local ensemble

For the past two years, the Stumptown Improv Festival Local Ensemble has put on some of the most memorable, touching, and hilarious shows at the festival. Huge talent, big hearts, and small egos.

So what is it?
We curate an ensemble of 10-12 local and regional performers that work directly with a Top Notch Coach over the course of one week. You will have four intensive classes, two shows, and a good story to tell your grandkids and/or grandcats.

Are there any costs?
There is no submission fee, but selected performers will be asked to pay a $50 fee to offset the costs of our guest instructor.

How do I apply?
Unfortunately, applications for the Local Ensemble are now closed.

Who's the Top Notch Coach?
Get out your cat-print shirts…Stumptown legend/favorite…from Virginia Jack….Nicole Passmore!!

photo credit:    Connor Low

photo credit: Connor Low

Nicole Passmore is an improviser and comedian who has been performing for nearly 20 years, and teaching improv for over a decade. Originally hailing from Instant Theatre in Vancouver, Nicole is now a performer, director, and faculty member with the Bad Dog Theatre Company in Toronto. Whether solo or with one of her troupes (Virginia Jack; Benjamins), she has performed at festivals across North America, including Improvaganza (Edmonton), Combustion (Toronto), VIIF (Vancouver), MPROV (Montreal), Stumptown (Portland), Out of Bounds (Austin), and the Detroit Improv Festival. Nicole is an understudy for Second City's TourCo, was voted Bad Dog Theatre’s Favourite Instructor in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and can be heard on multiple episodes of the award winning podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself.