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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory and homelands of the Chumash and Tongva people. To learn more about their history and ways to support please click the below! Tongva: Chumas:


Impro Theatre aspires to change the world through joyful artistic engagement by performing, teaching, and expanding storytelling through unscripted theatre. 


Founded as Los Angeles Theatresports in 1988, Impro Theatre has evolved into a critically acclaimed theatre and school. In southern California, Impro has performed sold-out shows at South Coast Repertory, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, North Coast Repertory Theatre, The Odyssey, The Wallis Annenberg, The John Anson Ford Ampitheatre, The Falcon Theatre (now The Garry Marshall) and The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as venues around the world including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, The Melbourne Fringe in Australia and Theatre Adyar in Paris. 

Diversity Equity Inclusion Accessibility

Impro Theatre's DEIA initiative aims to continuously advise, advocate, and improve diversity,   equity, inclusion, & accessibility within the Impro Theatre community. The Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship awards students from historically marginalized and under-represented communities a 1-year scholarships to study at Impro Theatre School, valued at approximately $2,000 per student. After 6 months of coursework, recipients undergo a review process that takes a look at their attendance record, adherence to our Code of Conduct, and more, to determine their eligibility for the remaining 6 months of the Scholarship. The program started in 2017 with 2 scholarships, and within  2 years, we had 50 applicants and awarded 14 scholarships.

LA Theatresports

“Everybody knows two things. You can only learn by failing. You should have a good attitude about it.”

-Keith Johnstone

Before there was Impro Theatre, there was LA Theatresports. Founded by Dan O'Connor, Ellen Idelson and Forest Brakeman in 1988, LATS is a standing tradition of Keith Johnstone’s beloved fast-paced competitive-improv show. Impro frequently revisits our Theatresports roots, most recently in 2023 with Wayne Brady leading an all-star cast. 


Two teams of improvisers go head to head, challenging each other to improvised scenes based on audience suggestions.  LA Theatresports shows are accompanied by live music, so be ready to tap your foot, yell out suggestions, boo and hiss the judges or just sit back and watch the playful mayhem.


Many of Impro Theatre’s regular performers originally got their start in Theatresports™ and find it to be an invaluable training for actors, writers and improvisers alike. 


Theatresports™ was created by Keith Johnstone at the Royal Court Theatre in London and at the University of Calgary. Other LA Theatresports alumni include Wayne Brady, Brad Sherwood, and Mike McShane of “Whose Line is it Anyway.

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