YBY ep 283: Travis Charles Ploeger of iMusical and his lifelong love affair with music!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I present my chat with Travis Charles Ploeger, the director/founder of Washington Improv Theater’s longest running ensemble, iMusical: The Improvised Musical.
Over the course of his career, Travis Charles Ploeger has helped to create and perform over 2,000 improvised musicals to audiences across the country. He joined Washington Improv Theater and created iMusical in 2006, after an eight-year career as the music director and pianist for Chicago City Limits in New York City. As a director/performer in NYC, Travis was a founding member of “I Eat Pandas,” with Eliza Skinner and Glennis (McMurray) McCarthy; and, he performed on the stages of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, People’s Improv Theater and Magnet Theater.
In our conversation, Travis tells me about his lifelong love affair with music. The guy’s first word was piano; It seems predestined that he’d be performing music throughout his life.
Travis tells me that when he found musical improv, he felt like he had finally found his niche. He loves performing. He loves spontaneous songwriting. He learned so much in his foray as musical director for Chicago City Limits.
Travis shares that CCL and his NYC improv community gave him the confidence to create his own show, so when he moved to Washington DC, he did just that. He created iMusical and he has been running that show for 15 years now. Travis gives some great advice about what it takes to maintain a show for that long.
This was a great chat with improviser, pianist, music director, songwriter, composer, and performer, Travis Charles Ploeger. Support Travis by going to see iMusical! They are performing on October 9th as part of A DASH OF WIT at Atlas Performing Arts Center! Come out and support Travis and his Washington Improv Theater team!
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