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The Revival

Improvisational theater was born on Chicago's South Side. In the wake of the Great Depression, a young theater director named Viola Spolin was working with immigrant children to instill confidence and encourage communication among recent arrivals to the City. The games she created are, as one observer wrote, ''designed to fool spontaneity into being.'' This pioneering work is considered the advent of improvisational theater or... improv.

In 2024, The Revival re-established the South Side's place as the birthplace of improv with a brand new, purpose-built theater in the city's burgeoning South Loop neighborhood. The Revival offers a range of live performances and a portfolio of workshops, classes and summer camps.

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