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Past Performances




Improv & Theater


Karen Ripley has been teaching improvisation to children and adults for over 25 years. Karen has been the in house Improv teacher for Harvey Milk Institute, SF, Ca for the past 9 years.

Some of her clients include:

  • Thunder Road in Oakland, a teen drug and alcohol facility.
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics of Alameda County.
  • Girls Inc., San Leandro, at risk teen girls
  • The Healing Arts Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
  • San Francisco State University
  • Theater Rhinoceros, SF
  • The Shanti Foundation, SF
  • Santa Cruz County Child Care Dept. Aptos, Ca
  • New College, San Francisco. Ca

Karen has been a part of several improv troupes. The most well known, "Over Our Heads", performed once a month for 13 years at Mama Bears Bookstore in Berkeley, Ca.

Currently Karen performs improv with "Women Who Crave Attention", featuring Annie Larson, Amy Boyd, Karla Carmony and Jenny McNulty.


Waiting for FEMA by Karen Ripley & Annie Larson

Catch a glimpse into your future ... will it be an earthquake or tsunami that forces you to scream "HELP! FEMA!" Molly and Edna face chaos in this
comic/musical Red Alert. By comic writer-performers Karen Ripley and Annie Larson, with live musical back-up by Jack "Applejack" Walroth.

Ripley and Larson have toured nationally and have been performing together for over 20 years. Their last play, Show Me Where It Hurts, won “Best of Fringe” at the 2005 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Waiting for FEMA is currently under going a face lift. Stay tuned...

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