ABOUT ME

ZipLine Improv is my project and creative endeavor. It consists of myself and a slew of skillful, dedicated improvisers who graciously accept my invitations to play. My improv training began in 2005 at BATS in San Francisco as an experiment in being bolder and I've been growing in unexpected ways ever since. Improv has become an ongoing discovery and eternal delight! My wish is to bring to others what improv has brought to me: a lot of laughter, less self-consciousness, more openness and awareness, adventure, opportunity, community and so much more. 

In addition to these past years of improv study and performance, I have studied acting at ACT and independently with some stellar independent teachers in San Francisco. Before that I spent most of my life exploring writing, mostly screenplays and short stories. It is ultimately much the same thing for me: communication with others and hoping to tap into common and even universal feelings with the aim of helping people connect—only now I do it onstage rather than with my pen.

Improv has a way of sneaking up on you and taking hold before you are aware of what’s happening, and that’s because it is astonishingly relevant to everything you do. My instinct to go to that first class was about wanting to get over myself. To do something that scared me. To take a risk. I stayed because I continued to learn and explore an endless array of tools that helped me with being present, communicating, listening and trusting. And the more I did it the more fun I had and continue to have.  Come and play!

Laura Wachtel

Laura Wachtel