Online Classes at Impro Theatre School


All classes are online! All times PST.

4 weeks

If you're interested in this class,
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NOTE: This class is not an "improv 101" class. It's for anyone who can hold their own in an improv scene and is looking to learn how to translate improv to written sketches.
Learn how to go from fun improv to transcription to sketch to rewrite to show-ready material. This 4-in-1 class is a crash course in improvising, writing, acting and directing where you learn from the best! Class size is limited to maximize individualized attention.
Ron West is a prolific actor, writer, and director, and has worked for The Second City for 36 years. He has written, directed, and performed more shows for Second City than he can count all over the US and Canada, collaborating with performers such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Scott Adsit, Jane Lynch, and Rose Abdoo. Most recently he directed The Second City's "Twist Your Dickens" at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, where he also appeared as Ebenezer Scrooge. He has won Joseph Jefferson Awards for his direction of "Curious George Goes to War" for The Second City ETC and his adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors" at Shepperton for Chicago Shakespeare. He has written for “Second City This Week” (2011-2012) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1999-2006), and with Phil Swann, he is the co-author of the musicals "The People vs. Friar Laurence," "deLEARious," and Neil Simon's "Musical Fools." As an actor he has played an assortment of roles in film and television productions, including recurring roles on "Malcolm in the Middle," "3rd Rock from the Sun," and many other characters with the first name, "Doctor."


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Starts March 21
Sundays, 10:30am-1:30pm PST
8 weeks

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”.

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.

Instructor: TBA

Registration deadline:
24 hours before first class!
Register by 10:30am on March 20!
Prequisites: This class is for experienced improvisers and graduates of Intro to Narrative Improv only. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please email
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Starts April 11
Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm PST
8 weeks, $260

This 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.
A longtime member of Impro Theatre’s Main Company, Lisa Fredrickson has performed in nearly all of the company’s improvisation styles including “Jane Austen UnScripted,” “Sondheim UnScripted,” “Shakespeare UnScripted” and “Twilight Zone UnScripted.” She has taught Intro to Narrative Improv for many years and has appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials. She is also the resident improv teacher at California Lutheran University.


Registration deadline:
24 hours before first class!
Register by 10:30am on April 10!

NOTE: This class is perfect for students brand new to improvisation or students with only a little improv experience. If you have any questions about where to start at Impro Theatre School please email for guidance.

In celebration of Women's History Month, we reached out to the Impro Community to ask the wildly talented women in our midst to submit ideas for workshops they would like to teach. This is part of our ongoing effort to widen inclusivity and increase diversity across our organization, as well as find new ways to engage with students and community members across varying levels of study, and who bring wide-ranging interests, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Click on any of the 4 workshops for more information. After deducting expenses, we will be donating 50% of the proceeds of these workshops to women's charities.
Purchase tickets to all 4 workshops and get a $25 GIFT CARD which can be applied toward future shows and classes at the Impro Theatre School! After purchasing your tickets, email to request your gift card.