Class Descriptions

IMPROV THEATER: Discover Your Creativity – BASICS
Want to have fun with others while expanding your creativity and sense of joy? Improv is the popular theater art form where you ‘play’ with others and create spontaneous scenes. In this class you will learn improv fundamentals using specially tailored games and exercises. Experience the accepting environment of ‘Yes…and.’ Be prepared for self-discovery. Live more in the current moment. Listen and respond more spontaneously. Boost your social confidence. All this while building scenes in the here and now. This class is for people new to improv, but anyone who has already taken an improv course is welcome (and encouraged) to revisit the fundamentals, work those improv muscles and have some fun.Basics I and Basics II can be taken in any order. Don’t let the labels fool you!

IMPROV THEATER: Discover Your Creativity – BASICS II 
Have fun learning the basics of long form improv. You may be an improv student already or this may be your first improv class. Welcome! We will play together using fun warm-ups and exercises. We will create memorable scenes using the ‘Yes … and’ improv attitude that unleashes your creativity. Post course performance is optional. This class involves active physical participation including frequently alternating between standing and sitting, plus physical movement. Basics I and Basics II can be taken in any order. Don’t let the labels fool you!

IMPROV THEATER SCENEWORK 
Scenework is the key to improv and there are many moving parts. Have fun while learning specific components of good scenework. Build your knowledge and skills base so you can support more artistic choices. Learn how to hop on the joyride of ‘living in the moment.’ You will tune into what is present in you and your partner and focus on that relationship. Watch the ‘comedic you’ emerge without jokes or gags. No need to ‘script’ a scene or constantly invent new ideas. Listening and focus are your friends. Background: While all level of skills are welcome, you should have completed a beginning improvisation class in either long or short form improvisation or have a theater background. Returning students will be able to expand their scenework skills as this class is customized to those enrolled.

IMPROV THEATER: SCENE & CHARACTER WORK 
Scenework is the heart of comedic longform improv. Strong characters make those scenes memorable. You will have fun ‘in the moment’ while boosting your skills in both scene and character work. You will learn to tune into what is present in you and your partner and focus on that relationship. Watch the ‘comedic you’ emerge without jokes or gags. Listening and focus are your friends. This class maximizes direct practice time and is designed specifically to the level(s) of currently enrolled students. This skills-based approach enables new and returning students build their improv muscles toward more artistic considerations.   Background: While all levels of experience are welcome, you should have completed a beginning improvisation class in either long or short form improvisation or have a theater background. Returning students will learn how to expand and refine their skills.

IMPROV THEATER GAMES WORKSHOP
Have fun while tapping into your spontaneity, creativity, and letting your playfulness emerge. Many improv theater games are simply fun to play without any reason other than to just have a good time. But even better – each game can be used to build your improv muscles, whether you are a total beginner or more advanced improv player. Some players find theater games help them overcome shyness and increase confidence. This workshop includes activities adapted from Viola Spolin. They are easy to learn and play using the Yes…and improv philosophy. Our pace is geared to the comfort level of the class incorporating a ‘let’s just play and have fun’ attitude. Note: While rests and breaks are built into the workshop, you will be physically active, frequently alternating between standing and sitting, plus some physical movement. Please wear sneakers or similar shoes and dress for ease of movement. Level: Any – Newcomer to Beginner to Advanced