The Bright Invention Ensemble

The Bright Invention ensemble practices and performs longform improvisation, expanding the genre, and deepening the connection between actors and audience in all we do. We are a fun and diverse group having a blast getting laughs, provoking tears and transforming lives.

Shea Sonsky and Eric Walker, Jr.

Shea Sonsky and Eric Walker, Jr.

Steel City Improv Festival

Bright Invention travels to Pittsburgh Thursday September 19th to participate in the Steel City Improv Festival!

The Steel City Improv Festival is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in improvisational theater to Pittsburgh, while highlighting the top troupes from right here in the Burgh'. For four days in September, the festival will attract over 150 performers from around the country and Canada to the Steel City for a weekend of learning, laughs, and community.

Bright Invention leads off the festival!

That’s us!

That’s us!


Tokio Headhouse Sushi / 122 Lombard Street / Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sushi and improv . . . they go together like . . . well, they just go together! Especially now as Bright Invention performs our downtown shows each month upstairs in the Tokio Ballroom at Madame Saito's!

Come at 6 for drinks and sushi downstairs, then come up to the ballroom for our show at 7:00 pm, and enjoy our special brand of intimate long form improvisation!

  • Pay On Your Way! See the show for free and then donate as you leave!

  • Full cash bar upstairs!

  • Easy to locate venue: just off of Headhouse Square in Society Hill, Philadelphia!

Remaining shows in 2019:

  • September 7

  • October 19

  • November 2

  • December 7

ENSEMBLE PERFORMING  Room with a Clue  at the Glen Foerd Mansion

ENSEMBLE PERFORMING Room with a Clue at the Glen Foerd Mansion

Special shows

Let us make some magic for your party, event, fundraiser or nonprofit!

  • Room with a Clue, our interactive, living Clue game! Col. Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Prof. Plumb, Mrs. Peacock and the others each have a room in your house or facility, and clues about whodunnit! A fun, audience interactive experience!

  • Objects of Affection, our private party form using objects guests bring to celebrate the cause or guest of honor!

  • Improvathon! Let us raise money for your organization or cause - we begin improvising and we don’t stop until the goal is met!

  • Improv with Dinner with Friends. A meal shared by actors and audience together - for a cause, a theme or just for fun! And then, a show we create spontaneously about the meal and the connections we are making! Great for corporate events, board retreats, large gatherings.

The Bright Invention ensemble:

Members Emeritus

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

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