Classes

Winter term now begins on January 13th. Terms are for 8 weeks unless otherwise specified.
*Registration form is located at bottom of this page. Payment is due at first class.*

 

Mondays

Youth Improv (ages 7-12) 

5:30pm – 7pm $200 (No class on 2/17/20)
Scholarships available.
This class teaches the basics of improv and reminds kids that there is no wrong way to make-believe! Learn listening skills, cooperation and storytelling. Boost confidence! Make friends and have fun.

Introduction to Improvisation – Adults

7:30pm – 9pm $200 (No class on 2/17/20)
Scholarships available.
Your first improv class? Great! New to improv, but a theater veteran? Fantastic! Just want to get out and have fun with a group of strangers? Perfect! This is an amazing class for anyone who is looking to explore their creative side, learn to communicate and tell stories, and have FUN! No theatrical experience of any kind is needed. Come as you are and learn the basics of improv in a fast-paced comfortable, judgement-free zone.

Tuesdays

**Tuesday Winter Term begins on 1/14/20)**
Teen Improv (ages 13-18)

6pm – 7:30pm $200 (No class on 2/18/20)
Scholarships Available.
Wallflower? Smarty pants? Class clown? Drama kid? Everyone will have a good time in this class! Learn basic improv games and scenes, listening and collaboration. Great for teens who want to hone their acting or performance skills or who just want to get creative and active and try something different. Take it once, or take it again and again- in improv, every time is new.

Rotating Workshop series, $10/Drop In, $45/5 class punch card (No workshops 2/18):

7:30pm – 8:45pm Storytelling (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Learn how to craft and tell *your* stories, as you may have heard on the Moth. Get group critique. There will be a performance of stories after 8 weeks.
7:30pm – 8:45pm Poetry (2nd and 4th Tuesdays)  Read your poetry, workshop poems and get group critique. We’ll do a performance reading after 8 classes.

9pm – 10:15pm Stand Up Comedy (1st and 3rd Tuesdays)  Learn the basics of stand up etiquette, get comfortable holding a mic and working with a mic stand. Workshop your material, timing and get off book. Safe environment to try something new before you hit the open mics. Saturday night performance at the end of the 8 weeks. 
9pm – 10:15pm Sketch Writing (2nd and 4th Tuesdays)  You have the ideas you need to write then out and have them read! We’ll do some improv for inspiration, read and workshop your material. Sketch show at the end of a series of 8.

Wednesdays

Improv 401 – Long Form Improvisation – Adults

6:30pm – 8pm $200 (No class on 2/19/20)
Scholarships Available.
Introduction to long form improv – we will work on finding the beats of a scene and creating rich characters with stories that you want to know more about. Student show to be performed at the end of this course. Instructor permission required.

Thursdays

Improv 201 – Scene work! – Adults
6:30pm – 8pm $200 (No class on 2/20/20)
Scholarships Available.
Open to anyone who has completed the Intro class. In this class we delve into scene work. Getting quickly to the “why” of the scene and relationships, this is a great class to use as a springboard for any improv performance. Focus will be on making real connections and advancing the narrative. Intro class or instructor permission required.

Saturdays

Workshop Intensives! $25 2 hour drop in class, each focusing on a different skill. Instructor permission required.
Classes will generally be run from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. There will be some exceptions, please check with the instructor.
Workshops need a minimum of 4 participants to run, please register early. Cancelled workshops will be announced by 7pm on Friday before class.

NEXT ROUND OF INTENSIVES BEGIN 1/11/2020. When registering, please include the date and name of class you would like to take.

 1/11 – Shakespeare  Brush up your Shakespeare! In this class we’ll be working on the tropes that make a scene recognizably Shakespearean to an audience.
 
 1/18 – Accents   Using different accents can enrich your character work, but many fear them. You’ll learn some basic tricks to French, Russian, Italian, Irish, American Southern (high and low status) as well as touch base on how to strengthen the ones you feel comfortable with already. 
 
 1/25 – Improv Fundamentals    For those who can’t take our 8 week class, this is a two hour back-to-the-basics fundamentals class. Good for anyone who wants to learn or revisit all of the things that make for a strong improv scene. Focus on listening, being in the moment, and recognizing what you’ve created and why it’s important.  
 
 2/1 – That’s a Rap   We’ll work on keeping the beat, rhyme and swagger. Half of rap is attitude- learn how to tap into your inner Grand Master.
 
 2/8 –  The Magic of Music, Part 1  Music in an improv scene creates a new level of delight for both the improviser and the audience, that is so much better when you feel comfortable doing it. We will work on strengthening your technical skills and improve your confidence in singing. 
 
 2/15 – ***TO BE RESCHEDULED*** The Magic of Music, Part 2  In this second part, we will introduce strong character choices and work on choreography and back up singing, as well as duets and layered song.
 
 2/22 – ***TO BE RESCHEDULED***Silence is Golden In this class we’ll be working on creating a shared invisible world where great scene work can exist, even in the absence of language.  Using both the quiet and dramatic background music to elicit emotional response and connection. This is one for the improviser’s toolkit.
 
2/29 – Improv Fundamentals    For those who can’t take our 8 week class, this is a two hour back-to-the-basics fundamentals class. Good for anyone who wants to learn or revisit all of the things that make for a strong improv scene. Focus on listening, being in the moment, and recognizing what you’ve created and why it’s important. 
 

 

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