Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term improv.

On improv’s official page, we say it’s “a direct line to the truth… whether it is an improv comedy show, an improvised play, or improvisation to make discoveries during rehearsal.” But now we want to know what the term improv means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever done improv on stage? Was it during a performance or in rehearsal?

— Do you have any stories about improvising in real life? I know I’ve had to improvise a lot as a parent whenever my kid asks me a sensitive question… like who ate all the Halloween candy.

— What’s the funniest improv bit you’ve ever seen in the theatre?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about improv, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor