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CSz Seattle – Producers of ComedySportz

c/o The Atlas Theater

3509 Fremont Ave N.

Seattle, WA 98103

(425) 954-5618

[email protected]

Contact: Alex Grindeland, Owner & Manager.

Founded in 2012, CSz Seattle performs a variety of improv shows several times a week. CSz Seattle also plays corporate, college, church, school and convention events, and offers a slate of improv classes for adults and teens, plus Applied Improvisation workshops for corporate clients.

Jet City Improv

5510 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 352-8291

[email protected]

Contact: Brandon Jepson, Production Director.

Since its founding in 1992, Jet City Improv has invented new formats and innovative improv experiences in pursuit of a “higher plane of comedy.” JCI also manages several festivals and a 40-week Improv Academy. Auditions to join the main cast of Jet City Improv or the cast of a Jet City Improv Presents show take place throughout the year. Check website and Facebook for announcements.

Playback Theater Northwest

PO Box 70166

Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 726-1415

[email protected]

Contact: Harold Costa Jr., Artistic Director. Founded in 1991, Playback Theater Northwest uses an original form of improvisational theater known as Playback Theater, creating a space where personal stories and experiences can be shared.

Seattle Festival of Improvisational Theater

5510 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 352.8291 x 0

[email protected], [email protected]

Contact: Andrew McMasters, Executive Producer.

Founded in 2002, Seattle Festival of Improvisational Theater has grown to become America’s best showcase of unscripted, interactive theater. SFIT has earned a national reputation as a fun and exciting stop on the national Improv festival circuit.

Unexpected Productions

The Market Theater

1428 Post Alley

Seattle, WA 98101-2034

(206) 587-2414

[email protected]

Contact: Randy Dixon, Artistic Director.

Founded in 1983, Unexpected Productions runs improv shows from Wednesday through Sunday, year round. UP also conducts the Seattle Improv School. Auditions are announced on the TPS website as well as UP’s newsletter and website.


East Side

Valley Center Stage

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1123

North Bend, WA 98045

Performance Address:

Masonic Lodge

119 and a half , North Bend Way

North Bend, WA 98045

(425) 831-5667

[email protected]

Contact:  Gary Schwartz, Executive Director.  Valley Center Stage produces 3 full-length productions (musicals and plays) and several special events (variety, stand-up comedy and improv) each season. To audition, email a headshot and resume.  Auditions are announced through the the VCS email list, the TPS website and The Performers Callboard list-serv.  Rehearsals are held 2 to 3 evenings per week with some weekend commitments.  Performance schedules vary.  Actors are not paid.  See Ch.1 Theatres: Community Theatre, Musical Theatre, Stand-Up Comedy Theatre.  See Also Theatre Production Guide: Road Houses)


North Sound

The Upfront Theatre

1208 Bay St

Bellingham, WA

(360) 733-8855

[email protected]

Contact: Billy Tierney, General Manager

Established by Ryan Stiles in 2004, The Upfront Theatre’s 99-seat cabaret style venue offers live improv comedy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Featuring a standout cast of local performers, The Upfront presents many styles of improv comedy ranging from themed long form to open improv, musicals, and short form. The Upfront also has a school of improvisation and is active in teaching Applied Improvisation.


Peninsula and Islands

The Edge

c/o Bainbridge Performing Arts

200 Madison Avenue North

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Box office (206) 842-8569

[email protected]

Contact: Bhama Roget, artistic director.

Founded in 1993, The Edge performs improv the first Saturday every month at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

UMO Ensemble

PO Box 347

Vashon Island, WA 98070-0347

(206) 408-8059

[email protected]

Contact: Esther Edelman, Founding Member. Since 1989, UMO Ensemble has created over 20 original works using improvisations in movement, character, vocalizing and writing with a special emphasis on physical theatre.


Eastern Washington

The Blue Door Theatre

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9286

Spokane, WA 99209

Performance Address:

815 W Garland Ave

Spokane, WA 99205


[email protected] bluedoortheatre

Contact: Kevin Benson, President.

The Blue Door Theatre, founded in 1996, is an improv theatre with performances every Friday and Saturday night. The BDT performs both long and short form Improv shows, has Monday night Improv Jam Sessions and offers Adult and Teen Improv classes.



Brainwaves Improv Comedy

3721 SE 13th, #7

Portland, OR 97202

(503) 796-9550

[email protected]

Brainwaves Improv Comedy is a national touring company that has been invited to create customized improv performances for organizations such as Starbucks, Nike, Toro and countless others. They are veterans of The Chicago Improv Festival, Big Stinkin Improv Festival and many others.

The Brody Theater

16 NW Broadway

Portland, OR 97209

(503) 224-2227

[email protected]

Tom Johnson, Artistic Director.  The Brody Theater
produces improvised and stand-up comedy theater and offers stand-up comedy and improv classes.  Auditions are announced on the BT website.

CSz Portland—Producers of ComedySportz

Mailing Address:

3308 East Burnside St

Portland, OR 97214-1956

Performance Space:

1963 NW Kearney St

Portland, OR 97209

(503) 236-8888

[email protected]

Contact: Patrick Short, General Manager.

ComedySportz Portland was founded in May 1993 and hasn’t missed a weekend since. CSz Portland also plays corporate, college, church, school and convention events, offers a slate of improv classes for adults and teens, plus Applied Improvisation training for corporate clients in Customer Service, Leadership and Design Thinking. New performers are recruited out of CSZ’s classes and Minor League System.


Scared Scriptless Improv

49th State Brewing Company

717 West 3rd Ave

Anchorage, AK 99501

(907) 538-2711

[email protected]

Contact: Kristen Doogan, Co-owner and Artistic Director.

Scared Scriptless Improv has performed all over Alaska since 2000 and is Alaska’s premier comedy improv troupe. SSI performs the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of every month in downtown Anchorage. SSI is also available for private bookings and corporate functions.


Torch Theatre

4721 N Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85012

(602) 456-2876

[email protected]

Contact: Jacqueline Arend – General Operations Manager.

Founded in 2007, Torch Theatre presents improvised musicals, films, and countless other formats of improvised longform theatre. Several house teams have been performing with the Torch since its founding. The Torch has recurring weekly and monthly shows plus improv classes for kids, teens, and adults. Organizations, groups, and businesses can hire the Torch for team building workshops or as entertainment for their events.



Canadian Improv Games

#2 – 153 East 8th

Vancouver BC

V5T 1R8


[email protected]

Contact: Alistair Cook, Artistic Director. The Canadian Improv Games is a loving competition between teams of high school students trained to perform spontaneous, improvised scenes within the framework of the CIG’s own 5 event competitive format.

Instant Theatre Company

Mailing Address:

529 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC V5T 1X4 Canada

Performance Address:

Havana Theatre

1212 Commercial Drive

Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4 Canada

(778) 379-7161

[email protected]

Contact: Nikolai Witschl and Chelsey Stuyt, General Managers.

Founded in 1994, !nstant Theatre Company focuses on both classic and modern styles of improvisational theatre. ITC produces close to two hundred shows a year. ITC offers classes and is available to perform or conduct workshops at corporate and other events. ITC also offers a free introductory workshop to any registered non-profit society in Vancouver.


Loose Moose Theatre Company

Mailing Address:

Cambrian PO Box 75006

Calgary, AB T2K 6J8 Canada

Performance Location:

Crossroads Market, Second Floor

1235 26 Ave SE

Calgary, AB T2G 1R7, Canada

(403) 269-1444

Emai: [email protected]

Contact: Dennis Cahill, Artistic Director.

Founded in 1977, The Loose Moose Theatre Company has an international reputation for innovation and excellence in

improvisational theatre. Techniques for training and presenting improvisation which have been created by co-founder and former Artistic Director Keith Johnstone, and developed at Loose Moose are used worldwide. LMTC currently performs in the 200-seat theater on the second floor of the Crossroads Market.

Vancouver Theatre Sports League

Mailing Address:

1515 Anderson Street

Vancouver, BC

V6H 3R5  Canada

Performance address:

The Improv Centre on Granville Island

1502 Duranleau St.

Vancouver, BC

V6H 3W7  Canada

(604) 738.7013

[email protected]

Contact: Denise Jones, Artistic Director

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League began in 1980 and is now a local institution and a world wide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv found anywhere. VTSL produces shows 5 nights a week, 52 weeks a year.

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