Out of all the improv schools out there, Tightrope has by far been the most fun and informative. I’m in the conservatory program and the weekly classes are what I look forward to the most in my week. You get the best training from the best improvisors in the city, you get to meet cool people, and you get stage experience by performing in weekly shows. Big shoutout to Rina Shimomura and Jeff Gladstone for being the best teachers I’ve worked with.
I took my first class at Tightrope 8 months ago and have never left. The instructors are knowledgeable, kind, and extremely supportive. And the other students have been so much fun to improvise with! I love learning with and from them. Tightrope is more than just a theatre. It’s an inclusive and warm community, and I’m so proud to be a part of it. -Caro, Conservatory Student
Joining Tightrope with no improv experience, I quickly found a safe, creative space. The dedicated teachers and courses like 'First Step', ‘The Scene’, and a professional workshop curated for my creative software team boosted my confidence and communication skills while changing my team’s perspective on failure and progress. Tightrope is more than a theatre; it's a community that inspires personal and professional growth- It’s people who celebrate their unique traits and backgrounds while having tons of fun together.
Ali is a leader in the next generation of Impro teachers that work in the spirit and philosophy of Keith Johnstone. We both hail from Loose Moose Theatre and drank the same Koolaid. It works!
Tightrope provides a safe space in a welcoming, warm, non competitive and non judgemental environment. when I sensed the camaraderie among improvisers on stage, leading me to join their intro to improv workshop in June 2022. Improv is really good for the soul in the hard world we live in and I look forward to my medicine every week since then.
Working with Tightrope Theatre and Jeff Gladstone in particular, has been one of the most fruitful coaching experiences I’ve had as an artist. When you work with Jeff, you are not only working on the acting, but also the painting of the world in which the story takes place. I went on to create an adaptation of a Shakespeare show after taking Jeff’s class, thanks to the discoveries I made throughout that month. Jeff is such a great, respectful and inclusive teacher. You will always feel welcomed and safe in class.
Ali’s “Impro for Actor’s” is easily the only place in my world where I am encouraged to fail gracefully and gloriously and where mistakes are celebrated. It is the most freeing feeling in my somewhat ‘serious’ adult life. It’s the place in my world where belly laughter and joy has been injected once again, where I’m allowed to use my imagination again, to play again and to develop skills I can use not only in my acting, but in life too. There’s no pressure to be clever, to be funny, witty or a comedian. The only pressure you will ever feel in this class is the pressure you put on yourself (so don’t even bother – it’s a waste of energy!). New friendships and bonds have been formed with a bunch of strangers I now love playing and creating with so much that I don’t want it to end. I not only recommend this class, I urge you to get involved! You will not regret the decision, you will wish you had done it sooner! -Genevieve Brock