We are feeling a little nostalgic today! Six years ago we set out to create a camp for improvisors. We knew we wanted a place where improvisors could get together, learn, grow, and bring the community together from all over and we did it!
Six years later, we are three camps strong and cater to a worldwide improv community. We couldn’t have done it without all of our campers, volunteers and teachers from all of our camps over the years. I have to especially thank our board, Jessica Young, John Abbott, Chris Moody, Patricia Forman and Brian O’Connell. They love improv so much and we wouldn’t be where we are without their help. We’ve had some amazing teachers grace us with their presence over the years too. From Susan Messing to Craig Cackowski. We can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for improv in general and our little ole’ camp.
The one thing we love seeing the most isn’t what happens at camp but what happens after. The life long friendships, the building of theaters and communities, campers playing at each others cities, the pictures we see of camp reunions, festivals offering us a slot to do a Camp Show because so many campers showed up to support. And how can we forget the Camp Nights! Our community has come together to give their communities a place to play in LA, Denver, San Francisco and more cities coming up. We can’t thank Sean Geary, Valerie Vasilas and Steve Wilder enough for spearheading those community nights.
We have inspired even more camps to develop over the years and we think that’s amazing! We’ve always believed a rising tide raises all ships. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the improv community and we hope to keep helping it along its way in our own little way. So here’s to six years and more. To all theaters, camps, festivals and improvisors thank you for doing the work and continuing to grow our community.
From all of us at Camp Improv Utopia!