contact us

new business

Tim Rodgers



Carrie Muehlemann


general inquiry

Terri French



Terms & Conditions

Ownership: This site is protected by U.S. and international copyright and trademark laws and any copy, display or retransmission of the contents of this site is strictly prohibited. Any ads or other examples of our work displayed on our site are provided solely for self-promotional, business-to-business purposes for the exclusive use of our clients, prospects and employees, and are not intended for the casual viewing or entertainment purposes of the public. We explicitly forbid the downloading, copying or re-purposing or any text, audio, visual, programming or design materials without our written consent.

Privacy Policy: We will not collect personally identifiable information from you without your permission. We shall treat any information you send to us as non-confidential and non-proprietary and we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any data you submit to us. However, we will use reasonable efforts to treat as confidential any e-mails, resumes, applications or inquiries sent to us for purpose of seeking information or for inquiring into potential employment with us, in accordance with our employment policies. Any e-mail, resume or submission you send to us will be used only for internal purposes. Please be aware that submission of your resume or application may not be considered and we are under no obligation to respond to such solicitations. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Unsolicited Materials: It is our policy not to accept or consider unsolicited creative, production related or other ideas of any kind. Please do not send any artwork, jingles, slogans or campaign ideas. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when our campaigns or advertising might seem similar to ideas submitted to us. If you submit an idea or materials despite our above request, you agree that such submission becomes our property and we are free to use it without compensation or credit to you. We make no assurances that your ideas will be treated as confidential.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability: We make no representations or warranties of any kind as to: (a) the accuracy or completeness of the information or materials on the site and assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions in its content; (b) the availability for use of any copyrighted, trademarked or proprietary materials of third parties that may appear in this site; (c) computer viruses or other bugs that third parties may embed in or attach to this site without our knowledge or consent; (d) any software made available for downloading, copying or other use through this site; or (e) the merchantability, fitness for use, title and/or non-infringement of any or all of the contents of this site. WE SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTE OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY COSTS, LOSSES, DAMAGES (WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, COMPENSATORY, SPECIAL, LOST PROFITS, LIQUIDATED, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE YOUR ACCESS TO, BROWSING OF OR USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE.

Links To Third Party Sites: The sites to which links are provided to you for convenience only and are not under our control. We do not assume any responsibility for the contents of any linked site or any privacy practices employed by other sites. The existence of a link between this site and any other site should not be construed as an endorsement by either us or the owner or proprietor of the linked site to the other.

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.


Recent Posts


Recent Authors


Embracing the Ambiguity at The Improv Shop

When I decided to sign up for Improv classes, I couldn't help getting ahead of myself.  Dreams of immediate success began pumping up my ego and expectations.  I would walk in, wow everyone and advance multiple levels. Our first show would leave me with an absurd abundance of high fives and laughs, and I would be showered in Gatorade at the end. I might even become famous.

Then I signed up with a group of co-workers for classes at The Improv Shop.



The realization of my vulnerability began to set in.  Not only would I be on stage in front of actual humans, I couldn't blame poor writing or someone else if I failed. I became terrified that I would not be showered in high fives and post-show "well dones," and that my clothes would remain free of the slightest trace of Gatorade. My scenes would be greeted with skepticism, or worse yet, silence. The crowd I pictured turned from an energetic group to an angry mob ready to rush the stage.

But as the class has progressed, I'm realizing it's not always about the results, which when measured in laughs or head-nods can be particularly harrowing. It's not whether we act out the funniest scene or can be the most convincing or twisted character, but rather the process that is often most important.  Improv requires a constant give and take with those around you, and it's imperative to get out of your head, stop over-thinking, and go for it.

Perhaps the most important guide we use is to get out of our head by automatically saying "yes and," agreeing with whatever line or action was presented to us, and adding to it however we can. In doing so, we constantly build toward something that is better than what we started with, hoping to create a scene from an obscure suggestion designed to let us take it any direction we choose.  The ambiguity can be daunting, but when done well, can lead to truly amazing scenes.

Most of the scenes draw laughs from the rest of the group, though some do not.  Some characters are difficult to play and draw from (I once played a smooth-talking body building fireman. I have no experience being either a smooth-talker or a body builder).  It's typically apparent while on stage if the scene will get laughs or fall flat.  When a scene doesn't take off, rather than simply being frustrated we ask questions about where we went wrong, and do it again.

The reward for following the steps our teachers have outlined is simple: the scene works, the characters are believable and we create an emotional connection with the audience. We exit the stage knowing that we embraced the ambiguity, the uncertainty, and the fear of messing up. Being involved in a scene that works is exhilarating. The results just seem to happen when everyone trusts in a process and works on it as a team.

And who knows, maybe by the end I'll have to wash some Gatorade out of my clothes. But I shouldn't get a head of myself.