Bird City Improv
Because Life is Unscripted
We are a theatre company training communities, individuals, and organizations how to improvise, fostering communication, collaboration and innovation among peers.
Bird City has clipped its wings during the pandemic, but we're happy to visit you online for classes, workshops, and webinars.
Keegan Michael Key
"As an improviser, I always find it jarring when I meet someone in real life whose first answer is no. 'No, we can’t do that.' 'No, that’s not in the budget.' 'No, I will not hold your hand for a dollar.' What kind of way is that to live?"
"People think that improvisation is moving forward, but what improvisation really is, [it] is walking backward... As you backup you can create a larger worldview."
-The Off Camera Show
"The key to improv is always listening. It's embracing. It's positivity. It's hearing things and not shutting them down. It's trying to find ways to make them work, and I think in the business world... that's very valuable."
The Power of Yes!
Improv, like life, is unscripted. It is contingent upon moment-to-moment discovery and flexibility. Enter the philosophy of yes, and. “Yes” is about embracing the situation you are given. “And” is about capitalizing on your circumstance. Improv relies heavily on “if, then” styles of thinking, while encouraging performers to embrace spontaneity and their intuition. Bird City offers workshops for artist training, professional development, and community building. Check out our offerings below or visit the "hire us" page.
Workshops for Artists
All artists need to do two things: analyze and improvise. Whether you're a performer, writer, or designer, your success is dependent on balancing observation with impulse.