You may have seen posters around SIPA advertising events sponsored by SIPA Follies, and thought to yourself, “What is SIPA Follies? And how did they know I love Elon Musk?” In an effort to be more transparent, we’ll admit to being a front for Cambridge Analytica.
Though we pride ourselves as the jesters of SIPA, the 30-year history of the Follies Mismanagers reveals that the role of Follies at this institution is more important than our current reputation suggests.
If you thought that Follies is just for clowns, think again. According to a 2007 edition of SIPA News, Juliet Wurr, who founded the SIPA Follies in 1988, is now a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. Many SIPA alums have cited Follies as one of their more memorable experiences at SIPA - even more than watching Gerratana wipe chalk dust all over his pants. Our annual Spring show has been the talk of IAB for generations!
The modern iteration of the SIPA Follies is one focused not only on making the student body laugh (that’s what SIPASA is for), but also being the one group that is bold enough to tell it like it is. SIPA Follies has been selling out (it’s your only option with an MPA degree) for years – from the lowly days of Alice’s Cafe (Publique before it was worse) to the cultured stage of the Apollo, to that other, much smaller side stage at Carnegie Hall. No need to practice, practice, practice!
In order to produce an unbridled Spring showcase that speaks to every faction within SIPA, we’re seeking talented individuals who will help us produce a show that’s one notch higher than “rotten” (60% and above, which, at SIPA, is a B+).
What’s that you say? You’re not a “talented individual”?
Would you look at that? You’ve already made us laugh.
You, dear reader, are a beautiful human being filled with wonderous talents. You’re studying at an Ivy League, where world leaders flock to reassure the public that nothing’s wrong. You are among experts who affect meaningful economic policy.
And you have the gall to blatantly lie to us that you aren’t talented?
Take a look in the mirror. Really take a moment to grasp what it is your seeing. Stare deeply into the eyes that beam back at you, follow it down to the edges of your nose, to your wonderfully voluptuous lips. Do you know what you’re looking at? Do you know what you are capable of?
We do. And that’s why we want you.
Don’t waste your group project qualms on your unsupportive Facebook feed – vent on the stage to a captive audience! Don’t complain to your high school friends that your peers at SIPA have started another chat without you – call them out on the screen! Don’t tell the world about the bullshit that you have to go through at grad school, show them!
Besides, how else will employers know that you can be a creative and welcome contribution to their company?
If you want to find out more (or if you got a kick out of those wholesome compliments and want more endorphins), stop by our first Scriptwriting Session of the year next Tuesday, October 9th! Details to come!