What is improvisation?

"Improvisation theatre, improv theatre, or simply improv, is a form of theatre that is improvised: none of the presented scenes are previously rehearsed. This is the main difference from classical theatre.

Often the actors receive a suggestion from the audience, or even repeatedly receive input during a scene. These suggestions serve as a leitmotif or impulse generator for the spontaneously emerging scenes. Improv theatre is frequently accompanied by music. The music is also improvised and intimately interwoven with the stage performance.

The stories arise from the actors’ mutual inspiration. Preplanned acting gives way to the pure, spontaneous interplay of action and reaction between the actors."

Read more about Improv at the Improv Wiki

New Zealand Companies


  • Improv Bandits
  • Con Artists
  • Snort


  • Body in Space

Palmerston North

  • SpontaneoUS


  • Wellington Improv Troupe 
  • PlayShop 
  • The Improvisors
  • Best on Tap
  • Definitely Not Witches


  • The Court Jesters


  • Improsaurus