First Saturday


Zombie Gourmet

Cast: Andrew Bernier, Eric Storie, Jackie Rich, Liz Hutchman, and Alexander Danvers

Zombie Gourmet dishes up an organic buffet of brainy bits, relying on flexibility, support, high energy and feeding off of each other to shape their shows.

Composed of stylistically diverse and dynamic troupe members, well seasoned like hand-me-down cast iron, ZG marches ceaselessly toward the lights in their ravenous pursuit of comedy.

Long form full of bizarre worlds, pulsating organs, and lightly braised transitions, the Zombie Gourmet format explores the soft, fleshy, delicious parts of improv.


Cast: Brian Ress, Jackie Rich, Raphael Robbins, Shane Shannon, Tara Jensen, Tillea Baltzell, and John Palmer

Plunk! is a Second Beat born and bred improv team featuring 100% Second Beat Theater training graduates. Jumping onto the scene, Plunk!’s fun and high energy show combines memorable characters in unusual circumstances with a splash of refreshing insanity.


Second Saturday

Hearts on Fire

Hearts on Fire

Cast: Anthony Reynolds, Billy Brandes. James Hoffmaster, Jeremy Schwarts, Michael Ziman and Stewart Gross

Google: What improv team takes audiences down a fast-paced, no holds barred, internet rabbit hole of scenes, characters and relationships all inspired by search questions? One result found: Hearts on Fire.

Salmon Shane

Cast: Sam Haldiman and Shane Shannon

These two have been performing together for more than seven years. Their improv style is based heavily on the straight/absurd dynamic in the most unconventional way. They are always pushing the envelope on grounding their characters' worlds with the most ridiculous points of view.

Salmon Shane photo by Mindy Keeling

Third Saturday

Birds and Broads

Birds and Broads

Cast: Jacque Arend and Liz Hutchman

Starting as a one-night-only performance, Birds & Broads have now been performing together for four years. They focus on a single location scene, creating a strong relationship at the top after which they may or may not explore the other rich characters who inhabit that space. Their shows bounce from being utterly hilarious to edge-of-your-seat engaging.


Cast: Chris Hooper, Eric Storie, Rick Grove, Sam Haldiman, and Sara Palmer, with accompanist Chad Michael Lawson

The Displacers have been performing the long-form signature format the Harold for five years. They perform with a high energy and create a rich cast of characters that will keep you talking about their show for days. It's no use trying to explain the show to a friend. Tell them they just need to be there.

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Fourth Saturday

New Heart


Cast: Bryan Gerdes, Clifton Gray, Laurie Shellenbarger, and Rachel Tullio

From audience suggestions, NewHeart builds scenes with strong characters and points of view, allowing relationships to drive the discovery of concepts and connections throughout each show.

From the absurd and playful, to the real and ridiculous, shows often tackle complex themes such as renewal, loss, hope, stagnation, death and other hilarious tragedies that define the human spirit. NewHeart strives to bring love, honesty, and passion to the world, one set at a time.

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Class Registration Open

By Sam Haldiman | August 27, 2016

Registration is now open for Level 1 classes beginning in January 2017. Levels 2 through 4 will open up as students complete Level 1. Visit our class schedule and registration page.

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