Yep, I perform at all three theaters. Trifecta!
What’s the difference amongst UCB/Magnet/PIT, you ask?
Hmm… other than a slight difference in philosophy and approach to improv, not much. All have two stages. Lots of great teachers and performers and students, as well as some less than awesome people. Great shows to watch, some might not be to your taste. A lot of opportunities at each theater, as well as the usual bullshit you’d have to deal with in anything involving the entertainment industry. Some people are nice, some are mean, some are crazy, some are in it for the wrong reasons, and two/three at each place are brilliant.
People tend to stick to one theater due to money (you’d rather take Levels 1-3 at one theater rather than three Level 1s at each, right?) It also ties in to Rule #1 from that thing I reblogged yesterday - “Find a place you trust, then try trusting it for a while.”), and that’s the main thing that leads to brand loyalty, I think.
Some people might wanna debate about how “their” theater is better, but that’s most likely an indication that they’re one of those less-than-awesome people I mentioned before.
So really, not too much difference.
And yes, there’s even more out there! More so than those three theaters! Don’t sit around and beg for any theater’s attention. You create your own opportunities, so work hard, be nice, and make ‘em!
PS: Tonight is my debut with Hello, the PIT’s Friday night musical show. 9:30 p.m. I’m now a “regular” performer at all three theaters.