Secret City Improv Festival launches Kickstarter Campaign

The Secret City Improv Festival is seeking additional fundraising through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.  The Secret City Improv Festival will be featuring 18 professional improv troupes from across America and 5 area high schools at Oak Ridge’s Historic Grove Theater.  

An innovative program, called Slayden Intensives, will be led by professional improv instructors. Area high school students will have one day to prepare and perform their own improv comedy show in front of a live audience at the Festival. This program is the first of its kind and is unique to the Secret City Improv Festival.

“Fundraising has not been as strong as it was last year,” said Festival Director Aaron Campbell.  “We are closing in on the end of this festival period, and we are behind on fundraising goals putting the Slayden Intensives at risk.” continued Campbell.  “Partnering with Kickstarter to bring attention to our mission is vital to keeping the Slayden Intensives free for the participating schools.”  

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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