Local Improv group raises funds to open 4th Ave Theater - Tucson News Now

Local Improv group raises funds to open 4th Ave Theater

TIM company performers Mishell Livio and Daniel Kirby enjoying an improvised snack. TIM company performers Mishell Livio and Daniel Kirby enjoying an improvised snack.
TIM members getting cozy. (From left to right: Jessica Cromby, Michael Dean, Daniel Kirby, Mishell Livio, Justin Lukasewicz and Ben Dietzel TIM members getting cozy. (From left to right: Jessica Cromby, Michael Dean, Daniel Kirby, Mishell Livio, Justin Lukasewicz and Ben Dietzel
TIM founder Justin Lukasewicz TIM founder Justin Lukasewicz
TIM company performers Jessica Gregg and Stephanie Lovinger enjoy a laugh. TIM company performers Jessica Gregg and Stephanie Lovinger enjoy a laugh.
Members of the Tucson Improv Movement Members of the Tucson Improv Movement
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's eclectic 4th Avenue will boast a new comedy theater. At least, that's the dream envisioned by the Tucson Improv Movement.

Tucson Improv Movement, or TIM, is the newest improvisational comedy group to sprout up in Tucson. For the past year and a half, they have performed at the Red Barn Theater Company.

Recently, the group has expanded. They signed a lease for a warehouse at 7th Street and 4th Avenue, next to D&D Pinball.

Justin Lukasewicz, the founder of the organization, established TIM with the goal of enriching the local comedy scene.

"For the size of Tucson, I did not see a lot of improv comedy happening, Lukasewicz said. "It became my daily goal to find ways to create a vibrant comedy community in town."

TIM now has around thirty performers and the comedy school offers five levels of training and a number of performance teams.

"It's the silliest type of environment, but it's actually the least judgmental," said company member Ben Dietzel.

The group plans to open their new space on September 13.

The only problem isit's a warehouse, not a comedy theater. So, TIM is crowdfunding to raise money for repairs and renovations on the space. The money will go towards improvements like lighting, sound equipment, seating and soundproofing the space.

A Kickstarter has been created in order to help the improvisers achieve their financial goal. So far, donations have reached over $6,000. However, the group needs to reach $10,000 to pay for repairsand they only have until July 14.

"We have created a fun and positive environment for people to come learn, practice and watch comedy in a short time in a less than ideal space," said performer and instructor Cory Jenks. "I can only imagine the amazing things we will do once we get to the space we are moving into."

To learn more about the group, visit their website at http://www.tucsonimprov.com/

To donate to their Kickstarter, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215129607/tim-comedy-theater

For now, TIM will continue their weekly performances at the Red Barn Theater every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The final performance at the Red Barn Theater will be held on August 24.

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