Our Philosophy

Through the study of basic and advanced improv skills, the natural intelligence and humor in each person will be developed through building connections and confidence.  You do not need to be “funny” to perform successful improv. TIM believes in fast paced, positive improv play based on the DSI Comedy Theater of Carrboro, North Carolina’s philosophy.  Students will learn the game of the scene technique, of discovering and heightening the patterns of interactions occurring throughout improv performances.

Why Improv?

Improv training sharpens communication skills, which is beneficial in all areas of life, business, education, and the creative arts to name a few.  It teaches the skill of staying in the moment, processing information quickly, and making smart decisions at a fast pace.  Improv teaches confidence in a positive and supportive environment.

Our Curriculum

The curriculum used by the Tucson Improv Movement was developed by Zach Ward of the DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, North Carolina.  Zach developed the curriculum during his time working and performing in Chicago.  Zach has been employed by the Chicago Improv Festival (Associate Producer), Toronto Improv Festival (Producer), Richmond Improv Festival (Producer), ComedySportz Chicago, and currently is the Executive Producer at DSI and Managing Director at Improv Boston.  The DSI Curriculum has been successfully taught to over 12,000 students across the country.


Our Scenework Classes Building Towards Longform Improv

IMPROV 101: Fundamentals of Improv Comedy

IMPROV 101 explores the basics of comedy improvisation: team-building, trust, speed, status, active listening, and agreement. Students learn to be fearless and have fun on stage using the DSI approach to improv comedy.

IMPROV 201: Game of the Scene and Patterns

IMPROV 201 focuses on the two-person scene, building on the fundamentals from 101. Students learn to identify the game of the scene, developing and heightening patterns of interaction. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 101

IMPROV 301: Character and Relationships

IMPROV 301 builds on the game of the scene from 201. Learn to instantly create solid characters (voice, attitude and physicality) and develop meaningful relationships in every scene you perform. Raise the stakes of the game by exploring the space between. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 201

Our Longform Improv Classes

IMPROV 401: Harold Introduction to the Form

Get to know Harold, the most widely performed improv format. From organic openings, second and third beats and group scenes, students learn the structure that makes Harold the standard for every longform. Be prepared to learn a strict foundation. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 301

IMPROV 501: Harold Advanced Techniques

TIM will expand your vocabulary of longform technique as taught and performed in Chicago and New York. Fully understand beats, tag outs, edits, transformations, swinging doors, scene painting and more to heighten and clarify Harold.

Learn “The Spread” to go deeper into the world of the characters you create so you can make more powerful connections with your scenes and Harold. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 401