Improv Theatre Relief Fund for COVID-19

This is a difficult and strange time for everyone, and support is needed for the most vulnerable in our communities. I am raising money for a fund that will be divided up equally amongst any qualifying American improv theatre that asks for help. These theatres are barely holding on under normal circumstances as it is. Operating costs, rent, and payroll are their most onerous ongoing expenses. Without the ability to sell tickets for shows or enroll students in classes, many of these spaces are no doubt on the verge of permanent closure.

Improv has meant so much to so many people. America's improv theatres and training centers are places where people socialize, learn important life skills, find lifelong partners, express themselves artistically, find solace, maybe make their living, and even launch lucrative careers in the entertainment industry.

Please give whatever you would like. Many reading this have had their life changed forever by the study and performance of improv. It may be impossible to place a dollar value on that, but just know that these institutions are dealing with very real and tangible expenses even as they are forced or choosing to go dark. Even theatres that have not closed are still seeing marked dips in revenue. Many assume these places will be closed eventually as their area becomes more shuttered.

Please send an email to [email redacted] to be considered for funding. Eligibility requirements are listed below. Please format your email as a bulleted list for ease of processing.
Theatre Name:
How many nights of improv are programmed in your theatre?:
Please include a link to your online presence(s):
Your Name:
Your Email:
A good phone number:
The entity or person's name that a check will be written to:

- Your theatre must produce at least two nights of improv each week, so blended comedy/scripted theatres may still qualify.
- Your theatre must have been in operation at the start of February, 2020 and planning to continue once the pandemic has eased. (ie: not already permanently closed)
- Your theatre must be in America.

Please consider sharing this campaign on your socials, so that the greatest number of theatres and the greatest number of patrons of the art form can see it and consider getting involved.


Jeremy Sweetlamb
Austin, TX

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