Impro School Classes

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This is where your Impro story begins. In this 12-week Basic workshop, you will learn the skills to prepare for the Impro CORE Program. Impro Basics is a supportive and fun start for those with zero to little experience or for those orienting themselves to Impro’s style. Whether you have some experience or none at all, our teachers are skilled at tailoring the workshop to challenge each individual at his or her level. In Impro Basics, you’ll learn the foundations of improv with skills like “Yes and!”, make your partner look good, and mistakes are gifts. You will learn Impro’s fundamentals of narrative improv by creating scenes with C.O.R.E. – character, relationship, objective, environment.

After completing Impro Basics, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss his or her classwork. At that time, the instructor will recommend either another session of Impro Basics or the first workshop of the C.O.R.E. Program.

DATES TBD. Email info@improtheatre.com to be put on the Impro Basics Waitlist.
The next Impro Basics starts Jan. 13th 2018!

COST: $485 for 12 weeks
($510 payment plan)

Impro Basics
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Physical CORE is the first workshop in the series of four CORE curriculum workshops and the foundation of Impro’s style of narrative improvisation. Impro values grounded characters, fully realized environments, and performing with a relaxed state of play. Physical CORE explores creating that relaxed state of play by letting go of the common misconception that improv is all about quick wits, verbal dexterity, and entering with an “idea”. While those skills can be helpful, at Impro we start by focusing on creating scenes from nonverbal offers like emotion, sensory input, stage picture, and movement. Impro asks its students to slow down, give importance to stagecraft, acting, and environment, as well as explore silences, and allow relationships and emotion to create story. Much of the work in this class is inspired by Patsy Rodenburg’s concept of the 2nd Circle, by Anne Bogart’s adaptation of Viewpoints for the stage, as well as by Rudolf Laban’s movement analysis.

After completing Physical CORE, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss his or her classwork. At which point, the instructor will recommend either another session of Physical CORE or the second workshop of the C.O.R.E. Program: Character CORE.

Audition or placement required
Auditions are on Nov. 19th. Click here for more information.

DATES TBD. Email info@improtheatre.com to be put on the CORE 1 Waitlist.
The next CORE 1 begins Jan. 13th, 2018!
COST: $485 for 12 weeks
($510 payment plan)

C.O.R.E. 1: Physical
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Character CORE is the second workshop in the series of four CORE curriculum workshops for narrative improvisation. Impro teaches that story arises out of character and their relationship to the other characters. In addition to deepening the work from Impro Basics and Physical CORE, this workshop explores creating grounded characters with vulnerability, strong wants, and specific points of view. It also explores relationship through status and being emotionally affected. While in narrative improvisation, it’s easy to fall into the trap of following plot, Impro teaches students that if you go deeper into character and relationship, plot will simply happen.

After completing Character CORE, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss his or her classwork. At which point, the instructor will recommend either another session of Character CORE or the third workshop of the C.O.R.E. Program: Story CORE.

Audition or placement required.
Saturdays 10:30AM - 1:30PM
Starting 9/23/17. 12 weeks.
Skips Thanksgiving weekend: 11/25/17.
Taught by Paul Rogan.
Email: info@improtheatre.com to REGISTER.
If the above dates don't work for your schedule, email info@improtheatre.com to be put on the CORE 2 Waitlist.

COST: $485 for 12 weeks

C.O.R.E. 2: Character
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Story CORE is the third workshop in the series of four CORE curriculum workshops. This workshop builds on the work from Physical and Character CORE and begins to deepen improvised stories with character objectives and throughlines. Story analysis begins in this CORE class. Students dive into story with awareness towards tone, beats, theme, arch, and reincorporation. Impro’s style makes an important distinction between plot and story. We define plot as the events that happen in the narrative. Whereas story, on the other hand, is the emotional journey taken by a protagonist. Impro believes the best narrative improvisation comes from organically discovering and then diving deep into the STORY. Emotion creates story. Relationship creates story. Strong wants create story. Even, as simple as it sounds, movement creates story. The plot will simply happen as a by-product of good story. Improvisers don’t need to know or think about plot. They don’t need to know where they’re going. Keith Johnstone wrote, “The improviser has to be like a man walking backwards. He sees where he has been but he pays no attention to the future. His story can take him anywhere, but he must still “balance” it, and give it shape, by remembering the incidents that have been shelved and reincorporating them.” At Impro students learn to build on what they already have, thereby diving deeper into the story!

After completing Story CORE, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss his or her classwork. At which point, the instructor will recommend either another session of Story CORE or the fourth and final workshop of the C.O.R.E. Program: Genre CORE.

Audition or placement required

DATES TBD. Email info@improtheatre.com to be put on the CORE 3 Waitlist.
Click "REGISTER" to see calendar.

COST: $485 for 12 weeks

C.O.R.E. 3: Story
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Genre CORE is the fourth class of the CORE progression where students apply the skills from CORE 1, 2, & 3 to the study of genre. Class begins with the study a handful of genres in the main company repertoire. The tropes and motifs of the great writers in our repertoire teach us how to tell compelling stories of any style. By week 4 of Genre CORE, the class settles on one predetermined genre, and an in-depth study begins culminating in a performance on the Ellen Idelson Stage at Impro Studio. When working on any genre, the improv student must become well-versed in the writer’s work, any theatrical devices used by the writer, the language, the time period and place, and genre conventions. And at Impro we don’t stop there. Impro students study the biography of the writer and the writer’s point of view. Students read and investigate the works that inspired the writer, historical events of the writer’s lifetime, and the cultural and political conditions that would have had an effect on the writer’s work. This is all done in a heartfelt attempt to step into that writer’s shoes. At Impro, we hope to create work that is an homage, rather than parody, to a writer that changed the landscape of his or her medium.

After completing Genre CORE, the instructor will meet with each student to discuss his or her classwork. At which point, the instructor might recommend another session of any one of the CORE workshops to help the student strengthen an area of weakness or the instructor might recommend that the student sign up for one of our Ongoing Narrative classes in the APPLIED CORE Program.

Audition or placement required

DATES TBD. Email info@improtheatre.com to be put on the CORE 4 Waitlist.
Click "REGISTER" to see calendar.

COST: $485 for 12 weeks

C.O.R.E 4: Genre
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Theatresports™ is a short form improv style created by Keith Johnstone. Every single Impro Main Company member started with extensive (YEARS of) training in this short form style.

Theatresports is all about fine-tuning your technique and scene work, and finding the play in improv! AND this style is accessible to and essential for improvisers at all levels of experience. Improvisers can fearlessly create stories in the moment. And the components of the show (judges, challenges, teams, host, etc.) are there to support and encourage the risk.

With this style, improvisers create an evening of spontaneous theatre that engages the audience in a way that makes them respond openly – as one might do at a sporting event! – and has everyone thinking and talking about the show afterwards.

LA Theatersports alumni include Wayne Brady, Brad Sherwood, and Mike McShane of “Whose Line is it Anyway.”

“Theatre sports is the best improv training. Period.”
– Wayne Brady

Click "REGISTER" to see the calendar.
Starts Sat., Aug. 5th, 2-5pm
COST: $165 for 4 weeks

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Ongoing CORE class the main class in the APPLIED CORE Program of the Impro Theatre School, which is where students of Impro Theatre School focus on improv skill building, narrative storytelling, and apply the concepts learned in the CORE Program to weekly improv work. This is the program where students put hours of work into the craft of narrative improvisation. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ”Outliers” he wrote, that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness,” meaning it takes 10,000 hours to practice to master a skill. Of course, it’s important not to oversimplify Gladwell’s quote. Gladwell’s idea of “greatness” requires much more that simply practice. One example is that the 10,000 hours must be focused and often directed. At the Impro Theatre School, the Ongoing CORE class is a great place to put in a large portion of those 10,000 hours of improvisation practice. In this class, students work with the same instructor for an extended period of time, allowing that instructor to help the student deepen their work and focus on individual challenges in a new and more in-depth way.

This class is perfect for all types: experienced improvisers who want to stay fresh, actors who want to strengthen their improv technique and go deeper in their acting, writers and directors who want to explore narrative spontaneously on their feet, and non-actors who love improv and want a place where they can be creative that is safe and nonjudgmental. This is a monthly ongoing class, meaning there is no set end date and students are encouraged to make this class your improv home base and workout room!

Students in the APPLIED CORE program are encouraged to attend the Impro School Placement Auditions where they can receive additional faculty advisement on their progress. For students who have been working with Impro for a while, this is also a good opportunity to audition for the Impro Conservatory.

Currently, there are three sections of Ongoing CORE:
Wednesday Nights – 7-10pm
Saturday Mornings – 10:30am to 1:30pm
Saturday Afternoons – 2-5pm

Audition or placement required

Email for dates
COST: $165 per month

ONGOING CORE

The next genre for the Improvised Musical class is Musical Fables. This class will explore how to improvise musicals set in the world of Folk tale, Fable, and Myth. These worlds are a great platform for telling stories with music. Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” Howard Ashman & Alan Mencken’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Cole Porter’s ,“Out of This World,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s, “Cinderella” and Brecht/Weill’s, “The Good Person of Schezuan” are all examples of epic, fabulous musicals. We will play with theatrical devices: narrators, time jumps, split scenes and build songs that, like our characters, are extravagant and mythic.

Improvised Musicals is a class for students of all levels who want to learn the craft of improvising songs and the storytelling techniques for musical narratives. Working with an accompanist/composer to teach skills like Great American Songbook song structure (AABA) and ear training, the class breaks down “making up a musical” into steps that are easy to understand and incredibly fun. Dance is also incorporated using Viewpoints and some very basic Broadway moves. .

Improvised Musicals teaches different musical narrative and songwriting styles throughout the year. The current genre is MUSICAL FABLES.

Audition or placement required.
July 9 – September 24. 12 weeks. 3 hours.
Performances in September.

Instructed by Brian Lohman.
COST: $195 per month
Or a total of $570 for 3 months

Improvised Musicals: MUSICAL FABLES
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In the Impro Theatre School Conservatory, students begin intensive genre work with the intention of creating and performing a show. Tennessee Williams and Romantic Comedy are the first two genres of the Conservatory. Students study each genre for 5 months, creating a tight-knit ensemble over the corse of a year. Williams and RomCom can be taken in either order.

Why Tennessee Williams?
Tennessee Williams is an exciting genre for improvisers. It is a theatre style set in the American South during the 1950s, and at Impro School, it requires the improviser to become a student of theatre and, to an extent, of American history. In this workshop, improvisers not only study the plays of Tennessee Williams, but also the writings of those who influenced Williams, and the cultural and historical events that occurred in his lifetime. This genre requires skilled acting, strong objectives, and theatrical language.

Tennessee Williams Narrative Workshop Takeaways
- Theatrical language
- Theatrical staging and blocking
- Ensemble story structure (as opposed to single protagonist)
- Tennessee Williams Character Archetypes
- Monologues to deepen character and heighten story
- Being able to identify, support, and fulfill a unifying theme

Audition or placement required
Auditions are on Nov. 19th. Click here for more information on auditions.

COST: $165 per month

Tennessee Williams
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In the Impro Theatre School Conservatory, students begin intensive genre work with the intention of creating and performing a show. Tennessee Williams and Romantic Comedy are the first two genres of the Conservatory. Students study each genre for 5 months, creating a tight-knit ensemble over the corse of a year. Williams and RomCom can be taken in either order.

Why RomCom?
Romantic Comedy is one of the most important genres in the Impro School curriculum. Unfortunately, when some students hear Romantic Comedy, they think cliche, sentimental, and cheesy. However, at Impro School, RomCom is a hilariously playful and notoriously demanding genre for the actor. It is the foundation for many genres of the Impro Theatre repertoire: Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Chekhov, etc. When studying and performing Romantic Comedy, students learn to use emotion and romance in their improv like falling in love, bonding over shared values, and turning up the heat. RomCom explores relationship triangles and their role in narrative storytelling. RomCom is a cinematic style that requires shorter scenes, multiple locations, single protagonists, and a strong central story arc. Improvisers learn tools to serve the story whether that means playing the central protagonist or supporting the central story arch with grounded, yet playful support characters. With a more fixed plot structure, RomCom requires improvisers to invest deeper into the work and use specificity to make each show unique. Simply put, Romantic Comedy may seem easy, but in reality, it’s challenging and requires performers to bring their best actor to the improv stage.

RomCom Narrative Workshop Takeaways
- Finding the protagonist
- Playing the protagonist
- Playing with romance/heat
- Bonding over shared values
- Relationship Arc
- Montage/Sequence to progress narrative
- Playing the supporting characters

Audition or placement required
Auditions are on Nov. 19th. Click here for more information on auditions.

CLASS STARTS JAN. 2018
Click "REGISTER" to see calendar.
COST: $165 per month

Romantic Comedy
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"Improvising Plays & Films (IPF) is one of Impro School’s advanced narrative improv classes. Like Narrative Workshop and the Impro LAB, this class has an ensemble feel and incorporates in-depth genre work. With IPF there are no set runs of performances and there is no set end date. Guest artists of the Impro Theatre Main Company, students from the Impro LAB, and Impro’s advanced narrative students looking to hone their skills and receive the “tough love” required to leap to the next level of personal development will find a home in IPF. This class is as nurturing as it is challenging. The genre work within this class is chosen based on the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals in the class. Each night the improvisers are asked to challenge themselves, playing new characters, telling new stories, and practicing the techniques they’ve learned throughout the Impro School curriculum.

When the instructors feel that a student is ready, an IPF student is offered a place in a 5-month long LAB where a select ensemble studies and rehearses a genre for a run of performances."

Advanced students
Invitation only
COST: $165 per month

Improvising
Plays & Films
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"The Impro LAB is Impro School’s premier performance ensemble. It is an advanced class that focuses on creating shows for performance. These shows may be based in genres the company performs or in new genres as decided by the faculty. This class will have a regular performance night on the weekends to sharpen their skills and build an audience with the goal of making the space on Vermont a destination for improv in Los Angeles. After one 5-month cycle and a run of shows, the LAB takes a month off (June and December). During this time LAB students are either asked to join the next 5-month cycle of LAB or to join Improvising Plays and Films (IPF) in order to hone a specific skill. Students at this level in the Impro School will move between IPF and LAB based on faculty advisement."

Coming in July 2017, Impro will release another section of IPF, most likely on Thursday Nights 7-10pm.

Advanced students
Invitation only
5 month course
COST: $165 per month

Impro Lab
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This Genre Workshop is a 4-week workshop where students learn to improvise scenes in the style of William Shakespeare. Improvising Shakespeare challenges students to play with confidence as those big, epic, force of nature Shakespearean characters, to use nature imagery for character and narrative, and to develop a robust Shakespearean vocabulary. This class will delve into those aspects as well as improvising in iambic pentameter, asides, soliloquies, and direct address to things, emotions, and abstractions. Improvisers of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll!
NEW DATES TBD.
Instructed by Brian Lohman.

COST: $165 for 4 weeks

This Genre Workshop is a 4-week workshop where students learn to improvise scenes in the style of Jane Austen’s novels. This literary style is an audience favorite in Impro’s UnScripted Repertory! In this workshop, students will explore the themes, characters, plot structures, and literary devices that appear in Jane’s novels. Students will study the Regency era, proper etiquette, history, and important towns and cities of the area when Jane’s novels take place. All are welcome to enroll. Paul looks forward to challenging each student based on his or her individual experience level.
NEW DATES TBD.
Instructed by Paul Rogan.

COST: $165 for 4 weeks

Stranger Suggestions is the Impro Studio Presents show based on Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. This workshop will be taught by the director of StrangerSuggestions, Kelly Holden Bashar. This show is a combination of heartfelt and suspenseful storytelling. In this class, students will explore the challenge of creating supernatural cinematic moments in a black-box theater. In addition to studying the 1980s, “Stranger Things”, and the kid-centered, sci-fi adventure films of that time (“Goonies” and “E.T.”), students will be thinking outside of the box to create - with their bodies, chairs, some stage blocks, and a rope – a wide range of objects from swing sets and bicycles to helicopters and spaceships. This class brings to life those supernatural action moments like flight, levitation, telekinesis, and more! Actors should watch E.T. and Goonies and come dressed to move.

NEW DATES TBD.
Instructed by Kelly Holden Bashar.

COST: $165 for 4 weeks

SHAKESPEARE
JANE AUSTEN
Genre Workshops
STRANGER SUGGESTIONS

The Impro Theatre School occasionally offers month long workshop classes based around specific interests. Past Specialty Classes include Stranger Suggestions (based on the Impro Studio Presents show), Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Spacework, and more!

Wednesday nights 7-10pm, starting in June
Instructed by Ryan Smith.

COST: $165 for 4 weeks

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