Impy

Impy is an improv management platform for your improv group, available on https://impy.app.

The platform aims to be a all-encompassing, group-first platform catering to the needs of an improv theatre group. It is accessible as website and as a web app. Tens of Flemish improvisational theatre groups use Impy to manage their events, members, games, workshops and other improv knowledge.

(Note: all screenshots use substituted data for privacy reasons, hence the combination of English/Dutch in the screenshots. The website itself is completely in Dutch, although there are plans for providing an English version as well later. Click on the screenshots to enlarge them)

Calendar

Impy's main page is the calender, both as a month overview as well as a list of all events, e.g. workshops, shows or other activities.

Group members can easily mark their attendance on the calender, as well as the event page itself. This way, the rest of the group knows for how many people to prepare the workshop, and who to wait for at the start of trainings

The calender page, displaying the month overview and the event list
The calender page, displaying the month overview and the event list

Role management

One of the most useful features on Impy for improv troupes is the event role management system. Members can indicate their preference for certain roles, e.g. for presenting an improv show, or coaching a workshop. Group admins can easily specify roles exactly to their needs for every event, and group members know exactly who else is fulfilling what role.

An example of an Impy event, being a show with three roles, namely a musician, presenter and actors
An example of an Impy event, being a show with three roles, namely a musician, presenter and actors

Group admins can easily remove and add members, even when they did not themselves apply. Roles can be locked when the admin committee has selected the people to fulfill a certain role. They can also limit the number of people that can register for a particular role, and indicate a minimum number required

event role options

To make sure everybody marked their attendency status for a particular event, group admins can easily remind all people that were recently active, but did not respond yet. A member is active if they were present in one of the events in the last couple of months, or having joined the group in that period.

remind people

Announcements

Group announcements can easily be send to all group members, and will also be displayed at the top of the calender for a particular time.

announcements

Advanced role planner

For large improv groups, it can be quite a tedious task in general to plan which actor is playing where and when, based on their possible future attendancies. Impy aims to help with the *advanced role planner.

This planner behaves as a table, with every active member as a row, and every event as a column. Each event has a column of buttons for every role it contains.

In this overview, members attendancy statuses are marked with green (going), orange (interested), black (not going) or grey (not responded). This way, an group admin can plan which member performs which role when, based on their marked attendancy status.

The advanced role planner, showing the members and their availabilities and roles for every event.
The advanced role planner, showing the members and their availabilities and roles for every event.

The overview also provides statistics for how often a member went to recent workshops, and fulfills a particular role in a chosen time.

Some advanced role planner options for controlling which events and members to view, and which extra statistics should be provided.
Some advanced role planner options for controlling which events and members to view, and which extra statistics should be provided.

Member overview

The main group page contains information about the group and their members. When clicking on a member, one can easily see how often they came to activities recently and what their roles in upcoming and past events are.

Members are also able to share their address and phone number with associated group members, such that these can easily be looked these up when necessary.

Viewing the past & future activities of a particular group member
Viewing the past & future activities of a particular group member

The group system also contains a system for managing wiki-like group information.

Improv knowledge

Impy also serves as a central improv knowledge hub between all improv troupes using the platform. It contains easily searchable improv games, theory and workshop preparations.

Games

Impy contains hundreds of easily searchable improv games. Search tags include the type of game (warm-up game, scene game, audience interaction), the number of players, whether it's an exercise or show game and what skills the game uses or practises.

General improv games overview
General improv games overview
Example of searching for a warm-up and association game.
Example of searching for a warm-up and association game.

Games themselves do not only tags and explanation, but also variations, tips and related sources added by other members of the Impy improv community.

An example of a game explanation
An example of a game explanation

Theory

Impy members can also add theories that they have about improv, e.g. how to establish a character well or where to draw inspiration from in certain situations. Such theories can be limited to only being visible within your improv group, or shared with the rest of the Impy community.

The theories overview
The theories overview

There is also a list of jargon terms that are often used in improv.

terms

Trainings

Members can add their workshop preparations to Impy, thus preserving this improv knowledge for their improv groups in years to come.

General training list overview
General training list overview

These workshop preparations link to elements of the existing games & theories database, thus making it easy for people to know what a particular game is. This solves the issue of improv games having many different names, and that might even change over time within an improv group.

training view

Creating such a training has an easy search, drag & drop interface to easily create your training and reorder its elements

training edit

The training preparation can easily be linked to training events, enabling group members to quickly find more information about the workshop they had (or missed) earlier.

training linking

Library

Impy also provides a object lending system within improv groups. This can be useful for lending improv books or theatre attributes to other group members.

An overview of loanable items of a particular group
An overview of loanable items of a particular group
Overview of all objects that are requested to be loaned, or currently being lended.
Overview of all objects that are requested to be loaned, or currently being lended.

These resources, as well as links to blogs and websites, also serve as a way for Impy members to educate themselves in a more diverse way about improvisational theatre and their techniques.

Notifications

Impy provides a notification system, both on the website, as well as through mail and push notifications.

The Impy notificiation page
The Impy notificiation page

Join Impy

Want to join Impy with your improv group? Contact me (e.g. through Twitter or mail) to gain access!

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