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.

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Level 1

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 15 - July 20 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
June 20 - August 01 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.

Monday class taught by Dave George
Saturday class taught by Casey Gardner

Level 2

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 15 - July 20 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
June 20 - August 01 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.

Instructor: TBD

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1

Level 3

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 16 - July 21 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
June 20 - August 01 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.


Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

Taught by Artistic Director, Gary Kramer

ELECTIVE- Long Form: Playing the Game

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 30 - August 04 Sign up now secure enrollment

Do your improv scenes tend to go nowhere? Is it hard to find out what is funny about a scene? Do things get crazy too quickly? What went wrong? Maybe you lost "the game."

In this elective class, students will learn what is the "game of the scene," how to work with other players to find it, and how to apply it in an long form format. Through a series of fun exercises and scenework, the students will identify what makes the scene funny, and how to keep it that way.

Prerequisite - NCT Levels 1 through 3

Taught by NCT performer and coach, Chris Daily

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
June 28 - August 02 Sign up now secure enrollment

Under the guidance of Comedy Veteran Tony Calabrese, you will learn how to develop a tight 5 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 to tighten their current material; create 5 minutes of new material; and learn strategic techniques key to better performances.

Taught by Tony Calabrese

Location: at NTC Liberty Station