In addition to Rachelle Martin's job as Props Artisan at the IRT, she is also the Artistic Director of the nonprofit local comedy group INDYPROV! Read on to see how she's being creative with this group during this time at home.
Like the IRT, our work culminates in front of large crowds of people. We perform in venues all around town, offer classes and corporate training, and rehearse once a week. Needless to say, all of that is sidelined now. So I've been working with my fellow directors, board members, and troupe members to keep our spirits high and our crowd still engaged.
For the last couple weeks of March, I issued a Director Challenge to a different member each day that they must complete and share on social media. I challenged members to write and perform limericks, have a rap battle where your opponent chooses the subject of your rap, to recreate famous movie scenes using household items, we even had a Quarantine Halloween Costume Contest!
It's been challenging to shift from such an interactive audience experience to the medium of social media and video content, but my friends in the group are overwhelmingly creative and knocking the whole thing out of the park. We hold weekly Happy Hours where we answer questions and talk about comedy, and we've continued the social media challenges. We can't wait until we can reunite and perform in front of audiences again. Until then, we're making the best of it and exploring different ways to be creative in this strange time.
What is inspiring you right now?
Seeing families spending time together who normally wouldn't get to, the outpouring of love from friends online, seeing the planet recover a bit from less people's influence.
What was your favorite show or most challenging project you worked on at the IRT?
Boeing Boeing, because the ticket office gals had the fun idea of dressing like the stewardesses, but we had to collaborate with Costume Shop Manager Guy Clark to get some pieces, lots of fun!
Do you have a dream show you you'd love to work on - either in your role or a different one?
I've always wanted to do Little Shop of Horrors. I don't act, but. I would for the chance to play Audrey!
What piece of art, music, or creativity in general do you always like to see, listen to, or do?
I watch A LOT of movies, I love film!
What do the arts mean to you?
The arts are a way for us to see the world in a different way than what we are used to, broaden your minds!
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