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.

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Level 1: Intro to Improv

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 02 - September 06 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
August 06 - September 17 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.

Tuesday - NTC Liberty Station
Instructor: TBD
Saturday - National Comedy Theatre
Instructor: TBD

Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Level 2: Scenework

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 01 - September 12 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: Performance!

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 02 - September 13 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

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

Level 4: Transition to Long Form

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
August 06 - September 17 Sign up now secure enrollment

Expanding on skills learned in Levels 1 through 3, we will introduce theories and formats from the world of Long Form improv. We will learn how to build group trust, have better sustaining characters, and create longer formats that explore bigger themes. And because it's hard to instantly jump into 20 minute scenes, students will first focus on starting good scenes, learning when to edit, and telling better stories.

Instructors: Jessica Burtness

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Level 5: Long Form Performance

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 01 - September 19 Sign up now secure enrollment

Continuing your training from Level 4, this workshop will focus on specific formats of Long Form Improv. As a performance "team," students will focus on scene work, editing, storytelling, sustaining characters, and revisiting themes from previous scenes. We will delve into building believable worlds, identifying the unusual element as a group, and raising the stakes. The workshop will culminate in a long form show for an invited audience.

Instructors: Chris Daily

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite: NCT Level 4 or previous NCT Long Form workshop

Teen Improv Level 1

6 Saturdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 24 - October 29 Sign up now secure enrollment

Designed specifically for teens, our classes create a fun and supportive environment for students to learn the basics of creating improv, story telling and stagecraft.

Students will learn the process of developing improv scenes, characters, and narrative at our training facility in Pt. Loma.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family at the end of each series of workshops.

Check out our Teen improv comedy class information page by clicking here.

Taught by Steve Hohman

Must be 13 - 17 years old to participate