Training Center Curriculum
Our curriculum was developed by our training center director with theories from, but not limited to: Second City, I.O. Theater, Annoyance, and Comedy Sportz. Our theory is that all theories are useful, and we are not beholden’t to any one. We have filtered down to the most useful exercises to help find your unique voice.
Improv 1: Improv Fundamentals
Learn the core fundamentals of improv to act and create as a performer and in an ensemble. We make the art of improv accessible to anyone who can say "yes and..." to themselves and their peers. No experience required.
Whether you are new to improv or just brushing up, this class will enhance your skills as a confident performer and communicator, on and off the stage.
Improv 2: Scenework
Make scenework work for you. The possibilities are endless when you learn what makes an engaging improvised scene. The 2 person scene is the cornerstone of any short or long form performance. Building on your previous improv skills, you will develop structure to a scene by finding patterns, objectives, and content.
Improv 3: Characters and Relationships
Create strong and original characters. Through exercises and games learn how to embody unique characters and develop relationships through physicality, voice quality, emotions, and point of view. The heart of any comedic scene is your character's choices and their relationship(s) in a scene. Create it, Protect it, then Play it 'till the cows come home. This class ends with an optional group staged performance of short form games.
Improv 4: Advanced Scenework
Create active initiations and choices in a scene. Don't get lost in a scene. Avoid awkwardness of finding the scene. Protect yourself and support your peers by making strong moves. Give yourself the skills to create a strong base and build on it so that the opportunities are endless. Let's get to the play in improv! Skills that will be covered are character, object work, environment, choices, point of view, emotion, patterns, finding the games within a scene, and much much more. This class ends with a group performance of short form games for family and friends.
Improv 5: Long Form Improv
Put it all together. Use your improv skills to learn how to find connections through your improv scenes. You will learn how to interrelate your show through story, characters, themes, and games. This class will teach you multiple different kinds of long form shows so that the ensemble will have the tools to develop their own long form show. This class ends with a group performance for family and friends.