Jim Karwisch, Owner and Director of Instruction
John Sexton, Artistic Director
JaCKPie was an improvisation school and theatre company in residence at Relapse Theatre from 2005 to 2011. I went through an intensive version of Jim Karwisch's JaCKPie program in 2005-2006. That program focused on character & scene work and "The Harold" improv format. In 2011 Jackpie became Groupmind Productions
JaCKPie has had many productions, one-off and recurring, and I have had the opportunity to perform or host many of them. I was among only a handful of veteran actors who were performing in more than one of the four core Featured Productions running in repertoire -- I performed in both First Cut and Improv! The Musical. Below are links to those and the other JaCKPie productions in which I was involved.
It's a live indie movie: independent of script, score or screen. Based off an original movie title provided by the audience, First Cut produces a live, comedic one-shot premiere every show and a different movie genre every other month and one of four core Featured Productions.
IMPROV: The Musical!
Where Improv meets Glee
I have been working with this troupe since Fall 2010. All the challenge of a long-form improv show plus the chops to perform improvised song and dance. This is also one of the four Featured Productions at JaCKPie.
I've been the "source" for a couple shows -- as an open-ended story-teller and doing short sets of stand-up material. I've also hosted a couple times. Improv Monster is one of four Featured Productions at JaCKPie.
Although I was never a member of a regular JaCKPie Harold team, I have enjoyed hosting the show many times during it's four-year run at Relapse.
Improv Mixer with a "wicky-wicky" metronome: scenes start at 4-minutes long and then the intensity builds as the scenes get shorter and shorter. This show was a late Saturday night mixer in 2006 and 2007.