Here’s a list of some of our shows:

Click on the shows to see posters, videos and more!

Harold Set: Traditional Chicago-style long form improv with interweaving scenes and characters

[Suggestion] The Musical: An entire musical made up before your eyes

Fakespeare: An improvised play in the style of Shakespeare based on your suggestions

Murder Mystery: An improvised whodunit

Facebook Show: Scenes based on audience members’ Facebook pages

Fairy Tale Theater: An improvised fairy tale, often involving morals/maybe a princess

Blind Audio Theater: An improvised radio play performed in complete darkness

Short Form Set: Shorter scenes with more audience participation, a la “Whose Line is it Anyway”

The Purple Crayon is an undergraduate improv troupe from Yale University. We make up scenes and sketches on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Our performances require no sets, props, or costumes. We don’t even need a stage, just a place to stand and an excited, energetic audience.

The Crayon prides itself on being a flexible group that can tailor performances to suit our audience and venue. We’ve performed and run workshops at places as diverse as schools, corporations, and even art galleries. If you are looking for a specific type of show or workshop, just let us know. Download our brochure for more information.


Normally, our workshops cover improv basics and are geared towards participants who have little or no experience. We can also lead more advanced workshops with a focus on further developing long form or scenework skills (or skills in a particular type of show/style). Workshops are held in a comfortable, relaxed environment with Purple Crayons leading the way with examples while students get a hands on experience.

Contact Info

Bookings Manager: Natalie Epstein (

Fall ’13 Tour Manager (Boston): Natalie Epstein AGAIN! (

Spring ’14 Tour Manager (Park City, Utah): Brett Davidson (

Director (for any other inquiries): Sally Helm (

Don’t forget to brush your teeth tonight and check out our upcoming shows.

Download our brochure for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!