Class Descriptions

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LONG FORM IMPROV

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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, please ask.  

SHORT FORM IMPROV

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

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR TEENS

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In Intro to Improv for Teens, you’ll learn the basic elements of Comedy Improv–agreement, listening, team work, and making honest and bold choices–as you explore short-form games and exercises designed to encourage trust, communication, and character development.  Learn skills that can also be applied to traditional and musical theater, stand-up comedy, auditioning for roles, public speaking, dealing with nagging parents, and other real life situations.  The final class will end with a showcase performance.  Oh yeah, and you’re going to have a ton of FUN!

 

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.