The Bright Invention Ensemble

Our approach to improvisation is grounded in theatrical training and dramatic technique. We think of ourselves as actors. We approach each other onstage with the same intensity and preparation that any script-based actor brings to her work. And - while our work is not exclusively comic - we are champions for comedy, believing that laughter is the first doorway to transformation. 

Bright Invention does not wish to simply create more improvised theater, but rather, to expand the boundaries of the form through experimentation, incorporation of varied artistic mediums, and new ways of interacting with, and soliciting information from audience members. We are a long form improvisation ensemble expanding the genre, and dedicated to deepening the connection between actors and audience in all we do.

Oh and did we mention . . . it’s fun!

 Suzanne Anderson and Aaron Roberge in a show

Suzanne Anderson and Aaron Roberge in a show

Shows at Common Space, Ardmore

25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore PA 19003

At this charming storefront community space in Ardmore, PA. we bring intimate duet shows for audiences clustered around tables, and enjoying the delicious snacks and drinks served there. Shows generally run between 30 and 40 minutes.

 Bob Stineman and benjamin Lloyd Perform at Smoke & Mirrors

Bob Stineman and benjamin Lloyd Perform at Smoke & Mirrors

Shows at Smoke & Mirrors, Huntingdon Valley

2840 Pine Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

The Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater is a fully appointed professional performing arts venue with two small theaters. We perform our full show with six actors in their cabaret theater where guests can BYOB and enjoy snacks while begin entertained! Shows run an hour.

 Kiersten Adams and Eric Walker, Jr. perform

Kiersten Adams and Eric Walker, Jr. perform

Shows in Center City

Stay tuned for more information about immersive improv shows in the city!


Special Events!

Room with a Clue! Join us at the extraordinary mansion at Glen Foerd on the Delaware for our interactive Clue game! As you explore the rooms of this beautifully preserved guided age home, you will meet Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Prof. Plum and others. Who did it, in which room, with which weapon? You are the sleuths in this fun and interactive show! Two consecutive Sunday nights: 2 shows per night at 6 and 8 pm, October 21st and 28th!

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One Night Only at Cheltenham Center for the Arts! Bright Invention returns to Elkins Park for a special show at Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Friday November 30th, 8 pm! Come enjoy your friendly neighborhood improvisors on the Main Stage at CCA, sharing their latest show The Sun and its Planets - created spontaneously onstage right in front of you, never to be repeated. Don't miss it!

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The Bright Invention ensemble:

Members Emeritus

The following performers acted and rehearsed with Bright Invention for a significant time, and their contributions to the ensemble are lasting. 

Jennifer MacMillan, Katherine Perry, Jerry Perna, Randi Alexis Hickey,  Langston Hamilton Darby, Eva Farrell, Ed Swidey, Kristin Norine, Josh Totora, Martha Kemper, Sarah Knittel.