Creatures of Impulse

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, the City of Pleasanton and the Firehouse Arts Center (FAC) are committed to providing theater arts to our community in what is the new normal. 

Our FAC and Library and Recreation team is working to develop new creative civic arts programming as allowed by the County Health Order for our residents young and old. Please continue follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the new programs. In the meantime, please continue to join us weekly for Pleasanton LIVE!

The City of Pleasanton’s Award-Winning Teen Improv Troupe


Creatures of Impulse is a teen improv troupe made up of youth grades 9-12. We perform all kinds of improv, but mainly focus on long-form, narrative improv (plays without a script).

COI takes an improv-as-theater approach to improv. This means we believe that anything that is done in traditional scripted performances can be done in improv. COI believes that great scene work and playing for real can lead to a fun and entertaining theatrical experience.


  1. Actors must be in grades 9-12.
  2. Please keep in mind that COI auditions can be highly competitive given we only look to cast 4-10  members each season (as needed) to not exceed 24 total members in the cast at large. We will often see 20-50 students at auditions each season.
  3. Being cast is not guaranteed.
  4. Once you select an audition date and time, it is mandatory that all actors attend the full time to be considered. Most audition sessions last 2 hours. If called back, you must also stay the full time of the call back session to be considered.
  5. If you are late to an audition session, you may not be considered.
  6. If you show up to an audition session and your name does not appear on the audition list, you will be asked to leave the audition session. You may check to see if your audition submission was received by emailing BOTH AND

What can I expect at a COI audition? You can expect to be taken through a series of improv warm-ups, scenes, and games. Come prepared to move and participate. The COI staff team looks for theatrical performers that can take direction, listen, make bold choices, and know how to make their fellow improvisers look good. COI doesn’t necessarily seek out comedians or class clowns, but performers ready to take risks, get outside their comfort zones, and share the stage with others

When does Creatures of Impulse perform?

Creatures of Impulse performs five main stage shows per season at the Firehouse Arts Center. Here is their 2019-20 season (COI’s season typically runs September-August):

Month Show
October Nightmares” – Horror themed improv
November-December Holiday Shorts: A Long Winter’s Tale” – Holiday themed improv
February Improv Face-Off” – Teen Improv showdown with other improv teams
 May  “Once Upon a Time” – An Improvised Teen Medieval Musical
July-August Tri-Valley High: The Series” – A weekly episodic improvised teen series

In addition to their main stage shows at the Firehouse Arts Center, COI performs fundraising shows, school assemblies, community performances and more. These fundraising shows, assemblies, and community performances go to support COI’s touring program. In past years, the touring program has taken COI to the New York Musical Improv Festival and to Chicago to represent the state of California at the Teen Comedy Festival for four straight years.

 Can I be in Creatures of Impulse?

If you are ages 14-17 and are enrolled in 9th-12th grade (or are going to be), you are welcome to audition for Creatures of Impulse.

If cast in COI members are required to pay a seasonal registration fee in the Fall to cover administrative  and production costs. Typically, fees run $85-$150 per season. Members are also required to pay a registration fee for the spring show which often has more program costs associated with the production. Registration fees for the Spring COI show may range from $100-$200 per member depending on production costs.


YES! Creatures of Impulse has been lucky enough to perform at private and community events for local non-profits, foundations, and schools. They can perform any improv show for any amount of time from twenty minutes to 90 minutes. We can also perform staff trainings, team-building modules, and workshops. Since COI is comprised of high school students, one to two-month lead times for private performances and trainings are appreciated.

COI requests $200-$550 contribution for private engagements depending on length and content. 100% of your payment is considered a donation to COI’s touring program, so it goes straight to supporting the youth in the program. Just call Mark Duncanson at the Firehouse Arts Center at 925-931-4828 to get started.

For more information on Creatures of Impulse, the City’s Teen Improv Program including Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Camp, contact Mark Duncanson at 925-931-4828.

Click HERE for a detailed list of COI’s Touring Shows you can have at your school or recreation program.