117: The goal is collaboration. Improv & sketch comedy with Jack Reitz of Mettlesome

In this episode with Jack Reitz, we cover a lot of ground. A list of topics to whet your appetite: Improv comedy. Sketch comedy. Using the tenets of improv to create something that lasts. Spontaneous collaboration. The history of improv. Improv in the time of COVID-19. The structure of making comedic choices. Amplifing the signal of the amazing artists in Durham and the surrounding area. And more!

If you don’t know the Mettlesome stakeholders, then I encourage you to get to know them. They are generous hosts at their theatre space Okay Alright and dedicated, open-hearted collaborators. In fact, collaboration is frequently mentioned in this conversation with Jack. 

Jack Reitz

JACK REITZ is an actor, writer, and improvisor based in Durham, NC, and is a founding stakeholder of Mettlesome. He teaches and coaches improv with Mettlesome at the Okay Alright Theater. Jack has been studying improv since 2004, first with the DSI Comedy theater in Chapel Hill, NC, and then with the UCB Theater and The Magnet Theater in NYC. Jack has appeared on stage in Durham, Chicago, and NYC and in various film work including appearances on ABC and MTV. From 2012-2019 he toured nationally and internationally as part of Catharsis Productions’ show “Sex Signals,” which uses scripted and improvisational comedy to address issues of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. He was recently the host of Our State Magazine’s Secrets of the Triad Series.

What is Mettlesome? “Mettlesome produces independent, creative, and smart projects.  We amplify artists work by providing networking, mentoring, production and marketing assistance. We keep audiences entertained with the best damn theater, podcasts, art and comedy out there.”

ASBX podcast episode: 014: Rose Werth, founding partner of Mettlesome, advocates for clarity, safe space, and the collective


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Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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