Chaos Theory – Youth Theatre Northwest

Chaos Theory is YTN's resident improv troupe for grades 7 - 12. Students discover the basics of improv, develop their ensemble, and learn a variety of short form improv formats. Chaos Theory is divided into three groups -- Newcomers, Intermediate and Old Timers. Old timers (students who have been in the troupe for multiple years) learn long form improv techniques, and even develop their own original improv formats.

The troupe performs several shows throughout the year. 

Chaos Theory is directed by Mike Lion. 

Chaos Theory Newcomers:

Students learn the basics of improv, practice a variety of short form improv formats, and build trust and communication as an ensemble. Newcomers have a showcase of their work at the end of the season.

Practices: Mondays, 10/5 - 5/3 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Showcase: TBA

Requirements: Newcomers is open to all students interested in trying out improv 

Chaos Theory Intermediate:

At the intermediate level, students build on the foundational elements of improv, dive deeper into developing their ensemble, and begin learning some elements of long form improvisation. Intermediate students perform in two shows.

Practices: Thursdays, 10/8 - 5/6, 4:00pm - 5:30pm 

Holiday show: 12/4 and 12/5 at 7pm  

Spring show: 5/8 & 5/9 7pm

Requirements: One prior season of Chaos Theory or an invitation from Mike. 

Chaos Theory Old Timers:

Old Timers learn advanced long form techniques, develop their own original improv formats, and take an active role in planning their performances. Old Timers perform in four shows.

Practices: Mondays, 10/5 - 5/3 4:00p, - 5:30pm

Halloween show: 10/30 7pm
Holiday show: 12/4 and 12/5 at 7pm  

Fakespeare in the Park: 4/18 at 5:30pm 

Spring show: 5/8 & 5/9 7pm

Requirements: Two seasons of Chaos Theory Intermediate or an invitation from Mike.


Chaos Theory practices are planned to take place in person, however if WA safety guidelines change practices will be moved online. We will be following YTN guidelines for in-person meetings outlined here

Chaos Theory shows will depend on the current safety guidelines. Most shows will likely be done with the actors in person, and streamed to the audience at home, however some performances may be done entirely remotely. We will not have indoor in-person audiences for any shows, but we will look at the possibility of an outdoor show with an audience for our final spring show.