His involvement in improvisational theatre began in earnest over 20 years ago as a founding member of the Vienna-based Impro-groups, The English Lovers (national Theatre Sports champions 2003/5/6/8/10/12/14/15/17/15/17), and the urtheAter (n.T.S.c. 2002).
Jim is widely recognized as a driving force in the European Impro-Theatre scene. He was captain of the Austrian National Team for Improvisational Theatre, competing in the World Championships in Germany and has had the good fortune to work, perform and learn from and with some of the best players and teachers in the world. As a creator and teacher of Impro himself, Jim is in great demand. From London’s RADA to Vienna’s Max Reinhardt Seminar and beyond, he’s worked with literally thousands of people, from all walks of life, on the application of the ideologies of Impro: Including the creation of theatre and performance to team building, communication skills, and more. He’s created a number of popular Impro-theatre forms including:
Zwischen frechem Volke (with Nadine Antler für den Stadts Theater Würzburg),
Pfadfinder der Liebe (best new Longform, Halle 2006),
Salon Eva oder DamenDramen (best new Longform Halle 2009),
Blind Dates, Ella Meant…, eyeTUNES, Frank en Femke, EXPOSURE, The Moments Between Something and Nothing, and many more.
Jim also helped to create the first fully improvised radio drama for the BBC, A Time to Dance, which was nominated for a Sony Academy Award, co-created Zwischen frechem Volke, the first fully improvised performance piece to be taken into the repertoire of a German State theatre, and directed the first fully improvised feature film to be produced in Austria, Another One Opens (2013).
He is often on tour teaching, developing shows, speaking and performing throughout Europe and North America. Jim is very excited about his current projects, Rocket Sugar Factory, and their fast-sweet productions: The Great Race Pursuit Chase and On This Date, directing the new show, Zukunft is the Future, by German comedian, Vince Ebert, as well as his starring role in the new motion picture, Level Up Your Life.
Jim Libby is hosting the MOMENT! Festival and presents 3 different shows that introduce the MOMENT! 2018 ensemble.
Jim Libby presents NABELSHOW
Thursday Oct. 4th, 2018
Life entertains us best.
Let’s face it: life itself tells the most beautiful stories! True life, when given that special frame, is more adventurous, romantic and overwhelming than any fiction or kitsch novel.
In this show the MOMENT! Ensemble presents itself to the audience: Jim Libby interviews the international improv stars to tell a story about their life. The other improvisers associate along this story, reflect, exaggerate and alienate it to create a new and original drama in the truest sense of the word.
Jim Libby presents RADIO LOVE
Friday Oct. 5th, 2018
While some claim that the internet would mean the end of radio, the MOMENT! Ensemble celebrates an improvised homage to the radio: RADIO LUV.
Radio LUV is in the air and it is on air all day and all night, with everything that comes with it. Radio LUV plays the best music of yesterday, today and tomorrow! Tune in for news, reports, interviews and award-winning radio plays. Call Radio LUV if you have any questions or want to tell your story, Radio LUV has all the answers and the best tips from clever expert. Radio LUV is here for you!
Jim Libby presents DE MAAT
Monday Oct. 8th, 2018
This show is named in honor of the famous improv player and teacher Martin de Maat, who lived and taught in Chicago. This show features the whole MOMENT! Ensemble in varies constellations. All the improv stars names are put in a bowl to randomly pick pairs right before they play a longer scene. Nobody knows which two improvisors will have the honor of playing together but the audience can decide what kind of scene they want them to improvise.