Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Improv at CVLT

Improv For Actors Program

Tracy Cubbal
Instructor/director Tracy Cubbal ( has been a fixture of the Cleveland improv scene since 2005. She has studied at the Annoyance, iO, and Second City in Chicago and performed at venues in Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago, and New York. Tracy has performs with Dennis! and with Point of No Return Improv in Cuyahoga Falls.

April 3 – May 22, 2017

Mondays from 7:30 – 9:30 PM
CVLT's Neff Building, 38 River Street, Chagrin Falls
Course Tuition - $180
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)
or email

Embrace uncertainty using the tools of improvisation: agreement, spontaneity, listening, and character. Rediscover the art of play, explore the fun of failure, and silence the voice of judgment in your head! Actors improve their ability to make bold choices, develop characters on the fly, use their bodies effectively, listen deeply, and form connections with emotional authenticity. Students receive personalized feedback to encourage development on both a professional and personal level. Open to students age 16 and older.

Led by Tracy Cubbal, CVLT's Improv for Actors program began in 2012 and offers classes for students 16 and up. Actors learn fundamentals of improv, working within the context of the classic structures of short-form comedic improvisation, including scenic games, line games, blind games, and musical games. Ms. Cubbal's students learn to think on their feet and to deal with the unexpected with poise and humor. Many classes include an informal final performance for family and friends.

The Reviews:
"Very warm, supportive, and non-judgmental. The best acting class I've ever taken!"
"This class inspired me. A great confidence and self-esteem builder."
"Learned to think on my feet and get over my fear. Great, great class just what I needed!" "Something that can urge the inner child out of almost anyone."
Barbara Christian, The Chagrin Valley Times

Questions about the program or performances? Contact

R.S.V.P. - River Side Valley Players

RSVP Comes Around

June 16 & 17, 2017
Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)
$10 - Not Suggested for Children


UPCOMING SHOWS: September 22 & 23

River Side Valley Players is the performance arm of the Improvisation for Actors program, performing live, unscripted theatre. The characters, dialogue, and story are created collaboratively by the players with no advance planning. RSVP performances include both long-form improvisation, in which a series of interconnected scenes are inspired by a single suggestion, and short-form improv comedy, in which the players adhere to different rules for each scene.

Have you ever been watching a play and thought, "Gee, it seems like these people have done this all before?" You know what's coming. Exposition and rising action in Act 1 followed by climax and resolution in Act II. Blah, blah, blah. River Side Valley Players guarantee you something you've never seen before, because they've never done it before!

The debut performance in March 2016 was a hit, selling out two performances to rave reviews. The eleven players took suggestions from the audience to inspire fully-formed performance pieces created entirely in the moment. Characters adopted in a split second. Lines of dialogue that had never been uttered before. Plots that hurtled forward without a single person knowing where they would end.

"NO RSVP REQUIRED" Monthly Event

R.S.V.P. Group

RSVP hosts monthly casual improvisation evenings on the second Thursday of each month at 8 PM. Troupe members present improvised scenes in a relaxed environment that allows for audience participation and discussion. Refreshments will be available.

No tickets are required. A $5 donation to CVLT's Putting It Together campaign is requested.