Improv Classes

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The National Comedy Theatre improv classes are an exciting and fun approach for people from all walks of life: actors, writers, lawyers or plumbers, beginners to experienced performers, the skills we teach can be applied to all areas.

Ask any casting director what skills are most important when seeing an actor at an audition - the vast majority would answer that is the ability to improvise.

Our teachers have been featured in commercials, film, and on television as well as performed in theaters across the country and all around the world. Whether you want to perform improv in front of a live audience, nail that next audition or develop skills that can help you on any stage, set or work environment, the National Comedy Theatre improv classes can help you achieve your goals.

We offer four levels of adult workshops, each one building on the lessons of the previous. Class sizes are limited.

Classes are held either at our theatre or at our new NCT Training Center at NTC Liberty Station.

For more information, check out our FAQ page.

Level 1

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
June 07 - July 19 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 10 - July 15 Sign up now secure enrollment

This course stresses basic skills such as focus, teamwork, mime, character and status - all of the things that, together, create great scene work. The core components of improv, listening skills & your ability to be "in the moment" are strongly emphasized. We build a solid foundation and develop a common language that ensures success in Level 2 and beyond.

Instructors - TBD

Level 2

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
June 07 - July 19 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 09 - July 14 Sign up now secure enrollment

Building upon the skills learned in our First Semester, this class places a stronger emphasis on character and complex scene development. Improv theory, storytelling, and advanced improv skills are learned, as well as a myriad of short form games.

Instructors - TBD

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1

Level 3

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 22 - May 27 Sign up now secure enrollment

An advanced class which will bring all the skills learned in the previous two courses together, with a focus on live performance. In this class, students are taught games taken directly from the NCT repetoire, which they will perform at our theater for an invited audience.

Instructor - TBD

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

ELECTIVE- Long Form Improv: Fundamentals

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 21 - May 26 Sign up now secure enrollment

This is the first of three classes covering the basics and foundations of the art of Long Form Improvisation.

Through a variety of formats and exercises, students will learn the concepts essential to long form improv in a welcoming and constructive environment. Students will learn the importance of working together as a group, ways to make one idea last for an extended amount of time, scene edits, and creating lasting characters. This class also goes over how to start identifying and finding the "game of the scene." This is a must for any improvisor or actor that wants to take their improv skills to the next level.

ELECTIVE- Long Form Improv: Narrative

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 09 - July 14 Sign up now secure enrollment

This is the second of three classes covering intermediate long form improv forms.

How do you make up a story that will not only be interesting and believable, but last for twenty to thirty minutes?

Picking up from the fundamentals, the class will delve into the importance of unique storytelling as a group, and longer formats that can inspire entire universes of characters and scenarios. Students will learn how to create a extended story arcs, execute advanced edits, and successful ways to revisit elements and characters from earlier scenes.

Instructor - TBD

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
June 01 - July 13 Sign up now secure enrollment

Under the guidance of Comedy Veteran Tony Calabrese, you will learn how to develop a tight 5-7 minute stand-up comedy set that you can take anywhere and perform in front of anyone. You will learn the fundamentals of joke writing and performance; how to edit and refine material that is unique to you and your ‘voice’; how to connect and relate to an audience; and how to maximize your laughs per minute.

Advanced Students are encouraged to join the class too tighten their current material; create 5-7 minutes of new material; and learn strategic techniques key to better performances.

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