Community Update – November 2022

November 7, 2022

Hello Highwire Community!

This month, in addition to our live community meetings, we’re trying a short and sweet blog update for folks who can’t make the live event or who don’t want to watch a longform video! This is just the key info – as always, comment or email us if you have questions!

COVID and Show Status

As of November 2nd, Baltimore City remains in low status according to the CDC Community Risk levels, with a slightly lower case load compared to October 2022. At this time, in-person events remain ON, and are recommended for vaccinated individuals only. Two key resources for anyone attending an event:

  • Our regularly updated in-person event status, including local and national COVID data.
  • Our venue guide, which includes information about the the location, physical space, and policies of our in-person venues.

Additionally, we have started tracking Monkeypox data in the same link above, though at this time have no further adjustments to our plans above and beyond those COVID-related procedures. Given the downward trend in these cases, we will cease review of Monkeypox data after December 2022 (should the trend continue).

Season 9 Programming

Season 9 brings our most ambitious slate of programming yet!

  • 62 teams performing across in-person and online shows.
  • 8 in-person venues, including 4 first-time venues
  • 11 in-person shows!

Formalizing the Highwire Hive

After reviewing feedback from the community, we’ve decided to make the Highwire Hive an official program, rather than just a mashup team that ‘happens’. Solo improvisers are encouraged to sign up for lottery selection placement into online and in-person shows! Signup form here!

Update on Teacher Training Program

We are excited to kick off the Teacher Training Program!  We had an abundance of interest, both inside and outside of Baltimore, and that means we’ll be able to immediately plan two cohorts:

  • Cohort 1 with in-person training will run November-February
  • Cohort 2 with online training only will run February-April

All cohort members will collaborate and share insights and resources through a dedicated instructor Slack instance!

Finances and Growth

MonthIncomeExpensesNet Income
August 2022$222.97$1,364.70-$1,141.73
September 2022$2,145.52$382.76$1,762.76
October 2022$2,464.21$1,697.63$766.58
Monthly financial summary for August through October 2022

October was a fairly typical month for us with a mix of good ticket sales, workshops, and applied improv payments as income (along with continued modest monthly donations), and expenses going where we want them to – primarily to artists in the form of performer fees ($883.19) and instructor fees ($702.00).

Growth Metrics

Facebook Followers1,0341,0581,0651,065
Instagram Follows917947974985
YouTube views37,05938,02238,82639,517
Unique YouTube viewers3,9002,2002,2002,200
YouTube subscriptions632641647656
Workshops scheduled65656870

As we often say – the numbers are going up and to the right, with no major surprises.