The Bent Theatre
The Bent Theatre is an improvisational comedy troupe headquartered at the Play On! Theatre near the Downtown Mall.
The Bent Theatre was founded by Jenn Horne in 2004 as Whole World Theatre Charlottesville, a spin-off of her Atlanta-based improv troupe Whole World Theatre. Soon after, the name was changed to The Bent Theatre Company. The group is now run by actor and University of Virginia employee Andy Davis.
Shortform improv comedy generally comprises the majority of Bent shows, though the group will occasionally perform longform improv, stand-up comedy, or feature musical guests during show intermissions. The shows are generally emceed by a senior member of the group and require extensive audience participation.
Bent offers 10-week long improv classes Saturday mornings at the Play On! Theatre which are geared both to new faces and seasoned actors. Graduates of the class perform in a graduation show and as members of the group can attend rehearsals, enjoy free admission to shows, and may eventually perform with the group.