The Road to Improvention


by Jemimah Ashleigh June 15, 2016

It’s 2012 and I am driving across the Nullarbor on my way to move to Canberra.  Tina Fey’s audio book ‘Bossypants’ is playing in the car. The moment Tina started talking about this thing called ‘Improv’, I knew I was in love. I had grown up watching Whose Line Is It Anyway and Thank God You’re Here but Tina starts talking about how she did classes. Wait, you can learn how to do this!?

I finally get phone reception the next day about 600km out of Adelaide and I Google ‘Canberra Improv - a thing?’. This was the first time I would encounter ImproACT or read the name Nick Byrne.  I ring and I am told that PUP (beginner) classes start in 5 days time. 5 days later, I walk into the PASH for the first time. I have no hesitations in saying that starting with ImproACT changed my life.

There I met the best people I have ever known. It’s where I found my tribe, my partner and myself. It changed the way I look at the world. So much so, that 6 months ago, these people gave me the courage to leave my job in the public service and start my own business, Tangs Design. 

About three months ago, Nick and I had just finished playing a show together and we get onto the topic of Improvention. Nick has the idea of getting some merch made and I am immediately on board. This conversation with Nick really sums up what the impro community is all about to me. We were collaborating rather than competing, we build each other up and we help each other out.

So this is my very public love letter to Impro and everything she is, and my huge thank you to Nick for having me support my favourite week of the year. 

Tangs is now offering multiple designs for Improvention this year and a special gift for International Guests. These items can be found here:

Improvention Merch: http://www.tangsdesign.com.au/collections/improvention-1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tangsdesign

I look forward to seeing the rest of my tribe in July. See y’all soon!

JJ x




Jemimah Ashleigh
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