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

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
May 01 - June 12 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.


Tuesday - National Comedy Theatre
Saturday - NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Level 2: Scenework

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 25 - May 30 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.

Location: NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1

Level 3: Performance!

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 25 - June 06 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: TBD

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

ELECTIVE - Musical Improv II

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
May 01 - June 19 Sign up now  secure enrollment

Taught by veteran mainstage player and music educator Michael Maury, this next level class will help musical improvisors use the fundamentals learned in Musical Improv I to make scenes pop and sparkle like a Broadway production. Learners will gain new skills that will help crescendo their scenes and songs to a higher elevation of improvised musicianship.

In this 6 week class, students will explore new musical approaches and exercises in listening and emotional commitment that will help build solid scenes and musical masterpieces. Filled with more dance, counter melodies, and even a little harmony, this class will expand musical confidence and skills all while heightening risk taking abilities which students will be able to demonstrate in an end of class performance.

Prerequisite: NCT Elective - Musical Improv I

Stand Up Comedy - Beginner's Workshop

6 Sundays from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
May 07 - June 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.

Location: at NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - no experience necessary

Stand Up Comedy - Advanced Workshop

6 Sundays from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 07 - June 11 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