Philly Improv Theater is excited to announce our directors for the new house teams ahead of auditions on May 17th. Please help us welcome Jessica Snow and Bobby Lang to the directing family! These two were our first choices to direct new house teams and we think that those lucky few who are chosen for new teams will benefit tremendously from the experience, training and talent both bring to new teams. Of course, it’s an added bonus that Jess and Bobby are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet or work with as well.
You probably already know Jess as a PHIT instructor who has performed in the past house teams Activity Book, Davenger, and INDUSTRIAL (the unofficial “first house team” at PHIT). Jessica started improvising in high school, she was captain of a short-form group in college – where she also performed in a Commedia Dell’Arte ensemble – and is a founding member of Philly short-form group The N Crowd.
Jess is a real student of improv too – she’s trained at PHIT, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (NYC) and workshopped with a list of wonderful instructors including: Betsy Stover, Asaf Ronen, Keith Johnstone, Ari Voukydis, Jeff Griggs, Douglas Sarine, Seth Morris, Billy Merritt, Chris Gethard, Eliza Skinner, Kevin McDonald, Karen Wight, Dave Warick, Jill Bernard, Alexis Simpson, Kelly Jennings, Ed Nevraumont and Scott Greer.
Bobby is a current member of the house team Dr. Sleepover and was previously part of the indie group, Deleted Scenes (six Bucks County Community College students that utilized suggestions to create movies with the help of puppets). Deleted Scenes the first team from a community college to ever advance to the finals of the National College Improv Tournament.
Bobby has studied at PHIT under Mike Marbach, Jason Grimley, and Steve Kleinedler. He has also studied at the Magnet Theater in New York under Rick Andrews, Elana Fishbein, and Armando Diaz and at the Peoples’ Improv Theater in New York under Leslie Collins and Kevin Cragg. Bobby began his improv journey in 2010 studying both short form and longform improvisation under Bill McLaughlin at Bucks County Community College.
Those performers interested in auditioning for one of these new teams still have time to register for a slot! Auditions will be held Saturday May 17th between 10AM – 5PM with callbacks happening Monday May 19th between 7PM – 10PM. Read our audition post for more info and how to register. There are only a few spaces left!
Congrats to Jessica and Bobby! We’re all looking forward to the amazing work these two dedicated performers will no doubt display when they turn to directing and their teams premiere later this summer!