Improvisational theatre companies, also known as improv troupes or improv groups, are the primary practitioners of improvisational theater. Modern companies exist around the world and at a range of skill levels. Most groups make little or no money, while a few, well-established groups are profitable. The largest directory of improv groups around the world. All groups from europe and many international groups you can find here. Improvisational theater, or improv, consists of a comedic, poignant, or dramatic stage performance, usually with a wide cast of actors and actresses. These actors and actresses will use spontaneous acting techniques, including audience suggestions to contribute to the performance's content and direction.


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The improvisational theatre is also improvised and intimately interwoven with the stage performance. Preplanned acting gives way to improvisational theatre pure, spontaneous interplay of action and reaction between the actors. There is a distinction between short and long forms in improvisational theatre.

Short History of Improvisation

The short forms consist of scenes that only take a few minutes, stand on their own, or that are connected by an overarching improvisational theatre motif, but not connected to each other. In the past decade, professional improvisational theater groups have improvisational theatre started working more with corporate clients, using improvisational games to improve productivity and communication in the workplace.

Professional troupes are those not affiliated with a university or secondary school.


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OUP; improvisational theatre, — Nicholls C. In addition to for-profit theatre troupes, there are many college-based improv groups in the United States and around the world.

In Europe the special contribution to the theatre of the abstract, the surreal, the irrational and the subconscious have been part of the stage tradition improvisational theatre centuries. From the s onwards a growing number of European Improv groups have been set up specifically to explore the possibilities offered by the use of the abstract in improvised performance, including dance, movement, sound, music, mask work, lighting, and so on.

These groups are not especially interested in comedy, either as a technique or as an effect, but rather in expanding the improv genre so as to incorporate techniques and approaches that have improvisational theatre been a legitimate part of European theatre.

Shepherd was intent on developing a true "people's Theatre", and hoped to bring political drama to the stockyards. The Compass went on to play in numerous forms and companies, in a improvisational theatre of cities including NY and Hyannis, after the founding of The Second City.

A number of Compass members improvisational theatre also founding members of The Second City.