Transactors Improv is the oldest active improvisational theater in the South. Our work focuses on emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork, and fun.
The company formed in 1983 at The ArtsSchool in Carrboro, N.C., as a children's theater. Much of its work was scripted, but over time the group metamorphosed into a professional touring company performing improvisational theater for audiences of all ages.
Transactors Improv performs primarily in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill although it has appeared coast to coast and from Florida to Canada. The company has been heard on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Co. Transactors Improv also teaches people of all ages in a wide variety of venues, from corporations and colleges to elementary schools and arts camps.
Members of Transactors Improv have had the opportunity to study individually and collectively with the leading lights of improv, including Groundlings founder Gary Austin, Joe Bill, Del Close, Martin de Maat, Charna Halpern of iO, Keith Johnstone, Annoyance Theater's Mick Napier, Second City, Paul Sills, and Mark Sutton.
Based in Chapel Hill, N.C., Transactors Improv is a not-for-profit corporation and has been supported in part by grants from the Orange County Arts Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency receiving partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Artsplosure, Raleigh, N.C.
Atlanta Arts Festival
Big Stinkin' Improv Festival, Austin, Tex. (twice)
Chicago Improv Festival
First Night (Annapolis, Charleston [S.C.], Charlotte,
Raleigh, and Winston-Salem)
Forest Theater Festival, Chapel Hill
iO South Improv Invitational, Raleigh
Just for Laughs Improv Tournament, Montreal
A Love Affair, Tifton, Ga.
Miami Improv Festival
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis
North Charleston (S.C.) Arts Festival
Panoply, Huntsville, Ala. (twice)
San Francisco Improv Festival
Spoleto Festival Theatre Fringe, Charleston, S.C. (six times)
Spontaneous Combustion improv festival, Kansas City, Mo.
Stoneleaf Theatre Festival, Asheville, N.C. (twice)
Augusta State University, Augusta, Ga.
Averett College, Danville, Va.
Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.
Columbia College, S.C.
Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Durham Academy, N.C.
East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
Firespark Summer Arts Program, Gainesville, Ga.
Francis Marion University, Florence, S.C.
Medical University of S.C., Charleston
Morehead Foundation, Chapel Hill, N.C.
N.C. School of Science and Math, Durham
N.C. Teaching Fellows Program, Charlotte
Pfeiffer University, Albemarle, N.C.
Piedmont Arts Assoc., Martinsville, Va.
Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.
Princeton Day School, Princeton, N.J.
Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, N.C.
S.C. Governor's School, Charleston
StArts, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
State University of West Georgia, Carrollton
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Va.
Tri-District Arts Consortium, Columbia, S.C.
University of North Carolina: Asheville, Chapel Hill
Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington campuses
William & Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.
Woodberry Forest School, Va.
School systems throughout the Southeast
Andy Griffith Playhouse, Mt. Airy, N.C.
The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, N.C.
Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville, N.C.
Cedarhurst/Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Ill.
Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus, Ind.
Common Ground Theatre, Durham, N.C.
Gainesville Arts Council, Ga.
Hickory Community Theatre, Hickory, N.C.
Manbites Dog Theater, Durham, N.C.
Paramount Theater, Burlington, N.C.
Reston Community Center Theatre, Reston, Va.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem
Sunrise Theatre, Southern Pines, N.C.
Temple Theatre, Sanford, N.C.
Tryon Little Theatre, Tryon, N.C.
Arts councils throughout the Southeast
First Bank of S.C.
N.C. Society for Quality Assurance
Professional Secretaries International
Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute