Online Classes at Impro Theatre School

CLASSES AT THE IMPRO THEATRE SCHOOL

All classes are online! All times PDT.
Questions? Email school@improtheatre.com

FROM IMPROV TO SKETCH
NEW DATE/TIME TBD!
4 weeks

If you're interested in this class,
please send us an email!
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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."

Instructor:
RON WEST

Email school@improtheatre.com
THE IMPROV AUDIT: THE ROAD TO STRONGER SCENEWORK
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NEW DATE/TIME TBD
4 weeks

If you're interested in this class,
please send us an email!

NOTE: This class is open to all levels, but it
is especially intended for intermediate and
advanced improvisers.

 
"Does your improvisation need to be audited?"
 
Many adults hear the word "audit" and start
trembling in their boots, fearing a face-to-face
confrontation with an IRS agent; however, an
audit, in principal is not a threatening situation.
An audit is a review of a company's organization
in order to find errors and make the necessary corrections. Businesses small and large need to be audited in order to ensure that they continue to operate well year after year; in the same way, performers should be open to auditing themselves.
 
This class seeks to offer improvisers an opportunity to be audited on their performances, providing both a framework for self-analysis and an objective look at their performance. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of their strengths as a performer and clear goals for future growth.
 
Don't fear the audit. Make the audit fear you.
 
Jeffrey Thompson, MA, MBA, EA is an actor, writer, teacher and tax professional from Los Angeles. He teaches and performs improv at the Westside Comedy Theater, produces short films with his production company, Great Hair Productions and is the operations manager of the Ruby LA, a comedy theatre and school. He also teaches psychology at Citrus College. As a tax preparer, he currently has a roster of over 200 clients in the entertainment industry including actors, dancers, writers, and cinematographers.

Instructor:
JEFFREY THOMPSON

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INTRO TO NARRATIVE IMPROV
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Starts January 9, 2021
Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm PST
8 weeks
$260

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
Imrpo Theatre School please email
school@improtheatre.com for guidance.

 
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.

Instructor:
LISA FREDRICKSON

Registration deadline:
24 hours before first class!
register by 10:30am on Jan 8!
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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT?
TRY A GIFT CARD FOR THE IMPRO THEATRE SCHOOL!
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Gift cards can be redeemed for any class at the Impro Theatre School. It's a great gift for your favorite improviser -- or for someone brand new to performing and improvising. You can also include a personalized note to make your gift extra special.

CORE 1: PHYSICAL CORE
Starts January 9, 2021
Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm PST
12 weeks
$325
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NOTE: This class is for experienced improvisers and graduates of Intro to Narrative Improv only. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please email school@improtheatre.com
 
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 January 8!
IMPROVISING CHARLES DICKENS
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Starts December 8
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5pm-7pm PST
4 classes over 2 weeks
$130

Explore the holiday spirit through the jolly characters and magical realism of Charles Dickens. Learn how narration works to drive story, how characters from all walks of life can inhabit a diverse Victorian London and how holiday stories with ghosts and urchins warm the heart.
 
Brian Lohmann is a member of Impro Theatre's Main Company. He is the co-director of Impro's "Shakespeare UnScripted," and the director of "L.A. Noir UnScripted," "Tennessee Williams UnScripted" and "Dickens UnScripted." He recently appeared Off-Broadway with Rita Rudner in "Two's A Crowd," and he has also acted on stage at ACT, Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and many others. Brian is the author of “Shakespeare’s Secret Superpowers" and is a longtime teacher at the Impro Theatre School.

Instructor:
BRIAN LOHMANN

Registration deadline:
24 hours before first class!
Register by 5pm on Dec 7!
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