Breaking into Improv

FST Improv is now in its 19th year and has more than 20 members! To help you get to know the improvisers better, we’re going to be sitting down with cast members and picking their brains about improv, taking risks, and their lives offstage. Next up on the chopping block is former FST Acting Apprentice Patrick Jackson. FST Improv performs every Saturday and select Fridays in … Continue reading Breaking into Improv

Panek! At the (Bowne’s) Lab

Joey Panek entertains on stages and small screens throughout the Gulf Coast. He toured as a professional actor for 14 years, and has produced and starred in many web series. By day, he’s the Senior Producer of Suncoast View at WWSB ABC7 in Sarasota. By night, he’s the proud father of a long-haired chihuahua named Lulu. We sat down with Panek to discuss how improvisation … Continue reading Panek! At the (Bowne’s) Lab

Up Close and Personal : Natasha Samreny

FST Improv is now in its 19th year and has more than 20 members! To help you get to know the improvisers better, we’re going to be sitting down with cast members and picking their brains about improv, taking risks, and their lives offstage. Our first victim was Natasha Samreny. FST Improv performs every Saturday and select Fridays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre. To see … Continue reading Up Close and Personal : Natasha Samreny

How Improv Changed My Life

By Madison McAllister and Becca Jennings The benefits of laughter are not breaking news. Laughter has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, reduce blood pressure, and stimulate the mind. So then is it any surprise that Improv, which provides abundant laughs, could actually be life changing? From the Hospital to the Courtroom to the Newsroom and beyond, these five improvisers all claim one major, seemingly … Continue reading How Improv Changed My Life

Eminent Entertainment

By Benedict Burgess FST Improv returns, reviving old favorites and expanding into new forms. The season kicks off with audience favorite Out of Bounds, a competitive improv show where teams face off in a gut-busting battle. “We’re doing things a little differently this year,” says Will Luera, FST’s Director of Improv. “We’re forming a total of eight distinct teams. Every Saturday night, the audience decides … Continue reading Eminent Entertainment

Stacey Smith – Up Close and Personal

Stacey Smith can’t sit still. Mediocrity and stasis are anathema to her. The idea of performing the same improv style or format forever scares her, so nothing is off limits to her. She describes her new show, StaceJam, as “A 40-minute party that is chaotic fun.” She’s party of not one, not two, but FOUR improv groups – STACKED, Brouhaha, ImprovBoston, and StaceJam. We sat down with … Continue reading Stacey Smith – Up Close and Personal

2 Men. No Limits.

Do you love the circus? Did you die from laughter watching The Three Stooges or The Marx Brothers? Canadian tag-team duo 2-MAN NO-SHOW has performed high stakes, highly physical improv across North America for a decade, and has become one of Canada’s top comedy acts. We sat down with Isaac Kessler, one half of 2-MAN NO-SHOW, to learn more about his adventures with comedy partner Ken Hall … Continue reading 2 Men. No Limits.

Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal

This year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival will bring over 20 troupes from around the world to Sarasota for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One person you will see sprinting from one performance to another is Kaci Beeler. Kaci is a member of  not one, but TWO Austin-based improv groups, Available Cupholders and Parallelogramophonograph (Pgraph, for short). Keep reading to get to know how Kaci juggles being … Continue reading Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal