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6-Week Courses

Have you ever wanted to free your mind and have fun? Are you an actor who wants to get better at your craft? Are you an improviser wanted to shake the rust off? Do you just want to be goofy?

Improv 502’s Level 1 improv class will get you 6 weeks of classes that will help you develop your craft. At the end you’ll even get to showcase your talents to friends and family in your very own improv show with you and your classmates. Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE is needed!! Come and have fun with us!

Join us for our 6 week intensive, Level Two Improv! Take the tools you learned in Level One to the next level!! Learn about long form, go deep into characters, explore the environment, and much much more!

REQUIREMENTS: Must have completed Level One with Improv 502, Level One at another improv school, or have at least a year of improv experience.
Level 3 Improv explores the beautiful complexities of long form.

Level 3 improv will explore the intricacies and complexities of long form improv. In this class you will learn various styles of long form and how to engage your audiences. You will take a deep dive into yourself to explore what it means to truly improvise.

REQUIREMENTS: Level 1 & 2 completion required or equal amount of experience accepted.

The Improviser’s Journey is a process in which the students will take a journey through many basic and deep improv practices. Learning from the ground up and exploring deep within one’s self for true improvisation leading to the Monoscene. The Monoscene or sometimes called a one-act play was originally created by Michael Gellman, as detailed in the book “Process”. The Monoscene is one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of improv. In the Monoscene you play the same character for the full time on stage, you are only in one location, the scene takes place in real time, and there are no edits of time or space. It can be a tricky process as there are no internal form structures to cling to, so instead, the improviser’s skills require listening, give and take, ensemble focus, acting, and patience. Through this 6-week class, the teacher will teach the performers how to apply these skills in this form as well as establishing small moments at the beginning that become strong character arcs, in-depth relationships, and the ability build a whole world out of one location. Any and all experience levels accepted!

Drop-In Classes

Short Form: Two words plagued by stereotypes and surrounded by assumptions. Stereotypes, such as not being able to perform complete scenes, to it being the beginner’s improv. Short Form: Two words that tend to spark rolled eyes and instant dismissal if brought up within earshot of fellow improvisers. Short Form: Two words that can mean so much more than you ever imagined. In this drop in class your teacher will challenge you to open your mind and realize the endless possibilities Short Form has to offer. Discover how Short Form can be just as gratifying as Long Form and what you can do to help yourself and your teammates reach that point. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to break the stereotypes associated with Short Form, such as a high energy style, how to raise energy in the audience, energetic character creation, better storytelling, and ways to keep your audience begging for more!
Long-form Improv is generally an entire piece done off a single suggestions. In many forms, these scenes are all connected, even if they don’t seem to be at the beginning of the show. In its most basic definition, long-form can be categorized as an improvised play.

There are multiple scenes which are all made up on the spot, but instead of getting suggestions before each scene, each new scene is either inspired by the initial suggestion from the audience or is inspired from an earlier scene.
Long-form Improv will also play on many different emotions than short-form. In both forms the general goal is to entertain the audience through laughter. However long-form Improv will get to play on other emotions as well. Much like a play, a long-form Improv piece can make people laugh, cry, feel rage, feel sadness, and much much more. Since you have so much more time on the stage you have much more wiggle room to explore the other human emotions other than just laughter.

In this class we will explore together all of these things and the how of it all as well as many forms and techniques that make up Long Form.

As an actor there is a lot more that goes into a performance than the script. This class teaches you the techniques that will help you develop a character quickly, take chances to enhance the role, and if you or your scene partner loses the lines how to overcome this cleanly. Also, helps with auditions and never feel out of place again.

Learn how to take a suggestion, not think about it, and just do it!. Fill the scenes with intensity and action instead of a lot of thinking. Learn to use high energy and quick thinking so the audience enjoys your work from beginning to end. No experience needed.

This workshop will focus on the deep creation of characters and the potential they have for continued use in Long Form, Short Form, and Sketch. We will teach you how to develop characters over time, how to stay in character, and how to pull characters quickly out of your ass! You’ll never play a similar version of yourself again! By the end of the workshop you will be able to take a number of characters with you to use on stage whenever needed and have the techniques to create new ones instantaneously and not copy your partner!

The most difficult thing about improv for most, environment work, will become easy for you. Create all the things around you as fully as possible (i.e. Scenery, object, clothes and etc.) and keep them there for you and your scene partner.

In narrative improvisation, performers create a complete story based on audience suggestions. As opposed to other improv that focuses primarily on the joke, narrative improv cares most about creating a story that not only makes the audience laugh but has a complete arc from beginning to end. It requires grounded characters with strong objectives, meaningful relationships, and clear environments. Narrative improv blends the excitement of spontaneity with the emotional depth of a traditional theatre experience. At Impro, performances are often genre-driven, where the improviser can sink their teeth into a style through research and exploration of themes, archetypes, and motifs.

Improv has become known as a strictly go for laughs form of theatre, but it doesn’t always have to be. In fact, some of the best improv has been funny by just being true to the work and “keeping it real”. In this work shop our teachers will lead you into seeing that not all improv is funny. We have developed a style of Improv that pushes the boundaries of comfortability and gets to the root of the scene. All experience levels welcome!

In improv there are performance games that require you to find answers to clues or quirks, the dreaded guessing game, and sometimes it is difficult. This class will help you as either the one giving the clues, how to get your idea or fellow performers ideas across, or as the guesser, figuring out what is trying to be told to you.

Encounter the mother of all long-form improvisation styles: The Harold. Through this form’s classic structure, you’ll apply your scene work knowledge with increasing artistry and complexity. Work every muscle of your improv body through an exploration of the ultimate long-form format. Find games to carry through to second and third beats. Learn how to make an exciting group scene. Hone your characters for a show where you’ll take on multiple roles over the course of the performance. Pass the final hurdle on your way to improv domination.

Improv is a lot of fun. It is even more fun when playing different entertainment genres. Learn how to use these different genres to spice up your scene-work in long form or short form as well as learn to play them in genre based games or long forms. Genres of every type. Theatre (Shakespeare, Mystery, Farce, Musical, Classic, etc.) TV (Sci-fi, Horror, Crime Drama, Sitcom, Kid’s show, etc) Movies (Horror, Disney, Thriller, Documentary, Summer Blockbuster, Rom Com, Arthouse, etc.) Literary (Classic Lit, Prose, Poetry, Epic, Stephen King, Horror, Mystery, Joke Book, etc.) THE LIST GOES ON!

If you’ve already done the Harold, Armando, or any long form narrative, then you are ready for the Monoscene. The Monoscene or sometimes called a one-act play was originally created by Michael Gellman, as detailed in the book “Process”. The Monoscene is one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of improv. In the Monoscene you play the same character for the full time on stage, you are only in one location, the scene takes place in real time, and there are no edits of time or space. It can be a tricky process as there’s no internal form structures to cling to, so instead the improviser’s skills require listening, give and take, ensemble focus, acting, and patience. Through this workshop the teacher will teach the performers how to apply these skills in this form as well as establishing small moments in the beginning that become strong character arcs, in depth relationships, and the ability build a whole world out of one location.

It’s time to clean up your improv show! Learn techniques and tips on how to make your show more professional. Know what to say and how to say it. How to get your crowd ready for an energetic improv show. How to get them to shout suggestions! When to bow. How to explain improv games and long form better and faster! How to make your crowd come back for more!

Learn to use puppets within your improvisations. Improvised Puppetry is based on colorful characters, relatable scenes, and physical movement. By studying the core ideals of each art form you can expand your own abilities as a performer.

This workshop will provide you with a specific set of techniques that will help you develop more robust characters, create more compelling scenes and perform improv with puppetry in a powerful, confident manner.

We will lead you through scene work, help you discover ways to quickly snap into character, and offer some personal feedback on how you play. He will also focus on the operation of hand puppets as tools for characters in improvisation and methods for creating powerful scenes via Puppetry. You will also learn how to bring the puppet to life using movement, posture, and your voice.

Puppets will be provided for use during workshop. Feel free to bring your own if you have one. We will specifically be using felt hand puppet styles, a la Muppets.

Solo Improv is the ultimate expression of you and your true style in improv. Work with us to practice the skills that are universal to most solo pieces – character switching, listening to yourself, and aggressive choices – and also find out what will make your solo piece unique. This workshop will give you the confidence required to distinctly inhabit two or more characters or to even acknowledge characters that aren’t physically in front of you. We will also take a critical look at individual solo pieces you create in class.

What makes solo improv special is that everything that is your weakness in group work becomes your strength and everything that is your strength becomes doubly so, because the show is tailor-made to your passions. Solo improv practitioners find it strengthens their group work, as they’ve learned to make offers clearly, and treat them as absolutely life and death.

Sometimes it seems like there are millions of improv games for the stage. Other times it feels like you have played the same ones over and over and over. Not only are you getting bored with them but so is your audience. We will teach you easy and amazing ways to create new games for your shows and how to spice up old ones. In this class you will collaborate with others and create new games and try them out together. By the end of the workshop everyone will have a list of new games to take home with them! And have no fear, we will email everyone the list of all the games created after the workshop.

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of our nation’s population? Anxiety is something many of us have to live with every day. Improv 502 offers a drop in class that will teach anxiety coping techniques and learn how improv exercises can help people struggling with anxiety. It will have a lot of fun, honest conversations about anxiety and how to deal with it in our everyday lives.

Come and learn more about the eldritch art of gamemastering from a battle-scarred veteran of many dark dungeons. Learn how to give your players a more immersive and exciting experience and create stories and legends you and your comrades will sing of for years to come!
Learn to use your body to create stage pictures, objects, and larger than life characters! Improv Physicality: Body Morphing teaches you to morph your body to help the audience experience your character on stage at a whole new level! You will learn techniques on how to morph your body into someone larger than you, smaller than you, as well as different species than you! Create objects and stage pictures with your teammates using your bodies as the canvas. This class is open and available for all experiences!
Improv is at its roots a theatrical art form and is known to get serious every so often. Join us as we teach you to explore your your theatrical side. We will teach you to explore your emotions and connect with your partner on stage in a deep way. Let your emotions dictate your words in this Dramatic/Serious take on improvisation.

No improv or acting experience needed!
Have you ever gotten an “urgent call about you car warranty” or a demand that “you need to pay the IRS by credit card right now”? Social Engineering is the practice of talking your way into or out of situations, and is often employed by the underhanded, but can also be used to defend against those very attacks.

The rules of improv comedy can apply to many social interactions, including bluffing your way to compromise a target. The constantly changing situations of improv are great practice for accepting unexpected circumstances, and happily going with the flow.
Improv is often thought about in terms of entertainment, namely comedy, but improv is a great tool for a plethora of facets in life. One particular area improv is a great tool for is positive thinking!

Day in and day out you can easily find yourself lost in your routine, annoyed by unexpected changes, running late, or someone made a comment and now it’s all you can think about. Your day is ruined, right? At least that’s how you feel. Improv for Positive Thinking is to help you in those moments where you may feel down, irritated by someone or something, overwhelmed, or as though your day just couldn’t get any worse, We’re going to show you improv tools to help reframe your mindset in the midst of negative thoughts for yourself and people in your life.

Our teachers will teach you Improv can help to break down the barriers that your mind puts up when your emotional climate becomes a storm of negative thoughts. They’re going to help you focus in on positive thinking skills to let your happiness shine through for yourself and onto those around you!

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