Improv is all about making it up as you go, and that’s how Made Up Theatre came to be. After parting ways with a previous improv venue in late 2009, owners Bobby August, Dustin Seidler, Ben Stephens, and Sean Taylor still had a burning passion for improv but no home to practice it in. They made a vow. Do at least one show a month. They rehearsed in Dustin and his brother and fellow co-performer Steve’s living room and started reaching out to various venues, such as Las Positas College, Ohlone College, Lincoln High School, and more. They were called 5 Play. 5 buds who played. Simple, yet effective!
For half a year, they kept their promise, but they wanted more. Then, it happened! A venue of their own. Sure, it was a garage in an industrial area, and it wasn’t very nice looking at first, but with some black paint and some amateur woodworking, Made Up Theatre was created. Or should we say…it was made up!
5 Play after performing in Made Up Theatre’s Grand Opening shows!
(left to right) Sean Taylor, Dustin Seidler, Steve Seidler, Bobby August, and Ben Stephens.
5 Play performed in 2 shows that night with a mix of improv and sketch. It was an amazing and emotional night, because they realized that they did it. They made something out of what might be perceived as nothing. Improv.
As the years rolled by, Made Up Theatre keeps evolving by adding more shows (The Wheel of Genres, Friday Night: After Hours, Family Friendly Matinee, and multiple holiday shows), increasing its awesome student community, producing online content (comedy sketches, instructional videos, and promotional content…with more to come!), and introducing new, talented cast members to the line up.
And that’s the story of MUT…for now. As with improv, the show isn’t over until we say “Scene.” If you’re looking for that diamond in the rough, come out to Seldon Court and have some laughs on us.