Official Announcement about Improv Trick – St. Louis

Dear Friends

I’m very saddened to announce that The Improv Trick – St. Louis is closing at the end of June. Any currently scheduled classes and showcases will continue as calendered. As you know, an announcement had been made that I.T. had been sold, but that announcement was premature, and was not sent at my request.  I’d like to apologize to everyone who feels let down by this news, and for the recent confusion and uncertainty. Ultimately, that confusion and uncertainty was caused by my reluctance to say “goodbye” to one of the most important things in my life. It’s the most difficult decision I’ve had to make.

Teachers, please share this announcement with your students and improv friends.PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS YOU KNOW WHO LOVE IMPROV, AND IMPROV TRICK.  Please share far and wide.

I do not have the resources to continue, and in the end I felt it was too much to ask anyone to take on my debts. Please notify me if Improv Trick has any outstanding debts with you that have not yet been addressed, and I will address them. I hope by now that you know me well enough to know that I am a man of my word. Thank you so much for your years of devotion, creativity and fun. I would be even more distraught if I was leaving St. Louis without a vibrant improv scene. However as you know there are more and more opportunities every day in St. Louis to create and grow. I’m especially confident that Improv Shop will continue for many years. I’m also very encouraged by the development of new troupes and schools.  And most importantly I’m excited for the future of the Compass Festival. One of my biggest regrets is that Improv Trick will not be able to participate in the festival as an organization, unless some kind of special arrangement can be made. Hint, Hint.

I wish all of these new organizations the best of luck and many years of success.

My sincerest thanks to everyone who has provided leadership and friendship for our improv community. I hope someday you’ll be able to join us in L.A. if you’re out this way to visit.

I’ll miss you all, but I hope to see you when I return in the future. Perhaps not for classes, but definitely for holidays and special engagements. You’re the future of improv in St. Louis, and I hope you’ll all continue to learn, teach and grow. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Please stay in touch, and I promise to do the same. You all mean the world to me, and I hope you stay with improv for a Lifetime.

My Deepest Thanks,
Bubbly Bill


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‎”The entire history of improvisational theatre was balanced on a pinpoint there in St. Louis. It was one of the most amazing things that ever happened in world theatre, a creative experience unmatched perhaps on the planet. There’s never been anything like it.” – Del Close (from “The Compass”)

The Improv Trick is proud to have spawned an entire improv scene in St. Louis. Since opening it’s doors in St. Louis, Improv Trick students have been an important part of the founding of groups like Clinic Improv, The Improv Shop and now troupes in Chicago like The Xanadudes.