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.

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Level 1: Improv Fundamentals

6 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 09 - February 13 Sign up now  secure enrollment

6 Saturdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
January 13 - February 17 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

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 09 - February 13 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 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 08 - February 12 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.

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

Level 4: Transition to Long Form

6 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 08 - February 12 Sign up now  secure enrollment

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: Jessica Burtness

Location: National Comedy Theatre

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

Teen Improv Level 1

6 Saturdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
January 13 - February 10 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

TWO NIGHT IMPROV INTENSIVE

2 Tuesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
December 05 - December 12 SOLD OUT

2 Mondays from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
December 11 - December 18 Sign up now  secure enrollment

Taught by Artistic Director, Gary Kramer, this two night class will focus on scenework and games and will keep your skills honed during the winter break.

Many of our students have asked for a class during December, and this two night class will be an advanced look at scenework, finding the focus of the scene and stretching out your approach.

Class will be 2.5 hours on two consecutive Tuesday evenings.

Prerequisite - NCT Level 1 and Level 2

Stand Up Comedy - Beginner's Workshop

6 Sundays from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
January 14 - February 18 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
January 14 - February 18 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

Stand Up Comedy - Returning Student

6 Sundays from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
January 14 - February 18 Sign up now  secure enrollment

Keep up with your comedy skills! 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.

*This is for returning Stand Up Comedy Advanced Students only

Location: at NTC Liberty Station

Prerequisite - Stand Up Comedy Beginner's Workshop & Stand Up Comedy Advanced Workshop