All Episodes

October 4, 2021 92 min
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I present my chat with Travis Charles Ploeger, the director/founder of Washington Improv Theater's longest running ensemble, iMusical: The Improvised Musical.

Over the course of his career, Travis Charles Ploeger has helped to create and perform over 2,000 improvised musicals to audiences across the country. He joined Washington Improv Theater and created iMusical in 2006, after an eight-year career as the music director and pianist for Chicago City Limits in New York City. As a director/performer in NYC, Travis was a founding member of “I Eat Pandas,” with Eliza Skinner and Glennis (McMurray) McCarthy; and, he performed on the stages of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, People’s Improv Theater and Magnet Theater

In our conversation, Travis tells me about his lifelong love affair with music. The guy’s first word was piano; It seems predestined that he’d be performing music throughout his life.

Travis tells me that when he found musical improv, he felt like he had finally found his niche. He loves performing. He loves spontaneous songwriting. He learned so much in his foray as musical director for Chicago City Limits.

Travis shares that CCL and his NYC improv community gave him the confidence to create his own show, so when he moved to Washington DC, he did just that. He created iMusical and he has been running that show for 15 years now. Travis gives some great advice about what it takes to maintain a show for that long.

This was a great chat with improviser, pianist, music director, songwriter, composer, and performer, Travis Charles Ploeger. Support Travis by going to see iMusical! They are performing on October 9th as part of A DASH OF WIT at Atlas Performing Arts Center! Come out and support Travis and his Washington Improv Theater team!

Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetwork

This episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at Treat Yourself. Get Audible.

This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by Go to to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service or workshop you buy!

This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
Mark as Played

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
The Daily

The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.

    • Help
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • AdChoicesAd Choices