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The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance/Theater

The Raving Jaynes combine dance and improv to create highly physical, spontaneous pieces of dance/theater. Nothing is choreographed, nothing is scripted! Characters, settings, atmospheres and abstract imagery emerge from the simple seeds of skillful movement. Two unique personas go on a journey that gradually reveals itself amidst a collage of scenes and dances. The dancers become actors and back again, transforming dialogue into movement and movement into dialogue. The sacred and (more often) profane, natural and fantastic, flawed, ridiculous and ever-hopeful mingle in a field of imagination and play.

The Raving Jaynes perform regularly at the PIT in New York City, teach workshops and are advocates for the art of improvisation as a performance practice. They have been presented at IMPRO Amsterdam; the Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden; Big City Improv Festival in Toronto; TCIF in Minneapolis; the ADaPT Festival in Santa Barbara; The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy; The Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts; Dancemopolitan at Joe's Pub; Duofest in Philadelphia; The NYC Improv Festival; The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, The District Improv Festival in D.C., Your Move in Jersey City and The Tank.

"To call The Raving Jaynes a unique blend of dance and improvisation would be an insufficient description; for they have truly wed the two art forms into one." Improvisation News.


Jamie Graham is delighted to be one half of The Raving Jaynes. When not buzzing around a dance studio trying to awaken her inner impulse, Jamie can be found a) fastening long lashes to her eyelids on Saturday nights with Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies, b) bent over connecting her sitz bones to her heel bones with Barbara Mahler, c) sweating it out with seniors all over Manhattan through Dances for A Variable Population, or d) smiling as she asks for "just one more set" in a Pilates session. If none of the above applies, she may be in class at The People's Improv Theater or at home avoiding the dishes.

Amy Larimer

Jay Rhoderick (coach) is a founding member of the long-running long-form improvisation ensembles Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Jay has taught improv for 12 years and has studied mask, Commedia dell'Arte, clown, and acting for more than 17 years. He has improvised with Jeremy Piven, Kate Walsh, Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert and many others. Centralia has performed throughout the U.S. and recently had its immortal song "Holy Shit" used in Showtime's TV spots. As an actor, Jay took part in the rollicking original NYC Fringe production of "Urinetown!"