Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase’s groundbreaking longform troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine.
Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgium, Helsinki, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv). He has served for many years as the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.
Tim Orr’s work in improvisational theatre truly stands out as an example to be followed. I have witnessed Tim Orr teach on several occasions at international festivals over the last couple of years, and have seen his inspirational effect on numerous other improvisers as well as felt it for myself. He brings not only his joy and sense of play, but also a love of the craft of theatre. --Caspar Schjelbred, Artistic Director, The Improfessionals & Co-director, Impro Academy Paris