RhinoDino is an improv troupe that focuses on short-form improv and modifying existing games to make them more interesting.
The troupe was initially conceptualized sometime in 2011 by good friends Quinn Buckner, Kyle Traughber, and Colin Bates as a troupe that would perform "improvised heavy metal." This format was never realized, but RhinoDino began playing short-form shows together at Salvage Vanguard Theater in early 2012 as the "House Troupe" for "The Derby". In September, 2012, Lacy Shawn and Courtney Hopkin joined RhinoDino. Colin Bates recently re-located to Houston, but the remainder of the troupe remains intact and continues to perform monthly at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.
RhinoDino primarily performs short-form improv, with a specialization in naive games. RhinoDino currently has a show at Salvage Vanguard Theater on the fourth Friday of every month at 10PM. RhinoDino has also performed at The Hideout Theatre, The Institution Theater, ColdTowne Theater, and The New Movement.
 Specialized Games
Trinoceros: This is a deconstruction of the naive game 3 Things and has gone through several iterations. There are 3 sections that serve as a ramp up to the audience to the idea of a naive game without much explanation. First phase is to play a round of 3 Things while still being able to use words, similar to Shopkeeper. Second phase is a normal round of 3 Things. Last round has undergone the most changes ranging from super hard restrictions placed on the players (lights out, no moving, etc...) to super hard suggestions ("existentialism", "Grover Cleveland", etc... )
- Video by Dave Alley of their 9/15/12 show.
- Video by Paul Normandin of their 2/3/13 performance in The Weekender.
- Who Are We?
Rhinodino is the joining of 4 friends who love shortform and exploring games in an innovative way. Physicality, theatricality, sentimentality, practicality all these words end in -ality and represent just a portion of the skills Rhinodino possess when performing their monthly show. Together for over almost 3 years Courtney Hopkin, Kyle Traughber, Lacy Shawn and Quinn Buckner love coming together to watch anime, lounge in living rooms and eat tacos. Head of a rhino body of a dino its Rhinodino!
- What Do We Do?
Rhinodino delights in dissecting games to find out what makes them tick and then exploding them out in unique styles for the audience to experience. For a shorter timeslot Rhinodino performs a shortform set full of standard, non traditional and experimented games. In their long set they tackle shortform games followed by a challenge round of scene setups from each other and then ending with a naive game that is full of fun.
- Who Are We And What Do We Do?
Rhinodino is the joining of 4 friends who love shortform and exploring games in an innovative way. Courtney Hopkin, Kyle Traughber, Lacy Shawn, and Quinn Buckner combine to form a robot dinosaur capable of blowing your socks off. Physicality, theatricality, sentimentality, practicality all these words end in -ality and represent just a portion of the skills Rhinodino possess when performing their monthly show. Together for over almost 3 years they delight in dissecting games to find out what makes them tick and then exploding them out in unique styles for the audience to experience. Head of a rhino body of a dino its Rhinodino!
 More Information
- Their facebook page.
- Shows always posted on Do512.com (Search Rhinodino)