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: Improv Fundamentals

6 Saturdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 07 - February 11 Sign up now  secure enrollment

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 10 - February 21 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.

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Level 2: Scenework

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 09 - February 13 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 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 09 - February 20 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 repertoire, which they will perform at our theater for an invited audience.

Instructor: Joe Birdsong

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

Teen Improv Level 1

6 Saturdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
January 07 - February 11 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

Teen Varsity Squad

8 Saturdays from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
October 01 - May 27 Sign up now  secure enrollment

For teens that have completed Teen Level 1 and Teen Level 2, a new ongoing advanced workshop that will focus on performance. Teens will have the opportunity to present a recurring show approximately once a month.

The Varsity Squad is for advanced teen improvisors and meets every week throughout the school year

Cost is $75/month

Taught by Casey Gardner

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Teen Level 1 and NCT Teen Level 2

Stand Up Comedy - Beginner's Workshop

6 Sundays from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
January 08 - February 12 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.

Location: at NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Stand Up Comedy - Advance Workshop

6 Sundays from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
January 08 - February 12 Sign up now  secure enrollment

Now that you've got the basic skills of what stand up comedy is all about, it's time to take it to the next level. Hone your performance skills, clarify your premises, write stronger better punchlines and tags. Lift your whole performance. Find out what separates you from other comedians and define and refine your on stage persona to achieve more solid performances and more bookings. The focus will be on performance because that is where the comedian truly brings the magic of stand-up comedy to life.

Location: at NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - Stand Up Comedy Beginner's Workshop

Improv for the Camera

5 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
January 10 - February 07 Sign up now  secure enrollment

Designed specifically for actors, this class will focus on improv skills and how to utilize them effectively on camera. Co-taught by casting director D. Candis Paule, CSA and NCT artistic director, Gary Kramer, the class will combine improv training with on camera experience to add the skill sets necessary to succeed as an actor.

This class is limited to adult actors who have previous on camera and stage experience.