Meet returning member Micaela A!
How long have you been improvising?
For about 6 years now!
How long have you been involved with the UIG?
This is my second year.
What or who got you interested in improv?
My grade nine social/drama teacher decided he wanted to start an improv group when CIG (Canadian Improv Games) opened up a juniors competition! He encouraged me to try out and the rest is history. I fell in love with improv the same day I got introduced to it.
What is something most people don’t know about UIG?
Just how accepting it is! Improv can be really intimidating for people, especially at a university level. People I have encouraged to come out are worried about a lack of experience but what I always tell them is how accepting the UIG is. It's just one big family of people who all love improv. All of them are at different experience levels and we are all there to learn and have fun. It is such a great community of people who are unbelievably friendly. I've made some incredible friends through the UIG.
What is the best part about being a member of UIG?
The support and the relationships you build. I never feel judged at improv. Monday's and Thursday's are my favourite days of the week because of improv! It's an amazing stress reliever! Quite helpful as a university student.
Are there are scenes or lines that have stuck with you?
One of the first scenes I was ever in was with Mark (Scott) and Quinn. The setting was a house in the sky and Quinn was the owner, I his minion, Mark his long lost son. It was a ridiculous scene and I felt so silly after but then people started commenting on how well I did. It was one of the first times I really put myself out there with this group which is why I think it has always stuck with me!
What advice would you give someone interested in trying improv?
JUST DO IT! Improv is about failing and learning so people should never be afraid to give it a go. Also, I couldn't recommend a better group than the UIG to get your start in the improv world.
Why should someone come to a UIG show?
Because what you are seeing is history being made. YOU and you alone (plus the rest of the audience I guess...) will be the only one to witness what is happening on stage. It can never be repeated. Doesn't that make you feel special? It should.
The UIG is a diverse group: what is your field of study/work/interest outside of improv?
I am in the Faculty of Education as a Drama major and English minor. I hope to teach high school drama one day and coach my own improv team. Oh yeah... and I work at Olive Garden. I can get you some sweet discounts on those dope ass breadsticks.
You can catch Micaela in "Battle Royale" at the Notorious Improv Festival on Friday, January 22, 2016!