The Muhlenberg Theatre Associations sponsors many performance ensembles which meet and showcase their work regularly. Performance Ensembles allow members the opportunity to develop performances which thrive on the a group dynamic. Below are the performance ensembles currently sponsored by the MTA.
M.I.A. (The Muhlenberg Improvisation Association)The MTA's first and oldest performance ensemble was founded in 2007 with the goal of making people laugh through improv comedy.
MIA was originally spawned in fall 2007. Two men, Josh Tewell and Dan Jimenez, came together with the brilliant notion of putting together an improv group. Over the course of six years, MIA has done over 25 shows, including two shows off-campus in New York City. They have done performances for many different groups, from raising a good sum of money for the 2011 class council through their show in winter to performing during the 2008 Arts Week. In 2009 they performed at benefits for both Cystic Fibrosis on Campus and Active Minds. Also in 2009, the group was honored with a Henry Award for Performance Ensemble of the year. In 2012 they opened for New York City's most popular improv group--the Upright Citizens Brigade. Having found many achievements, the group hopes to do even more and continue to work towards their always initial goal: to make people laugh.
An Artist CollectiveAn Artist Collective is the only interdisciplinary performance group on campus. As a group, they seek to bring together a diverse ensemble of artists (actors, dancers, painters, writers, musicians, photographers, sculptors, mathematicians, linguists, finger painters...) to relate to and inspire one another. Members will have chances to participate in and lead workshops in different forms of artistic expression and community art installations on and around campus. Artist Collective is shaped heavily by the ideas and input of its members, so in many ways Artist Collective is a chance to bring the special, creative, artistic talents and ideas that you have into a group of people that is eager to listen and play.
Fun with Science
Fun with Science is Muhlenberg's premiere sketch comedy group! After a wildly successful first year, Fun with Science is excited to bring laughter to the Berg Campus through their numerous stage and video sketches. They are just a group of fun loving actors and writers, ready to spread their passion for comedy and "science".
Check them out online at youtube.com/FunWithScienceMC
Damsels in Excess
Muhlenberg's all-female comedy troupe. We like to play with improv and sketches and explore the different dynamic of having a lady-powered group.
UiP (Unscripted Improv Project)
UiP, or Unscripted Improv Project, was founded in the fall of 2009 by Roxy Schoenfeld, Lauren "Saky" Satkwich, and Emily Spadaford, three sophomores who wanted to bring long-form improv to Muhlenberg. Priding themselves on working through the learning process as a team, the group has done only a many shows, valuing exploring the nuances of each of the exercises/games before putting them in front of the audiences. Long-form improv is a form of improvisation in which extended stories are built. The focus is less on the comedy and more on the building of plot, although humor will naturally arise!
Check them out online at youtube.com/user/SongSycleBerg
The Rude Mechanicals
The Rude Mechanicals seek to explore the diverse contemporary world, as well as the all-inclusive experience of being human, by producing original work based off the writing of William Shakespeare. The group is passionate about investigating and defining the world around us through Shakespeare, and vice versa, and are dedicated to developing imaginative, accessible, thoughtful, multidisciplinary, cooperative, and artistic experiments with his work. In addition to cultivating new pieces, The Rude Mechanicals ensemble will serve as a laboratory for creative development in young artists from all backgrounds and disciplines as we play and learn together as a company.