UPDATED POST as of Sept 29, 2020:
Thanks to so many of you, the second annual (but first virtual) Decatur Makers Make It Up! Improv Show fundraiser was a rousing success! Woot Woot! With your ticket purchases and donations as well as your bids and purchases from our creative auction items and raffle basket, you helped us raise almost $4,000 in support of our makerspace and the Atlanta-area improv talent that had an amazing show. You are so appreciated!
Didn’t get to see the show? You can catch most of it HERE; We missed recording the first 10 minutes due to the excitement, but you’ll jump in on the Secret Santa skit with the crew opening gifts that were mailed to them ahead of time.
We couldn’t do all we do without all of you out there supporting us, thank you! And a special thanks to all our makers who made items for the auction and raffle basket, and the improvisers for sharing their crazy skills.
Looking forward to doing this again next year, but in-person (looking at you Coronavirus!)
Sept 26, 2020 POST:
We’re putting the fun in fundraising for a second year as Decatur Makers hosts Make It Up!, an Improv Show on Sept 26, 2020, LIVE via Zoom. Join us for a night of laughs, prizes and surprises, all to support Decatur’s inventive non-profit — and Atlanta’s only all-ages makerspace (that’s us!)
Tickets on sale NOW! Click this link!
This special Make It Up! edition will come to your living room via Zoom, so no worries when you laugh your pants off! You can also bid on an array of prizes at the silent auction and try your luck with our raffle. This would be a great evening to support your local restaurants and pickup some food and drinks to bring home before the show!
Starting at 7:00, enjoy a hilarious one hour show of fantastic local Atlanta improv talent. Improvisors are coming from theaters all around town such as Dad’s Garage, Highwire Comedy, Village Theater, Shakespeare on Draught, and more.
Funds raised will help us get more people of all ages creating and learning by building and making with community programs, support for all our youth outreach in the Atlanta area, and the general fund to keep membership accessible for everyone. Plus it’ll support our show improvisers!
- In advance: Order $1 tickets and donate via the link above (You’ll receive the Zoom link on the day of the show!) Just one dollar will get you into the show, but dig deep and donate generously: this virtual fundraiser is supporting Decatur Makers and local improvisors, and we all could use a laugh. And your local non-profit makerspace and local artists could really use your support.
You don’t need a show ticket to bid!
Click here for access to the Decatur Makers/Auctria Bidding platform and then you can click on the “Catalog” (for auction items), “Donate!”, and purchase “Raffle” tickets through the tabs at the top of the page. They’re open now! Keep checking back for updates!
***If you’re having any problems with buying a show ticket or with the auction/raffle site, please let us know! [email protected]
Our amazing cast of improv Characters…
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Lew Lefton
Dr. Lew Lefton is a faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Mathematics and the Assistant Dean of Information Technology for the GT College of Sciences. He also has the role of Associate Vice President for Research Computing. But Lefton is not just your ordinary geek. He is an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy with a geeky twist for over 30 years. And, he’s the founding director of Decatur Makers, a thriving family-friendly community makerspace in downtown Decatur, too!
Featuring these amazing Atlanta-area Improvisors:
Bret Brammer: Bret is a local improviser and carpenter who has been practicing both crafts for the past 10 years. He has trained at Highwire Comedy Co, Village Theatre, Dad’s Garage, The Robert Mello Studio, and The IO Theater. @brammer_carpentry on Instagram if you are interested in his custom-made furniture, most of which he makes at Decatur Makers.
Freddy Boyd: Freddy has been doing improv for a little over 6 years now and he just can’t get enough of it. Starting in college at Georgia Tech’s LTT!, he went on to take classes and ended up playing with some of his favorite people at Dad’s Garage as a Featured Performer and a Main Cast member at Village Theatre. Through the years he’s gotten a few laughs and awesome opportunities to perform with many great people and he’s very excited to perform for you!
Bonita Elery: Bonita is one actress, improviser and sketch writer to keep on your radar. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she knew at an early age that she was destined for stardom. Her fun loving, comedic personality was discovered at a young age. She knew that the countless hours spent in front of a mirror, welding a hairbrush as a microphone and a donning towel as a wig, would definitely pay off. She knew her place was to be around a camera, shining in the spotlight and brainstorming ideas behind the scenes.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, She worked as a graphic designer for Fox News in Atlanta, Georgia. After a successful experience in the corporate world, her dreaming expanded to new heights, and she wanted to pursue something bigger. It was time to move and pursue personal endeavors. She sold her house, stepped out on faith, and she moved to New York City to fulfill her dreams. After wringing everything she could out of an acting class, she caught the acting bug. From that point, she knew that entertaining others was exactly her dream, and that she could do this for the rest of her life.
When she’s not up late at night playing video games, you can catch her performing improvisation and sketch in Atlanta.
Theodora Hobson: Theodora is a musician and performer based in Atlanta. She studied Piano Performance at Georgia State University and has accompanied various improv and sketch shows across the city. She loves to collaborate, compose new music, and create mashups of her favorite pop songs.
Amanda Rountree: Amanda has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. In Chicago, she was a faculty member at the Second City Training Center. In Seattle, she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and Co-Artistic Director of Playback Theater Northwest. Now, she teaches online improv and storytelling classes/workshops from her home just outside of Atlanta. Find out more at amandarountree.com.
Suzanne Elbon: Suzanne started improvising about three years ago as a way to overcome shyness and be more comfortable meeting new people. She started with the only beginners class she could find that didn’t include a grad show at the end. It was so much fun that the fear of doing a show didn’t stop her from taking more and more classes. She has been a member of the Decatur Makers for over four years and is especially interested in woodworking and laser cutting. She discovered wonderful and amazing people in both communities and believes they allow people to connect in a way that makes the world a better place.
Summer Adhal: Summer is an Atlanta based actor and improviser on Village Theatre’s mainstage team. She opened her one woman show “Summer in Atlanta” in 2019. She has since directed, produced, and performed in shows in the Atlanta area.