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The Torch Theatre

4721 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 | Central Phoenix | 602-751-4862

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Since 2007 the Torch Theater has been doing long-form improv in the Valley of the Sun. The troupe formed when local performance troupes Apollo 12, Galapagos, Remainders, Mail Order Bride, Light Rail Pirates, Phoenix Neutrino Project, and Dangerville came together to perform on a regular basis and offer classes and workshops.Headed by board members Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, Jacque Arend, Sam Haldiman, Nina Miller, Mack Duncan, Shane Shannon, and Tommy Schaeffer, the troupe proves comedy is about making you laugh almost as much as it about making you think. In 2011 they found and settled into a permanent home on Central, in a space vacated by an old hair salon. The Central Phoenix Theater is the first in Arizona dedicated specifically to long-form improv. In addition to performances, the troupe organizes events such as the Tempe Improv Festival, tournaments and classes. Performers in the group have performed at Improvaganza/the Honolulu Improv Festival, Austin's Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and the well-known Chicago Improv Festival.


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