Makeshift Up & Friends

Makeshift Up is back headlining a show in NWI! Fresh off their appearance at the Endurance Improv Festival, Makeshift up brings their fast-paced “Whose Line” like improv to Crown Point and is sure to not disappoint!

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  • 04/28/2019 1:00 pm - 04/28/2019 1:00 pm

    OK. You can sing. You can improvise. You can even improvise a song or two. Now it’s time to learn how to marry your scene work to support your newly minted song so the story you’re telling before, during, and after the song is cohesive and strong. We explore the fundamental building blocks of doing long-form improvised musicals here!

    Workshop limit is 15
    Early Bird Price (until March 17): $30
    Regular Price (March 18-April 28): $45

    About Your Instructor:
    Nelson Velazquez has been involved in improvisational theatre for the last 13 years. He currently serves as head musical director for Los Improviachis, an improvised musical mariachi band along with director for The Tony Stanzas, a #NWI team that imrpovises complete one-act musicals.

    He is currently the Artistic Director of Salsation Theatre Company, a 20 year old Latino theatre company specializing in sketch and improv comedy. He has trained and performed at Second City Training Center, The Annoyance Theatre, and ComedySportz Chicago and has performed with various groups across the country. He’s also a former associate producer for the Chicago Improv Festival. Nelson was also the founder of the improv program at Crown Point Community Theatre and is currently the CEO for Improductions, LLC. He's taught workshops across the country including The Baltimore Improv Festival, The Chicago Improv Festival, The San Jose Improv Festival, The San Diego Improv Festival The Trill Comedy Festival, Melanin LatinX Comedy Festival, The Nation Improv Summit, and The Grand Rapids Improv Festival. He is also serves as faculty at Second City Chicago.

  • 05/03/2019 8:00 pm - 05/03/2019 8:00 pm

    The First Friday of the month we put together a great line up of stand up comedy and/or improv. This month's show features the inaugural edition of The Northwest Indiana Improv Festival featuring a stacked line up of NWI's greatest improv teams. Disposable Theatre & 9 Bad Basses from Disposable Improv will be there along with The Short Foreman from Beatniks Theater, & Improductions. Tickets can be bought on BrownPaperTickets.com at the find tickets link above. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at 7:30! Show starts at 8:00. Music playing before & after the show.

  • 05/18/2019 8:00 pm - 05/18/2019 8:00 pm

    We’re inviting various improv teams & comedians around the Chicagoland/NWI area. Lots of improv and lots of comedy!

    Food and full bar are available on-site!

    Line-UP TBD

  • 06/02/2019 1:00 pm - 06/02/2019 1:00 pm

    Have you ever watched improv on Whose Line Is It Anyway or gone to the Second City in Chicago and thought, "Hey! I want to do that!" but didn't think you could? Guess what? YOU CAN!!!

    Join us for a FREE improv workshop where you'll get some easy-to-learn, low-pressure instruction on improvisation with people at the same level. Intro students are invited to stick around for the Improv Jam afterward where they get to play in a safe, fun environment with veterans of the improv community. The workshop is a great way to meet people, have fun and discover that you have what it takes to be an improviser. Best of all, it’s free!

    Content is rated at PG-13.

  • 06/22/2019 8:00 pm - 06/22/2019 8:00 pm

    Did you think improv was just about Wayne Brady drinking the Irish drinking song while Drew Carry hits the buzzer constantly? It's NOT! Come see some fun, comedic, unscripted theatre performed between teams consisting of actors form the local community theatre scene and local improvisers. All the world's a stage - it's time to prove it!

    Line-Up TBD

  • 07/20/2019 8:00 pm - 07/20/2019 8:00 pm

    We're known for our improv but we've decided to do something a little bit different. Watch acts bring their best SCRIPTED original material to the stage! We'll be featuring sketch, music, and stand-up for the night.

    Acts TBD

  • 08/24/2019 8:00 pm - 08/24/2019 8:00 pm

    IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVERYBODY! It’s the end of summer and we all now return the early mornings, the rush to get the kids ready for school, the writing of lesson plans, and the pure pandemonium that is education! Well, we now provide COMIC RELIEF to those who need it most – the adults!

    This show will feature acts with an education slant to them. As a token of our appreciation, educators get a DISCOUNT on admission to show our appreciation for everything you do! Get ready to laugh (and cry) when you see what happens when no child gets left behind!

    $10 general
    $8 student
    $6 educator

  • 09/21/2019 8:00 pm - 09/21/2019 8:00 pm

    Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month! We're featuring acts that represent comedy from Latin parts of the world all in one room. Take a trip with us as we laugh in all kinds of languages!

    Line Up TBD

    Tickets $6 Advance/$10 Door

    Food & beverage available on-site

  • 10/26/2019 8:00 pm - 10/26/2019 8:00 pm

    Comedy so funny, it's scary! We're celebrating that time of the year where we all get to go out in public dressed as freaks and not get arrested for it! We have some nightmarish comedy from local improv groups and comedians. Guaranteed to tickle your funny bones!

    Line-up TBD

    $6 advance/ $10 door

    Food and bar available on-site.

  • 11/09/2019 8:00 pm - 11/09/2019 8:00 pm

    We’re featuring a full-length improvised musical with The Tony Stanzas based of YOUR suggestions!

  • 12/14/2019 8:00 pm - 12/14/2019 8:00 pm

    It's that wonderful time of the year...

    ...where we come up with some hot comedy for the cold winter December nights! Check out a special improv show we're cooking just for the holidays.

    Line-Up TBD