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Teen Programs


90’s Youth Music Festival Auditions!


For young musicians, vocalists, bands, and music groups ages 10-18

- Performance Dates: Saturday 3/21/15 | 2:00pm & 7:30pm
- For audition tips and information click here.

- View the 90's YMF Audition Poster



ONLINE auditions:
Auditions reopened to search for male voices, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Instrumentalists
-       Submissions accepted Wednesday 12/17 – Wednesday 1/7 at 11:59pm
-       Online audition form available below
-       No email submissions please, email only to confirm receipt of submission
-       More info and tips for auditions available by clicking here.


For more information, please see the Audition Information & Tips document. For further questions, contact Mark Duncanson at 925-931-4828

Classes & Workshops



Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Classes & Workshops






Improv Games Intensive
Grades 9-12
Great for high school improv team captains and young actors ready to sharpen their improv short-form game!
Saturday 1/17/15 1:00-5:00pm | $40R / $47N
Register Online today with registration code 58341
Genre Workshop
Learn to use genre work to liven up and enrich your improv scene work. From sc-fi, westerns, and more!
Saturday 2/21/15 2:00-5:00pm | $30R / $37N
Not yet available for registration 

Improvised Musical Workshop

Grades 9-12
It's all about being brave and going for it in this workshop that teaches the basics of improvising a musical. Respected Bay Area musician, improv accompanist, and Creatures of Impulse's improv musician David Norfleet will teach this workshop.
Thursday 4/30/15 5:30-8:30pm | $55R / $63N
Not yet available for registration
Improv Audition Workshop
Grades 8-12
What in the world does an improv audition look like? Find out in this workshop designed to prepare you for upcoming Creatures of Impulse auditions and beyond!
Saturday 5/9/15 1:00-4:00pm | $30R / $37N
Not yet available for registration



COI Middle School Phase I
Grades 6-8
Students in COI Phase I will learn the basics of improv including the Yes, and . . . principle,
making their fellow improviser look good, building on the ideas of others, and letting
go of one’s own ego. Learning through scene work and improv games is the focus of this
Location: Firehouse Arts Center | Instructor: Jeff Zavattero
Fridays 10/31-11/14 | 4:00-6:00pm | $74R / $82N | Registration Code: Class Full
COI Middle School Phase II
Grades 6-8
Prerequisites: COI Middle School Phase I, COI Teen Improv Camp
Students in Phase II will build in principles in Phase I and enhance their performance skills by adding space object work and using your “where”; both aspects help actors create places and things on stage without props and sets on stage. A short culminating in-class performance is scheduled for the last class.
Location: Firehouse Arts Center | Instructor: Jeff Zavattero
Wednesdays 1/14-2/4 | 4:00-6:00pm | $99R / $109N | Registration Code: 58342

Firehouse Young Artist Collective

This group is for all high school teens who share a unified passion for the visual and performing arts. Participants in this group will earn volunteers hours in the arts and support youth and teen arts programs with the City of Pleasanton. Fill out the form below to join “The Collective".
Sign up for FYAC volunteer opportunities clicking here!

Creatures of Impulse (COI)

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


 What is Creatures of Impulse?

 Creatures of Impulse is a teen improv troupe made up of youth ages 14-18. They perform all kinds of improv, but mainly focus on long-form, story-based improv (plays without a script). 

COI takes an improv-as-theater approach to improv. This means they 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 diverse improv experience.

When does Creatures of Impulse perform? Creatures of Impulse performs five to six main stage shows per season at the Firehouse Arts Center. Here is their 2014-15 season (COI’s season typically runs September-August):

October:        “Nightmare” – Improvised long-form horror
December:    “Holiday Shorts – A Long Winter’s Tale: - Holiday themed improv
February:       “Improv Face-Off” – Teen Improv Competition
April:              “Tri-Valley High: Intergalactic – An Improvised Teen Sci-Fi Musical
May:                COI's Annual Spring Trip and Tour - New York City 2015
July-August:   “Tri-Valley High: The Series” – A weekly episodic improvised teen soap opera

In addition to their main stage shows at the Firehouse Arts Center, COI performs a series of fundraising shows at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton. These fundraising shows go to support COI’s touring program. In past years, the touring program has taken COI to Chicago to represent the state of California at the Teen Comedy Festival in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Can I be in Creatures of Impulse?
If you are ages 14-17 and are enrolled in 9th-12th grade, you are welcome to audition for Creatures of Impulse. Auditions are often in the spring before school lets out.

Creatures of Impulse has two different casts. The Main Stage Cast is made up of 10-20 members that must commit to performing and supporting four out of six main stage shows from August thru June. Main Stage Cast members remain members unless they are assessed out at the end of a season, choose to move on, or until they graduate from high school. 

The Guest Ensemble cast is made up of 8-20 members that have a more abbreviated commitment level, but have proven to show great passion and talent for long-form and short-form improv. COI Guest Ensemble members carry a one-season term September-August and must re-audition to either maintain their status in the Guest Ensemble, move on to the Main Stage Cast, or acquire Alumni status. Guest Ensemble members are not guaranteed a position in either cast when re-auditioning.

If cast in COI’s Main Stage or Guest Ensemble, members are required to pay a sesonal registration fee in the Fall to cover administrative costs. Typically, fees run $75-$100 per season for Main Stage and $60-$90 for the Guest Ensemble. 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 $90-$175 per member depending on production costs. 

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 and get outside their comfort zones. 

Can COI perform at my school or special event?
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 mintes. We can also perform staff trainings, teambuilding 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.