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Keith Habersberger announced as new CIT Producer
Keith Habersberger began his relationship with CIT in 2007 when he competed in the first ever CIT (then known as CCC, the College Comedy Competition) with the Illinois State University "Improv Mafia."
In the second year of the tournament, Keith was the team captain of the Improv Mafia, and IM went on to win the 2008-2009 CIT National Championship.
Since graduating college, Keith worked as an emcee (2009-10), assistant producer (2010-2011), and associate producer (2011-2012) of the tournament.
On Sunday, September 9th 2012, Keith was officially named Producer of the College Improv Tournament. Keith is prepared for the challenge of running the world's largest improv tournament, and considers himself extremely fortunate to have this opportunity.
Keith wants to wish all the teams good luck in this year's tournament, and he is excited to see how the 6th year of this tournament plays out over the next 6 months.
The Importance of Friendshipby Keith Habersberger
If you know me, you know that I am a huge proponant of improv groups being more than just people who rehearse and perform improv. I think the key to excellent improv lies in the relationships beyond the stage.
During my time in college, I quickly learned that our improv group was a lot like a fraternity. In addition to meeting to rehearse on Saturdays and Mondays and meeting to perform on Tuesdays, we also reserved days for non-improv fun. Thursday nights were always hangout nights, and we would go to one of the members' apartments and party like college kids do. We had dinner together before every show, and we goofed off after almost every rehearsal and show. We spent about 10 hours a week hanging out as a 15 person group. We rolled deep.
Bonding off the stage helped our group just as much as honing our skills in rehearsal. We learned more about each other's past, and we shared moments of happiness, as well as vulnerability. We made mistakes in front of one another, and we picked each other up after those mistakes.
All of these shared moments strengthened our relationships with one another, and our strengthened relationships made noticeable improvements in our shows. When we noticed that hanging out was really helping us grow, we hung out even more.
By the time I graduated, my college improv group had blown far past the status of friends, and had moved toward much more of a family. Our weekly schedule looked something like this:
Monday night rehearsal, Tuesday night show, Wednesday night movie, Thursday night hangout, Friday night hangout, Saturday long form rehearsal, and Sunday night dinner.
Maybe we were a little excessive, but we were excessive together... and we loved every minute of it.
TIPS FOR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE IMPROV TEAM.
Running a college improv team is rarely one person's responsibility. The ideal team is filled with improvisers who all share a similar expectation for their group, and who discuss how to achieve the goals they lay out for themselves.
Have each group member share a year-long goal for themself and the group. Talking about what you all want to achieve will help everyone understand the expectations of the group and will excite everyone to work toward those goals.
Regular Rehearsals, Regular Shows
The best groups in the country rehearse AND perform at least once a week. College is one of the only times in your life that you will be able to draw a large, consistant crowd to perform for. Take advantage of this situation, and experiment with as many forms of improv as you can as long as you have an audience to bounce things off of.
Make Coming to Your Show the Easy Choice
Have a regular show on a Tuesday or Wednesday night at 7 or 8 when nothing better is going on. Have the show be free or only charge 1-3 dollars. College kids are poor, but your probably already know that.