Teen Programs

Creatures of Impulse (COI)

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


COI 2014-15 Group CC 
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.



Auditions:  Tuesday 5/26 | Wednesday 5/27 | 7:00-9:00pm both days | actors are called for the fill 2 hours
Call Backs: Thursday 5/28 | 5:30-8:00pm | actors are called for the fill 2.5 hours
All actors must register to audition. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE AUDITION FORM


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.

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 –  SkyHouse Teen Improv Intensive – Boulder Creek, CA 
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 (or are going to be), you are welcome to audition for Creatures of Impulse. Auditions are often in the spring before school lets out.

If cast in COI members are required to pay a sesonal registration fee in the Fall to cover administrative  and production costs. Typically, fees run $75-$120 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 $90-$175 per member depending on production costs.

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.

Classes & Workshops


Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Classes & Workshops







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

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



COI Middle School Phase III
Grades 6-8
Prerequisites: COI Middle School Phase I & II or COI Teen Improv Camp
Students in Phase III will be introduced to long-form improv and the Improv Herald. The basic story spine, scene work, space object work, and supporting one another to tell a story will be the focus. A culminating in-class performance is scheduled for the final class.
Location: Firehouse Arts Center | Instructor: Jeff Zavattero

Wednesdays 4/8-5/13 | 4:00-6:00pm | $125R / $137N | Registration Code: 59206

Firehouse Young Artist Collective

A group of high school youth with a unified passion for the arts.

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. Click here to fill out the form to join “The Collective“.

Sign up for FYAC volunteer opportunities for April-May 2015 by  clicking here!