2023 | Chicago Improv History

The history of improv in Chicago actually begins with improv games used to help immigrants and families make a connection. Learn more about improv's beginnings in social work here.

In the 1920s, at the Hull House in Chicago, social worker, actress, educator, director, author, and the creator of theater games Viola Spolin used improvisation games to help immigrants acculturate into society.

We build upon this heritage. We offer exercises that provide a safe place to get outside our comfort zone, learn to let go of perfection and be present in the moment. All of this while laughing and playing together. Learn more about our class offerings on our Classes page.

Learn more about Hull House and Viola Spolin at NPR Illinois.