The Black Improv Almanac is a database of Black owned improv schools and theaters, Black improv teachers, and all Black and all POC improv teams. If you are interested in diversifying your performer or instructor lineup, you've come to the right place!
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The Assembly Amsterdam is owned by Cené Hale, an award winning Amsterdam based actor, writer, singer, and storyteller from Texas whose work focuses on complex female stories. Why? Because she’s female and she’s complex. I know. Crazy. As a former main stage cast member with Boom Chicago comedy theater in Amsterdam she’s performed on stages all over the United States and Europe for international audiences, businesses, and some less than enthusiastic high school kids who were forced to go to that assembly. Cené’s work has been featured on IndieWire, Huffington Post, Above Average, WhoHAHA and corporate intranet portals around the world. You can find Cené and the Assembly on Instagram and their website.
Denzel Belin (he/him/his) is a writer, director, actor, producer, and improviser currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s a longstanding cast member and writer at The Brave New Workshop and writes for AWF Magazine. Denzel teaches improv for HUGE Theater, Blackout Improv, and freelances as an improv coach. As a bisexual African American, Denzel engages in his art with a special interest in the integration of race, queerness, and the performing arts. He works, develops, and plays with a color conscious and queer conscious view of the world. You can find him on Facebook and Instagram.
Sheri Flanders teaches at the Second City Training Center in the improv and music programs. She graduated from the Second City Conservatory and Music Programs and the iO improv and music programs. She founded the first and longest-running musical improv team in South Florida called CHEAP TRILLS at Just the Funny theater. In Chicago she is a member of the two person team FLANDERS, is a theater and film critic, and is represented by NV Talent. She's black and she's proud! You can find her on Facebook and her website.
Tyler Ray Kendrick was raised in Jamestown, NY but moved to Pittsburgh six years ago to pursue his passion for comedy and acting. Tyler is known as one of Pittsburgh’s up and coming improvisers and stand-up comedians as a finalist in the 2017 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Amateur Standup Competition. He regularly performs at the Unplanned Comedy Warehouse as a member of the Unplanned Comedy Players with his improv troupe The Unwelcome Guest. Ultimately his goal is to host the Grammy’s, his own late night talk show, as well as star in a Hollywood buddy cop movie along side Tracy Morgan. You can find him on Instagram, YouTube, and Unplanned Comedy's website.
Kendon Lacy serves as the Executive Director for OKC Improv. He can be seen performing with troupes Kyle & Kendon, Kyle & Kendon: The Musical, YOUsical: The Improvised Musical, Boy Toys and his rotating duo show Improv Spouses. He formally served as OKC Improv Program Director and currently also serves an instructor. He has also co-developed the musical improv education program at OKC Improv. He has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival, The Nestival, Dallas Comedy Festival, as well as performing in Austin and Kansas City. Along with performing improv and stand up comedy, Kendon also enjoys acting in scripted theatre and musicals where some of his highlights have been playing lead in the Knockdown Dragout's production of The Motherf*cker With The Hat as well as performing as an ensemble member in Pollard Theatre's production of In The Heights. Kendon also performs often with The City Cabaret. You can find him on OKC Improv's website.
Velvet Wells (he/him) is a caramel skinned, velvet voiced queer entertainer from Toronto. In addition to touring his critically acclaimed solo Fringe production Personal Demon Hunter, Velvet performs solo and with The Dandies and OverDude. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and his website.
Keith Williams is the founder of Better With Improv. He will help you discover what's next! His motto is "Everything is Better with Improv." Keith is an Improv Master Coach and Leadership Coach who has been practicing, performing and teaching Improv for 10+ years. He teaches Improv for beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional improvisers, including Improv for Actors. Improv for Business, and Improv Masterclass. Keith's classes are focused on the question “Is Improv for Everyone?” at the intersection of race and Improv. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and his website.
Comprised of veteran DC improvisers, Lena Dunham performs thoughtful, quick hitting, and sometimes deep comedic takes on Black culture informed by our unique individual perspectives from information we get about an audience member’s Black friend. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and their website.
No Lye Comedy is a New Orleans-based collective of black femme comedians who are dedicated to building a diverse community of color in the comedy industry. And trying to take over the world. They currently produce monthly live comedy shows, and perform improv, sketch, and stand-up. Their work has been showcased in the LA Diversity in Comedy Festival, the Dallas Comedy Festival, the New Orleans Improv Festival, and the New Orleans InFringe Fest! You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.
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