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History Of OKC Improv

OKC Improv was founded in December, 2009 by co-producers Marcy Fleming, Buck Vrazel, Clint Vrazel, and Eric Webb. All four have been active in the local improv scene since 2000.

Rising stars of the national improv scene, twin brothers Buck and Clint Vrazel have been performing and teaching improv for 14 years and were co-founders of and performers with O.U. Improv!, Red Dirt Improv and are co-creators and current members of Twinprov, The Ones Your Mother Warned You About, Fortune's Fools, and Villain: The Musical.  Buck and Clint have performed and taught at theaters and festivals in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Austin, Kansas City, Dallas, Detroit, Springfield, Tulsa, and Honolulu.

In the summer of 2010, OKC Improv graduated its first classes of students.  Education Directors Buck and Clint Vrazel created challenging and accessible courses designed to give Oklahoma improvisers training on a par with the largest big-city institutions.  Now in fall 2014 the OKCI Curriculum now boasts over 5 standard levels,  musical electives, teen classes, 7 regular instructors, and hundreds of graduates. More subjects and teachers are being added as the improv community grows in skill and scope.

In 2012, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park Managing Director Sue Ellen Reiman succeeded Eric Webb as Managing Director. In 2015, Actress, Singer & Improvisor Cristela Carrizales succeeded Clint Vrazel as Artistic Director.

By creating an improv hot spot, audiences are discovering a wide range of talent and different improv styles and troupes that had operated independently of each other for years are now working together to promote a larger scene and individual performers have come together to create brand new groups.

By providing ongoing publicity, top quality education programs and frequent performance opportunities, OKC Improv has directly contributed to the growth of the Oklahoma improv scene. In the past 48 months, the number of active performance groups in the metro has increased from 5 to 45 with the promise of more groups and projects to be developed during the course of the next year. 

We have taught over 200 classes and workshops to over 1000 students, professionals, children, and adults. We have also held dozens of free community jams that provide networking opportunities for area performers in an informal performance atmosphere. 

Since debuting on December 4, 2009, OKC Improv has entertained over 8,000 people at over 400 shows (more than half of which were sold out) with over 100 different acts from OKC, Stillwater, Tulsa, Tahlequah, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Kansas City, Springfield (MO), New Orleans, and Seattle.
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