Best Improv Collective - 2012
Local performers Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, Jacque Arend, Sam Haldiman, Nina Miller, Mack Duncan, Shane Shannon, and Tommy Schaeffer own and operate a theater collective they insist isn't theirs.There's no one leader or decision-maker in Torch Theatre, which formed in 2007 when local performance troupes Apollo 12, Galapagos, Remainders, Mail Order Bride, Light Rail Pirates, Phoenix Neutrino Project, and Dangerville joined forces to perform on a regular basis, as well as offer classes and workshops.For Torch, the goal was always to find a home. And in 2011, they found a spot on Central Avenue, took out what was left of an old hair salon, added few coats of fresh paint, a stage and a curtain, and a few rows of chairs, and settled in.The Torch members since have seen countless performances, a number of graduation ceremonies, and a wedding. They've solidified a weekly schedule of performances and introduced new levels of instruction, and they organize the annual Phoenix Improv Festival. And now, they're waiting for you to come on board.