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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Klatt

The Improvaneer Method

Building key school, workplace, and life skills through improvisation

Special Needs Living Akron/Canton- August 2022

from Akron-Canton Special Needs Living Magazine

By Melissa Klatt Photography by Julian Curet


Introducing…The Improvaneers!


The Improvaneers, the world’s first all-Down-Syndrome Improvisation troupe, were cast in 2018. Originally started through their non-profit organization, Stand Up for Downs (SUFD), The Improvaneers worked hard over the course of a year and a half to gain recognition! Media outlets such as TheTodayShow.com, The Washington Post, Ability Magazine, Inside Edition, The List, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and AOL.com covered their growing audience and wonderful cause–helping those with developmental disabilities grow key skills to apply in school, work, and life situations!


Their parent organization, Stand Up for Downs, was founded by husband and wife, Rob and Ellen Snow. This dynamic duo studied improvisation in the 90’s at the famed Second City Theatre in Chicago and brought it to life when they established The Improvaneers. They call Medina their home, but offer so much to citizens all over the U.S. and Canada!


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