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August, 2014

Tales from The First Ever Hideout Summer Intensive

This week The Hideout Theatre embarked on its first ever Summer Intensive. On Monday morning at 10am, 26 improvisors from near and far converged on the Hideout to learn from our crack team of improv instructors.

IntensiveEveryday, students of the intensive get a double dose of Hideout knowledge: fundamentals in the morning and narrative essentials in the afternoon. All week students have been raving about the experience.

“It’s hard to express how wonderful this experience has been,” says student Gloria Rabil Bankler “I’m am consistently amazed at the wonderful people improvisers are, wherever they come from. I appreciate them all so much as well as the teachers who are doing a spectacular job teaching information in a way that makes the six hours of instruction fly by. “

Intensive HangoutBy night, the improvisors of the intensive have been hanging with the locals, checking out the sights and many attended the Hideout improv jam on Wednesday to flex their new muscles.

“This is an amazing city filled with brilliant people,” says student Mark Tindle from London. “I am blown away by it and simply cannot put into words what a wonderful, open and loving welcome I have received here. I’m privileged to experience this.”

And it’s not just the improvisors taking the intensive that finding the experience enriching. The Hideout instructors are finding that the intensive is a growing opportunity for them as well.

“It’s a little intimidating to have people from all over the country and the world travel to learn from you,” says instructor Roy Janik. “I’ve been extra conscious to make sure that no moment is wasted. I’ve been leaning towards more exercises that everyone can do in pairs or in a few groups all at once. That way, no one is sitting down for too long, just watching. And of course, this is an excellent way to teach in general. The Intensive just reminded me of that.”

Now that you’ve heard all about these intrepid improvisors, come see what they’ve learned at the Hideout Summer Intensive Showcase Friday at 7:30pm and during Pgraph Presents Friday at 10pm!

And if you just want to try out improv yourself, sign up for our free improv class this Saturday or just take the plunge and sign up for a whole 6-week course!

You won’t regret it!

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The Newest Stage in The Hideout’s Development

Wait. What? What is happening?

Oh, actually, we know! And it’s totally amazing.We’ve built a stage for the downstairs theater. Not just any stage, but a stage to stand the test of time. A stage that will be beautiful and functional, and which will allow us to sit on the stage floor and be seen by the audience.

And when I say we, I mean we’ve been working with the amazing set designer Ia Ensterä to build us a stage. You’ve probably seen Ia’s work around town: in Graham Schmidt‘s Uncle Vanya, in Hyde Park Theater’s Lieutenant of Innismore, in Sky Candy’s Cosmicomics and countless other things.

Almost there!

Design director Kaci Beeler has been working hard on this for a while, and after many meetings and planning sessions that she held with Ia, it’s finally happening.

All of us on the Hideout management team have wanted to show the downstairs some love since we took it back, and now we finally get to.

Ooooing and Ahhhhing may commence now.


A new stage!

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