building Thursday momentum yet.

       Gorefest 2014: revival of Penny Dreadful in the Studio Theater last 2 weeks of October under direction of Matt Chapuran and producer Christine Toohey.

       ImprovBoston performed at Austin’s Out of Bounds and Providence Improv festivals

       Jonathan Katz capped BCAF with show featuring TBS’ Funniest Wins finalist and IB alum Jenny Z.

       Holiday show schedule set with IB-produced Holiday Spectacular directed by Allen McRae, Kevin Quigley and John Serpico.

COMEDY SCHOOL

       New Drop-In trifecta rolled out: YAP, Adv Improv Drop-In & Free I-2-I (Intro to Improv)

       601 (IB’s Signature AllForm) roll out next session.

       Free Music Improv intensive offered to resident casts

       Free 3-week Directing Workshop offered to women with strong directing potential. Sponsored by IB, taught by Rachel Klein, Lori Strauss and Deana Criess.

       NYC alum Josh Gondelman (John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight) to teach 2 workshops and guest with Mainstage in December.

MISC

       ImprovBoston receives 1st IRNE Award in recognition of our 30+ year legacy

       In consideration to host StageSource General Auditions this spring

       Working on annual Artistic Vision progress assessment

Managing Director Report to the Board of Directors 

OPERATIONS/GENERAL

•       Gigity video recording and archiving system successfully installed and launched for   BCAF to widespread praise from festival artists

       Internal policies and procedures developed around IB recording/archiving/streaming

       Launching IB recording/archiving Oct 1

       Emily Holland has departed for LA; Jamie Loftus up and running


COMEDY SCHOOL

           Summer ComedyCamps successful. 272 participants for 2014 (vs. 228 for 2013)

           Summer enrollment dip is over. Registration for Session 5 has been open for less than 2 weeks and we have almost surpassed last sessions final enrollment. (2.5 weeks to go)

           Overhauled weekend Drop-In structure to include FREE intro classes (I-2-I, Advanced, YAP)

           Offering free 3 week directing workshop for aspiring female directors

BCAF

       300+ performers, 90 acts, 5 nights, 4 stages; 1 awesomely successful festival

       Significant year over year operational improvement and artist experience

       Volunteer & Staff webinars pre-festival to provide clarity

       Increased IB/BCAF branding for festival (step & repeat banner, signage, shirts, etc)

       Overall attendance 1541, up 257 year over year