Founded in 2013 but improvising for much longer, The Improv Company strives to grow in expertise and train new talent. We have performed internationally and received national media attention for our work.
The Improv Company was founded in 2013 and has grown to be Singapore's largest improv training centre.
We have had the pleasure of seeing hundreds of students come through our doors, a hundred shows under our belts and slightly less than a hundred corporate events since we began. We've also performed internationally in Manila and Shanghai and conducted workshops in Jakarta, Bali and Chicago. With the help of the passionate and selfless local improv community, we hosted Singapore's first improv festival in 2016 to sold-out success. Ultimately, we just want to keep growing the community and keep getting better at the improv we teach and do.
About our trainers
Artistic Director and Co-founder
Kim has been improvising for more than 8 years and is an NIE-NAC accredited trainer with a B.A. (Political Science and Theatre Studies) from the National University of Singapore. Kim first fell in love with improv when he was in the UK and has since travelled internationally to give and attend lectures as part of the global Applied Improvisation Network. Now he designs - and executes - the curriculum for all of The Improv Company’s open classes (Improv 101, 201 and 301) and corporate workshops. He leads trainers for large-scale corporate projects, running improv-based workshops for clients like Singapore’s Ministry of Education, BNP Paribas, InterContinental Hotels Group and TripAdvisor. As the Artistic Director, he also oversees the production and direction of the Company’s shows, which means he conducts as many rehearsals as it takes to make sure shows are of the best possible quality. He owns a mischievous cat.
Producer and Co-founder
Hazel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.A. in Theatre Studies, and now helps to design and execute the content for the Company’s improv-based corporate training. She has co-facilitated workshops for Temasek Holdings, Singapore Prison Service and Grand Hyatt Singapore, to name but a few past clients. Besides coaching and directing the Improv Company's international performances, Hazel channels her love for all things theatrical into spearheading a dramatic improv team, The Plot Thickeners. Hazel is an accomplished scripted theatre director, with critically acclaimed shows in The Twenty-something Theatre Festival, Lit Up Singapore and NUS Arts Festival; most recently, she directed Dear Jay by Euginia Tan at the Esplanade Theatre Studio in December 2016. She once had to improvise live on Channel News Asia and prefers not to remember it.
Timothy has over 6 years of improv experience and has been working with The Improv Company since 2015, coaching Improv 101 and 201 classes. As a corporate trainer, Timothy has worked with multiple clients over an array of industries, including Google, the Economic Development Board of Singapore and the Ministry of Education. Timothy got his start in Bristol Improv and is now based in Singapore, playing on multiple teams including ASAP, The Plot Thickeners and Les Musicables. He also serves as the director of UnDirection, a comedy improv team. He has a particular fondness for musical improv and bad puns.
About the Improv Company
Founded in October 2013, The Improv Company is Singapore’s biggest theatre company specialising in improvised theatre. We began as NUS Stage’s Improvables, a university improv troupe and group of friends. When we graduated, we couldn't quit - we loved improv so much that we founded the company to continue spreading the joy of improv.
We started with one class a week at a studio in Jalan Pisang. Growing slowly, we began conducting more advanced improv classes, producing regular shows, seeding multiple new improv teams and working with improv experts, which formed the basis of what we do today. We hope to keep advancing improv in Singapore and growing the community of improvisers until it's a local arts staple and beyond.
We exist to nurture and champion improv in Singapore by producing professional-quality shows & talent, making improv as a philosophy and practice accessible to everyone in Singapore.