Founding Executive Director of Improv Chattanooga Announces Retirement

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2023

After more than two decades of service, Steven Disbrow, the founding executive director of Improv Chattanooga, has announced his retirement.

Officials said, "Diz, as he is affectionately known by those who have worked with him, has played a pivotal role in shaping Improv Chattanooga into a thriving hub for improv enthusiasts. Under his leadership, the organization has achieved significant milestones, including performing numerous shows around the Chattanooga community and supporting education efforts through classes and partnerships with local schools.

"Diz's passion for improv and commitment to fostering creativity and community have been instrumental in Improv Chattanooga’s success. His dedication has not only impacted the organization itself but has also left a lasting impression on the broader improv community.

"The Board of Directors expresses its deep gratitude for Diz's outstanding contributions.'

Bryan Kelly, board chair of Improv Chattanooga, said, “Diz has been integral to the establishment and endurance of Improv in Chattanooga and has brought together all those in the organization that he created who continue on in our shared love of the art form. His impact cannot be overstated, and we wish him all the best.”

Diz expressed his gratitude to the organization, saying, "Thank you all for your dedication, enthusiasm and efforts on behalf of Improv Chattanooga over these last few years. I truly appreciate each and every one of you and your commitment to this crazy endeavor."

The goal of Improv Chattanooga is to bring the skills of Improv to the community of Chattanooga and the surrounding region.  Improv is a skill with benefits far outside of just performance use. Learners from childhood through their senior years can find joy and valuable skill building through learning the art of Improvisation. Its education efforts are geared towards various sectors of the community.  The average participant in a class is looking to improve communication in their work and personal lives. Hearing feedback from those in our classes has spurred the organization to be more than just a comedy ensemble and use the skills of Improv to improve lives.

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