This week Spotlight is Megan Carty. Megan started in the very first cohort of students at Spitfire in January and now performs regularly on Friday and Saturday nights. She's helped out behind the Box Office in past seasons and is a regular face in the audience any given night at Spitfire. We caught up with her about fav St. Pete hotspots and pastimes, as well as what drew her to improv.
What's your favorite restaurant in St. Pete?
Lately I seem to keep returning to The Lure. They have a scallop dish named "The Kenny"" that is awesome and I like the space.
Whats your favorite thing to do in St. Pete on a nice day?
Ride my bike down to the North Shore Trail to the Dali and back, taking my time on the way home to check out what's happening downtown. Stopping for a drink along the way definitely is not out of the question...
What's your day job?
I am a Physical Therapist Assistant at an Outpatient Orthopedic Center and I love it!
What drew you to improv?
Well, specifically what drew me to Spitfire was the cute looking theatre and the sign that said "Improv Classes". In general, I have always liked to watch improv and love the way the players utilize their quick thinking skills as well as just general factoids about any movie, music or pop culture reference that one may have in the dark recesses of their (my) mind. Someone in the scene or in the audience is going to get it and that's super fun!
Where did you learn to improvise?
In a galaxy far, far away I actually took Level 1 at Improv Asylum in Boston. It was quite a while ago, but that's where I caught the bug. I have truly learned to improvise right here at Spitfire Theatre.
What's the most memorable moment you've had on stage?
I really liked two scenes I have been in recently. One was with Zach Mouriz where we were in a tub which was two chairs facing each other with our legs draped over each other twirling water and playing with imaginary bubbles. He completely smoked me in the 'Questions Only" game, but it was great to be in a fun scene like that with him. The other was a "Zoom In" bike chase through San Francisco with Sammy Pontello who was playing my shrink, that was laughs as well!
How would you describe your personal style or approach to improv?
Well, I'm still learning a lot, but I try to keep a little bit of myself in the character I am playing. Sometimes a funny smartass comment coming from a frog who might be a drummer in a band in a funeral parade is still a funny smartass comment, and I like to make people laugh.
What makes a good scene in your opinion?
Team work, timing, enthusiasm, action and honesty. Going all out, not holding back and having fun!
If improv didn't exist, what do you think you'd do instead?
For creative fun? I'd be the best and loudest damn car singer in the United States. Oh yeah, I already am... Next question, please.
What are you looking forward to right now, in general?
I am looking forward to learning Narrative Form Improv in my current class. I am also going to New Orleans for Halloween weekend to see the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience which is going to be pretty cool.
How would you describe the Spitfire community in 5 words or less?
Supportive, Inclusive, Creative, Fun, Badass.
If I've never been to Spitfire and I'm not sure if I'd like improv, what would you say to me?
Come to a show!! Saturday's are cool because you can see the short form and the long form shows we do. The shows are less than an hour, so if you find that you don't like it, no harm no foul. But.... I guarantee you will laugh your butt off!!!
You can see Megan perform on Saturday nights in Whose Line St. Pete and on Friday and Saturdays with her team High Heels Toes Up! in The Spitfire Open.