• Writing Inspired By Laughter


    *Teach students fundamental creative writing skills, which support the efforts of classroom teachers.


    *Build students’ confidence in self-expression, self-esteem, and writing skills by providing workshops that create a safe and supportive place to explore thoughts and ideas.

    *Perform high-quality, improvisational theater, by students for the broader community.

    *Form partnerships that allow students to further their personal artistic expression and development.

  • Programs

    Find the perfect option for your school.

    1 day workshop

    Best Class Ever

    A one-day, in-class workshop. Three-hour experience that gives a quick snapshot of our approach.


    Laughing Matters

    A semester long (during or after-school) residency. 60 minutes a week with a student showcase. This program is a deep-dive into creative writing and improvisational theatre.

    Teachers too

    Improv for educators

    Class Act- Professional development for professionals. We offer workshops on teaching creative writing, teaching empathy in the classroom, and of course, integrating the Humor Writes method into the classroom.


    Data driven. Standard aligned.

    82% of students had 2-point growth in writing competency 


    "Students participating in 6-week program exceeded average student growth by 40%. "-Peter Boyle Principal at Western School Of Science and Technology


    Taking skills from the page, to the stage.

    97% of students had an increase in self-esteem and confidence


    "I finally feel safe at school. I now trust my classmates and know they support me."- Brigette Ortega

  • Contact Us!

    Want to learn more or register your students?

  • Thank you





    Brian Urlacher



    The Pakis Family Foundation provided our first substantial funding. Their belief in our vision for HUMOR WRITES is the reason we are changing lives today. The Pakis Family Foundation continues to support the expansion and growth of our curriculum.

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  • The Team

    Meet our teaching artists.

    Stacey Reed Hanlon

    The woman, the myth, the legend

    Stacey is a founding member of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix, where she currently performs, teaches and coaches. Prior to finding her home in PHX, she performed and directed in NYC, where she studied with The Upright Citizens Brigade, Armando Diaz and Gary Austin. She was the co-founder of Late Night Ritalin, wrote for and appeared in Saturday Night Rewritten, and was a performer in Juvie Hall’s Character Dog Run. Stacey also performed in the Stan O improvisational tournament, the Big Apple Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon. Currently, she performs with Light Rail Pirates, Mail Order Bride, Hot Mess, The Foundation and JaxN Reed.

    Tristan Gandolfi

    Small but mighty

    Don't let her size fool you, Tristan has BIG plans for the world. Hailing from the great state of Illinois, she graduated from Arizona State University with not one, but two degrees in Fine Arts and Communication. After grabbing her diploma, she packed her flip-flops and headed to Englewood, Chicago to teach 4th grade. While developing curriculum and earning a master's degree, she flexed her comedy muscles at Second City. Infusing creativity into her classroom she became obsessed with laughter and learning. Taking a big-girl job, Tristan returned to Arizona to help develop a local start-up. She became very passionate about branding, marketing, and community. After three years she left to pursue an idea. What if we taught literacy through interactive game-play? She founded Humor Writes, a non-profit with the mission of creating collaborative classrooms and confident young authors.

    Want to teach for Humor Writes?

    We are always looking to grow our team.

    For more information email Tristan@humorwrites.org.

  • Laugh With Us

    There are plenty of ways to stay connected!