Impro Theatre exists to change the world through joyful artistic engagement by performing, teaching, and expanding storytelling through unscripted theatre.Our core values include:
• Furthering the art of improvisation and remaining devoted to artistic excellence.
• Challenging artists to stretch creatively while challenging other art-makers and audiences to expand their definitions of theatre.
• Embracing cooperation, diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and creative risk-taking in its fullest form.
• Entertaining, inspiring, and engaging patrons and performers locally and throughout the world.
• Promoting artistic exchange with other artists.
• Investing in the local community through classes, workshops, and programs that reach youth and diverse populations.
ALL SHOWS PST | All shows currently online
SATURDAYS at 5:30pm
IMPRO THEATRE PRESENTS
Spontaneous conversations with storytellers of all types created, produced & hosted by Mike Rock.This week meet Jo McGinley: Founding member of Impro Theatre L.A., Original Director of Impro Theatre School, Director of Twilight Zone UnScripted, Passion Noir, Buddy Cop, William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Parker, RomCom, Fairytales, Nancy Drew and Impro's first live streamed show The Portal.Up-close and spontaneous conversations with storytellers of all types.We delve into what drives artists to do what they do.
Saturdays at 5:30 PM
DROPPING OR WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have relaxed our drop and attendance policies under consideration of how unpredictable life is at the moment. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you need to drop a class and we will find the best way to accommodate your situation.If you need to drop a class, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “DROP REQUEST” to begin the drop process. Notifying the teacher is not enough. And missing class is not the same as dropping the class.If you drop a workshop class (Elective classes, Intro to Narrative, CORE 1, 2, 3, or 4) more than seven (7) business days prior to the start date, you can receive school credit for the amount you paid minus a non-refundable $25 processing fee. If you drop a workshop class less than seven (7) business days prior to or on the start date, you can receive school credit for the amount you paid minus a non-refundable $50 processing fee. If you drop a workshop class that is in session, you are not eligible for class credit or a refund.If you are using the payment plan and drop the class before the second payment is processed or before the third payment is processed, the policies above still apply, and you must still fulfill the financial obligation to Impro Theatre School. If you don’t contact the School or fulfill the financial obligation within seven (7) days of dropping, you may be subject to late fees.SCHOOL CONDUCT & HARASSMENT POLICY
While in class at Impro Theatre School, students will participate in a creative process that is open and accepting of all individuals. Impro endeavors to create an environment that is supportive, inspirational, and safe. Any inappropriate behaviors including inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct, or the destruction of any property or of the Impro Theatre spaces, or the consumption of drugs or alcohol during class will not be tolerated and will result in removal from class, suspension from school, and forfeiture of class tuition. Impro has a zero-tolerance policy for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other type of discrimination against a marginalized group. Be supportive of each other. For our online classes, we have a zero tolerance policy for the sharing of inappropriate or offensive materials, virtual backgrounds and links.We hold our faculty and staff to the same standards of conduct as stated above.Impro requires students to refrain from using forms of comedy that are offensive, or discriminatory towards race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. While we understand to a degree that this may happen accidentally, occurrences of this type of behavior are grounds for suspension without reimbursement.
We plan to continue to grow our online school even after Impro returns to in-person classes. New online class offerings will appear regularly, so check back often for the latest or join our mailing list in the CONTACT section to never miss an update.
• OPEN FOR REGISTRATION •
CORE 2: Character CORE
Starting October 2nd
with Mike Rock
*Payment Plan available! Tuition is due one week before the first class (Sept 25th). Payments made after that date are subject to an additional $10 charge.Register early to lock in your rate!
ABOUT THIS CLASSCharacter CORE is the second workshop in the four-part CORE Program. At Impro, we believe that story arises out of strong characters with clear wants in relationship to other characters. In addition to deepening the work from Intro to Narrative Improv and Physical CORE, this workshop explores creating varied but grounded characters with vulnerability, strong wants, and specific points of view. It also explores relationship through status, archetype, and being emotionally affected by others. In narrative improvisation, it can be easy to fall into the trap of following plot, but Impro teaches students that if you dive deeper into character and relationship, plot will simply happen.12 Weeks - $485*
October 2nd-December 18th
Sundays, 10:30am-1:30pm PST
Pre-requisites: CORE 1: Physical CORE - If you have not completed Physical CORE, please email email@example.com
• COMING SOON •
Intro to narrative improv
With Lisa Fredrickson
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in this class
ABOUT THIS CLASSThis is where your Impro story begins. In this 8-week introductory workshop, you will learn the skills to prepare for the Impro CORE Program. Intro to Narrative 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 Intro to Narrative, 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.8 Weeks - $260
NEW DATE/TIME TBD
CORE 1: Physical CORE
With Madi Goff
email email@example.com if you're interested in this class
ABOUT THIS CLASSPhysical 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.8 Weeks - $325
More Online Classes Are Coming Soon
Intro to Narrative Improv - IN PERSON
Starting October 2nd
With Lisa Fredrickson
Tuition is due one week before the first class. Payments made after Sept 25th will be subject to an additional $10 charge.
ABOUT THIS CLASSThis is where your Impro story begins. In this 8-week introductory workshop, you will learn the skills to prepare for the Impro CORE Program. Intro to Narrative 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 Intro to Narrative, 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.8 Weeks - $260*
October 2nd-November 20th
Sundays, 11am-1pm PST• PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED •
• STUDENTS MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES •
Students and faculty must show proof of vaccination and (if applicable) any recommended booster shots unless they are medically exempted. Students with exemptions must contact the school for approval.
Before entering the classroom, students and faculty must scan a QR code and complete a symptom screening survey to self-report that they are free from symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
All students are asked to stay home if experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days and not yet tested negative, or if they’ve had a confirmed recent (up to 5 days) exposure to COVID-19 and have not yet tested negative. “COVID-19 symptoms” means fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, unless a licensed health care professional determines the person's symptoms were caused by a known condition other than COVID-19.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and the positive test OR onset of symptoms was within 5 days of their most recent in-person class, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The rest of the class and instructor will be notified of a potential exposure while maintaining anonymity of the student who tested positive.
Classes with a reported potential exposure will be held online the following week unless all students and faculty provide a negative COVID-19 test.
All students and faculty must wear masks at all times in class.
Breaks will be staggered so that no two classes are released for break at the same time.
Hand sanitizer will be provided in all classrooms.
HEPA air filters will run throughout the duration of class, and after class for at least 30 minutes.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & ACCESS (DEIA)
Impro Theatre is dedicated to achieving growth in diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) through concrete, sustained, and forward-looking action. Our DEIA Action Committee was created in February 2020 to address these issues and set specific priorities.The committee was set up to help ensure broad representation across the entire Impro Theatre community. Members include people representing our Board of Directors, Main Company, school faculty, students and administrative staff. Together, they are committed to boldly execute inclusive, artistically compelling, and unequivocally anti-racist programs and policies. The committee meets every other week, and members serve a minimum one-year period.In the summer of 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement compelled us to address DEIA issues with greater urgency. In June 2020, we issued open letters to our community expressing our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and committing to make anti-racism and DEIA our number one priority to achieve essential and enduring transformation. In March 2021, the Main Company Performance Ensemble issued an apology to our community and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members, in particular.
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Thank you for supporting IMPRO THEATRE!
Your gift will directly support Impro Theatre's operations, including The Impro Theatre School and The Impro Studio. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. For tax purposes, our official name is "Los Angeles Theatresports DBA Impro Theatre."
You can also apply your gift directly to The Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship, which helps expand the diversity of the unscripted theatre community. We believe that a diverse community of performers is essential to artful and meaningful storytelling, and this scholarship is awarded to diverse students of all skill levels to study narrative improvisation at The Impro Theatre School. If you wish to support this fund, include a note with your gift that it should be applied toward The Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship. You can also CLICK HERE for more information about the Scholarship.
Thank you for your support! We greatly appreciate it.
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DONATE TO IMPRO THEATRE:1. TEXT IMPRO to 44321 to donate with your smartphone.2. VENMO. You can donate to @ImproTheatre or email@example.com. PAYPAL. You can donate to firstname.lastname@example.org. BY CHECK. You can mail a check to Impro Theatre, 1727 N. Vermont Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 900275. CREDIT CARD. To donate with a card, select your amount. You can also set up a recurring monthly donation:
When you support Impro Theatre, you are supporting these 5 things:1. Unique, innovative theatre.
We are doing work that no one else is doing, and every performance is completely different.2. Diversity and a safe, welcoming place to study.
Our Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship expands the diversity of our community, which in turn creates more meaningful storytelling. We offer a safe, friendly home for ALL improvisers.3. Training for the next generation of improvisers.
Every year, our School enrollment grows as more students discover our unique approach to improvisation, which isn't taught anywhere else. More than 80% of our students report learning valuable things at our School that they haven't learned elsewhere.4. Presenting and developing new work.
Last year, we presented more than 50 different productions in the Impro Studio, including Main Company shows that have been performed in other parts of the world.5. Bringing JOY to thousands of art lovers.
Our audiences report experiencing very high levels of joy when attending our shows. Our students overwhelmingly report that their experiences taking our classes are fun, educational and inspiring.YOUR SUPPORT HELPS EXPAND OUR PROGRAMMING, STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY, AND SPREAD MORE JOY TO STUDENTS AND AUDIENCES. THANK YOU!