Improv = Community

We teach and perform improv comedy and public speaking in Reno, Nevada. Improv is a relentlessly cooperative art form where performers create, play and succeed together. We believe all people can learn to improvise as long as they allow themselves to fully support their fellow improvisers and work as a team.

Benefits of Improv

  • Improve communication skills
  • Become a more confident public speaker
  • Laser-focus your listening skills
  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Learn to take healthy risks on stage
  • Meet new people

Improv for Everyone

Whether you’re drawn to improv because you would like to improve your communication skills, become a more confident actor or improviser, be part of a fun, supportive community, or attend our exciting weekly shows, Reno Improv is the place for you!


Our Mission Statement

Reno Improv is devoted to creating and maintaining a safe, thriving community where performers of all levels can hone their craft and play an active role in growing the comedy audience in Reno.

Yes, We’re a Non-Profit!

Reno Improv is a 501(c)3 improv theater and training center that facilitates performance and training opportunities for people–whether they are novice students or seasoned performers–to learn and practice various styles and forms of improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy. 

  • Improv Courses Levels 1-4
  • Weekly improv shows
  • Seasonal workshops
  • Monthly stand-up open mics
  • Community jams and scrambles
  • Continued education through outside instructors
  • Teacher training
  • Corporate improv workshops

Our Board Members

Ben Craig, President Chairman
Diana Martin, Vice President, Co-Director, Education Committee
Chris Thigpen, Secretary
Heather Goulding, Treasurer
Stacy Taylor, Finance Committee Advisor
Tim Mahoney, Co-Director, Operations Committee
Karen Auyeung, Co-Director, Operations Committee
Jamie Clark, Co-Director, Education Committee
Taylor Riedeman, Director, Marketing Committee
Aurora Boles, Board Member, Active Member on Education and Marketing Committees

Committed to Maintaining a Safe Place to Learn and Perform

We believe the best comedy begins with respect for ourselves and others. Performing and enjoying comedy often requires us to step outside our comfort zone, and we want all performers, students and audience members to feel respected and safe so they can explore and learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

Reno Improv is committed to a work and performance environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work and perform in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, Reno Improv expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment.

In order to keep this commitment, Reno Improv maintains a strict policy of prohibiting unlawful harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment and harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, age, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local employment discrimination laws. All students will be asked to sign a sexual harassment policy agreement before beginning a course with Reno Improv. To view our formal sexual harassment policy, please contact our team and we will email you a form.