Cumberland Bridges
Nashville, TN
August 2015

From The Nashville Scene:

“Nashville’s improv scene has heated up in the past few years. Established veteran companies such as Music City Improv and Nashville Improv Comedy have been joined by ambitious upstart LOLNashville to form a solid triumvirate of committed ensembles offering regularly scheduled monthly shows at different venues on both sides of the Cumberland.

LOLNashville’s Aug. 28 gig at The Basement offered Exhibit A of Music City’s growing love affair with the art form, with two shows filling the popular [...]

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Rob Reese hosts the Down Under Improv Festival

Produced by Gotham City Improv and Horse Trade Theater Group, the Down Under Improv Festival will bring together a score of teams from the NYC area and abroad to play and compete for cash prizes and a chance to be victorious in the most Australian Titled Improv Festival in North America! Action will be moved along by yours truly!

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The Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) & Zimbabwe Tour

Continuing working relationships that began at the Amsterdam International Improv Festival, Amnesia Wars joined once again with Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany, and Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe to collaborate on performances and workshops for the festival audience. We then embarked upon a national tour of Zimbabwe, playing to audiences throughout the country.

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The International Clowns

In 2000 Amnesia Wars performed in the 6th Annual The International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands organized by Theatersport Vereniging Amsterdam (TVA).

Also attending this festival were Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe and Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany.

The impro-love-fest that ensued resulted in the formation of the meta-group The International Clowns, which is made up of a fluid cast including members of all three troupes. The International Clowns have since performed Throughout Zimbabwe, Germany, The United States, and came [...]

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6th & 10th International Impro Festivals

In 2000 Amnesia Wars performed in the 6th Annual The International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands organized by Theatersport Vereniging Amsterdam (TVA).

Also attending this festival were Over The Edge from Harare, Zimbabwe and Hidden Shakespeare from Hamburg, Germany. The impro-love-fest that ensued resulted in the formation of the meta-group The International Clowns, which is made up of a fluid cast including members of all three troupes. The International Clowns have since performed Throughout Zimbabwe, Germany, The United States, and [...]

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Git Some

Comedy, music, and more! A long running variety / revue show presenting improvisation, scripted comedy, and an exciting variety of special guest performers. Patrons of the Git Some Variety Show have been exposed to Black Hitler, Renegade Physicists, Not Quite Herpes, and most worrisome: Joan and Melissa Rivers!

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Herd

Amnesia Wars integrates scenes and structures to create a fluid combination of scripted material and longform improvisation.

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Crisis Junkie

After an intensive summer training with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, Crisis Junkie was Amnesia Wars’ first foray into more experimental forms of presenting theatrical improvisation.

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Psycheroticproviholicyesandsomthinvoodoo

Contrary to popular rumors, cast members from Amnesia Wars will not emerge from a giant flying saucer at any point in the show playing a funky bass line. Evidently the Parkside was not large enough for such a large set piece or a dry ice machine. To make matters worse, the guy that they hired, something Stephanopoulos, had been the tour manager for the entirely wrong Clinton!

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Honey Harlowe

In this improvisational theatrical event, Amnesia Wars presented original and classic long-form pieces while mixing it up with scriptless theater companies from around the country.

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U.S. Improvisation Festival(s)

Kansas City, MO Rob worked as a Featured Director and Workshop Teacher for four of these national festivals, in addition to directing and performing for Amnesia Wars.  Before the existence of Amnesia Wars, Rob attended the festival with Big Snaxx, the Chicago based improv company from the mid ’90s which is known for being the first improv company with their own website.

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The Big Stinkin’ International Improv Fest

Rob worked as a Featured Director and Workshop Teacher for three of these popular festivals, in addition to performing for iBlink from Chicago, and directing and performing for Amnesia Wars from New York. Amnesia Wars performed various longform improvisations, and an original one act entitled Pantheon of Convenience.

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Oberlin Improv Conference

In the spring of aught nine Amnesia Wars travelled to Oberlin Ohio to perform and teach at the Oberlin College Improv Conference. Also on the agenda were NY companies Rogue Elephant and I Eat Pandas.

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Three Plays in Search of a Script

Amnesia Wars’ baptismal production, this show introduced the New York audience to a variety of classic and original longforms with the accompaniment of a jazz guitarist.

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Oceania Impro Teaching Tour ’13

Overlapping with the wildly successful mounting of Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe in Auckland, Rob Reese taught a variety of Improv workshops in New Zealand and Australia.

These included workshops for Actor’s Equity Association of Australia and New Zealand in both Sydney, Australia and Auckland, new Zealand. The Wellington Improv Theater, and independant workshops in Auckland and Sydney.

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Workshops In Amsterdam, October 2012

Rob Reese Returns To Amsterdam

After a series of sold-out Amsterdam workshops in February 2010, New York based performer-playwright-director-improviser Rob Reese returns to Amsterdam in the second week of October to run workshops and performances. See below for more details. Spaces are limited and are expected to fill quickly.

Intensive Improv Performance Workshop Series and Show

Rob will run two three-hour workshops on consecutive nights for a limited number of people. These workshops will prepare participants to perform in a [...]

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EasyLaughs, Amsterdam, 2012

I love traveling to Amsterdam to teach and perform with EasyLaughs. They’ve received the 2012 Amsterdam All Improv Grant in order to bring me over again to teach workshops for their company members and students in the autumn of ’12. [...]

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Eux, paris, 2012

’08, ’11, and ’12 during teaching tours through Europe.

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Photos by Jenn Burland

Rob est le directeur artistique de la troupe Amnesia Wars, basée à New York aux Etats-Unis. Avant de rejoindre New York, Rob a joué à iO Theater à  Chicago et y a travaillé avec notamment Mick Napier, Del Close, Charna Halpern… Pour nous, travailler avec Rob était vraiment l’occasion de confronter le Harold que nous avions développé avec son expérience du format. Son enseignement, en particulier sur le caractère [...]

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The Improfessionals
and Impro Academy, Paris, 2011, 2012

In the Januaries and Februaries of 2011 and of 2012 I’ve been lucky to live the expat life while working with the members and students of resident company The Improfessionals, as well as teaching for their educational offshoot The Impro Academy.

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More European tour dates shall be announced for Autumn 2012.

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The Evans/Reese Experience

Think of Nichols and May with less class, Cheech and Chong with fewer drugs, The Smothers Brothers without a common mother, Bush and Cheney, but not as funny. It’s the Evans / Reese Experience Masterful two-hand improvisation for any occasion.

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Jason Evans Rob Reese

“Grand fun;… The advertisements for the show invoke the names of Nichols and May, which turns out to be not mere hubris at all: in terms of intelligence and consistent comic value, Evans/Reese [...]

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Fluxx, London, 2008

Taught workshops for these “specialists in improvisation as performance” as part of my aught eight teaching tour.

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The Flatiron Scriptless Theater Laboratory

he Flatiron Laboratory of Scriptless Theater is an ensemble driven experiment aimed at creating a hybrid form combining the improvisational styles and practices of dance/movement improvisation, musical improvisation, and scenic/theatrical improvisation (sometimes incorrectly called improv-comedy).

Shane Breaux Leigh Ann Cobb Jason Evans Drew Fleming Christopher Grant Jen Kwok Dave McKeel Christin Meador Kamala Sankaram Andrew Singer Marc Adam Smith Lauren Yalango Directed by Rob Reese

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