Rebecca Goldman has been one of the most dedicated members of the Unscripted community since we opened our doors. Anytime we've needed anything - a spare player in a show, a person behind the Box Office, a Technical Improviser, or a Host - she's been the first person to step up. We were thrilled to learn more about what motivates Rebecca to remain a pillar in the Tampa Bay improv scene.
How did you get started doing improv? What's your story?
I grew up doing theater and we played a lot of Viola Spolin’s theater games. When I was in high school, I was cast as an apprentice actor for the Pocono Renaissance Faire and realized that improv could be a performance in itself. I studied short form while I was in college. But it wasn't until I moved to Tampa in 2000 that I discovered long form and really started perform with groups.
What have you been involved with at Unscripted? What's your favorite memory so far?
I play in Whose Line St Pete and Flash Fiction, and host the Cagematch and Westworld Unscripted. I think my favorite memory so far has been the first Flash Fiction show. It was such an interesting concept and super exciting to see it work.
What's your personal approach to improv?
Have fun! It's like a grown up game of make believe. When we’re kids it's so easy to create these elaborate story worlds we play out with our friends, but we lose that as we get older. Sure there are rules and manuals on how build a great scene. But really what we're doing is relearning what we used to do so naturally as child. We're playing!
If you had to choose one memory about doing improv that sticks out in your mind, what would it be?
Playing the Del Close Marathon in 2015. Our show was okay. The headline shows were amazing. But my favorite part was the almost 2 hours standing out in the rain waiting to get into a theater I never actually got into - we were all in it together. Huddling and sharing umbrellas, but also sharing stories and experiences.
What sort of advice would you have for a new person who wants to be part of the Unscripted community?
Just do it.
What do you hope for the future of the theater and the St. Pete improv scene?
I hope it continues to grow and evolve. Just the fact that a place like Unscripted exists is a move in the right direction. There are lots of places you can go to take classes, and hope you are chosen to play on a team. The great thing here is you can take classes, create teams organically, and have a place to perform when you're ready.
Olives are gross.
You can see Rebecca monthly on 4th Thursdays in Flash Fiction, Friday nights as host of the Comedy Cagematch, on Saturday nights in Whose Line St. Pete as part of the Unscripted Players and as Assistant Director and Co-Park Operations Manager in Westworld Unscripted through the end of May.