Meet fresh new member Piper R!
How long have you been improvising?
I’ve been doing improv for two years, but this is my first year as part of the Edmonton theatre community and as a member of the UIG.
What or who got you interested in improv?
I found that improv was the perfect poison for me when started to realize that I was trying far too hard on stage in serious roles. SO, I took that weird approach to humour theatre, shook it up, added some pop culture references, and now here I am improvisin’ it.
What is the best part about being a member of UIG?
Some people say that they can feel the energy in a room; the energy in a room filled with UIG folks is a psychedelic
and super accepting one.
What advice would you give someone interested in trying improv?
Just say yes. As an improvisor, if you feel yourself lurching towards the stage when you feel a need for a change in the scene, trust yourself and just do it! Just say yes to giving it a try, and be open to every scene, character, or suggestion that comes your way.
Why should someone come to a UIG show?
Well, it’s always 100% easier to not go to the show (logistically speaking) but it’s also 100% delightful to laugh at at least one scene in a UIG show, especially when there’s rapping involved!
The UIG is a diverse group: what is your field of study/work/interest outside of improv?
I’m a theatre technician living in an actor’s world and I’m in my first year at the U of A in the BA/BEd Drama program! I really like elaborate latte art, puns of all genres, climbing rocks, and shaggy dogs.
Editors Note: Piper is one of this seasons Jam Officer's. Catch her and the others on Thursday's for our weekly jam!