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Improv for

Improv for Parkinson's

Sponsored by Parkinson Canada

Our next Improv for Parkinson's Level 1 begins Monday, July 8th!

This 6-week course is designed to introduce students with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the foundations of improvisation and apply improv skills to life with PD.

We encourage family members and care partners to attend with participants, as many games can be played at home after the class. No previous improv experience necessary.


This course is taught by one of our experienced faculty members, and a member of our PD Performance Troupe.


July 8 - August 12, 2024
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST

On Zoom!

Registration is FREE


We are hosting two registration sessions to answer any questions you might have about the program, check your tech, and confirm your registration. The registration time will be:

  • Monday, July 1st at 10:30 AM PST

  • Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:30 AM PST

As someone living with Parkinson's disease, I've found immense value in participating in improv classes. These sessions aren't just about honing skills like voice modulation and masking; they're about embracing a unique creative outlet. In the supportive atmosphere of the class, I feel liberated to explore my inner feelings and express myself authentically. 
- Clara, Improv for Parkinson's participant

We are proud to partner with Parkinson's Canada to offer our Our Improv for Parkinson's program!

Our program explores themes such as presence, celebrating mistakes and teamwork - and - applies improv skills to life with PD.

We offer Level 1 and Level 2. Both programs are six weeks long and meet virtually on Zoom.


For participants who have completed both levels, we also have the Parkinson's Performance Troupe -- now in its 9th season!

This program was originally developed with Tightrope Theatre.

The most enjoyable and helpful thing about this course was entering into chambers of our being that haven't been open for a while and shaking the dust off.
- Barb, participant



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& Resources

Ask An Expert: PD Brain Health and Coping Through Improv

A panel discussion hosted by Parkinson's Canada with Dr. Jonathan Squires (movement disorder specialist), Dan Dumsha (Tightrope Theatre’s Director of Improv for Work and Wellness), and Peter Jarvis (Tightrope Theatre's Improv for PD faculty and Parkinson’s performance troupe member), that aims to broaden our understanding of the important role improvisation (improv) can play in managing Parkinson’s. The discussion will include an explanation about improv, how it can benefit those with Parkinson’s, and what to expect from engagement in an improv program.

Broadway’s Best for Parkinson’s

This episode explores how theater and improvisation can be helpful tools in managing PD.

Catch Improv for Work & Wellness' Dan Dumsha and Rosemary Morrison speaking about our Improv for Parkinson's Program.

 After each session, I hug my partner.
- Lou, Improv for Parkinson's participant
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