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: Intro to Improv

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 06 - July 18 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
June 11 - July 23 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.
Locations:
Monday night - NTC Liberty Station
Instructor: TBD

Saturday - National Comedy Theatre
Instructor: TBD
Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Level 2: Scenework

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 07 - July 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 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 06 - July 25 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 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 07 - July 12 SOLD OUT

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: Chris Daily and Jessica Burtness

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Level 5: Long Form Performance

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

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite: NCT Level 4 or previous Long Form workshop

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
July 10 - August 14 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.

Location: at NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - no experience necessary