How we created the improv scene In Delray Beach, FL
Just a drop in class
In 2015 The Daniel H. Williams room at Pompeii park community center in Delray Beach, FL was where it all started. Anthony did a drop in class. It didn’t have a name, it was just a guy in a room teaching improv.
After a few months of small classes 33 people showed up in one night. We could hardly fit them all in and had to line everyone up along the walls. People were waiting outside. Anthony added a second night, but we had to move.
Let’s call it Improv U
We gave this fun thing a name, Improv U. We moved to Arts Garage in downtown Delray Beach and grew to multiple classes each week, all packed. It was here we decided to create the Palm Beach Improv Festival. Arts Garage came under new management, so after 2 years we had to move again.
Yes, and a cruise
We found a home with Ryan Boylston who let us use his office to do classes and shows right on Atlantic Ave and 2nd. In this time our name was getting out there and we started getting requests to do improv with companies. We even organized an improv cruise during this time. Improv on a cruise? Yes! We did it twice.
We opened a theater! For the next two years we would be the only place for improv in Delray. We did countless shows and made great memories, but ath the end of 2019 we decided it was time to close the theater. It was time to take a break.
With Covid-19 in full swing, we had no choice but to bring our classes and our festival online. This has been extremely challenging, but we can’t help but find a positive. We are using this time to plan and prepare and we couldn’t be happier with the connections we’ve made online.
As the pandemic comes under control we see in person classes coming back. Expect classes, shows, and festivals. It’s going to be different, but we’re all about different and we can’t wait to see what comes next.