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.

If you would like to be contacted before the next round of workshops, click here.

Level 1

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 11 - September 15 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
August 15 - September 26 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.

Instructor: TBD

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Level 2

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 10 - September 21 Sign up now secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
August 15 - September 26 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 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 10 - September 21 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

Teen Improv Level 1

6 Saturdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 26 - October 31 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

ELECTIVE - Musical Improv

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 11 - September 29 Sign up now secure enrollment

Taught by veteran mainstage player Michael Maury, this class provides improvisors with a strong musical foundation and the right tools to make up melodic masterpieces that can be incorporated seamlessly into any improv scene.

In this 6 week class, students will explore a variety of musical improv styles, games, and ideas. This class will delve into both short form and long form musical improv techniques and will confidently leave you with a song in your heart and a hitch-kick in your step.

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
August 16 - October 04 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