The past year has been nothing less than amazing.
After four years of hard work and a history of performances all over the valley (including our dear friends The Trunk Space and Space 55), The Torch Theatre finally opened its doors to the public in July and became the home of longform improv comedy and theatre in Phoenix.
It’s been a long time coming and all we can say is thank you!
Thank you to everyone whose hard work, heavy lifting, and skilled labor helped transform what used to be a barber shop to a place where some of the best and funniest performances anywhere have taken place. Thank you to everyone who donated their time, money, or knowledge to support a stage where arts and culture can live week after week. Thank you to anyone who’s stepped on the stage and given their very best effort to put on an awesome show for deserving audiences. Thank you to our students who’ve been brave enough to take a journey with us and one that they won’t soon forget. Thank you to all of our teachers and anyone who’s logged any time doing all of the logistic and administrative work that it takes to keep this ship moving full steam ahead. Thank you so much to the folks who take the time and energy to step out of their houses and support local artists and culture in Phoenix. Thank you one and all!
It’s been a year of incredible highlights for The Torch. Even before we opened our doors, we were excited just to be able to get into the work of building out the space at the top of this year. By the time the 10th annual Phoenix Improv Festival came around in April, we were able to host workshops there and give out-of-town guests a sneak peek of what was to come. A good chunk of Torch students and performers kicked off the summer by having an amazing time at Camp ImprovUtopia in Cambria, California and representing Phoenix improv well (alongside our friends at NCT Phoenix).
We finally opened our doors in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record, but even the heat couldn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm for our three-week-long grand opening. By fall, we were lucky enough to have been declared the Best Improv Collective by the Phoenix New Times. Between notable Cagematch streaks, the madness of Ghostfest, an amazing person from the Netherlands, and countless awesome shows and student performances, each and every weekend has been filled with amazingness all around.
We’ve only just begun, though; we’re pretty devoted to making 2012 the best year yet for The Torch Theatre, for the Phoenix arts community, and for all of our friends and anyone who is adventurous in their tastes of art and entertainment. There are so many ways to be involved and support our efforts that it’d be a shame to miss out.
- If you’re looking to make a tax-deductible end-of-year contribution to a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you can pass on your support via Razoo.
- You can use the GoodSearch internet search engine to support The Torch. Just enter “Torch Theatre” as your favorite cause and search away!
- You can also designate The Torch as your cause when you use GoodShop and GoodDining and a small percentage of what you spend shopping online and dining out will be contributed to the theatre.
- We’ve extended our holiday-priced improv class gift vouchers until January 1st if you or a friend would love a good discount on some of the best improv classes around.
- If you just want a taste of what our improv classes are like, we have a free Intro to Improv drop-in class every First Tuesday of the month at 630pm. (The next one is January 3rd.)
- If you’re an improv performer, whether you take classes with us or not, the Bingo Jam is every First Saturday of the month (next one is January 7th) and your chance to mix it up with players of all experience levels. Our weekly Cagematch and our quarterly-ish Cerberus Cup are also great ways to get some stage time and meet folks of The Torch and the improv community at large.
- If you simply want to catch a show, we have improv shows going on every Friday and Saturday night. They’re a great reason to get out of the house and away from your television and, considering that they range in price from Pay What You Want (yes, including free) to $10, they’re a better value than catching a movie. On top of all that, you’ll be going local just like Local First recommends!
So, a hearty salute to all of our friends and may all of the best come your way in 2012! Cheers and thank you from The Torch Theatre!