Bio

Bio

Tom Tollenaere got introduced to improv in 1997 and was instantly hooked.

Tom is founder and artistic director of  RIOT – the Royal Improphonic Orchestra & Theatre, specializing in musical long-form improv theatre, and now celebrating its 13th year.  Prior to that, between 1999 and 2005 he was artistic director for The Lunatics, one of Belgium’s oldest  short-form collectives. He also performed with them as an improv actor from 1997 until 2006.

Tom has been training and coaching improvisers since 1999.   He likes to teach and theorize about Narrative long-form and musical improv, both long & short.

As an improv musician Tom can sometimes be seen outside of his home country Belgium, at festivals in Europe and North America.  He loves to travel to teach.

Apart from his writings on this site, Tom is a guest blogger for the Dutch improblog.nl, and several of his articles have appeared – in English & Spanish – in the international improv magazine “Status” .  He is also one of the producers of the “Improovelicious” international improv festival in Leuven, Belgium, celebrating its 10th edition in 2020.  He has been editing & maintaining ImprovEncylopedia.org, a reference site devoted to improv, since 1999.