beginner improv class


Learn the basics of improv.

Have fun and meet new friends while playing improv games in a relaxed and safe environment.

Over the first three levels, you’ll learn the skills and confidence for your big Improv 301 Graduation Show.

  • Each class meets for eight two-hour sessions at the ZACH Theatre, unless noted to meet at  ZACH North.
  • Classes are taught by a veteran improviser.
  • Students get in free to Merlin Works Second Sunday shows.
  • Early bird registration saves you $25!

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Improv 101: The Spirit of Play

Learn the fundamentals of improvisation. The class’s interactive exercises build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and teach you how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. Play short form improv games in a fun and safe environment. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

Price: $210 | $25 Earlybird discount expires at midnight on April 29th for North class and midnight May 13, 2018 for downtown class.

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Improv 101 at ZACH Downtown | Thursdays 8-10pm | May 31 – July 19 | with Shana Merlin
Register with a friend and BOGO class 1/2 off!
Improv 101 at ZACH North | Tuesdays 8-10pm | May 15 – July 10 | No class May 29 | with Kevin Miller
Register with a friend and BOGO class 1/2 off!


Improv 201: Improv Toolbelt

Learn scene work fundamentals such as sharing the stage, characters, body language, scene starts, mime work, comedy, listening, acting, and stage skills. Fill up your Improv Toolbelt, so you are ready to perform anytime, anywhere. We explore fuller scenes and comedy show games while having fun and celebrating risk-taking. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

Price: $210 | $25 Earlybird discount expires at midnight April 29, 2018.

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Improv 201 at ZACH Downtown | Tuesdays 8-10pm | May 15 – July 10 | No class May 29 | with Monica Martinez
Improv 201 at ZACH North | Wednesdays 8-10pm | May 16 – July 11 | No class July 4 | with Kevin Miller & David Ronn

Improv 301: Improv Comedy for Performance

Learn about different kinds of short-form improv comedy games using verbal restrictions, emotional changes, jump and justify, physicality, audience interaction, monologues, and film and TV styles. By the end of the workshop, you will be ready for your Improv 301 Graduation Show: a public performance in front of a paying audience. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

Price: $210, $25 Earlybird discount expires at midnight April 29, 2018.

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Improv 301 | Thursdays 8-10pm | May 17 – July 12 | No class May 31 | Graduation Show July 8 | with Marissa Wahkuna