Ripley
Save the day. Save the world. Save each other.

about RIPLEY

 ABOUT RIPLEY

Daring actors who improvise stories about real women who save the day, save the world, and save each other.

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Why Ellen Ripley?

Oh gurl. So many reasons. Will start with the obvious: Ripley was one of the “first female action heroes” … let’s change that to “action heroines”! She changed the landscape for females in fiction across the board (especially in action and horror).

And let’s talk about Sigourney: The part was originally written for a man, and Sigourney Weaver defied the odds. (And here’s a little cheers to Ridley Scott as well.)

Ellen Ripley is brave and fearful, powerful and vulnerable. She’s strategic and compassionate. She’s smart and short-sighted. She is a real, multi-dimensional, complicated woman, and so are we. Ellen Ripley could be any one of us. Ellen Ripley IS every one of us.

The very first Ripley rehearsal. Took place AFTER our first performance.

The very first Ripley rehearsal. Took place AFTER our first performance.

What we do:

We’re storytellers plain and simple. The more complicated version: we improvise full-length narratives in various genres and styles, both on stage and on film, bringing to life the stories of real women who save the day, save the world, and save each other.

Why improv?

Improv is a beautiful, collaborative art form that requires unmitigated bravery and vulnerability. Improvisation creates a spontaneous and exciting magic that no other form can replicate. It’s equally engaging to see us succeed as it is to see us fail, and most importantly, it’s 100% authentic. Life is not perfection and neither is improv. Honestly, we all know that perfection isn’t real. Perfection is a saddened genius locked behind little bars of tiresome rules and societal norms. We want to break her out, set her free, watch her grow, watch her fly, and watch her liberate others! And we’ve chosen improv as our jailbreak blueprint.

Photo from our very first Ripley performance. We called ourselves “Wicked Ripley” back then. Photo by Alison Inconstanti.

Photo from our very first Ripley performance. We called ourselves “Wicked Ripley” back then. Photo by Alison Inconstanti.

Shows we currently do:

DYSTOPIA - The Capital rules us all… one young heroine battles injustice… love triangles abound. Based on Young Adult Dystopian novels like “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.

GLAM - The year is 1986… seven women star in a live arm-wrestling television show… their arms wrestle for the cameras AND their personalities wrestle behind the scenes. Based on Netflix’s hit series “GLOW” and the original 80s wrestling show of the same name.

SHAKESTOPIA - Combines our DYSTOPIA genre with the works of Shakespeare. One young Shakespearean heroine battles injustice… epic love triangles and Shakespearean verse abound. (In conjunction with one of our favorite groups Shrew!)

Projects in development:

IMPROVISED FILM - No script. No outline. Purely improvised film based on one suggestion. Ripley Film Anthology Series arrives Summer 2019. And expect SEASON TWO next summer!

“BRITTANY” is the secret name for our next BIG GENRE for the stage! Stay tuned to our social media for the big announcement.

TWITCH STREAMING - Ripley’s on their own Twitch channel?! Oh yes, it’s in the works. We’ve got our format. We’ve got our studio. And soon we’ll have your subscription! Stay tuned.

And it’s worth mentioning…

Through our extensive training with the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre as well as our own research and development processes, the women of Ripley have various expertise and are well-versed in a number genres from our very own YA DYSTOPIA to the works of writers like Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, Charles Dickens, Tennessee Williams, and genres like Silent Movie, Horror, Film Noir, Buddy Cop, X-Files (directed by Ripley Jessica Lynn Verdi), Star Trek (directed by Ripleys Aliza Pearl and Sara Mountjoy-Pepka), The Twilight Zone, and more!