In Improv Level 5, we focus on building ourselves as better performers; we reflect on what we admire about other performers, where we struggle, how we’re growing, and what makes us strong improvisers. We’re nurtured towards the best version of ourselves: strong, healthy, rooted, playful. We bring this learning to Level 6, where we begin learning how to build a better show. The implication here is important: to have a strong show and a strong team, you need to have strong players.
Welcome to the Inner Orbit Interview Series, where I bother LGBT+ and female-identifying performers about their lives and experiences as comedians. This week’s subject is a stunning, curly-haired wonder woman named Lisa Michalsky.
Our latest intern of the week is Kaitlin Sands! I can't think of a better person to be crowned Intern of the Week for the first week of Term 2. As a veteran intern, Kaitlin really shines when it comes to mentoring new additions to our intern family. She is a kind, delightful human, and her genuine love for this community is contagious. Get to know more about Kaitlin by reading this interview we had on a rooftop patio while eating a bunch of really expensive lobsters!
In the fall of 2004 I was in the seventh grade and the television network ABC premiered a show called “LOST”. The elevator pitch for the first season is basically “a plane crashes on a mysterious island with hostile inhabitants and the passengers strive to survive, and there’s a hatch.” Anyone who has watched the show knows, as the seasons progress, the concept of the show strays a bit from this as complexities unravel and relationships form.
I don’t know how to say farewell to this place, but I have to try. So I think this is about moving on, right?
My name is Raye Maddox and I’ve worn a few hats here at Dallas Comedy House over the past three years: Patron, student, Night Intern, House Manager, tech, performer, general busybody, writer, Teaching Assistant, Block Party Host, Intern Coordinator, Assistant to the Training Center Director, Pin Entrepreneur, Bartender, Server, and Cook, in chronological order.