Impro Theatre

Impro Theatre

Performing in the 2014 Green Show Wednesday July 23, Friday July 25, and Sunday July 27.

This is their fifth season in the OSF Green Show

Completely improvised comedic plays in the style of William Shakespeare and Stephen Sondheim.

Impro Theatre is an award-winning repertory theatre company specializing in improvisation. Many members of the company began work together in the late 1980’s as members of Theatresports. A shared passion for spontaneously creating plays led them away from improv comedy and towards a deeper exploration of devising actor generated plays. Impro continues to wrestle with what it means to publicly create narrative as a collective in real time. It's company members have apeared in Seinfeld, Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Castle, Malcolm in the Middle, Reno 911!, CSI, The Practice, Campus Ladies, Judging Amy, How I Met Your Mother, ER, Gilmore Girls, Bones, Mad About You, Californication, Jonas, Greek, My Name Is Earl, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lie To Me, World Cup Comedy, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Balls Of Fury and A Mighty Wind. The company shares a commitment to developing the spontaneous nature of live theatre and pushing the boundaries of group improvisation. Recent runs include the Broad Stage, The Falcon Theater, South Coast Rep, The Odyssey and the Carrie Hamilton at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Impro on Community: Our company members cut their teeth teaching improvisation in the 1990s to anyone who wanted to learn.  We believe improvisation is a  “populist” art form, one that allows anyone to create theatre, no matter what their experience or educational background is.  In Los Angeles, our shows are frequented by students from the Asian American community, as many of our members teach classes run by “Cold Tofu” at Maryknoll cultural center in Little Tokyo and “Room to Improv” an Asian American company in the San Fernando Valley. We also reach out to the student communities at Pepperdine University and at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. We see ourselves as being a link in the tradition that celebrates the spontaneous nature of great theatre; a tradition that extends back through classical Commedia Dell’Arte and reaches forward to contemporary experimental performance.