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: Improv Fundamentals

5 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
November 14 - December 19 Sign up now secure enrollment

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

5 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
November 14 - December 19 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!

5 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
November 15 - December 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 2

6 Saturdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
November 05 - December 17 Sign up now secure enrollment

Designed specifically for teens to build upon the skills obtained in the first semester of classes. In a fun and supportive environment, the students will learn the process of developing more complex and advanced improv scenes, characters, as well as becoming more skilled in pantomime-based games.

These classes will be held 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.

Taught by Steve Hohman

Prerequisite - NCT Teen Improv Level 1

Stand Up Comedy Workshop

6 Sundays from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
October 30 - December 11 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