beginner improv class


Learn the fundamentals of improv.

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

At the end of these three classes, you’ll have the skills, confidence and tools for your big Improv 301 Graduation Show.

Other Details

  • Each class meets for Eight 2.5 hour sessions at the ZACH Theater
  • Classes have between 8-16 students
  • Each class is taught by a veteran improvisor/instructor
  • Early bird registration saves you $25
  • Students get performance opportunities in monthly improv shows at ZACH
  • 101 students get a bound course packet with handouts, games, and tips

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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: $200, $25 Earlybird discount expires at midnight July 13, 2014.

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NEWLY ADDED! Improv 101 | Tuesdays 7:30 – 10pm | July 29th – September 23rd (No Class August 26th) | with Shana Merlin & Ted Rutherford
NEWLY ADDED! Register with a Friend, Save $100! BOGO Improv 101 | Tuesdays 7:30 – 10pm | July 29th – September 23rd (No Class August 26th) | with Shana Merlin & Ted Rutherford
FULL! Improv 101 | Sundays Noon – 2:30pm | July 27th – September 21 (No Class August 31st) | with Shana Merlin & Michael Joplin
FULL! Register with a Friend, Save $100! BOGO Improv 101 | Sundays Noon – 2:30pm | July 27th – September 21 (No Class August 31st) | with Shana Merlin & Michael Joplin
FULL! Improv 101 | Mondays 7:30pm – 10pm | July 28th – September 22 (No Class September 1st) | with Shana Merlin & Will Cambell TA
FULL! Register with a Friend, Save $100! BOGO Improv 101 | Mondays 7:30pm – 10pm | July 28th – September 22 (No Class September 1st) | with Shana Merlin & Will Cambell TA

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 more full scenes and comedy show games while having fun and celebrating risk taking. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

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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 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: $200, $25 Earlybird discount expires at midnight July 13, 2014.

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Improv 301 | Tuesdays 7:30 – 10pm | July 29th – September 23rd (No Class August 26th) | Graduation show October 12th | with TBA