Theatre Momentum is Chicago’s only theatre dedicated to dramatic improvisation.

The mission of Theatre Momentum is to ally the skills of Chicago improvisation with the strongest traditions of live theater. We strive to create original improvised narratives for the stage. Theatre Momentum is theatre that happens to be improvised.


In September 2005, now-Artistic Director Tony Rielage began Work(shop)-in-Progress, a weekly improv theatre lab designed to flesh out and polish a variety of improv show concepts he had brainstormed over the previous 10+ years. The workshop quickly evolved to bring in other performers’ concepts, and the brainstorming/polishing process was honed, with the help of Nick Kanel in the early months, Don Hall for over two years, and a variety of new coaches after that.

In early 2006, WiP spawned a handful of shows that ran briefly at the Playground Theater and the Apollo Studio Theater, under the banner ersatz theatre. After this period, Theatre Momentum began to evolve, and a new batch of shows began in 2007 under the TM name. TM has created over 40 shows since our inception, and in in 2019 opened our Dramatic Improv Training Center.

In addition to our latest shows, we have a home at Pendulum Space. We have produced our signature day-long event, The 15 Hour Project, several times over the past decade, and will run it again this year. We are also hosting The Dramatic Improv Festival in October. The best is yet to come. Theatre Momentum is always moving forward…


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