Improv Timeline

  • Pre-history – The first improvisation was most likely accomplished by a primate who fell from a tree before a predator and got out of the jam by the use of wits alone.
  • Primitive tribal dance and religious rituals appearMime appeared with proof that places outside of temples and people other than priests seemed to have used dramatic gesture and speech to give drama to special occasions
  • 3100 BCE – Egyptian Coronation Festival plays appear.
  • 2750 BCE – Egyptian ritual dramas appear.
  • 2500 BCE – Shamanism appears and is practiced.
  • 2400 BCE – First documented clowns were jesters recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphics. .
  • 2000 BCE – First evidence of Marionette puppets and so probably the first instance of Improvisation recorded among humans.
  • 1994-1781 BCE – The earliest depiction of toss juggling appeared in Egypt.
  • 1887 BCE – Passion plays appear at Abydos, Egypt.
  • 800 BCE – Dramatic dance performances appear.
  • 800 BCE – Susarion formed a band of comedians in Icaria and wandered through Greece, predecessor to the Comedia dell’ Arte.
  • 600 BCE – Origin of Greek theatre.
  • 534 BCE – Thespis invents the theatre of tragedy.
  • 500 BCE – Comedy competitions appear in Greece.
  • 5th Century BCE – Mountbanks of Athens and Sparta improvised to sell their wares and to separate money from the crowds, predecessors to the Comedia dell’Arte.
  • 3d Century BCE – Parodists, songsters, story tellers, and clowns who were clad in white plied their trade in Greece where “For the skilled improviser not uncommonly possessed all the tricks of the trade….” (Duchartre, p. 24), predecessors to the Comedia dell’Arte.
  • 356 BCE – First Roman theatrical performances
  • 300 BCE – Imperial Chinese Jester, Yu Sze influences court.
  • c. 200 BCE – The Etruscans performed The Atellanæ in Roman streets before and after the Theater.
  • 100 ACE In East India Viduska clowns interpreted the Mahabharata for the lower classes.
  • 200 ACE – Classical Sanskrit theatre appears.
  • 618 ACE – Theatre appears in China.
  • 800 – Traveling circuses appear.
  • 925 – Beginnings of Medieval theatre.
  • 1200 – Professional bards (story tellers) appear in Ireland.
  • 1250 – Beginning of German drama.
  • 1325 – Noh plays develop in Japan.
  • 1375 – First English plays appear.
  • 1300’s – Clowns appear on Tarot cards (descendants of Egyptian hieroglyphics).
  • 1490 – Spanish drama appears.
  • 1520 – Jesters served in Montezuma’s court.
  • 1575 – Clowning became a theatrical art form.
  • 16th to 17th Century – Comedia dell’ Arte appears in Italy and France developing Harlequin as clown.
  • 1680 – Comédie Français is the first national theatre.
  • 1716 – First American theatre in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • 1750 – First playhouse in New York.
  • 1768 – Phillip Astley created the first Circus and clown act.
  • 1790 ca. – Slave dancing in Congo Square, New Orleans.
  • 1830s to 1876 – Development and beginning of Yiddish theater.
  • 1835 – 11/30 – Mark Twain is born.
  • 1868 – Births of musicians Scott Joplin and Buddy Bolden precursors to Jazz.
  • 1879 – 11/4 – Birth of Will Rogers.
  • 1897 – Konstantine Stanislavski revolutionizes acting and includes elements of Improvisation.
  • 1897 – Tom Turpin’s Harlem Rag is the first published piano Rag.
  • 1899 – Scott Joplin sells 100,000 copies of “The Maple Leaf Rag”.
  • 1890 – 1917 – A majority of original Jazz greats are born as the art of improvised music develops from African American rhythms and spirituals, minstrel music, European folk melodies, Dixieland, marching band instruments and music, symphonic music, ragtime, and blues, and with Buddy Bolden, Jazz is born.
  • 1902 – Isadora Duncan opens the door to revolution in dance.
  • 1906 – Improvisors from Austria appear in New York reading headlines from the daily papers and creating scenes based on them.
  • 1908 – Chicago Parks Commission hired Neva Boyd to teach improvisation and games to teach language skills, social skills, self-confidence, and problem solving at Hull House, Chicago.
  • 1909 – Neva L. Boyd founded the Chicago School for Playground Workers.
  • 1914 – Dagney Pederson and Neva L. Boyd publish Folk Games and Gymnastic Play: For Kindergarten*, Primary, and Playground.
  • 1915 – Dagney Pederson and Neva L. Boyd publish Folk Games of Denmark and Sweden: For School, Playground, and Social Center*.
  • 1915 – Charlie Chaplin created The Little Tramp for world cinema.
  • 1917 – February 26 -The history of recorded Jazz begins with “Livery Stable Blues” by “The Original Jass (later Jazz) Band” All white band led by James “Nick” LaRocca. 250,000 copies. Most ever.
  • 1920 – The Marx Brothers Improvise their way into the hearts of the world.
  • 1925 – Martha Graham frees formal dance to Improvisation.
  • 1927-1941 – Neva Leona Boyd is on faculty of Northwestern University.
  • 1929 – Pierre Louis Duchartre publishes The Italian Comedy: The Improvisation Scenarios Lives Attributes Portraits and Masks of the Illustrious Characters of the Comedia dell’ Arte.
  • 1931-1959 – Robert M. Hutchins created the “Chicago College Plan” at the University of Chicago and opened the doors to the greatest explosion of creativity in the history of the world.
  • 1935 – Beginning of the Federal Theatre Project – See Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times*. 2008.
  • 1935 – Sanford Meisner joins the faculty of The Neighborhood Playhouse.
  • 1936 – William H. Bridge publishes Actor in the Making: A Handbook on Improvisation and Other Techniques of Development*.
  • 1937 – Robert Newton publishes Acting Improvised*.
  • 1939 – 1941 -Viola Spolin worked for the Recreation Project of the Works Project Administration, Chicago, IL.
  • 1940’s – Neva Boyd’s work was introduced to every military hospital in the U.S.
  • 1945 – Neva L. Boyd publishes Handbook of Recreational Games*.
  • 1945 – The works of Berthold Brecht influences future founders of “The Compass.”
  • 1945 – Joan Littlewood founded The Theatre Workshop company in East London. At one point she was arrested for doing Improvisation.
  • 1946 – Viola Spolin founds “The Young Actor’s Company” in Los Angeles. Alan Arkin is among the players.
  • 1946 August 29 – Robert Lowe begins his exploration of the universe.
  • 1946-1960’s – Improvisation and spontaneity is built on a foundation of early 20th century Existentialism, Jungian psychology, Dada art, relativity and quantum physics, the chaos of WWII, and the arrival of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism in the west. It developed into a new culture in America with Critical writing: William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson – Automatism (spontaneous painting): Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock – Spontaneous writing: Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady – Dance: Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham – Ceramics: Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Soetsu Yanagi – Beat poetry: Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Bebop Jazz: LeRoi Jones, Charlie Parker – and the advent of Improvisational comedy theatre in Chicago.
  • 1948 – Paul Sills, the son of Viola Spolin, arrives at the University of Chicago.
  • 1950-1953 – “Tonight at 8:30” gathers the first 20th Century Improvisors, including Paul Sills, David Shepherd, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Sheldon Patinkin, Eugene Troobnick, Zora Lampert, and many others. – See The Compass below.
  • 1953 June 23 – David Shepherd founded “The Playwrights Theatre Club” with Paul Sills, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Sheldon Patinkin, Tony Lampert, Tony Holland, Ed Asner, and later Barbara Harris, Bernard Sahlins, Omar Shapli, and others. – See The Compass.
  • 1954 – Viola Spolin teaches and directs at “The Playwrights Theatre Club”.
  • 1955 July 5 – First performance of “The Compass”.
  • 1955 – Jim Hanson’s Muppets appear on TV.
  • 1956 – Albert Grossman opens “The Gate of Horn” in Chicago. (Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Odetta, Bob Gibson, and other folk legends.) Paul Sills is an early manager.
  • 1956-1966 – Keith Johnstone at England’s “Royal Court Theatre”, became Associate Director, exploring spontaneity in acting.
  • 1959 December 16 – Paul Sills, Howard Alk, and Bernie Sahlins found The Second City in Chicago.
  • 1960 May 3 – “The Fantastiks” brings Comedia to offstage New York, to run for 42 years.
  • 1963 – Last “Compass” in New York at “The Upstairs at the Downstairs”.
  • 1963 – Viola Spolin publishes Improvisation for the Theater*.
  • 1963 April 10 – “The Committee” is formed in San Francisco – Included Gary Austin – Founder of “The Groundlings.” (David Ogden Stiers, Rob Reiner, Del Close, Roger Bowan, and more.)
  • 1972 – Howard Jerome and David Shepherd co-found the Improv Olympics, premiering at the Space for Innovative Development in New York City.
  • 1973 – Second City Toronto Opens.
  • 1974 – Howard Jerome and David Shepherd take the Improv Olympics to Toronto’s Home Made Annual Improv Festival where it was further developed and inspired the Canadian Improv Games.
  • 1974 – January Gary Austin founds “The Groundlings” (poor Shakespearian audience members who stood on the ground) – Loraine Newman, Peewee Herman, Will Farrell, Maya Rudlph, and others).
  • 1976 – SCTV begins filming. U.S. debut 1977.
  • 1977 – Willie Wiley and David Shepherd co-create the Canadian Improv Games.
  • 1977 – Theatre Sports and “Loose Moose Theatre” founded by Keith Johnstone.
  • 1978 – Jeffrey Sweet publishes Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City & The Compass Players*.
  • 1979 – Keith Johnstone publishes Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre*.
  • 1979 – The Groundlings School of Improvisation opened with 17 students.
  • 1980 – 1983 – Dance Jam – Eyes of Picasso.
  • 1980 – 1983 – Improvisational dance with “Motion” directed by Judith Greer Essex, a movement therapist originally trained in Improvisational dance by Merce Cunningham.
  • 1980 – 1983 – Played Improvisational, microtonal music with “The Interval Foundation” formed by Jonathan Glazier, a student and friend of Harry Partch and Ivor Darreg.
  • 1980 (?) – David Shepherd develops Improvisation Olympics. There is some vagueness regarding the time and truth of this story.
  • 1981 – Charna Halpern and Del Close found “iO Chicago” (Formerly Improv Olympic). (Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tina Fey and more) Inventing the Harold and long form Improvisation.
  • 1981 – International Blend – Don Victor – Robert’s 1st Improv Troupe. Don Victor.
  • 1982 – Radio Free Sidney – Second Improv Troupe.
  • 1982 – Improv Boston was founded by Ellen Holbrook – Prompted by “The Proposition” (Marc Farley’s first Improv show as audience.
  • 1983 – Unexpected Productions” became first Theatre Sports Company in Seattle.
  • 1983 – Creativity Workshop with Jackie Lowell in San Diego.
  • 1983 – Robert danced in Atlanta with International dance troupe “Izvorni”.
  • 1984 – January – First Improv Workshop with Andrew Einspruch, Alison Mawle and two others.
  • 1984 – September 20 – First open Atlanta Improv workshop at the Nexus theatre. (Have first invitation D.1, and flier D.2 in scrap book)
  • 1984 – December 13 – First Atlanta public Improv show – “Just for Laffs” – “Open City Players”. (Have flier. (D.4 in scrapbooks)
  • 1984 – Cirque du Soleil appears.
  • 1985 – Augusto Boal publishes Theatre of the Oppressed using Improvisation as gorilla theatre.
  • 1985 January 19 – First The Lightside City Players Improv Show – Second Nexus Improv Show. (Have contact prints C.15 and C.16 in scrapbooks) (Have CD video)
  • 1985 February 22 and 23 – Third Nexus Shows – Moulard Bastien Wedding.
  • 1985 March – “The Lightside City Players”, Atlanta’s first Improvisors. Back row from left – Stuart Hill, Phil Tardiff, Joel Gilmore, Rich Bailey, Keith Hooker. Seated Shari Kottcamp, Marc Farley, Maggie McClaney, John O’Hagan-Ward, Robert Lowe, Eileen Kimble, Emelio Perey, O’Clare Alexander, Tommy Futch, Andrew Einspruch, Alison Dukes Gilmore.
  • 1985 April 22 (?) – June (?) “Upstairs at Gene and Gabe’s”
  • 1985 – First press: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, Laugh Track Magazine, Open City, Atlanta Magazine.
  • 1985 – First Benefit Improv Show for the Georgia Radio Reading Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (GARRS). Einspruch, O’Hagan Ward, Tardiff, Hooker, Alexander, Holland, holding Marc Farley. Mike Schatz, with GARRS,  sponsoring.
  • 1985 c. June – First Applied Improvisation Peachtree Presbyterian Church phone-a-thon training with Andrew Einspruch.
  • 1985 July 12 – December  28 – Lightside City Players vs Lightside Students at GSU, Unitarian Universalist Church, TheTheatrical Outfit, Theatre in the Square, Sasso’s, Southside Theatre Guild.
  • 1985 October – LCP began playing at Sasso’s, Ansley Mall
  • 1985 October – AT&T “New Attitude” – May be the first documented use of Applied Improvisation at a major industrial level in the states. Ansley Mall, Atlanta, GA
  • 1985 – December (?) First Cable Interview – Robert Lowe, Eileen Kimble, and Johh O’Hagan Ward.
  • 1985 December – “Laughing Matters” forms – First Improv branch.
  • 1986 January 12 – December 1 – “The Learning Annex” Jerry Farbers Place.
  • 1986 – Dr. Horseradish’s Roaming Asylum – First visiting Improv team.
  • 1987 (?) Janet Elizabeth Meshad Wells presents “Master Improv Classes” in Atlanta.
  • 1987 – Rebecca Stockley presents the first Theatre Sports workshop in San Francisco for “Fretelli Bologna” which became “BATS” (Bay Area Theatre Sports).
  • 1987 – Donna McCrohan publishes The Second City: A Backstage History of Comedy’s Hottest Troupe*.
  • 1987 March 17 – Comedy Atlanta – Performance Gallery (Current site of Federal Reserve Bank) and miscellaneous odd shows.
  • 1987 October 10 – Proposal for the Next City Comedy Theatre.
  • 1987 October 26 – Second Cable show with Ed Tyll, Atlanta Shock Jock.
  • 1988 January 6 – The Next City Comedy Theatre opens. Sign by Julie Jumper. (Many videos)
  • 1988 Next City Comedy Theatre Wall Mural by Danielle Bates.
  • 1988 January – 1989 December 31 – (Have list of Players, Acts, and Artists G.20 in Scrapbooks)
  • 1988 – First Improv workshops and show at Georgia Tech at the old Theatre.
  • 1988 August 26 – Einspruch and Dean, Australian team (also my first Improv student Andrew) plays at Next City (Have picture H.8 in scrap books)
  • 1989 – Second City Los Angeles opens.
  • 1988 (Exact Date?) – Robert aids founding of “The Let’s Try This Players” (Now “Let’s Try This’) Improv program at Georgia Tech.
  • 1989 – Lynda Belt & Rebecca Stockley publish Improvisation Through Theatre Sports.
  • 1989 – Rathskeller at Emory began doing Improvisation vs sketch comedy. Year of “Satanic Fishes”. Robert Lowe made honorary member of Rathskeller. Josh Jacobs, current Emperor of Rathskeller 9/12/13.
  • 1989 – taDAH plays at Next City with Janet Wells, (WKRP Cincinatti, Bob Newhart, “Being There”), Susan Andrews, Barbara King.
  • 1989 August 5 – Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council “Magic Sand” – Applied Improvisation.
  • 1989 November 22 – Transformation by Laughter, London.
  • 1989 – Famous players, Flash Dejournette, Mitch Rouse, Marc Farley, David Kinney)
  • 1990 – Janet Coleman publishes The Compass: The Story of the Improvisational Theatre that Revolutionized the Art of Comedy in America*.
  • 1990 January 28 – 30 – Symposium and Educational Video Project, National Security: A Global Imperative. Carter Center.
  • 1990 – Stephen Nachmanovitch publishes Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art.
  • 1990 – 2000 – A variety of Applied Improvisation programs including “Problem Solving” and Transformation by Laughter.”
  • 1991 – Patricia Ryan Madson founds “Stanford Improvisors”.
  • 1991 October 25 – Founded Improvisation, Inc. – “Team Building with Improvisation” at Georgia State University, with 26 attendees from 22 companies.
  • 1991 – 2000 – A selection of Improvisation, Inc. Clients.
  • 1993 – Second City Detroit Opens.
  • 1993 January 15 – Robert presents program for Neurolinguistic Programming Conference.
  • 1993 October 11 – June 1994 – First Public Improvisation Workshop performances in Atlanta at The Punchline, Atlanta.
  • 1993 – David Webster began long form Improv classes in Atlanta with first performance at Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA.
  • 1994 – Whole World Theatre Company Founded by David Webster. Ties with Dad’s Garage as first Improv Venue outside “The Next City Comedy Theatre”. Now owned by Castle Rock Entertainment.
  • 1994 June 23 – Dad’s Garage Theatre Company arrives from SAK Theatre in Orlanto.
  • 1994 Dad’s Garage and Whole World Theatre share the space on Elizabeth Avenue. They are the first Improv venues after “The Next City Comedy Theatre”.
  • 1994 – Del Close and Charna Halpern publish Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation*.
  • 1994 August 29 to October 23, 1995 – Improv Workshop Performances – The Uptown Comedy Corner, Atlanta.
  • 1994 – Daniel Wiener publishes Rehearsals for Growth: Theater Improvisation for Psychotherapists.
  • 1995 Improv Workshop Performances at The Uptown Comedy Corner – First for Mike Schatz, later of Dad’s Garage
  • 1996 April 8 – October 1997 – Improv Workshop performances – The Freight Room, Decatur.
  • 1997 – “iO West” Opens in Los Angeles.
  • 1997 – 2000 Applied Improvisation events; Problem Solving, Stress management (With Jeff Justice) Humor in the Workplace.
  • 1997 – 2000 Improv Workshop performances at The Red Light Café.
  • 1998 – Daniel Belgrad publishes The Culture of Spontaneity: Improvisation and the Arts in Postwar America.
  • 1998 – Paul Z Jackson Publishes Impro Learning: How to Make Your Training Creative, Flexible, and Spontaneous.
  • 1998 – BATS in San Francisco began “Laughing Stock”, free Improvisation classes for people with chronic and life threatening diseases.
  • 1998 October to August 1999 – Robert conducts Improvisation workshops and shows at Arbor Montessori School.
  • 1998 March 6 – Georgia State University – Improvisation Theatre Course (History and theory beyond. performance) Combined graduate and undergraduate course. May have been the first Improv course for credit in U.S.
  • 1999 February 4 – Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) opens in NYC – Mitt Beser, Amy Pohler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh.
  • 2000 – Robert Lowe publishes Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups.
  • 2000 – The Second City: Backstage at the World’s Greatest Comedy Theater*” is published by Sheldon Patinkin, Robert Klein, Alan Arkin, Dan aykroyd, George Wendt, James Belushi, and Harold Ramis.
  • 2000 – Allison Dukes Gilmore Founds Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy (GLOC), Atlanta.
  • 2001 – Ken Burns Directs “Jazz” documentary.
  • 2001 – Kat Koppett publishes Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning. Her first Improv teacher is Terry Sommer.
  • 2001- James Karwish forms “JackPie Theatre” from “ Comedy Response Unit.
  • 2001 February 1 – Interview with Robert Lowe in “Improvisation in the Workplace” published by Harvard Management Communication Letter.
  • 2002 – Paul Z. Jackson Founds The Applied Improvisation Network.
  • 2003 – Matthew Falkenberg founds first Black Box Improve Comedy Festival
  • 2004 April 1 – “The Basement Theatre” by JStar – Friday and Saturday.
  • 2005 – Robert Lowe received the James E. Dull Service Award In Recognition of Noteworthy Support to Drama Tech by a Non Club Member.
  • 2005 – Comedy Cobb became OTC Comedy Troupe – Kelley Cody-Grimm 10/19/8:00 Lionheart Theatre  678-938-8513, 10 College Street,  Norcross GA 30071.
  • 2005 July 1 – UCB opens in Hollywood, CA.
  • 2005 – Patricia Ryan Madson (Stanford University) publishes Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up.
  • 2005 JStar and Larry Johnson begin “Cineprov” at The Basement Theatre.
  • 2006 March 1 – UCB opens its Theatre Traininc Center in NYC. See UCBcomedy.com.
  • 2006 – Charna Halpern Publishes Art by Committee: A Guide to Advanced Improvisation.
  • 2006 July 23 – Playing in Traffic Improv Troupe – Professional Actor’s Studio404-943-1873.
  • 2006 – 2012 – Bob Wood opens Relapse Theatre.
  • 2006 – Allison Dukes Gilmore founds DuMore Improv.
  • 2007 – iThink Improv Troupe -1St Friday in Woodstock inkimprov@elmstreetarts.org
    iThink Contact: Siobhan Brumbelow.
  • 2007 Cineprov moves to Relapse Theatre
  • 2007 – Adam Blatner and Daniel J. Wiener, edit and publish Interactive and Improvisational Drama: Varieties of Applied Theatre and Performance.
  • 2008 September 10 – Improv in the Park at Piedmont Park – By Whole World Theatre Company
  • 2008 – Automatic Improv Founded at Relapse Theatre, February 2013 moved to Fabrifaction Theatre.
  • 2008 – Blair Holden and (???) found The Village Theatre with break from Whole World Theatre.
  • 2009 – Sandy Bruce founds Shenanigans: Applied arts and theatre for Autism.
  • 2009?? Village Theatre founded.
  • 2010 – Lisa Safran publishes Using Improvisation to Build Literacy.
  • 2010 – Robert Lowe received the “Let’s Try This Lifetime Achievement Award”.
  • 2010 – David Shepherd: A Lifetime of Improvisational Theatre  Feature length documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5wgtkgCH3A. with Andrew Duncan, Mark Gordon, Charna Halpern, Howard Jerome, Bernie Sahlins, and Suzanne Shepherd. Produced by Mike Fleischaker, Michael Golding. Executive Producer – James “Willie” Wyllie.
  • 2011 – July, Robert attends AIN World Conference – Baltimore, MD.
  • 2012 – In Betweeners workshop, Atlanta – GET NAME and DATE.
  • 2012 (?) – Ian Covell founds The Improv School of Atlanta , show 9/26 Thur 8:30 51 Elliott St. in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill.
  • 2012 – September, Robert attends AIN World Conference, San Francisco, CA Hosted by BATS.
  • 2012 – Cineprov moves to The Plaza Shopping Center, Site of The Next City Comedy Theatre across the street.
  • 2012 January 21 – 5th Annual College Improv Tournament, Atlanta South Regional event@ DramaTech Theater, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA
    KISS – Kennesaw State University (GA), Mobb Line – Savannah College of Art & Design (GA),
    No Bears Allowed – Florida State University (FL), Rathskellar – Emory University (GA),
    Theatre Strike Force – University of Florida (FL), Let’s Try This – Georgia Tech University (GA)
    Ugly Step Children – University of Florida (FL), Vandy Improv Players – Vanderbilt University (TN)Goodprov Badprov – University of Central Florida (FL), Improv Athens – University of Georgia (GA), Stage Monkeys – University of Southern Mississippi (MI)
  • 2008 JStar of The Basement Theatre sponsors first – “Spontaneous Combustion: A festival of Improvised Comedy”.
  • 2013 (?) – Cineprov – Sundays Ponce de Leon.
  • 2013 April 28 – Robert Lowe and Brent Darnell host first Southeast Regional Applied Improvisation Network meeting.
  • 2013 – Farnaz Tabayee receives DEd with her thesis, Effects of Improvisation Techniques in Leadership Development.
  • 2013 July 16 – Met Matthew Mammola
  • 2013 July 31 – First meeting with Improv Documentary film masters, Matthew Mammola and Valerie Hooper.
  • 2013  August, – Dad’s Garage relocates temporarily at 7 Stages Theatre, Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2013 August 14 – First meeting of executive film crew for “Laughter is a Global Event” Improv Documentary. Valerie Hooper, Matthew Mammola, Robert Lowe, and Lex Lewis.
  • 2013 – August 20 – Movoto.com names Atlanta funniest city in America.
  • 2013 September 13 & 14, – 6th Annual Blackbox Tournament – Peanut Butter & Improv Jam, Rufio, Salon du Shogun, 50ft Vermin + Haymaker, and Mandy Butler & Meg Pierson from Alchemy Comedy, Greenville, NC.
  • 2013 November 1, “Shark Party” plays at The Hangar. Matthew Mammola, Kris Purushothaman, Tiffany Fox, Brice Ward, Nathanial Hutchinson, Don Smith, Jesse Borsella.
  • 2013 November 30 – Young Actor’s Playhouse (YAP) opens doors to Improv (Formerly Playhouse in the Square, early Lightside City Players site for a show. Michael Horn RIP)
  • 2013 November 30 – !Prov (Bang Prov) premiered in Marietta.
  • 2013 December 13-15 – Stockbridge Improv Festival.
  • 2014 – June 3 – United Atlanta Improv, Jon Carr, presents “The Ark” with two players from Whole World Theatre, Dad’s Garage Theatre, The Village Theatre, The Basement, Laughing Matters, and Automatic Improv in the first combined Atlanta Improv community show, at The Plaza Shopping Center. The stage was less than 100 yards from the stage of The Next City Comedy Theatre across the street. Over 300 attending.
  • 2014 – September 24 – United Atlanta Improv presents “Women of Improv” with