Jeff Quintana was in big improv cities for a long time, working the levels of classes, walking in the cold, riding on trains, even sleeping on park benches. Rough stuff for a kid born in a part of Florida that could very well be its own country. Leaving the very a small Miami improv scene in the early 2000's, he eventually found himself learning at some of the best improv institutions in the world, including Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater, Peoples Improv Theater in NYC, Groundlings in LA, Annoyance Theater, One Group Mind, Comedy Sportz, Playground Theater, Second City, and the legendary iO Theater in Chicago.
The plan was always to move back to Miami and set up an improv theater. Last year, that happened. Finding a home at MADE at the Citidel in Miami's North Beach area, Jeff and long time friend Peter Mir opened the doors of Villain Theater on the second floor of a collaborative art space, featuring a cabaret stage reminiscent of the old iO Theater Chicago in Wrigleyville. Starting small and collaborating with other indie groups in town, as well as Just the Funny improv theater and training center in Coral Gables near University of Miami, Villain quickly drew mass audiences and rich acclaim, boasting a large female core of improv students, offering stage time for previously wayward teams in the city, and shows in Spanish to reach a wider audeince. By this past June, Jeff was teaching more than 9 classes a week and selling out shows nightly.
The improv explosion in South Florida has a lot to do with Villain's presence in the state, and now we're bringing that influence to Tampa Bay.
Join Jeff during our opening weekend at Unscripted Theater as Villain Theater invades the bay and brings a little bit of the Magic City to St. Pete! The first in our INVASION SERIES, Jeff joins local veteran improvisers Nicholas Riggs and Darryl Knapp for a very special show on Saturday night at 9p, followed by 6-hour intensive workshop on Sunday that covers the Villain approach and style to long form improv.
WHEN & WHERE
Invasion Show: Saturday Nov. 5, 9 p.m.
Villain Intensive: Sunday Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Unscripted Theatre (map)
Intensive Workshop Tickets are Limited! Get Them Here >>
Tickets to the Show Only are coming soon! Intensive Tickets also get you into the show on Saturday.
Don't miss your chance to surf the wave of excitement coming from South Florida and learn from one of the best Artistic Directors in the improv world. Also, check out Jeff's interview with Jimmy Carrane on the Improv Nerd Podcast this past August where he talks more about the Villain family, his days in Chicago and New York, and his approach to long form.