“The Teenyboppers” is our troupe’s new name!

The teen improv troupe has been bringing laughter to the community since Spring 2019.

Improv is a fun, fast-paced art form that requires the actor to think outside of the box. It demands focus, a willingness to listen and engage, and tells a story without the safety net of a script.

Troupe members explore and develop their improv, storytelling, acting, and teamwork skills in a safe, supportive environment. They work on acting exercises, short-form improv games, as well as long-form improv activities.

Our Education & Community Engagement Department introduced the Teen Improv Troupe as a way to create additional performance opportunities for teens. The long-term goal is for this group to be ambassadors of the theatre and bring laughter to the community.

Director

Luke Manual McFatrich

Luke Manual McFatrich

Luke Manual McFatrich has directed, written, and performed in many productions across the Southeast. By day, he is the Digital Development Associate at Venice Theatre, where he also is an instructor and directs the teen improv troupe. In addition to his dramatic endeavors, Luke is an MBA candidate at the University of Central Arkansas, a podcast co-host, a singer/musician, a curly hair grower, and the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Dingbat Theatre Project in Sarasota.

His directing credits include Shrek the Musical, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon with Keirston Murphy, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Gift of the Magi, A Seussified Christmas Carol, and the upcoming The Great American Trailer Park Musical at VT and The SpongeBob Musical with Dingbat. Onstage, Luke has appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shrek the Musical, Brian & Luke’s Live Holiday Jamboree, Head Over Heels, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown, and a one-man production of The Call of the Wild, which he adapted from the Jack London novel.