Acting and Improvisation

Comedy Improv | Acting Fundamentals


Comedy Improv

Our most popular offering for teens! In this free-flowing, hands-on workshop, your students will learn to play hilarious improv games, just like on the old TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? Comedy Improv is a lot of fun and gives students a new performance technique in its own right. But improv can also help student actors develop collaboration skills, spontaneity, confidence, and stage presence for their script-based work. Click here or here for photo galleries from our past Comedy Improv workshops. Because of the nature of Comedy Improv, the session descriptions below should be seen as a rough outline which is subject to change.


1. Introduction to Improv

We’ll practice the bare bones of effective improv, including “Yes, And” and CROW (Character/ Relationship/ Objective/ Where).

2. Collaboration

Actors will practice working together and build their trust for one another. Effective collaboration is an indispensable part of good improv.

3. Improv Games

This session will introduce students to the first improv games of the sort that they might perform in front of an audience. Games include “World’s Worst” and “Press Conference.”

4. Storytelling

A good improviser doesn’t just tell jokes onstage–he or she creates a short story with a beginning, middle, and end. We’ll discuss ways to introduce and resolve conflict in improv scenarios.

5. Expressiveness and Collaboration

Many young improvisers are instinctively scared of two things: Wholeheartedly committing to the work, and trusting others to create scenes. We’ll do a few exercises to help students understand why it’s important to overcome their fears.

6. More Improv Games

This is the class everyone’s been waiting for! We’ll dive into some more advanced performance games, including “Soapbox,” “Foreign Poet,” and “Blind Date.”

7. Still More Improv Games

Students will practice more games for performance, including “Pop-Up Storybook” and “What I Should Have Said.”

8. Even More Improv Games

We’ll introduce the improvisers to “ABC Styles,” “Foreign Movie,” and “Returns Department.”

9. Improv Games Practice

It seems counterintuitive that something as spontaneous as improv requires practice, but actually, it’s essential. The more students practice the games, the better they’ll do in front of an audience.

10. Comedy Improv Class Showcase

Students will perform an improv showcase for an invited audience of family and friends!


Acting Fundamentals

Learn the basic techniques used by actors around the world as they prepare roles! These workshops will help students understand and practice the fundamentals of “Method” Acting. We’ll start off with an introduction to the actor’s instrument with exercises in vocal and physical expression. Then we’ll discuss acting techniques including concentration, actions, objectives, sensory and emotional memory, characterization, subtext, and expectations. Plus, we’ll use classroom exercises, improvisation, and open scenes to give students hands-on practice with every skill we cover.


1. Expressive Movement

We’ll encourage students to make full use of their voices and bodies through a series of physical and vocal warmups. Students will continue to express themselves in a series of collaborative movement exercises.

2. Inside Out

Young actors often feel like the need to “perform” when they step onstage, resulting in stilted and unnatural portrayals. We’ll help students see how concentrating on real actions in an imagined situation can help them deliver a truthful performance.

3. Acting Like a Professional

We’ll dive into the world of objectives, tactics, and obstacles. Students will rehearse and perform open scenes to practice their newfound skills.

4. Building a Character

Most of us don’t practice becoming a different person very often–but when your director hands you a script, that’s exactly what you need to do! This workshop will give students hands-on experience in using internal and external resources to build a character.

5. Emotional Acting

What happens when your character needs to have an intense experience onstage–say, mourning a loss or avenging a betrayal? Setting high expectations with your objective, as well as using the techniques of sensory and emotional memory, can help.

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