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Radical Theatre

Bird City Improv, LLC is a liberation-focused school, improv theatre, and consultancy that centers the experiences and wisdom of queer, BIPOC, and femme artists. People learn how to create, network, and negotiate through improv and inclusive collaboration. Bird City Improv offers accessible community classes, diverse school programs, and innovative professional development. Our services center joy, healing, and communication strategies, both online and in-person.

 

Bird City Improv is a triple bottom line business working towards sustainability beyond wealth. This means we measure our success, not only by our revenue, but by our impact on our community and our environment. We refuse to limit our collaborators to corporations and rich people. We use flexible pricing, sliding scales, and diversity scholarships to increase access. We believe access to arts education and community experience is a right, not a privilege.

 

Eco-minded, we are proud of our green business model. By offering online and onsite training in shared spaces, we drastically reduce our carbon footprint. Improv is adaptable and low impact. As minimalist art form, we are able to bring performances and workshops to communities with ease.

Bird's the WOrd

Bird City Improv is named for Baltimore, known for its Ravens, Orioles, and Flamingos. Baltimore is the “Bird City.” We have chosen to represent ourselves with a sparrow, a bird which symbolizes joy, cooperation, and creativity. Birds in flight are symbols of freedom and freedom is what improv is all about.

In Hamlet, Shakespeare compares the death of a sparrow to the randomness of life. He concludes that life is unpredictable, but we can still prepare for it, and we should. In fact, he argues preparing for spontaneity is all that matters - just like improv. Echoing Shakespeare's insight, we teach people to get ready for those random moments, to prepare for the unplanned, and adapt to changing circumstance. ​

"There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all."

-Hamlet V.ii.205-208

About Tavish

Tavish Forsyth is the founder of Bird City Improv. He is a professor of applied improvisation. He is a queer artist, word technologist, and freelance consultant. He serves as Bird City's education director. Trained as a performing artist and storyteller with seventeen years of experience and two degrees in theatre, Tavish is dedicated to co-creating community spaces where individuals feel heard, seen, and invited.

Believing in the transformative power of expressive art, Tavish centers liberation-focused methodologies, trauma-informed care, and pee-your-pants comedy in his work. He collaborates with a diverse range of teaching artists and prioritizes transparent pay-equity in those collaborations. In practice, Tavish invites communities and individuals to step into their creative power, change harmful systems, and advocate for better ways of living in a patriarchal world. 

Tavish is currently developing his signature approach to healing and promoting change through improv. He is cultivating a private practice as a personal coach. He is transitioning away from Johns Hopkins University, where he has been a professor in the Whiting School of Engineering for the past five years. He is continuing to offer community-focused classes, school programs, and business workshops through Bird City Improv. He lives in Baltimore and is in love with community.

Tavish Forsyth (he/THem)
Founder & Education Director