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Smart. Theatre. Improvised.

Who is Theatre Momentum? Hailed as "a worthy alternative to what you'll find at improv mainstays such as i.O. or Annoyance," Theatre Momentum strives for work that is theatre that happens to be improvised. For a little about our history, click the About TM tab. Welcome!

The Collider continues!
Improv/Sketch Competition
July 2-31

Pendulum Space presents our Improv/Sketch competition, The Collider!
16 teams enter, one team leaves!
A $400 prize and a 2 night performance at Pendulum Space awaits the winning improv or sketch team.
All shows will take place in the back lounge at The Globe Pub, at 1934 W. Irving Park Rd, July 2-31. See you there!!


FUGUE is highly recommended!

FUGUE is Highly Recommended! Come see the show that the Chicago Stage Standard calls "definitely a play worth seeing; itís well-acted, funny, and has some pretty serious subject matter to boot."


Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM

July 10-August 15, 2015


at Pendulum Space,

1803 West Byron Street, Suite 216

Tickets: $10

FUGUE is a complex show that captures the elements of a musical fugue through four simultaneous improvised one-act plays that explore similar themes. This is a signature Theatre Momentum production.


FUGUE is 4 one-act plays performed simultaneously on the same stage. It is a unique improvised production that harmoniously weaves 4 one-acts, folding in elements of comedy and drama in equal measure.


FUGUE is Lincoln Chandler, Emily Ember, Ryan Haynes, Kyle Hendrix, Dan Jackson, Jillian Markowitz, Damien Mondragon, Alex Pelletier, Yazmin Ramos, Wanaki Shores-Navata, Surena Watts

Directed by Tony Rielage (Artistic Director)



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Improv as Theatre and Improv Fundamentals classes are back!

Theatre Momentum's Improv as Theatre class series will teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, smart, and treat improv as a powerful tool to create instant theatre. To find meaning in every movement and expression. To mine your own personal experience to flesh out your characters. To explore your environment and subtle turns of language and staging that are heavy with meaning. TM also allows performers more stage time to develop characters and dialogue worthy of a scripted play, with actors creating characters they will keep for an entire 45 minute performance.

Have you always wanted to try your hand at improv comedy/theatre? Our Improv Fundamentals classes are a low-impact, fun-packed dive into the basics of improv comedy/theatre. Learn to think quickly on your feet, create stories in the moment, and trust your instincts. Theatre Momentum's Improv Fundamentals class series will teach you the skills to get comfortable onstage, trust your instincts, and build stories onstage, instantly, with your fellow students. It all starts with yes, and...

Classes begin in September.
Get signed up now!

The 15 Hour Project is back in August!

Theatre Momentum is proud to announce our signature event, The 15 Hour Project!

Join us for an entire day of workshop, rehearsal, and performance, with some great Chicago directors. This time our shows will be directed by Matt Hicks and Jessica Landis of Theatre Momentum!
Every time we run this event, it's been a complete blast, so we hope you can join us.

The entire day of the 15 Hour Project will take place at the TM's new space, Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron Street, Suite 216).

The 15 Hour Project consists of three parts:

A morning workshop (10 AM-4 PM), followed by an afternoon rehearsal period (5-8 PM) and an evening performance (10 PM).

Click here for details and to sign up!


The Lab Stage

Theatre Momentum seeking Directors/Producers for The Lab Stage!

Theatre Momentum is converting our Back Studio into The Lab Stage, a 25-seat studio theater that will foster up-and-coming improv-as-theatre style projects by the Chicago improv community. We are piloting a new series of shows in the Lab Stage, and we are seeking submissions for productions!


A little about the Lab Stage:
This will be a space dedicated to experimentation with shows that fit within the general TM aesthetic, that of improv-as-theatre. Shows that run approximately 45 minutes are encouraged, and those that maintain characters for the entirety of the performance are likewise given preference. The Theatre Momentum style can be seen best in our Mainstage productions, which should be seen prior to submitting a proposal. Complimentary industry tickets are available, for anyone considering a submission.



Click here for details and to sign up!


Pendulum Space now open!

Theatre Momentum's new rehearsal/performance studio is now open! Pendulum Space is our new home for TM productions, workshops, and rental space for both rehearsals and shows.

Click through to the Rentals page for details.

Pendulum Space is an improved home for TM and shows and rehearsals that we host.

The studios rent for some of the lowest rates in Chicago. Available now for rental for your next rehearsal or performance!

Our new space is located half a mile north of the old Theatre Momentum studio, at 1803 West Byron Street, Suite 216.

Coming Soon...

The Kinetic Jam is coming soon!

The Jam has been on hiatus for a while, and we'll be returning later this year , late nights


Theatre Momentum's Kinetic Jam is our signature weekly improv jam. Soon it will be back on TM's roster, every week.

Tickets on sale soon. Keep an eye out here for details, or like us on facebook or follow us on twitter for updates!