Tenure Track with Captain PhD: Olivia Hartle

DC-based improv team Captain PhD reunites online to create an improvised comedy show based on an interview with a graduate student.


Saturday May 15, 2021
8:30 PM
Free (donations appreciated)
This show will bring some joy to the world of academia as universities go online and freeze hiring, and grad students are isolated and anxious at their job prospects, while feeding our inner nerds and learning new things from first hand experts in the process of doing comedy! The show will start with a live interview of a student or recent grad, and will give the opportunity for the audience to submit questions. The team of comedians will then improvise a comedy show inspired from the interview, before bringing back the guest to wrap up the show and answer a final audience generated question.
Cast: Erick Acuña, Sarah Bucher, James Jelin, Tess Higgins, Béatrice Leydier, Cara Popecki, Alan Prunier, Morgan Smalley, Renan Snowden




This week’s guest: Olivia Hartle

Olivia Hartle is a PhD candidate in Community Engagement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a theatre director, educator and improviser, and her dissertation research is a phenomenological exploration of the lived experience of improvisation and the potential for improv to operate as a “cultural therapeutics.” Olivia has spent many hours interviewing improvisers and she is looking forward to having some improvisers interview her for once!