What does ZMACK do?

THE ZMACK FAMILY! Shanghai's Original Home for Improv Comedy – since 2009!

In the Zmack Family, we believe in a happier life through improvisation! We use the 7 Building Blocks of Improvisation – Acceptance, Trust, Chivalry, Active Listening, Presence, Top of your Intelligence, and Commitment– to create funny and compelling comedy shows, to train improv actors, and in corporate training and facilitation.

A ZMACK Training Centre group posing for a graduation photo

Zmack Performing Groups present Improv Theater shows 5-6 times a month in Shanghai; in English, Chinese and French! Our house teams ZhiMaKong, Fresh Air, Yinyang Alley, Forth & Back, and Zmack Mainstage all perform in differentstyles as well – from the short forms made famous by WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, to long form improvisation – creating entire one act plays from only one audience suggestion.

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The Zmack Improv Training Center has trained hundreds of improvisational actors in Shanghai and beyond with our 4-level improv curriculum. From beginner to professional, anyone can study improv with Zmack ! The ZITC also provides improvtheater training for primary and middle school age kids in our Zmack Jr program.

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ZmackWorks Training and Consulting provides facilitation and training events using our philosophy of Applied Improvisation. We offer programs and workshops in Innovation and Creativity, Presentation Skills, Team Building, Communication Skills, Talent Development, Mindfulness, Life Balance and much more. Our clients include: Bayer, Continental Tires, Prudential Insurance, Kulzer Dental, Ogilvy, Dextra, Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, Red Bull, Royal Denmark Consulate, Denmark Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, Australian Chamber of Commercein Shanghai, Disney Consumer Products, German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

In addition to this, the Zmack Family organizes the bi-annual Shanghai Improv Festival, featuring improv comedy teams from across Asia – and the world. This November see teams from USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Japan andmore.

Building communities

  • Providing free/low-priced improv4everyone workshops
  • Zmack Mainstage and ZhiMaKong (Chinese team) performs monthly
  • Every Sunday there are shows put on by house teams, ZITC students, ZAP (Zmack Advanced Projects) and Family Jams!
  • Provide training to those interested in pursuing improv further: 101 Beginner level, 201 Intermediate level, 301 Advanced level, 401 Performer training

Supporting causes

  • Every year Zmack organizes Shanghai International Improv Festival that benefits the Library Project, an organization that provides books to underprivileged children
  • Zmack also participated in the global "Improv Without Borders" initiative that supported C.A. Center for Refugees
  • In May, we will perform a bilingual show for Heart 2 Heart Children's charity
  • In June, Zmack will hold another Charily Show ShanghaiPRIDE benefiting local LGBTQ organization: Open Doors

Improvising in life

  • Create and deliver Applied Improvisation facilitation and training for top international companies like Disney, Boyer, Louis Vuitton, etc
  • Provide Applied Improvisation workshops for personal development and wellness through ZmackWorks