Class Descriptions


Intro to Improv Sampler (4 weeks)


A four-week session designed to give students an introduction to basic improv principles, as well as a sample of short and long form improv. This is a perfect class if you are new to improv and want more attention and stage time than you receive at the Open Jam.

Weeks 1 & 2: Focus on the concepts of Group Mind; “Yes And”; listening and responding honestly supporting your scene partner; and embracing mistakes.

Week 3: Introduction to long form, with a discussion of different forms; deeper experiences with scene work; continued emphasis on group mind and team support.

Week 4: Short form basics, with an emphasis on games for performance; continue to reinforce the principles from previous weeks; emphasis on stage etiquette and audience interaction.

Wednesdays - July 24 through August 14 (4 weeks)

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Instructor: Joanne Brokaw


Comedy Sketch Writing with Megan Mack

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This class teaches the basics of comedy sketch writing and culminates in a student table reading. No experience is necessary.



$125 - NOTE: Enrollment is open to students who have not previously taken this class.

Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer with WXXI. . She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, and has studied with Jimmy Carrane, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, and T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Megan performs with the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coalmine. She also has performed with the long form improv team Two Fat Ladies.  She has coached Left for Dead, an improv team of performers ages 50+, since 2011. Her videos and sketch comedy can be seen on YouTube.

Instructor: Megan Mack


Song Lyric Writing

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COST: $125

In this five week class, students will study the art of song lyric writing, focusing not only on meter, rhyme, and form but other songwriting topics like pulse point, blocking a song, finding a lyrical approach, and other tricks, tips, and techniques used by professional songwriters.

Because this class focuses on the written word, with the goal of becoming better communicators regardless of the creative discipline, the ability to read music is not necessary; in fact, poets will also benefit from the techniques taught in this class.

INSTRUCTOR:  Tony Falzano, award-winning songwriter and the author of “Your Lyric-Writing Workbook”, has been writing songs for over 40 years. He studied writing for the musical stage under the legendary Lehman Engel. He lived and worked in Nashville, TN, where he studied song and lyric-writing with several well-known commercial songwriters. He was the Projects Director for the Songwriter's Guild in Nashville.

There he developed courses to educate songwriters on the creative and business aspects of the music industry. He is an adjunct professor in the music department at Monroe Community College, where he teaches songwriting, lyric-writing, music business, and the History of Rock and Roll.

His songs have been featured in a number of local musical theater productions, including “A New Day Starts Tonight”, performed in March, 2015 at GEVA Theatre, and “Crazy ‘Bout You” in November, 2015 at The Dugan Center, Rochester, NY.


Stand-Up Comedy

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An approach toward performing stand-up material for your very first audiences. Group instruction and discussion to focus on practice and building confidence in writing stand-up material, stage presence and delivery. One-on-one discussions to include setting realistic expectations and personal goals for each student.


next session starts sunday, AUGUST 18, 2019 - click here to register

NEW DATES: August 18, 2019 - October 13, 2019 (8 weeks)

*no class Labor Day weekend

TIME: Sundays

Level 1 7:30-9:30 PM w/ Kate Armstrong

Level 2 5:15-7:15 PM w/ John Forrest Thompson

Level 3 3:00-5:00 PM w/ Brian Mossa


By the end of this 3-level program students will be able to work within a cast to create full length, fully improvised plays that incorporate spontaneous monologues and scenes with recurring characters, themes, and games.  Performers will develop skills that enable them to write, direct, edit, and act in pieces that are made up on the spot using a single audience suggestion.

Particular focus will paid to the format known as the Harold.  Originally conceived by Del Close in the 1960’s with the Compass Players in San Francisco and later developed at the Improv Olympic in Chicago with Charna Halpern, the Harold is widely considered the cornerstone of modern improv comedy.

Our program uses a skill-building model that allows students to move progressively toward stronger understanding of long form improvisation theory and skills.  All students are required to start at Level 1, although exceptions may given to those that have completed classes elsewhere. 



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Dive into the fun, quick-thinking world of short-form improv with this weekly workshop.  Students will learn to execute and perform classic theater games and forms like those seen on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway.  No experience necessary.

For more than 14 years, Keith Gomez has been improvising as part of numerous teams, including Random Acts, Monstrosssity, and Two Fat Ladies.  He also coached for the Long Form Harold League and is currently directing the hit troupe “Left For Dead.”



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OPEN TO: Students in grades 6-9 (see below for more information)

INSTRUCTORS: Sara Moore; Joanne Brokaw

In these monthly workshops, tweens and teens will learn the basics of improv - group mind, "yes and", and scene work - while developing team building skills, gaining confidence, and, most importantly, having fun!

The monthly workshop model allows students with busy schedules to attend when it's convenient. Each month we'll reinforce the basics and also take a deeper look at a specific aspect of improv - like creating characters or environments, long form vs short form, listening and responding honestly - so that every month students will get a different experience while continuing to hone their improv skills.

This workshop is designed for students in grades 6 through 9, but because everyone learns at a different pace, and because the make up of the workshop attendance will vary from month to month, there's wiggle room on either side of that range.

*Special workshops and classes can be created for your school group, scout troop, or other student events. Contact Joanne Brokaw for details!