EDITED: I’ve noticed a lot of folks are coming to this page, which is a bit of a bummer. Find out why HERE.
Improv is a little like dating, but in a group mind kind of way. If one person is unhappy or not clicking with the group, the rest of the team can sense it. It sucks to leave a team or get kicked off, even when it feels right to do so. This is a personal business and it can be taken personally, but it shouldn’t be taken to heart. People and businesses change all the time, it just might not be the right time for you and a certain group of people right now.
Here are some of my thoughts on leaving or taking someone off a team.
Leaving a Team
1. Talk with the whole group (not just individuals) before making a drastic decision to leave
2. I personally think it’s best to write a short and sweet email
– EX: I’ve had a lot of fun working with xxx team,
but I just don’t think this is the right fit for me.
3. I personally do not think it’s professional to dump a team before a show or rehearsal
Taking Someone off a Team
1. The whole group should talk with the individual before making a drastic decision to kick them off
2. After doing #1 and things still seem to not be working out, one member of the team
(or the coach) can talk privately with the person and discuss if this is a right fit
3. If #1 and/or #2 tactics have been addressed and it feels right to do so, a member
from the team (or the coach) can set up a meeting or call the person to break the news
4. I personally find it unprofessional and disrespectful to kick someone off a team via email
if #1 or #2 tactics have NOT been done. If #1 and/or #2 tactics have been tried, a short
and sweet email could be crafted, but is not advised. A person could feel ganged up on,
attacked, etc. Have you ever been dumped via email/text? It’s just not cool.
There are exceptions to every rule. Some things may work better with certain groups/individuals. Just try not to be a dick about it.
Teams also fall apart. This usually occurs when members just stop communicating. It happens. Don’t feel too bad about it.