Kari’d away: USF senior Hannah Prince discovered improv last year in a campus lab led by Jobsite favorite Kari Goetz (who was studying for her master’s), and went on to found ImprovUSF with six other students. That group spawned the independent non-profit improv troupe Post Dinner Conversation, which performs at spaces as varied as Tampa Pitcher Show and Roosevelt 2.0.
Why the name Post Dinner Conversation? “After people go out to eat, they come to our show. We’re kind of like dessert.”
What distinguishes PDC: “We’ve created our own style — we call it Improv 360. We kind of also got a name for ourselves as being the edgy, younger crowd. We’ve grown up with Adult Swim and raunchy cartoons. We push the envelope.”
But they don’t think of themselves as actors: “It’s actually funny no one in the group has any theater experience, which is kinda crazy. We perform a whole hell of a lot. It’s really about communicating. Making everything up as we go along, it’s important to make everyone else up there understand what you’re saying and what you mean.”
Going for the gold: This year’s ImprovUSF meetings will be modeled on the Olympics. “We’re going to teach all these new people how to improvise and then make them break into teams and compete against each other.” Many of the students are in engineering or biomedical sciences; improv, says Prince, is their only creative outlet.
She’s hooked: Ever since getting into improv, Prince, a communications major, has been gravitating toward performance. Now she’s applying to grad programs in performance studies.
What are the most common audience suggestions? “If it’s a relationship, the answer is usually brother and sister. If it’s an object, it’s either food or a penis. Siblings, food and genitalia — that’s already a fun set!”
Gender essentialism. Thumbs down.
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