Using techniques that encourage artful storytelling, the Impro Theatre Summer Intensive fosters creativity and risk taking in a small classroom setting. The Impro School faculty are professional performers from our main company of improvisers. They give individualized attention to students of all levels and provide both a safe and challenging home for actors and improvisers. Our dedicated teachers have performed in residence at The Broad Stage, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Garry Marshall Theatre, and many more.
At Impro we challenge our students to work towards grounded characters, fully realized environments, and performing in a relaxed state of play. We focus on creating scenes from nonverbal offers like emotion, sensory input, and stage picture. Impro challenges its students to slow down, give importance to stagecraft, acting, and environment, as well as exploring silences, and allowing relationships and emotion to create story. In this intensive, students will explore the work of the world's greatest writers like Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and more. By studying these classic and contemporary artists, students will learn techniques that will support their progress as actors and improvisers.
In the morning sessions (10am - 1pm), students will be placed with the same teacher for three days in a row, followed by another three days with a second teacher. The morning sessions will consist of cumulative training with a specific instructor, while the afternoon sessions (2-5pm) will be a variety of teachers and specialty classes like spacework, sensory work, and finding comedy in narrative improv. Then from 7-10pm on two different days, we will have elective musical sessions focused on improvising musical narratives.
"Impro has been a huge hit with our audiences for four summers and counting, and we are determined to have them back at OSF for a longer residency."
– Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
"Impro delivers smart, literate comedy that we can recommend to our audience with confidence. It is my pleasure to continue to offer a home at The Playhouse to Impro Theatre, based on my admiration for their work, their collaborative spirit, and the theatrical diversity that they bring to our building."
– Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse
"Studying improvisation provides a metaphor in which you can learn how to be more human and stretch the limits of the self. Impro Theatre provides the highest quality training I know to experience this life affirming work. I highly recommend this intensive."
– Patricia Ryan Madson, Stanford Emerita,
Author of Improv Wisdom
"These guys are really wonderful! They work without a net every night. They’re very brave and very good."
– Garry Marshall, comedy legend
“Impro Theatre's School is the best place to study improv. It has sharpened my skills as an actor, a storyteller and an improviser, all while learning from the best actors, improvisers and directors LA has to offer. The school has elevated and informed my work as an actor for auditions, by giving me confidence and the skills to roll with whatever gets asked of me in the audition room.”
- Paul Hungerford, actor & commercial casting associate
“The Impro Theatre School is one of the most invigorating and inspiring training grounds for acting that I know.”
- Daniel Blinkoff, MFA, Yale School of Drama
“I love finding improv that still scares me a little and takes me back to that beginner's mind of endless possibilities. Impro takes me to the edge of my ability and forces me to grow – while at the same time, being an environment that welcomes its students to make mistakes.”
- Lissette Jean-Marie, writer and improviser
Impro School instructors are all working actors with many years
of professional acting and improvisational experience. They have
taught at schools and companies all over the world including The Old Globe Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Stanford University, UCLA, Pepperdine University, Duke University, UC Santa Barbara, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dreamworks Animation, Cirque du Soleil, and many more. (*Instructors subject to change.)
APPLICATION DEADLINE - EXTENDED! MARCH 21, 2018!
Housing, local transportation and meals not included.
Classes take place at Impro Theatre
1727 N. Vermont Ave., Suites 208, 209 and 211
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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or (323) 401-6162