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 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 02 - June 13 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

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 7:00 pm - 9:00 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 Improv: Fundamentals

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 02 - June 13 Sign up now secure enrollment

This class covers 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.

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
April 26 - June 07 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