Formats developed Here...

A strongly held philosophy is that most great formats solve issues. They can be entertaining, they can be theatrical but they generally exist because there is a problem to be solved. Part of the School Philosophy is to learn how to create effective formats.... Specific examples below.



An improvisation Format is a structure that holds and molds the content of the performance. Performers work within the frame work and limitations of formats to present their ideas. Many "formats" are actually not formats at all. They are themes or premises with no real framework.


Developed by Keith Johnstone and played globally. Theatresports is a much misinterpreted format by groups who restructure the original idea without respect to Johnstone's intent. One of the few licensed formats, Theatresports is being refined to it intended state by the licensing body International Theatresports Institute (ITI)
The Harold:
A loose structural format used in long-form improvisational theatre. Originated and first performed by "The Committee", a San Francisco improv group, in Concord, California, in 1967. Developed further by Del Close and others.


5 – 7 players direct each other in scenes they hope will inspire the audience. The audience judges who will be rewarded and who will be abandoned. 

In the second half of the show, the surviving directors challenge each other to direct scenes based on specific topics.

One by one the Directors are eliminated as the audience is rewarded by the work they want to see


entertains you with stories that feel like they have come from your very own life and challenges you with the task of seeing when you are being manipulated. Three people are invited to reveal their hidden secrets on stage.  One must always tell the truth.  One must always lie.  Who knows what the third person will do?  Not even the actors know until the final moments when the ultimate truth is revealed. 

MOYO - The True Stories we share. Developed at the Halle International Improvisation festival, the format was created to focus on the audience as the often ignored partner that share the night with the improvisers.
MOYO - Swahili
heart life spirit


Bogota Colombia
SHOGUN - In one variation (directed Shogun) Mixed skill players compete to earn points based on themes of varying difficulties. The emperor's team acts as coaches for the first battle. The Emperor's team plays the winner in the second half. There is honour in playing the team with the greatest strength so they help the teams do their best... BUT, they have to stand on their own feet when they face the emperor.
SHOGUN - Japanese
A battle of honour


The place where the Audience and the Performers overlap is the inspiration for stories based on the connections that we share.

Overlap Format in Italy
OVERLAP premiered in Europe in 2019 in Slovenia, Italy and France