Raegan Aleman

Raegan hails from the far-off land of the Donut Mill. She graduated from Red Deer College’s Theatre Performance and Creation program in 2013 and has only recently moved to Edmonton to pursue an Education/Drama dual degree!

Raegan fell in love with improv in 2008, and has been (hopelessly) devoted to it ever since. She has experienced the joys of both performing and coaching with incredible teams, to whom she contributes all of her success. Currently, she is a Workshop Instructor for the University of Alberta Improv Group and has the good fortune of performing there as well! Cat-enthusiast, dandelion-picker, and Rapid Fire member, Raegan lives a very happy life.

FAVOURITES

TV Shows: Game of Thrones (obviously), Freaks and Geeks, SKAM, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Mad Men, Arrested Development, THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD SHOWS WE ARE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION
Movies: American Beauty, Into the Wild, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Titanic, The Road to El Dorado
Actors: Meryl Streep (Queen), Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence
Video Games: The Witcher 3, Smashbros, Paper Mario, Journey, Pokemon Anything
Books: I become addicted to almost anything I read. I loved the “Game of Thrones” series, the “Harry Potter” series, and the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series to name my favs. I also love everything Lang Leav has ever done.
Authors: Lang Leav, Shel Silverstein, Sidney Sheldon, George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling, Daniel MacIvor (playwright)
Music: alt-J, The Beatles, Bon Iver, The Oh Hellos, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Sleeping At Last, Eddie Vedder, Roo Panes, James Taylor, Meatloaf, Yes We Mystic, f.u.n.
Websites: google images for “cute cats wow”
Food: strawberries, popcorn, perogies, sushi, mac & cheese of any kind, waffles
Words to live by: Prioritize the people in your life that make you feel loved, be kind to yourself, and never apologize for standing up for what you believe in.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?

WELL! I grew up watching Rapid Fire performances as a high school improviser. I was in absolute AWE of the ensemble’s quick wit, confidence, and story-telling talent. A dream of mine became to elevate my own skills to their level one day. After moving to Edmonton in 2014, I volunteered with the company for one year, and I performed with the UIG (University of Alberta Improv Group) for one year. The UIG Executive team recommended me for an audition and RFT’s artistic staff invited me to become a part of the company! Dream achieved!!

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?

Easy. You have to love what you’re doing. There is an infinite amount of improv tools and techniques to learn that will improve your craft (ex. characters, platforms, status, environment, etc.), but unless you’re having fun, there’s no point! Personally, I have the most fun when I’m interacting with the audience. Improv is so dependent on its audience to be successful, and people are so interesting and cool!! It’s effortless to become inspired by the audience’s great ideas and personal experiences.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?

Give suggestions for scenes that you really want to see! Suggestions are always best when inspired by personally relevant ideas! Just got fired? Let’s see a scene about that and laugh about it together! Just got engaged? Let’s see what our characters do in the same situation! Want to see a scene about a balloon? Great! Call it out!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?

Oh man oh man. They are so different! I love short form because I get to be really silly. I know that I’m “safe” because if my offers are ever TOO CRAZY, it’ll be over soon. Risk is more sustainable in a shorter period of time. I also love using games to shape stories and using stories to maximize game potential! Long form is very special because offers are much more significant – we are going to be watching these characters for a while! I love this for a different reason. There is an element of realism and narrative that is so rewarding in long form improv. We get to make promises to the audience and we get to make discoveries about those promises along with the audience. I think that long form improv is more rewarding and short form improv is more fun. I couldn’t pick a favourite. They’re both awesome.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?

My improv style is emotionally-inspired and a little abstract. I love working with other performers and with the audience. To me, improv is all about my connection to other people.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?

My most memorable moment on stage was during a Chimprov show with my best friend, Josephine Hendrick. We created a format called “Gossip Girls” where we forced each other to admit very revealing/embarrassing questions to each other in front of an audience. While there were several spicy secrets revealed (which was a lot of fun), my most memorable moment was during our final scene together. In the scene, it was revealed that I was an undercover spy posing as Josephine’s spouse all along. During the last few seconds of the scene, my character held a gun to Josephine’s head and I asked her, “if you knew that we were about to die, what would be the last thing that you said to me?”. She said, “I would tell you that I love you”. And then I shot her.

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?

Currently, I am a student at the University of Alberta and I’m working on a BA (Drama)/BEd Secondary dual degree. I’m almost done! I’m also the President External of the University of Alberta Improv Group. And I love it. I love improv and I love people. Perfect. When I’m not doing those things, I like playing card games, fantasy games, video games, board games, (you name it), with my friends. I also love spending time with my family and with my partner whenever possible. I’m also about to adopt a kitten. So that’s huge.

HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?

When I first began improvising in high school, we were consistently asked to: 1. always say yes, 2. when in doubt, be positive. I grew up trusting these rules and, unknowingly, I allowed improv to define my personality. This has been so valuable for me because it has shaped my mentality to go along happily with whatever opportunities come my way. And not only that, but I learned to seek out joy and I became addicted to sharing it with others. To this day, when in doubt, I still revert back to the fundamentals of improv to help me make the most out of life. And I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

I have the privilege to work for an artistic team that I believe in, fellow performers that I love and admire, and I have the freedom to create any reality that I want to live in on stage!