Since 2006, Troika has been matching up local improvisers into trios. The show was created as a way for people to experiment with new forms and collaborate outside of their normal circles without having to invest in an entirely new project. It’s also proved to be a great way to expose fan bases to different performers.
Troika’s spawned some pretty unique and fun premise-based and concept shows… we’ve seen musicals, rock band reunions, teen sleepovers and spanish language soap operas, as well as a colorful cast of characters including clowns, librarians, puppets and even states witnesses. We’ve seen groups from Troika live on to perform well beyond their season. Early teams PONYCOAT and BRENDA were the first break outs, followed by several concerts from VELVET HELMET, leading clear up to the current CAGEMATCH champs, THE ONES YOUR MOMS WARNED YOU ABOUT.
In the Summer of 2010, Troika expanded beyond its normal season by shedding its competition brackets for a special “blind” edition. Shortly thereafter, the show raised the bar further, as it took its first steps towards national collaboration. In Troika Goes Nationwide, improvisers from cities like New York, Boston, DC and as far away as Los Angeles take the stage with some of Philly’s best to form unique performance trios not likely to be seen again.
Season 1 Champion: PonyCoat
Season 2 Champion: Auditorium
Season 3 Champion: Pasiónes de Pasiónes
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Pasiónes de Pasiónes
at 2010 Troika Grand Championship (excerpt)
Meadowbrook Public Library Storybook Players
at 2010 Troika Grand Championship (full show)