YBY ep 301: Jermaine Trice gives a stage to underrepresented performers.
This episode of Yes But Why, I sat down to chat with Jermaine Trice, improviser and artistic director of The Improv Place (US).
Jermaine Trice is the founder of The Improv Place in the US. He is a Chicago native who has been performing long form, short form, musical, and experimental improv off and on since the late 1990s, starting with Second City.
I had a great time chatting with Jermaine. He is an unending font of creativity. From dancing to writing poetry to making theater, Jermaine Trice is always looking for new ways to express himself. He has so many creative ideas and he works on lots and lots of them.
We talk about how Jermaine loves to take things apart to see how they work; and then, put them back together in his own new way. This is certainly how he approaches his art. This is also how he got into a career in technology.
His early adoption of new techniques in technology not only opened doors for making funny videos, it also got him a job teaching a professional development course on new technology to high school teachers. This job as a teacher plus the creative outlet he picked up on the side at Second City built the groundwork for Jermaine to start his theater, The Improv Place (US).
Founded in 2019, The Improv Place believes that all voices should be heard, that every person who has a dream to perform should have the opportunity to do so. Jermaine created The Improv Place as a safe haven for performers who are overlooked, underutilized and misunderstood by mainstream theaters.
Jermaine and I connected on the group which I’m always talking about, Improvisers Talking About Food. Jermaine’s love of cooking and performing came together in 2020 as Pandemic Chef. You can check out all those episodes on the Improv Place website!
Jermaine Trice’s platform for new voices, TheImprovPlace.org, creates lots of content online. Jermaine is out there all the time, meeting improvisers, making new videos and teaching improv workshops. Connect with him at The Improv Place to join his open-hearted community!
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