Annual Improv Auditions

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Improv Auditions (3)We are hosting our yearly auditions on August 25. Sign up today to reserve your spot.
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The Box Improv Studio located inside The University Mall.
2240 University Square Mall, Unit 374
Tampa, Florida 33612

Parking: From Fowler Avenue, Park between Dillards and Sears. Enter the Main Mall Entrance at Famous Footwear and walk straight back. The Box is on the left right before Burlington Coat Factory.
Check out this video for a better view.

Coming Soon to The Box Improv Studio

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Drop-In Improv Workshops for May 2018

Drop-In Improv Workshops are a great way to sharpen your Improv skills. They are low cost workshops where you can jump in with a whole new improv instructor and play alongside new people. Here are the Drop-In Improv Workshops for May, 2018 at The Box Improv Studio. Please note there is no Workshop on Mother’s Day, May 13. Get your tickets early and save!


Finding Your Voice, A Storytelling Workshop

A few years ago Michael Soviero and Marianne Soviero Hayes started the elective “Finding Your Voice, a Storytelling Workshop,” at The Box Theater and it has been a hit ever since. This week, they will lead a new crop of storytellers through their original creative process once again.

At the end of this 6 week session, students will tell their stories in an evening performance at The Box Improv Studio on May 12, 2018.

Find Your Voice at The Box.

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March Gladness is Here!

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March is a time to get happy! Every year at The Box, our resident improv teams are challenged with the task of creating something new for the stage. Teams innovate on the spot, right before a live audience and their shows are never to be seen again. You won’t want to miss this eclectic mash-up of improvisation! We will be performing something brand new every Saturday in March at 7pm.
Make plans to check out March Gladness at The Box Improv Studio. Get Tickets

March Gladness 2018

How to get to our new location

The Box Improv Studio is located at 2240 University Square Mall Unit 374, Tampa, FL 33612 (Inside The University Mall)

Parking: From Fowler Avenue, Park between Dillards and Sears. Enter the Main Mall Entrance at Famous Footwear and walk straight back. The Box is on the left right before Burlington Coat Factory.

Check out this video for a better view.

The Mayor of Improv teaches “Drop In,” Improv Class @The Box Improv Studio

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You heard it right folks, Darryl Knapp, once deemed “The Mayor of Improv,” is leading this Drop-In Improv Workshop on “How to be an Awesome Host/ess.” Come learn from the best.

Every improviser hosts an Improv Show or a game at some point. Soak up some knowledge from the hilarious Improviser and beloved Improv Instructor, (The Box’s Associate Artistic Director), Darryl Knapp. Feb 18. 3:30-5:30 pm Get your ticket today.

Start 2018 with an Improv Class!

New Years Resolution FB Cover (1)We are thrilled to bring back Improv For Everyone, starting this January.  This class is designed for students who have never done improv or who haven’t done it in awhile.  It is a fast-paced class, providing students lots of interaction and stage time, but most importantly- a firm foundation of the principles of improvisation.

Reserve your spot today! Improv For Everyone

Level III Glimmers of The Game (1)

This year, Darryl Knapp and Michael Soviero take Improv III to a new level. This 8-week course will help student improvisers explore and discover the “Game,” in their improv scenes.

Sign Up for Improv III-Glimmers of The Game


Laughter Yoga

Buy a ticket ahead of time for Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga for the Improviser and all Creatives

laughter yogaGood laughter is terribly infectious, yet you don’t see a lot of it in movies, and I’m guessing that it falls into the same category as complex special effects and scenes with animals, in that, time and money often force a director to think whether they really have the time in the schedule to get the scene.

Good laughter is also rare in today’s technological/social media age. Remember laughing so hard as a kid? Almost peeing your pants and not being able to remember what was so funny in the first place? Children laugh on average about 300 times a week, adults, 15.  Acting /Improvisation relies on being in the moment, being able to play, on stage or in front of a camera. Laughter Yoga helps to get the actor/improviser there. Whether Laughter Yoga is used as a warm-up for performance, or as I do, a daily regime, it is an exercise for the insides, laughter helps create great bonds, enhances creativity, reduces stress, improves the immune system, and it even helps people to learn faster.

Yogic breathing techniques (breathing from the diaphragm) are integrated with intentional laughter practices, (object/space work) resulting in numerous benefits to physical and emotional health. Participants live life more joyfully and are better able to cope with whatever stresses life may bring.

The overarching reason to do Laughter Yoga is that it is fun!!!  It’s really true what they say, “Laughter is the best medicine!”

Victoria Headshot 2Submitted by Victoria Dym, actress, storyteller, published poet, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, ordained minister, and an ensemble member on the The Box house team, Dear Aunt Gertrude. Twitter Handle @vicdympoet
Sources: American Journal of Medical Sciences, Alternative Therapies, Psychology Today, The Scientist of the University of Maryland Medical Center (as cited in The Orange County Register)


Goodbye 2017!

2017 was a year of many transitions. When we look back at all we were able to accomplish, we certainly see that it takes passionate and creative people to make a humble theater like The Box successful.  Thank you to everyone who supported The Box Theater in 2017-our students, audiences, staff, leaders, performers and friends. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to complete almost 50 main stage events.   We were able to put on shows, run drop ins, Playground Nights, Classes and more.  What’s more, we moved our theater  and in many ways it feels new again. Thank you for laughing at us and with us. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

Take a look back at 2017 at The Box

The Escape Artisans Take New York: Unlikely Lessons from the Del Close Marathon

EA at Del CloseMention an improv festival to any improviser and they’ll always tell you two things: the shows you cannot miss and the workshops that will change your life. It’s a given; you go to the festival to immerse yourself in as much amazing improv as possible. But what happens when you don’t want to do anything improv related at an improv festival?

In June, The Escape Artisans had the privilege of playing at the UCB’s 19th Annual Del Close Marathon in New York City. “Del Close is generally considered the father of Improv. He was the driving force behind improvisational comedy in Chicago for over 30 years, influencing Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, John Belushi, Chris Farley, and the Upright Citizens Brigade, to name a few. After Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the Del Close Marathon to celebrate their mentor and keep alive his name and teachings for future generations.” (UCB, 2017) The Del Close Marathon is one of the largest, most famous improv festivals, encompassing 56 straight hours of improv on ten stages across New York City.

As soon as we announced that we had been accepted to the festival the suggestions started rolling in.

“Take as many workshops as you can!”

“Don’t miss the 3:00 AM bit shows!”

“The shows at the Chelsea theater are worth the two hour wait!”

It all sounded amazing. And absolutely exhausting. I’d recently started a new job and was required to get a specific industry license ASAP, so every free minute was filled with studying. The week leading up to the festival was a whirlwind. My licensing exam was that Tuesday, I was teaching multiple classes at a conference my job was hosting on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and then immediately flying to New York and playing in the festival that night. While I was excited that my team would get to play in NYC, what I really wanted to do was crawl in bed and binge on Netflix and ice cream.

A couple weeks before the festival I told my teammates that other than our show, I didn’t want to do anything improv related while we were in New York. To my pleasant surprise, everyone felt the exact same way I did.

Fast forward to Friday, June 23rd. We arrived in New York that evening, climbed eight flights of rickety stairs to our small Airbnb, went to dinner, and rode a wave of adrenaline through our show at 11:00. After the show, the entire team went into vacation mode. For the next 72 hours we didn’t talk about or think about improv. Completely the opposite of what you’re supposed to do at a festival. And it was one of the best decisions we’ve made as a team.

After miles of walking, numerous boxes of wine, amazing meatballs, Josh blurting “My ride is here” every time we heard a siren, and two ridiculous restaurant experiences (you’ve never lived until you’ve been accosted by the manager of an Indian restaurant or chased down the block by a server demanding a larger tip) our team ended up closer and more connected to one another than ever before.

One of my favorite things about the trip was each night at the Airbnb, drinking (or, if you’re Matt, spilling) wine and talking about our day. Between trips to the roof and random walks to the CVS down the street, we’d recap where we went, who we saw, and what we did. Chelsea was an early riser, so she would go out exploring while everyone else was sleeping, Chris and Dale spent Saturday shopping while the rest of us explored the financial district, and Elyse just started a new job, and wasn’t able to come to New York at all. But none of us felt left out of the adventure. Improv is about creating a world, digging into the details, and bringing that world to life for the audience. In this case, we were each other’s audience.EA at Del Clost

The payoff for a weekend of ignoring improv was huge. Our team was refreshed, inspired, and more in synch; and our shows were funnier and more cohesive. While talent and skill are important, a successful improv team is built upon a foundation of friendship, trust, and shared experiences. Sometimes this looks like seeing shows and taking classes together. 

Other times, you have to throw everyone into a small Airbnb in a new city and have a weekend of ridiculous adventures.

Submitted by Nikki Ashlock-Tribe Leader and Player on The Escape Artisans Twitter handle @latinamermaid