For decades, aspiring comedians have flocked to Chicago to practice the art of improvisation. The Playground’s Incubator Program is quite often these performers’ first opportunity to be on an improv team. Through this program, a new ensemble, full of improvisers with mixed backgrounds, gets created from an open audition. The ensemble is given directors, publicity, and performance opportunities. Each ensemble spends a year in the program, and is given three directors during that time in four month increments. This allows that ensemble to receive a variety of artistic approaches to comedic improvisation. In the ensemble’s second year, it is given more control to directs its own artistic future and create new works. The incubator ensemble may continue its relationship with the theater through producing shows and creating work that represents who they are as an ensemble.