CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:


INTRO TO IMPROV: 3-Hour Class

Give us 3 hours and we’ll help you discover the benefits of improvisation!

 

WHAT IS IT?
An introduction for anyone to learn the fundamentals of improvisation…the basic tools, rules, and philosophy…through games, drills, and simple scenes with a uniquely character-based “Groundlings”-inspired approach. It's VERY fun, VERY supportive and noncompetitive.

COST:
$50

DURATION:
3 hours, an evening or on a weekend day. Offered several times a month.

PREREQUISITE:
There is no prerequisite for this class.

FOR:
Anyone. We’re not kidding! See if you like improvisation. See if you like our approach to improvisation. This three hour workshop will give you an understanding of WHAT makes improv work and WHY it works…and a new confidence that you…yes, even YOU…can do it. Plus, you’ll have new skills to help you in work, and life. More effective communication, less self-consciousness about in speaking in public, an easier access to thinking on your feet, and the ability to listen without an agenda.

Whether you’re a performer, banker, comedian, graphic designer, public speaker, sales rep or lawyer, improv is honestly for anyone who wants to do it. The benefits are limitless. And best of all, it’s fun! Yes, that’s right, FUN!

The Groundlings has been the go-to place to learn improv for thousands of people, boasting alums like Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Kathy Griffin, and Cheryl Hines…to name a few. Holly trained and performed over 8 years there before moving to New York and starting her own school. So….you’re in good hands.


NEW CLASS

LAUNCH INTO YES!

This is our NEW 4-week class that is between a dip and a plunge; between the Intro to Improv and Level 1. It is a class geared towards students who want to try improv with a smaller commitment.  Those who want a little more than just an introduction.  You will learn the principles of improvisation, tapping into basic rules like yes, and…, eye contact, listening without an agenda.  You will gain an understanding that We is more important than Me.  Plus, you will be introduced to our school’s unique character based approach.  All in a very supportive space.

COST:
$200 ($180 Intro grads)

DURATION:
4 Weeks

PREREQUISITE:
There is no prerequisite for this class.


OUR NEW LEVEL STRUCTURE: LEVELS 1-4

LEVEL 1 IMPROV / 10 -12 Week Class

In 10 or 12 weeks you will be introduced to the tenets of improvisation through the use of drills, exercises and games. We do not teach a particular format.  Instead, we prefer to teach students the basics and philosophy behind improv itself before teaching any particular structure. You will also be introduced to our school’s unique character-based approach.

We also understand everyone develops differently and at their own pace, so we offer a very supportive and individualized process.

WHAT YOU’LL GET:

  • all of the foundational improv tools in order to understand the principles of how improv works & why it works

  • the opportunity to grow & develop with our specific approach to teaching

  • see & experience first hand why improvisation is not just about comedy and performing, but a way to be with more freedom, confidence, and positivity

  • students are invited to retake this level at any time and as often as you want. There’s no rush in our process and the basics are something that all improvisers know is key to working and reworking throughout one’s career

COST:
$495 ($470 Intro grads, $415 refresher)

DURATION:
10 weeks/3 hours per class or 12 weeks/2.5 hours, one evening a week. Offered several times throughout the year.  Includes one optional performance.

PREREQUISITE:
There is no prerequisite for this class.


DROP-INS: ONGOING IMPROV WORKOUTS

These classes are an option for students in-between classes who want to continue to learn. They will have a class-like feel instead of a “in the meantime” feel. Drop-In sessions are taught by the Improvolution instructors and emphasize an aspect of improv such as characters, adding information, or listening.  And each session is unique and tailor-made.

COST:

$25

SINGLE CLASSES

PREREQUISITE:

FUNDAMENTALS OF IMPROVISATION


LEVEL 2 IMPROV / 10 Week Class

This level is for students who decide they want to move on from the LEVEL 1 / Fundamentals of Improv class.  You’ll be able to incorporate what you have learned and put it into practice, gaining confidence and your own voice as an improviser.

There is more open scene work emphasizing the rules and structure from LEVEL 1 / FUNDAMENTALS. There will also be space and time given to incorporate character/point of view into the process.

 We will also integrate games to help you get out of your head and into the characters’

We also understand everyone develops differently and at their own pace, so we offer a very supportive and individualized process.

This class can be retaken at any time and as often as you want to brush up on your scenework and integrate what you’ve leaned along the way.

COST:
$425/$375 Refresher

DURATION:
10 weeks, one evening a week.

PREREQUISITE:
LEVEL 1 or Fundamentals of Improv

You can take and retake this class as many times as you want.


LEVEL 3 IMPROV / 10 Week Class

A chance to dive more deeply into creating and sustaining scenes. Learning the more subtle ways to “yes, and” information and suggestions. Sharpening skills to build a scene more organically and honestly, and the tools to get back on track when you get off track.

Then, while sustaining scenework, learning what a character is in improvisation, how it can help you in your improv work, and the various ways to create and build a character. 

While building characters and utilizing them in scene work, we will focus on creating honestly and pushing aside our fears and second guesses.

You will be introduced to more tools to open your mind so that you can speak from the character's voice and not the improviser's. This skill is pivotal to improvising effectively and freely.

COST:
$425/$375 Refresher

DURATION:
10 weeks, one evening a week.

PREREQUISITE: 
Level 2 or GOYH/Scene Work Basics

You can take and retake this class as many times as you want.


LEVEL 4 IMPROV/12 Week Class

This level is a combination of 3 separate but equally important and expansive areas of focus. These 3 focused segments will rotate throughout the year, allowing all eligible students to take the class as much as they are able. Fall segments include work on voice, mind and body.

COST:

$575

DURATION:

12 weeks, one evening a week, 3-hours

PREREQUISITE:

Level 3, ADV SCENEWORK, or Instructors Approval


LONGFORM IMPROV

An introduction into some the formats and structures you can improvise within. Short form is usually short scenes and games guided by a director with suggestions given by the audience. Longform is more open and loose, often director-less, and can span 10 minutes to an entire show. Improvolution highlights the “clap-in” format since it is the most open format and encourages characters. 

PREREQUISITE:
LEVEL 3