We encourage and welcome you to visit our campus, participate in school events, update your contact information, and keep us informed about your families and lives post-graduation. Reach out to Alumni Coordinator Hannah Murray ’93 with any questions or updates you may have, too!
Mark your calendars for upcoming alumni theatre productions, including “Past-Present-Future” improv shows that bring current improv students and alumni together on stage for what always promise to be unforgettable performances! To participate in alumni theatre, email drama teacher Helen Scott.
Westminster Improv was founded in 1997 by former Westminster drama teacher Ila Klemm, who led the program until 2011. The first Improv class performed in the Harold structure of longform theatrical improvisation.Learn more
Dustin Reppell ’00, a member of the first-ever Improv class, describes Harold structure as being similar to a Seinfeld episode. The performers take one suggestion from the audience, perform several different scenes related to the topic, and tie all the storylines together by the end of the show. Westminster Improv switched to shortform during its second year, the style in which Improv students perform today. Shortform consists of a collection of short scenes constructed from a predetermined game driven by a topic or suggestion from the audience, much like the television show Whose Line is it Anyway?
The first Alumni Improv show took place in the summer of 2001 at City Improv at Union Station. Alumni now perform regularly throughout the year in Westminster’s Black Box Theatre and always look forward to performing with current Improv students!
Current Westminster Improv students sign up for a semester-long class, during which they perform a handful of Friday night shows in the Black Box Theatre in front of a live audience. Students divide into blue and white teams and compete against each other during the shows. In class, students are taught to strive to be truthful, not funny. While they don’t want anything that happens in their live shows to be rehearsed, students do practice games that will be played during performances in order to familiarize themselves with the structure of the games. The suggestions and participation from the audience during live shows make the performances anything but predictable! Westminster drama teacher Helen Scott began teaching the Improv class in the fall of 2011. She took a few minutes to share a few little-known facts about the rules of Improv:
Rules for Improv Student Performers
The inaugural meeting of the Westminster Christian Academy Korean Alumni Club took place October 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Director of International Student Program Dani Butler conceived the idea that Westminster alumni living in South Korea should formally establish a group in order to stay in touch with each other and Westminster.Learn more
Dani shared the idea with one of her first students, Chang-Soo Chun, and he loved it! Chang-Soo owns a restaurant in South Korea and offered to host the first meeting. The initial group consisted of Dani, Chang-Soo and five other alumni working or studying in Korea. The majority of Westminster’s Korean graduates still live in the United States as they pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees.
The group has already established a Facebook group for Korean alumni.
Pictured front row from left: Sin-ae Kim ’11, JiHee Jang ’06, Dani Butler, Yoonsun Jang ‘08 Back row from left: Junyoung Oh ’12, Ji-hoon Kim ’06, Chang-Soo Chun ‘03
If you would like to update your name or contact information or want to receive Westminster communications, including the Chimes, please update your information.
Want to get back in touch with old friends or contact Westminster alumni for career networking purposes? You can connect with other alumni in a number of ways: